tjthresh (1867) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - MAY 19, 2008
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Tria. The pour was dark brown with a thick light brown head. The smell is full of roast and smoke, with just a little bit of hops and clean yeast character. Same with the flavor. This beer is quite robust, yet easy to drink. Full bodied. Medium carbonation. Dry clean finish. Really one of the better surprises I’ve drink in a long time.
rudolf (2342) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAY 19, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, shared at the May 2008 tasting. Thanks Paul, because "Blankboy is much better than blackout drunk." Very rich dark brown, tan head. Nose is smoke & cocoa, light iodine malt. Flavor is smoke, burnt malt, cocoa, very dark toffee, burnt fruits. A very aggressive Schwarzbier.
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 19, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Rudy’s tasting May ’08, courtesy of I think Blankboy. Pitch black, small tan head. Smoke, roast aroma with some hops. Strong roast and smoke taste over a very thick body. Like an Imperial Swarzbier, this might have the most mids leading beer name ever. Very nice and complex.
hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - MAY 19, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at Paul’s Hoboken Gathering. Almost black in color. Aroma: light chocolate and alot of coffee (roast), with some light molasses in the background and vanilla. Taste is very roast driven- espresso, light chocolate, molasses, vanilla. Light bodied, very drinkable. Finishes with roast and a light hop bitterness. nice.
wickedpete (634) - Lexington Park, Maryland, USA - MAY 18, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black bodied, tan head. Sweet chocolate, mocha aroma. Flavor is predominantly a dry coffee. Thin and watery.
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 17, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle. again thanks to justin....pours dark pretty close to black with brownish hues at the edges. very thin light brown head tops it off..... aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, and a little ashy.... flavors stay true with an emphasis on the roasted malt, chocolate, and a little smoke at the end. medium body and lively enough carbonation to give it some perkiness.
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAY 17, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to Hellbilly for this. I must say this brew grew on me. Dark brown pour; almost black with tan head and some spotty lacing. A interesting funky coffee aroma. Slick mouth-feel with lots of coffee and some hints of chocolate. Burning taste finish.
1FastSTi (3343) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 15, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks Todd. The beer pours to a very dark cola colored body with a thin creamy darker beige head. The aroma is nutty coffee and rich milk chocolate. Roasted bark and twigs. Very complex aromas. The flavor is rich with roasted black malts, coffee and chicory. Nice richness but slick roast that finishes clean. Average slick palate. Great lager overall. Dry at times. Aroma also had some burnt toast later on that became apparent.
notalush (5280) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 15, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled at Dickinsonbeer’s Hoboken gathering - cloudy dark brown - highly roasty aroma, notes of vanilla, loads of espresso bitterness - kind of bitter and ashy, but the vanilla sweetness adds a decent counterpoint - some burnt sugars and light tobacco quality - tastes more like a stout than a black lager, but a good one.
nimbleprop (5577) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 14, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasted at the Lupulin Reunulin at the Brickskeller. Tomme Arthur said this was brewed with the mash run off from a Serpent Stout batch. Pours a watery, although opaque black with a faint, slightly tan head. Smells smoky and wheaty with chocolate and coffee in the nose. Flavor is heavy on the coffee with nuts, toast and cocoa all combining. Finish is clean with just a bit of lasting coffee bitterness. Lighter and crisper than a stout, but very similar in terms of flavor profile.