superspak (1902) - Michigan, USA - SEP 19, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 25, 2012 22 ounce bottle into pilsener glass, bottled on 12/20/2011. Pours pitch black color with a nice 1-2 finger foamy tan head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing on the glass, with a good amount of carbonation streaming up. Aromas of chocolate, roasted malt, toffee, caramel, coffee, light char, grass, and herbal. Very nice aromas with nice balance and complexity. Taste of cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, caramel, toffee, toast, herbal, grass, and earth. Lingering notes of cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, caramel, herbal, and grass on the finish for a bit. Nice flavor balance, complexity, and robustness; no cloying flavors at all on the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium body; with a fairly creamy, chalky, and crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent schwarzbier! Very robust and balanced roasted flavors; extremely smooth and crisp to drink. Really enjoyed this one.
DruncanVeasey (6604) - NUNEATON, Conference Premier, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - SEP 17, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big bottle split with Matt and Octo at Sandy Lane, CA, 28/08/12. Slippery pitch capped with creamy yellow-tan. Deep-roasted nose dusted with coal, smoothed with chocolate and mocha, slight seahorse (??). Notes of iron, blackcurrant and Nutella spread on burnt toast, dipped in mocha. Hint of pepper: Matt reckons radish. Straightforward, sessionable and delicious. Bittersweet but mainly sweet. Bags of berries and brimstone. A top, full-bodied, English-style stout, basically. Fuck it feels good to be back on the mainland.
mensch (226) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - SEP 7, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 poured into a half yard. Huge rocky mocha head, black beer. Smooth and creamy roast aroma. Deep and luscious, medium bodied, bitter malts. Lots o’ flavor in a small attractive package (i.e. low ABV.) The sun has just set and there’s very little surf here, so I’m going to go sit under the full moon and contemplate life, the universe and beer.
swoopjones (4902) - Buffalo, New York, USA - SEP 5, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at coles, black pour. Mildly roasted aroma. Medium roast, slight sweetness. Lighter mouthfeel. Tasty
larsga (5812) - Oslo, NORWAY - AUG 26, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Medium brown head. Opaque black body. Roasty milky licorice aroma with burnt earthy notes. Dry-sweet dusty earthy taste with citric burnt notes. Mid-bodied. Mild, soft mouthfeel. Dry metallic earthy burnt aftertaste with pine needle and flour notes. Nice, bold, drinkable. (0.65l bottle at Olympen, Oslo.)
Errl (1098) - Plano, Texas, USA - AUG 20, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled 12/20/11..22oz bottle..pour is brown with a soapy tan head with heavy lacing..Nose is roast,chocolate,bitter,spice,herbal...Taste is dark chocolate,spice,cinnamon,earth,raspberry,roast..pa is light with chocolate
bmerz (588) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - AUG 20, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. A mahogany brown with soapy tan head. Aromas are malt, earth, herbal and pepper. It is lightly sweet and the bitterness is balanced. Smoke. Body is light but soft and soapy with a dry, clean end. It’s not very inviting to me but is very complex for how easy a beer it is to drink.
GothGargoyle (834) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 16, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark black with a decent chocolate head. Aroma is toasted grain, chicory, touch of chocolate and smoke. Light on the palate with some smokiness and a roasty finish with a hint of bitterness. Taste is weak coffee, roasted grains, chicory. Interesting but not something I'd hunt down.
HenryXXX (201) - British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 16, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a black with a nice lite inch high beige head. The nose is initially minerally and copper penny. As it opens coffee, black forest cake and subtle warm spices. The pallet is quit lite but with plenty of flavor and complexity. Mineral, bitterness, coffee, followed by an astringent bitterness and finishes with a cocoa nib and bitter chocolate.
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gunnfryd (9318) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 12, 2012
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. black colour with a tan head. Aroma is roasted malt, chocolate, caramel, berries. Flavour is roasted malt, chocolate, berries, cofffe. Medium body. OK/Nice beer.