3fourths (8219) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 23, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours semi-cloudy dark chocolate brown with a small, thin head. Nose has some heavy amounts of roasted barley and chocolate malt, with a similar flavor: roasty, charred, dry malt, toasted bread, charred wood, cracked cereal grains, and a bit of a twangy quality as well, maybe from the yeast or the lagering? It definitely comes off like a stout, but has some small amount of character that’s unlike stout, but I certainly wouldn’t pen this as a schwarzbier. Pretty damn good, regardless of style definitions.
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - APR 22, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle, courtesy of stefanje. Thanks, Stefan! Pours a dark chocolate-brown color; light tan head with patchy fine-bubbled lacing. Essentially smells like cocoa powder; Baker’s chocolate, bitter chocolate; slightly tart lactic character, some chalk. Mouthfeel follows suit: lots of cocoa, Baker’s chocolate, and toffee; generous Schwarzbier character, if a touch chalky and bittersweetly tart; pretty interesting, dense beer. Medium finish: Baker’s chocolate, cocoa, and toasted grains.
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - APR 22, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Courtesy of kmweaver. Dark brown/black body with a small tan head. Big dark chocolate nose with toffee, some dark fruits and a dusty yeast. Flavor is lightly sweet, lightly bitter with lots of chocolate and roast, raisins, toffee and doughy yeast. Medium body is round with light carbonation. Really nice to see Tomme brewing a Schwarzbier.
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - APR 21, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black. Brown edges. Small off white head. Huge roasted malt in the nose is accompanied by whole coffee beans, cookie, and graham cracker. Same flavor with a hint of concentrated bittersweet chocolate. Medium body, balanced carbonation. Real easy to drink. World class schwarz.
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 (8018) - 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 (3879) - 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 i’ve ever had and probably the best mouth feel for a 5% beer. great stuff!
Haslinger (865) - 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 (2173) - 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 (2361) - 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.