AgentSteve (1640) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - AUG 5, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Burnt caramel pour with finger thick tan head. Sweet malt and smoke nose and flavor. Dry clean finish.
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JUL 31, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle. Pleasant aroma of chocolate, molasses, and roasty malt. Poured an opaque black color. The head was short and brown. Somke lace was left behind on the glass at the end. Medium bodied. Delicately sweet up front, dry and bitter at the end. Big roasted malt flavor with a dark chocolate accent. Mmmmm.
Rogueone (506) - I F&ckin’ hate those guys from, Ohio, USA - JUL 28, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle sampled at Columbus tasting 11: This beer pours dark with a thin smattering of tan head. Aroma is chocolate and molasses. Flavor is also chocolate malts, and dark syrupy sugars, raisin. Lingering bittersweet finish.
kramer (5094) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 22, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle, via FlacoAlto. Pours a dark brown body, very much like molasses in it’s appearance, with a small brown head that retained as a thin covering. Really great nose of coffee, dry roasted malt, and some hoppiness. Nice clean flavor with a roast and coffee all over the place, some black strap molasses. I love the dark malts with the smoothness and cleanliness of a lager. Moderate bitterness from both the roasted malt and some gentle hopping on the finish. This is really tasty, and a style that I wish more brewers would attempt. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and fairly crisp with perfect soft fizzy carbonation. This is a beer that I would drink a lot of in the summer/fall if I had access to it easily. There is an incredible amount of flavor to this for just a 5% ABV beer.
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 22, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a black color with brown highligts and a medium, light brown head. Very pleasant aroma of coacoa, molasses and malt. Solid flavor of molasses, coacoa and malt, it’s moderately sweet and then bitter in the end. The body is light with an oily texture and soft carbonation. The best schwarzbier I’ve had, verry impressive.
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 20, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottles from Capones and Sparky27 - thanks! Dark brown pour with a beige head. Aroma is roasty and coffeeish. Flavor has a nice coffee/light porter thing going on that I enjoyed. Solid mouthfeel. Not my favorite, but a solid performer that went well with some mixed grill items.
SQNfan (591) - Wheaton, Illinois, USA - JUL 9, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black in color with a thin layer of brown lacing. The nose shows off coffee, dark caramel and malt. The nose is pretty simple but comes off as almost deep. In the mouth it is medium-bodied with good balance and a finish of bitter coffee. A strange combination of "heavy" attributes as well as "light".
kegbear (436) - Orange, California, USA - JUL 4, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Malty smokey aroma. Favor of burnt coffee, malt and smoke. Some vegetable tastes come through. Not my favorite Port Brewing beer.
dmac (4204) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JUL 2, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bomber from the Beer Yard had at the end of the night so my notes could have been a little bit better. Pours a deep dark brown with a large foamy light beige head. Aroma is roasty, with notes of coffee and chocolate but also a little bit of mustyness. Flavor is even better then the aroma and the mustyness is missing and simply the raostiness from the malts shine through with a toasty slightly choclate flavor. One nice beer but the name made me think I was getting something light but instead it’s a pleasant dark lager instead.
ChazMania (656) - Pasadena, California, USA - JUN 29, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber. I was very surprised by this being called a lager. It seems to me much more like a porter. Its dark and thick. The flavor has a very malt and roasty coffee flavor. Easy to drink but very thick and chewy which is different from other lagers that i’m familiar with.