DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 20, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black in color with a tan head. Aroma is of coffee and bread with an oddly floral start. The start of the flavor extends the roasty-bitter breadiness with a long-lasting dry dark malt finish. It mostly reminds me of the dryness of chewing a coffee bean. There's some dark chocolate in there to sweeten things up, but it's mostly dry and bitter. I don't really like the overall dryness of the beer, and I'm not sure if it's a flaw or intentional. The body is bit too thin and bubbly, but otherwise a very enjoyable brew.
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - DEC 27, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2005 Good beer. Flavor is bready. Malty aroma. Dark in color. Brown head. Very smooth in flavor and texture. Thin body. Interesting and enjoyable.
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - DEC 22, 2003
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2004 I have found my calling! My first perfect score! This is the ultimate beer and tomorrow I shall seek a case! Super dark mohogany color and clear, with a lasting brown head. Malty, bready aroma. Fresh bread!!! The flavor is so super smooth and perfectly balanced. Pudding! The malt lingers too eternity! Unfriggenbelievable! Update: 1/5. I have my case. Every bottle is as good as the first. For anyone who likes German Dunkels and Schwartzbier, this is a must (as long as you get one in good condition).
jonas (6530) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - OCT 27, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 4, 2004 Re-rate
Light coffee (with a lot of sugar) aroma plus a bit lactic acid and a hint bitterhops.
Red black, creamy low brown head.
It is yet another variation of the Schwarzer Abt: Sweet sugar and roasted smoky malt. Not quite as sweet as the Abbot though.
With age the beer seems to gain a round fruity coffee note.
Full body, creamy mouthfeel, milkchocolate aftertaste, with a dash of bitterhops barely detectable.
I saw on german tv that they have a kind of spa where you have bathtubs with taps. Both to add beer to the bathtub and
to fill your glass of course :-)
maltdog (621) - Colorado, USA - OCT 27, 2003
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Deep reddish brown, small brown head dissipates in about a minute. Smells roasty with sweet malt and stewed fruits. Cola and chocolate in the forefront, followed by grainy flavors, roasted nuts, coffee, an unappealing lactic sweetness, and ending on a buttery note (diacetyl?). Finishes with dark chocolate, fruit, almond, and a touch of copper. Altogether a pretty one-dimensional and average dark beer, okay but not memorable.
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - OCT 4, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Red-purple/dark brown, sweetish raisin, plum nose. Roasty taste, dry musty finish.
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - SEP 3, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown, slight ruby/brown highlights, tan head. Burnt coffee aroma. Toasty flavor, finish was slightly bitter and dry. Similar to a porter but lighter. Not bad.
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 30, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: pours a very dark brown with light transparent ruby edges. A large light brown snowy head sits on top of a very nice looking beer. Aroma of burnt coffee beans, blackened toast, dry dark chocolate, and smokey malt. Palate is a little thin, but there is a very drinkable coffee, toffee, chocolate, and oat flavour. Lingering roasty malt leaves a pleasant flavour in the mouth, a solid recommended brew.
dberger624 (1028) - Phila, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 23, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Interesting beer. Had a nice chocolate roasty porter flavor to it. Not as filling as a porter however.
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JUN 18, 2003
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Black with a hint of red (just a hint), medium sized creamed coffee head - left some nice lacing. Medium malts upfront, finished on the watery side with some graininess. Flavors are malty, some roasted coffee with a good amount of cream and sugar in it too. Mildly interesting, I guess I would be willing to take a bath in it....