FatWater (20) - Martinez, Georgia, USA - FEB 18, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma is of roasted chocolate and dark fruits. Appearance is black with a large tan head that dissipates quickly. Tastes of cocoa, graham cracker, and sweet malts. Palate is thick and creamy. Overall an excellent beer that I always enjoy drinking.
bastarda (439) - Freiburg, GERMANY - OCT 24, 2016
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 11/20
@What’s brewing 10/16 - blind tasting round side by side with Black Lion of Löwenbrauerei Bräunlingen. Fruity, slight caramel-toffee. A lot of residual sweetness in taste. Smooth.
bartlebier (3499) - Belchium im Biersgau, GERMANY - OCT 24, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottles catered by JoeinDahlem, blind tasted against Bräunlinger Black Lion Schwarzbier during and post What’s Brewing 1516-2016. Especially in comparison with the Brasilian-inspired roast and chocolate malt forward Schwarzbier: Not really a Black Lager, maybe loosely inspired by late 19c Belgian brewers copying German/Bohemian recipes...? - Autumnal aromas, marmite on brown bread conjure up fallen foliage, some roasted chestnut sweetness announcing itself...more of that in taste, especially both the gentle sweetness and pronounced nutty bitterness of roasted unripe chestnut, late astringent nutty "sourness" and all. Coca Cola running in between somewhere...none of that expected fig jam or date paste though. A US cover of an extinct Belgian brewery’s Dunkel idea of a Schwarzbier?
ehaak26 (121) - - OCT 21, 2016
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
From a bottle. Roasted and chocolate malts. Pour is black with very small white/tan head.
Davros (2812) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - OCT 18, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours almost black, small head.
Nose shows cocoa, bready and toasty notes, some light fruity notes too.
Flavours include bready and toasty notes, nutty malt, some soft sweetness.
PugUglyBrewer (191) - - OCT 16, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a nonic pint glass. The appearance shows a light tan creamy head. The color is dark brown. The aroma is caramel and figs. On the taste I get caramel, figs and chocolate. A delicious dark beer with friendly composition and a nice alternative in dark beer for novices and the seasoned.
olsvammel (6288) - Örebro, SWEDEN - OCT 4, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample at SBWF 2016. Dark malty smell with chocolate. Similar taste. Deep malty flavour. Clean.
Dervock (1004) - AUSTRALIA - SEP 30, 2016
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle - dark pour with a red tinge in the light. Aroma is fruity, roast malt and chocolate. Sligyt sweetness up front mild malty finish.
JoeinDahlem (1456) - Berlin, Berlin, GERMANY - SEP 27, 2016
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wound up with a few of these and was not excited about drinking them. I remember 1554 from earlier days as a bit bland. Drank a couple and realized how wrong I was. There is a naughty bit of residual sweetness here that really accentuates the chocolate in the malt, but thankfully it finishes just dry and bitter enough to want more gulps.Looking forward to getting to know it better.
boydmarq (56) - Bloomington, Illinois, USA - AUG 25, 2016
3.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Really, really nice beer. Balanced, not too hoppy but a really nice bold flavor.
beerplace (913) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 22, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at St. Augustine’s during New Belgium 25th anniversary celebration. Pours a dark reddish copper with a white head. Aroma is roasted malt, chocolate. Taste roasted malt, dark fruits notes. Roasted malt, bready notes aftertaste. Very pleasant. Full-bodied, but easy drinkable.