Darkmagus82 (2130) - - OCT 9, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Transfer from BA review on 1-21-14-
Served on tap in a pint glass
Appearance – The beer is served a deep brown cola color with a tiny tan colored head. The head fades super fast leaving a light level of lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the beer is quite heavy of a roasted malt smells as well as some other darker aromas of cocoa and coffee. Along with the darker aromas are some sweeter smells with some caramel.
Taste – The taste begins with a roasted malt flavor with some hints of caramel sweetness as well as some very light cocoa and coffee flavors. The roasted flavors remain relatively constant throughout the taste, while the other flavors change in intensity. As the taste advances the coffee and cocoa grow stronger with the caramel growing stronger as well. Some flavors of a light earthy and pine hop come to the tongue more toward the end, combining with the others to leave a slightly sweet and moderately roasted, but lightly bittered (from the hop and coffee) flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thinner side in terms of creaminess and thickness with a carbonation level that is on the average side. The medium carbonation helps to accentuate the easy drinking manner of the brew, all the while being able to support the more roasted flavors of the brew. The thinner body however falls a bit short, only enhancing the refreshingness of the brew, but only to a lighter level in light of the dark flavors.
Overall – OK but nothing super fantastic here. It is rather easy drinking with a moderately bittered but still lightly sweetened and roasted malt favored brew.
j12601 (8700) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - FEB 27, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Otto’s. Pours a clear cola brown with a thin tan head. Soft grain and a bit of roast on the nose,. Medium bodied, a bit of roast, hints of chocolate. Nice roast on the finish, soft cocoa and a hint of grain.
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - MAR 23, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Otto’s. Pours a very deep brown, mostly black colored body with a reddish hue. Finger-width, creamy, light tan head that dissipates slowly and leaves lots of lacing. Aroma is sweet with a bit of a berry fruitiness. Some caramel and a light roasty chocolate. Flavor is better. Some chocolates and berry caramels up front before a nice roast comes in to dry this out. The roasts really come out as this warms. A bit of a woody bitterness and pistachio nuttiness. Medium length aftertaste after a medium, smooth body and light carbonation. Overall, a decent schwarzbier. Good flavor and very easy drinking.
joshwilfong (1200) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAR 28, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
black with thick white. roasty nose. low carbonation for a lager. flavor os roasty malt with a crisp and dry finish. well made schwarz
adrian910ss (2492) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 17, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On draft at Ottos. PPours a beautiful mahogany-ruby red color with a medium light beige head. Aroma of roasted malts and grainy hops. Taste of grain, hops and roasted malts.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAR 11, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at Otto’s. Pours a black body with ruby hues and a tan head. Strong malt bill. Caramel with a hint of licorice. Sweet malty and somewhat lush.
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - FEB 19, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at the brewpub. Pours dark brown-black with thin tan head. The aroma is roasty and slightly sweet with some chocolate mousse and ash notes. The flavor is roasted grain, but without a harsh edge. There are milk chocolate and toffee notes behind that. There’s a bit of a lively citrus bite from the hops, but just enough to provide balance. A mild pistacchio note arises in the finish and sticks around into the aftertaste. Quite good in my opinion.
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 2, 2008
2.1 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 17/20
A massive disappointment as I love this style. On tap at brewpub. But hoppy and roasty. Otherwise too thin.
toddbates (95) - USA - JAN 27, 2008
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Growler consumed hours after purchase at the brewpub. Deep, rich color with a large khaki head. Light roasted malt in the nose with a sweet, thin, hoppy, weak taste with a bitter aftertaste. Tasted light and weak, even for a 4.5%
auerbrau (3199) - Ithaca, New York, USA - JAN 24, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the brewpub. Deep, stained mahogany pour with a fuming, beautiful, crisp, sustaining head in beige. Light roast, salt and toast aroma. Dampened. Flavor is initially clean, bright and alive with fresh bready malt and an immediate bitter edge. Higher, yet gentle alcohols. Mature, fruit character, really. But, then as this warms it really starts to pick up. Soft, warm tones in brandy and fruit go back and forth with glowing malt and bits of ash. It’s actually an interesting and inviting Schwarz. So fresh and delightful. Hop flavor develops as a spicy, woody tint in the beer. Dominates the mid-profile moreso than the smack or back end. Smacks out on a rich butterscotch, heavy caramel. One of those real refined, deep, and quietly expressive Otto’s beers. Kudos for turning a typically blah style into something I enjoyed.