JoeMcPhee (8357) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 28, 2008
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep brown beer with a thin white/tan head. Aroma is very chocolatey and quite rich-smelling. A bit earthy and fairly chewy. Soft and chocolatey. Bitter cocoa and a soft well-lagered cleanness on the back. It’s got a more assertive hoppiness than most, but it’s quite nice.
jtclockwork (8183) - , New Jersey, USA - SEP 12, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to Jcwattsrugger. Pours black with tan head. Nose of smoke and chocolate. Taste of smoke, chocolate and anise. Some licorice.
DocLock (7824) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 28, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber. Pours deep blackish brown with off-tan head. Nose is dark malt, cacao, Wheaties, pumpernickle bread. Tastes malty, with cacao, rye, slight oak and hops. Medium palate. Solid, and a style I see far too little of these days.
MartinT (7779) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 7, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
My Bottom Line:
Roasted and toasted cereals conjure up a creamy mouthfeel for this honest and very friendly Schwarzbier.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam covers the dark brown.
-A discreet roasted malt and hop duo produce amenable bitterness.
-Some caramel sweetness is perceived in the flavor profile.
-The body is crisp and nourishing, a very drinkable vehicle.
-Overall, this might not be very complex, but it’s simplicity exemplifies the virtues of pure goodness.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - OCT 31, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a mostly opaque dark mahogany with a thin, wispy-lacing light tan head. Aroma of sweet toasty dark caramel and roasted malt with a touch of noble hops and dark chocolate. Body starts fairly full and semi-sweet with a good roasty dark malty flavor balanced with subtle bittering hops before a drier, smooth finish. Pretty true to style and very drinkable.
sebletitje (6624) - Enghien, BELGIUM - NOV 15, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours dark brown, off-white head.
aroma of dark fruits, light roast/coffee and caramel malts.
flavor, malty, fresh apple and dark fruits; currants, hints of smoke, roasted malts, as it warmed up, gained a little chocolate.
Light and tasty.
j12601 (6584) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - APR 8, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a deep dark black to brown with a large creamy tan head. Sweet light cocoa, dark old fruit, plums, faintest hint of grain. I’m surprised at how good this smells since a number of their other beers really broke down over time, and this smells… tasty. Medium bodied, a bit of plastic and old cardboard finally do show up, but only after a soft bit of vanilla and toffee. Finishes with a bit more old cardboard and a soft grainy bitterness. Better than expected given the age.
Radek Kliber (6386) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - DEC 22, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle 650 ml
Appearance: black , dark , mild haze , some brown hints , light fizzy top.2+
Nose: honey up front , brown malts , bit oily nose. Not very swarz like. 6-
Flavor/Palate : Lighter , soft , silky feel. Roasty character appears with time. Quiet drinkable. To creamy wity its softness too be proper for style , skip that and you will like it.
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 19, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark brown with a white head. Smells of light chocolate, bananas, fuity. Tastes of roasted malt, brown sugar, some nice rich chocolatey hints. Excellent!
Rastacouere (6125) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 7, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
660mL from Half Time. Confident, aromatic and charming, friendly dark lager.
Focused on the dark malt character, neglecting the fruits, but doing so well at chocolate, roasted grains and soft toffee whispers that you just want to take it as it is and drink a lot of it. Remarkably drinkable for a lager of this bulk. Strinking a fine balance between sweet and dry. Just a touch of soft balancing hops.
Nothing of note here.