ryecatcher (790) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 29, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours chestnut brown, thin head, no retention. Nose is malty, some caramel, hint of coffee. Mouth is medium bodied, malt forward, coffee, cocoa, toasted brown bread. Not terrible, but I’ve had better.
scotchzombie (329) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - APR 28, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours black with hints of chestnut and a yeasty, lacing tan head that fades to a chunky coating. Aroma is nuts, earthy chocolate malts and mild darkfruit. Taste is a bit thin, short and syrupy. Flavor, however, is very pleasant. Roasted toffee, raisins and a hint of noble hops to finish. Mild carbonation and an active mouthfeel. Overall tone is sweet with some roast and some bitter out back. Very drinkable and even a bit stout-like.
Muggus69 (1199) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - APR 26, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
355mL bottle BB JUL14
Pours an attractive deep garnet body, a bit of clarity to it. A dense off-white foam holds, leaving clumpy lace in its wake.
Good intensity of aroma; dark grain bread, burnt toast, brown caramel, hint of almost clove-like spice.
Nice smooth carbonation, has a creaminess about it bolstered by a good amount of body; certainly more than expected with a beer of this strength.
Palate follows on with more notes of bitter chocolate, cola, burnt caramel, dense breads, savoury spice and a hint of coffee grinds. Dry finish, moderately low bitterness.
Very well made, very tasty, very drinkable. Certainly a good sort of "gateway" dark beer.
Campy877 (171) - Michigan, USA - APR 19, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a deep dark black with a thin off white head. Aroma of chocolate malt. Tastes like a porter but a lot lighter in the palate and stomach.
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dlbeer (792) - Wisconsin, USA - APR 14, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Dark pour with tan head. Smells of dark malts, chocolate and slight hops. Tastes of the same with a clean finish. Very good.
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gnoff (7844) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - APR 14, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught at New Belgium Brewing Company in Fort Collins, on April 6, 2014.
As "New Belgium 1554 Enlightened Black Lager".
Clear dark red color, teal head. Malty, hoppy, sweet, herbal, caramel taste. Caramel, mineral aftertaste. Fizzy mouthfeel, low bitterness. Malty, grainy scent.
DedicatedToFun (2547) - Santa Monica, California, USA - APR 10, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: APR 13, 2014 Pretty interesting brew for sure, didnt have high expectations, but i did end up liking this traditional ale. Tastes a little burnt with malty notes. Some smoke and bitterness. Dark pour but good overall.
StLsportsfan (56) - Hazelwood, Missouri, USA - APR 9, 2014
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very good, balanced Schwartzbier. Not remarkably complex. Some coffee and chocolate. More lager than stout. Not quite as good as Sprechers.
arnold931 (547) - Iowa, USA - APR 5, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Very dark color. This beer is readily available. Smooth bock-like flavor and very drinkable.
jw0406 (769) - atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 2, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle pours a dark brown color with a nice off white head. Aromas of nuts, caramel, roasted malt. Medium bodied, very good