kegbear (436) - Orange, California, USA - JUL 4, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Malty smokey aroma. Favor of burnt coffee, malt and smoke. Some vegetable tastes come through. Not my favorite Port Brewing beer.
thicksuds (427) - Massachusetts, USA - JUL 21, 2012
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I think this bottle was a bit old, maybe a yr. the other Port Brewing bottles in the store were older but I decided to try it anyway....no date on the bottle
Great pour, if it is that old the carbonation hung in well.
Smoke flavor dominates, then it comes off like a lager after that with not much else to it. Bitterness comes in on the back end as well, has a bit of sweetness in the middle.
All in all very drinkable, not sure if this bottle was fresh and if a fresh one would have done it more justice, but I think this is decent, a little above average, probably not something I will revisit with better options available, but not bad.
ScottyP (425) - Brentwood, Tennessee, USA - DEC 2, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour is black with medium tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, coffee, some chocolate. Taste is roasted malt all the way through with a slight dry, bitter finish with the hops. Thin bodied with above average carbonation. Very drinkable
Ragnampiza (424) - 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.
ARH (400) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 20, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
on tap poured into a 4oz english tulip. Grilled hot dog aromas hit the nose initially and almost overwhelmingly. As it mellows, some tropical fruit notes start to come through under the smokiness. It pours a dark, nearly-opaque, caramel red color with a micro bubble, espresso head. The head retention is pretty good and it leaves abundant lacing. It has a mellow burnt bitterness that out-muscles the mild sweet with a touch of umami. Itís a fairly light body, with a thin texture and very light amounts of carbonation. The mouth is mostly filled with a char-dog flavor (bun included!) and finishes with a very roasty nut and burnt toast finish which does linger for a while.
GriffinAvenue (396) - Winchester, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 30, 2008
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Deep black color. Tannish ringed head. Licorice, malty. Roasty but not overdone. Dates / raisin hints. Thin, slightly watery in body and taste. 1-part flavoring with nothing distinctive on exhale or finish. Hoped for better given what these guys normally do but this is a relative disappointment
sirpsycho (393) - Murrysville, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 6, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a very dark brown, almost black, small tan head. Aroma is malt and chocolate. Flavor is malt, roast, some smoke and chocolate on the dry, slightly bitter finish.
rollinsr (383) - Atlanta, GEORGIA - MAR 2, 2011
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I had this today and was labeled Midnight Expressions. Very smoky malt character with a taste that is strongly reminiscent of a dry Irish stout. At 4%ABV this is good session beer for dark lager-lovers. I personally like heavier dark lagers but I wonít hold it against such a delicious beer.
UselessGdTaste (365) - Long Beach, California, USA - MAY 11, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Itís like a stout lager. I was really astounded by the amount of deep chocolates present while being light like a lager. A very surprising beer for sure. Serve this one cold.
ironchefscott (357) - portland, Oregon, USA - APR 26, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
awesome scwarzbier....great roasted flavor and a great roasted and not burnt flavor.......damn I could drink this all day......
best scwarzbier I have ever had!