Ragnampiza (599) - Rome / Lecce, ITALY - SEP 9, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
660 ml bottle from Domus Birrae. Dark brown with some red tinges, difficult to see through, with a nice, creamy, fluffy and persistent light beige head. Grassy and herbal upfront, coffee beans and chocolate as follow. Slightly spicy (cinnamon) as well. Little metallic edge during the first sip quite bitter and dry, more coffee forward than the nose indicated. Slightly astringent, very mild sourness, lingering burnt caramel aftertaste. Average carbonation, light to medium body, slightly oily texture. Not my favourite Schwarz (even tho I suspect this is an old bottle), but a pleasent beer nonetheless.
SQNfan (591) - Wheaton, Illinois, USA - JUL 9, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black in color with a thin layer of brown lacing. The nose shows off coffee, dark caramel and malt. The nose is pretty simple but comes off as almost deep. In the mouth it is medium-bodied with good balance and a finish of bitter coffee. A strange combination of "heavy" attributes as well as "light".
dhunter151 (590) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - FEB 13, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours jet black with a thick brown head. Smells of roasted malt and coffee. The coffee flavor and bitterness lingers for a little bit. Pretty good.
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scoth (576) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 26, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours clear dark brown, inky in the glass, cherry brown around the edges, with a two-finger tan head, very good and lasting lacing. Aromas of dark chocolate, coffee, toasted rye bread, and grass. Medium-thin body, lively, crisp, lightly dry. Lightly sweet flavor, a touch savory, more coffee, rye bread, and some citrus. Well balanced and very drinkable.
smcolw (567) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 20, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Under the name of Midnight Sessions Lager
Pours near black with a small, but densely packed beige head. Lots of quality lace on the glass.
Aroma of dark roasted coffee and warm cream. Elements of toffee; slightly chalky.
Tastes like a stout--it is even full-bodied, despite being lagered (still lighter than most stouts). Lots of burnt toast/black patent flavors, particularly at the swallow. There’s enough hop to be present. Great chewy finish with lots of spiciness. An easy to drink "session" beer, even though this is no session beer!
Aquilo (562) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUN 7, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black with a small tan head. Aroma of peanut butter and malt. Smells like a peanut butter sandwich. Flavor is very rich and mildly bitter very smooth mouthfeel. Delicious.
BarossaLuke (540) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 23, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Quite dark in colour. Aroma has coffee and mocha, a lot of roast malt character. The palate is quite full bodied but clean and the hop bitterness balances it all out. I prefer a schwarzbier with less roast aroma and flavour, but this is a very well made beer and pretty tasty.
brianjames1 (539) - Northridge, California, USA - FEB 19, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
couldnt believe i was drinking a lager. dark very dark with a thin mocha colored head. Aroma of Chocolate, nuts, a bit of coffee, and the roasted malt. Clean crisp and refreshing as most lagers
bblack99 (527) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - OCT 2, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber from August trip to Colorado. Pours a light-consuming black with a moderate, short-lived pale brown head. Aroma is as roasty (read burnt) a roast coffee can be, as strong as any RIS competitor. Flavor brings a robust push of roast coffee, dark chocolate, and liquid smoke. The balance brought in by the earthy and fruity hops is surprisingly good, and this brew has a wacky depth of flavor for a schwarzbier. 9 out of 10 commoners would confuse this for a good stout, if not for the slightly thinner body. Awesome brew!
doublebock (520) - California, USA - JUN 14, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Immediate and pleasant scent of toffee and cappuccino. Black color with foamy tan head. Texture and flavor is like a draught Guiness. Nice smooth roasted malt taste with cocoa and some tobacco.