hopscotch (8529) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 18, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle... Thinkin’ ‘Bout Thirteen Hours O’ Drinkin’ (tew man wrecking crew)... Pitch black lager with a small, creamy, beige head. Terrific retention. Acrid coffee and cocoa with nutty notes and a whisper of smoke comprise the aroma. Medium to full-bodied with lively carbonation. Tips just slightly onto the bitter side of balance. Moderate acidity. Lengthy, acrid, charcoal finish. Kudos to mgumby10 for sharing the bottle!
hopdog (8521) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 25, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle shared courtesy of egajdzis. Poured a dark, deep brown color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of lots of roast, light chocolate, and some nuttiness. Tastes of roast, chcooalte, nuts, and more charred malts.
NielsenRatings (8273) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 2, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle @ home picked up at Argonaut Denver. Pours a deep brown/black appearance with a fluffy, dark brown head. Very roasty, charred malty, a touch smoky, coffee, mild chocolate, a bit herbal aroma. Dark fruity, burnt malty, chocolate, caramelized sugary flavor that’s a bit thin on the finish. Fairly light bodied. Solid but not overwhelmingly good for the style
JoeMcPhee (8188) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 9, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep black pour with a thick creamy tan head. Very sticky and inviting. The nose is quite creamy and chocolatey with a touch of soft malted milk character as well. Chewy sweetness along with a touch of almost smoky cocoaish flavour. Soft and earthy with a touch of light lingering cocoa. Clean and quite fresh tasting… this is a damn fine schwarzbier.
Sammy (8094) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 16, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
I like the style, and buying the bomber at Gordon’s in Watham, I was a bottle past my 12-packer for the plane. Hence an enjoyable and informative sharing with Jeff at Jaspar’s in Nashua. Roasty aroma, black body with permanent off-white little head, with a great drinkability, and this is 10 minutes in the fridge on a warm day. Balanced with a tad of fruitiness, and complexity in the roasted black malt.
Drake (7940) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - FEB 22, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 ounce bottle shared by cdumler. Pours a very dark color with a medium brown head. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma of roasted malts and caramel with a bitter hop finish. Taste is bitter malts, roasted coffee and chocolate. Medium bodied. Very nice.
GT2 (7875) - Carlsbad, California, USA - JAN 14, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber courtesy of SuzyGreenberg. Pours nearly pitch black with a thin, creamy tan head that has little retention and lacing. Aroma is subtle. Light black cherries, beautiful chocolate ganache, mocha, molassessome campfire. Taste is iced coffee, some alpha hop bitterness, fairly dry. Bit of an oily mouthfeel. Rich, easy to drink.
3fourths (7797) - 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.
BMan1113VR (7788) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUN 28, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap served by Tomme. Apperently this is Serpents Stout runoff mash. Great, easy drinking Dark Lager. Pours with a thick, light brown head covering a very dark brown body. Roasted malt aroma that is a little salty. Taste is coffee and a bit salty but still finishes quite sweet. Slightly fizzy mouthfeel, but still goes down great.
JorisPPattyn (7716) - 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.