josarah (111) - Hinesburg, Vermont, USA - JUL 21, 2008
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at VBF, deep beige head, malty aroma, deep brown color. This cask had a light bourbon and vanilla bean conditioning, reminicent of marshmallow. Great mouth feel, nice and dry, just a great beer.
mrmekon (100) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 15, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours pitch black, medium off-white head, moderate lacing. Aroma of roasted malt and yeast. Taste is predominantly a light bitter, roasted malt, with mild balancing sweetness. A little sticky, light body, refreshing.
njmoons (59) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 17, 2009
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Picked up a bottle on the sale rack at the Beer Store. I enjoyed the beer, but had a lot of roasted malt for a Shwarzbier.
Poured very dark brown, almost black. Very little foam, but what did come up stayed for a while.
The aroma was malty and sweet.
Taste was light like a would have expected but there is a lot of roasted malt flavor which was too much for my tastes in a Schwarbier. The roasted malt also interfeared with the finish, which was not a crisp and clean as I like in a Lager beer.
Almost seemed a light stout.
Mouthfeel was light as expected, and I had no trouble drinking the beer.
I might also suggest a new label. I really had to look at the beer bottle to see what it was. The label was dark and without a close look I could only see a very long German Word (fireman) that I could not pronounce. I only invested the effort since it was on the sale rack.