cazort (478) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 19, 2013
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer has the controlled flavor and aroma that is common for German beers, but that I rarely encounter from American micro-brewed attempts at emulating German styles. Aroma is predominately of roast...the aroma very slightly suggests sweetness but there is almost no sweetness in the flavor: I find this refreshing. Flavor is moderately bitter, and otherwise subdued: no sweetness, little sourness. The alcohol is well-masked, and not very evident in the aroma. The overall character is more similar to a dry stout though than a Schwarzbier, because of how the aroma suggests sweetness. Light body, contrasting with rich flavor. I really like this...I’m not sure how true to the style it is but it was a very enjoyable beer and I’d gladly drink it again. It’s very rare that I find a beer that is this dark and roasty in color and aroma while being so light and refreshing in flavor and body.
mempath (14) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 13, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
solid interpretation...who wants traditional or wacked out (well, depends on the context). here, PBC got it spot on...it’s got their signature all over it. but it connects where it needs to...toasty/roasty...smooth with a slight bite. thick enough mouthfeel/palate so it doesn’t become too quaffable. creamy toffee nose...
this case won’t last long. i can imagine now a Dark Side ’black and tan’ (let’s call it ’black y noir’) with this and their Joe Coffee Porter. i could go on, but i’d rather crack open another and pour it into one of my various Kenzinger lager glasses. cheers
tcane7 (1365) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 4, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask at Johnny Brendas. Pour a deep brown, near black, totally flat, no head. Notes of raisin, chocolate, roasted malt. Medium mouthfeel and no carbonation.
NikkTwist (1254) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 4, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Khyber Pass. Black ruby pour with a frothy tan head. Some lace. Lots of good thick flavor for a Schwartzbier. Toasted oats. Chocolate caramels. Raisins. Burnt chestnuts. Solid body. Thick and malty, but nite overly sweet. Liked this more than I thought I would. Like especially that it undersells itself. I can see other brewers pushing this as a Imperial Stout. Almost makes it there. Not overly complicated, and not thin enough to feel like a traditional German Swartzbier, but still very nice and drinkable. May be my favorate PBC offering so far.
Leafs93 (1516) - Dunmore, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 30, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with a small tan head. Aroma is dark chocolate, roast and a touch of espresso. Taste is bittersweet. Medium bodied with a slick texture and soft carbonation. Surprised by how good this was.
ReggieDunlap (2794) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 28, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours pitch black with a medium tan head. aroma has nice roastiness, touchof cocoa, and burnt notes. flavor follows suit...nice dark chocolate and burnt bitterness. mouthfeel is medium/full and the finish is roasty/burnt bitter dark chocolate.
ryanscourt (471) - Latrobe, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 25, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark, roasted, frothy brown head. Dark and light bodied. Dry and toasty aftertaste. Excellent representation of the style. Almost burnt tasting malt without the coffee and chocolate flavors apparent in a stout. Was a really big fan of this one. Had during the tasting at PBC.