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!
blankboy (6307) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 22, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
<i>My bottle (650ml) shared with GregClow, HogTownHarry & garthicus.</i> Pours a very deep ruby-brown with a small diminishing tan head. Aroma of smoked meat, roasted malt and a hint of chocolate. Nice creamy, malty and smoky flavour with a light roasty bitter finish. Average to medium bodied. Quite good, I really liked it.
Rastacouere (6142) - 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.
HogTownHarry (6133) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - DEC 1, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2009 Bottle (22oz). Shared by blankboy with me, garthicus and GregClow. Deep clear ruby with a smallish fizzy-creamy tan head. Oily, roasty malt aroma, hints of light peat and/or smoke, quite nutty. The taste - lovely - smooth and somewhat light, but a terrific balance of dry smoke, light creamy/minty bitterness and tame near-burnt roast malt. Average of body, slick, only mildly carbonated, with a whisper of astringency from the smokiness - only a medium-length finish to this one, but overall a solid, solid effort, very drinkable.
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 9, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
In short: A very hoppy Schwarzbier. Very good.
How: Tap at Vermont Brewers Festival 2008
The look: Black body topped by a small tan ring
In long: Malt and yeast profile is smooth and round reminded me a lot of Czech Republic Tmavys. Roastiness kept to a minimum, light burnt toast flavour, hints of chocolate, raisins, light molasses. But where this one stood out is in the hopping department. Dry grassy noble hops and fruity American style hops. Some lemony touches too. Long bitter finish with a light tartness. Not a very tasty beer but man could I drink pint after pint of this thing. This is an above average Schwarzbier adapted for the hop-loving American. The day of hoppy double cheeseburger is coming.
TaktikMTL (6088) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 21, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Verre de dégustation, provenant d’un fût, au Vermont Brewers Festival 2008 (Burlington, VT). Arôme: Odeur de chocolat et de caramel avec une pointe de vanille. Apparence: La couleur est noire opaque. Présence d’un mince col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de caramel et de chocolat avec une pointe de café. Longue durée de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement crémeuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Présence de café en arrière goût. (Rating #1835)
PorterPounder (5755) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUL 12, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Savannah, Ga - Habersham Beverage Warehouse (Habersham Blvd) - 22 oz bottle. Tar-black pour with a thin but long lasting khaki colored head. Earthy aroma with some faint traces of chocolate. rich flavor with some nice chocolate undertones, a bit of coffee and a nice underlying subtle sourness. Traces of licorice as well. Mouthfeel is crisp - about right for the style.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - JUN 26, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at JoeMcphee’s. Pours a black body with ruby hues and a tan head. A/F sweet malt, chocolate, liquorish, and toffee. Good.
egajdzis (5431) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 25, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a reddish mahogany color with a small, tan head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted malts, nuts, cocoa, smoke, and burnt toast. Taste of chocolate, more roast, caramel malts, smoke, nuts, and dry wood in the finish.
Suttree (5284) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 21, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle courtesy of jcwattsrugger. Black (or schwarz, if you will), with a ring of foam. Faint aroma, a mix of coffee and tar ( in a good way) with notes of I dunno, more coffee. Flavor is mellow coffee and maybe a touch of chocolate. Very clean and crisp.