Leighton (8645) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 27, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at Sander’s place, NYC. Pours rich brown with a creamy, tan head. Some dusty cocoa in the nose with light leaves, dirt. Flavor ain’t nothing special. Light roasted malts, some plastic, dirty bitterness. Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Light sweet finish, light roasty cocoa, some leafy and dirty bitterness. Nothing special.
Loineshawn (3006) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 5, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle. pours a deep brown with a sizeable frothy tan brown head. aroma of silky dough, hazelnuts, cold roasty coffee, and a touch of licorice. taste is rustic floury dough, nuts, and bitter roast. dry. sessionable. tasty. to style, and maybe 85th percentile of the "black beers" i had in the czech republic, but i haven’t had many. like quite a bit. as far beers on ratebeer under the schwarzbier category, i’ll give the nod to the heater allen schwarzbier i had a couple weeks ago. this wasn’t too bad though. personally, would like a touch more bright roast, and a touch less dough. but who knows.
auerbrau (3079) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - DEC 28, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Meadhall - Cambridge, MA. Clean roast aroma. Light coffee-like body, edging seltzer-Like and minerally, with a bit of mush to the middle. Good dark flavors, but not as snappy as it could be.
thornecb (3972) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 9, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2011 Pours black into a Sam glass. Off-white head with excellent retention recedes to coat surface. Sweet chocolate and caramel aromas. Thin with chocolate and mild smoke front to back.