Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - APR 21, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Huge thanks to stefanje for this beer! Pours a very dark chocolate color with small roasted head. Nose is very strong of rosted coffee, chocolate type malts, pitted fruits and molasses...wonderful. Palate was rich and full-bodied with dark chocolate, dark fruits, sweet bread and roasted coffee beans, which lended itself to a smokey finish. Fantastic beer that I wish I had more of...thanks Stefan!
JorisPPattyn (7678) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - APR 21, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught Small greige head, fast gone over near black beer. Roasted but sweet, molasses-like and sweet (honey-) roast; roasted raisins in a cake, near burnt. Burnt and very dry, nearly carbon-like, sticky in the finish. Well filled slick, sticky body. Good, but rather sweet, stout-like lager.
drewbeerme (3836) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 20, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 21, 2008 22oz bottle. pours dark brown with small tan head. aroma of dark fruits, chocolate, and caramel. nice nose. flavor of dark fruits, roast, chocolate, a fizzy dry and clean finish. a nice med-heavy body. easily the best schwarsbier iíve ever had and probably the best mouth feel for a 5% beer. great stuff!
Haslinger (848) - The World of Beer, Texas, USA - APR 19, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap @ Port Brewing. Dark brown creamy head. Good coffee and roasted malt aroma, tasted of roasted malt and some coffee with a little chocolatey mocha thing going on. Great smokey aftertaste. Great would buy again.
SDalkoholic (2057) - Linda Vista, California, USA - APR 19, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle from South Bay Drugs. I was surprised to find this was an extremely deep dark black. Created a small formation of head but it quickly died and became a solid brown color of liquid in a glass. Plenty of roasted malt and olfaction of coffee bean pre-ground. Texture is initially oily but also has somewhat of a creamy palate in the end. Flavor is considerably simple with moderate use of roasted malt and background taste of mocha or hazelnut coffee.
adrian910ss (2274) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 18, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bomber. Pours a shiny black cola with a medium sized light brown head. Aroma of roasted malt and dark chocolate. Taste of roasted malts, chocolate and a hint of smoke.
shadey (1845) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - APR 18, 2008
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz bottle courtesy of Joey at South Bay. The pour is black and glossy with a creamy ring of dark tan cream. If I didnít know any better, I would think this was a stout. The aroma is roasty and chocolaty, much the way a porter would be. So far I canít find the lager in this.
After the first big mouthful it becomes a bit more apparent. There is a ton of flavor here, but it comes across as more European and less American in character. Iím not finding any hops, but Iím finding some smokey/roasty/chocolaty notes that are really very appealing. The smoke is very well blended and it isnít astringent, but it is earthy and strong. The body is more refreshing than heavy. At 5% this is definitely a sessionable beer and that would be a wonderful session. Great work on an under-represented style.
IEBAILI (123) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 18, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Smooth as silk, roasty and chocolatey, refreshing, medium body. Black with a deep tan head. From a bomber. Just a little bitterness, not much hop aroma or flavor. Some light, raisiny fruit on the finish. Nice dark beer thatís not too heavy, very clean, maybe not very complex but quite drinkable. Port/LA gets lots of hype for their high priced special releases, but this is yet another example of how tasty and drinkable their everyday priced beers are. Iíll definitely buy again.
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - APR 16, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bottle from Plaza Liquors - Pours a dark brown color with a 1/2 finger thick tan head. Very light spotty lacing. Aroma is a roasted-toasted malt, faint coffee and dust. Flavor has lots of roasted malt and coffee. Medium body. Lingering roastiness on the palate. One of the more flavorful Schwarzbier beer Iíve had. A good beer.
travita (3652) - Frisco, Texas, USA - APR 16, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown to black in color with a decent head. Smell is coffee, hops, dark roasted malts. Taste has some bitterness, is dry, and malty. Clean and easy to drink.