BeerAteHer (384) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - OCT 3, 2005
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Not a bad base but the carbonic acid shows through as if one of those artificially carbonated cans of Boddingtons Ale. Aroma is very nice: toffee and oaty. Very dark black color but very unintense smoky coffee flavor in comparison, perhaps partly due to the H2CO3. However, this beer is quite drinkable and may even be a good choice for someone who specifically doesn’t like the intensity of most German black beers.
jcalbi (378) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 7, 2002
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Took forever too pour as the head kept piling up on me. Nice black color but lacked the body I would expect from the appearance. Too much carbonation which never really seems to settle down.Cloying bitterness. It’s a good thing this beer has an alternative use since I won’t be drinking it again.
iam (369) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 6, 2004
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a nearly opaque black with a thin bubbly head. Sweet burnt malt aroma. Smoked malt taste with a sweetish finish. Light in body. Unimpressive
fishman (350) - Philadelphia, USA - NOV 16, 2001
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Moderate. Smooth but alittle too light, some maltiness and maple undertones but the mouthfeel was almost watery. Not bad, I would most likely have it again.
muenster (345) - Sevierville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 2, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours black/dark brown with a bubbly beige head. Aroma instantly reminds me of Moorhouse’s Black Cat, lots of toffee, flat malt, some cardboard, and paper. Flavor is caramel, flat malts, a bit of smooth chocolate, and a touch of smokiness. The mouthfeel is nice and velvety.
humulus (339) - Salem, Missouri, USA - NOV 28, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Flavor = toffee rich malts with a coffee touch. Carbonation is medium while head low. Deep red-black and tanic. If you need a bath, evidently, this is the beer for you. Aroma of sour molasses malts. Light hops.
taunusmies (331) - FINLAND - DEC 20, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Dark brown, almost black, colour. Strong notes of roasted malts with caramel. Has some ash notes too. Light mouthfeel, almost a bit too watery. Better when not so cold.
theshocker (329) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUL 25, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Fizzy pour, black with a touch of red. Small brown head fades quickly. Roasty, toasty, chocolate aroma. Smooth, coffee and chocolate, some bitterness in the aftertaste. As it warms the bitterness fades and sweetness dominates. Honey, caramel, maybe even some fruity flavors.
jon112981 (327) - Bristow, Virginia, USA - AUG 25, 2004
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Beautiful pour. Looks the way a dark beer should in a glass. Head is a dark tan color and the beer is black and opaque. Smell is kind of on the weak side. Taste is good but lacks any kind of finish whatsoever. Taste went away as soon as it was swallowed.
andyhite (308) - Murfreesboro, Tennessee, USA - FEB 13, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
16.9oz bottle. i’ll call the hue midnight ruby. slowly receding head of oily proportion. the aroma took me aback from the bottle to the glass. malts here are all over the place. there’s also a roasted malt here that smells like it’s been mixed with brown sugar, as well as a mellow taffy i haven’t grasped in many other brews. tastes like a schwarzbier mixed with a touch of brown ale. flavors of sugar, caramel, a bit of fruit on the back end (apples mostly), and a tad bit of water (though not thin in taste) dominate. i’ve had a few in this category, but i don’t remember the tastes being up to par with this one. the finish is medium-long, but pleasing. the mouthfeel is very smooth and pleasant. it’s a good beer with a deep character. i could go for a few more.