DrnkMcDermott (2780) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - SEP 10, 2013
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Single bottle from HyVee. Pours, well, like a bottled stout. Black beer under a big tan to brown head. I can’t give too much props to the smell, because it is very, very light; just nothing wrong. Taste is a solid, though admittedly unremarkable schwarzbier. The expected dry lager finish kind of prevents the black malt character from asserting itself. Some ups for having a definite malty feel that leaves my lips a little sticky. And I am getting fonder of this brewski as I go further into it.
micronaut129 (241) - chalfontborotowntonbergville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 17, 2014
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The bottle says Black ale, the style here is listed as brown ale. What gives?
To me it resembles and tastes more like a brown ale.
It is although a very black looking beer with a smallish foamy head that fades fast real fast.
Thin light aroma of roasted malts maybe some espresso.
Tastes of roasted burnt malts coffee and espresso. Hops can’t be tasted but has a measure of bitterness at the end.
Has porter and stoudt qualities to it.
Medium to thick mouthfeel. Watery around the edges with some grit and astringency to it.
A good middle of the road beer no matter what it’s called.
wimpyjoe (3543) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUL 16, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Booths, Media City. Black with no head. Lots of fruit in its nose and almost as much in its taste which includes a sticky sweetness.
Stuu666 (1659) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 15, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at Lebowskis. Pours black, hint of liquorice, dry bitter roast, light toffee.
Patrickctenchi (3446) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - MAY 26, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle: (as Onyx Black Ale)
Pours slight rubied, clear black with a heavy, tan head.
Caramel malt...roast chocolate malt aroma.
Taste is creamy, light chocolate roast....
A little herbal hoppiness.
davidtjm (272) - Berlin, GERMANY - MAY 3, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black pour with no head, sour malt aroma. Taste is sour, roast malt, coffee and dark chocolate. Nice
jamestulloch (1264) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 23, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from The Beerhive. Black body with a thick beige head. Nice lacing. Aroma of burnt toast, filter coffee, nuts and even a hint of red wine. Flavour of brown bread, weak coffee and plum. Thin body with a slightly oily texture. Light carbonation. Simple, nice.
mmill527 (74) - Wisconsin, USA - APR 14, 2014
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Not too good, kind of tastes like burnt baked beans, more like a lager than an ale.
rondphoto (1812) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - APR 12, 2014
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
@ Party Town / Florence KY --- Clear, very dark brown with a long-lasting tan head, streaks of lace. Taste is light malt that grows into caramel as it moves through the palate, turning politely bitter in the finish. An agreeable quaff, but nothing exceptional, or even memorable.
hotstuff (4058) - Indiana, USA - APR 10, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Rated on 4-14-2011 (Bottle) This beer pours a small smooth semi-fizzy tan head that mostly diminishes, opaque dark brown body, fast rising carbonation observed, and spotty amounts of lacing. The aroma is malt, chocolate, roasted, and light hops. The taste is malt, some chocolate, roasted, and burnt. The mouthfeel is soft and this beer is light-medium bodied. Overall, this beer is just ok as it does not afford much character and the flavor could be enhanced.
deyholla (6504) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - APR 5, 2014
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Pours near black with a tan head that dissipates quickly to the edges. Aroma has notes of dark bread with some chocolate and a bit of roasted malts backing. Flavor is mainly dark grains and dark bread with a hint of roasted malts and chocolate. A bit thin on the finish.