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 oí flavor in a small attractive package (i.e. low ABV.) The sun has just set and thereís very little surf here, so Iím going to go sit under the full moon and contemplate life, the universe and beer.
Dmalone102 (223) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 21, 2009
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Iím actually rating this against the style of American Dark Lager, I donít think that it is a schwartzbier. Just because itís a really dark lager doesnít mean itís a schwartzbier.
Aroma- Burnt roastiness, smells like a campfire. I even got the impression of smoked meat.
Appearance- Murky, Dark Chocolate color, no clarity... perhaps due to the bottle conditioning. Very little dark tan head is appropriate for style.
Taste- No sweetness and no esters, both qualities are appropriate for style. Roasty, burnt flavors dominate, BJCP says that this is a defect for the style, but I kind of like it. Low sorness, moderate hop bitterness. Low hop flavor.
Palate is light in body, heavy on the carbonation. There is a very little astringency. It works for the style.
Overall impression- I enjoyed this beer because you donít see too many dark american lagers. If you made this with ale yeast instead of lager, it would be an awesome stout. The roastiness is a bit out of place, but it works for me because it is different. It tastes like they just heaped the roasted malt in the beer. For the price, itís worth checking out.
grimreaperguru (216) - santee, California, USA - MAR 12, 2010
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a black color with a dark tan head.Got the aroma of roasted malts and coffee.The flavor is of roasted malts,coffee and rye bread.The body is medium and the finnish is real smooth.Overall a fine brew.
jlieber17 (201) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 23, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle. Pours thick and completely opaque with large creamy brown head; could be mistaken for a stout. Aroma is coffee with some roasty malts. Flavor is subsequently nutty with a slight sweetness and dry finish. Slight coffee.
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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bigabe (194) - California, USA - FEB 16, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A very interesting beer. Pours pitch freaking black with a mocha head that dissipates most of the way and leaves little lacing. Aroma, I swear to god... soy sauce. I had one other person confirm this. The head gives off a strange, soy saucey aroma. But that goes away as the head dissipates. The rest of the nose is sweet, almost chocolaty malt. Taste is very malty, with dark flavors found in stouts and porters. But then the beer cleans out, and ends slightly bitter and dry as a lager should. Cool beer. I like it.
slowrunner77 (186) - reno, Alabama, USA - SEP 19, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
near black in appearance. smooth and very drinkable. lots of roasty malts and just enough hops to notice. nice lager. itís a toss up between this and hot rocks.
tripelthreat (175) - Soquel, California, USA - MAY 13, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pitch black body with some mahogany edges and a brownish beige head. Aromas of coffee, roast, burnt popcorn and straw. Taste is mildly sweet with medium bitterness. Flavors of chocolate, smoke, roasted malt, anise, light honey. Palate is creamy and medium. Finish is smoky/ashy bitterness.
lebshiff21 (174) - Skippack, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 19, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice schwarzbier. Hints of smoke across the palate, nice hop bitterness - but doesnít interfere with the great complex malts. Pours black with lingering tan head.
On draft at The Belgian Cafe.
brewolf (169) - Wilderness, WA, USA, - MAY 1, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Super dark brown pour with a thin tan head. Lots of coffee-like roasted malt and charred bread crust in the nose. The aroma also has a nice umami quality, similar to what I find in the oyster stouts that I like. Taste is very dry, just slightly astringent, and the charred toast aspect is accompanied by a twangy lager note. Light-medium body, ample carb, and it feels like the roasted malt dryness provides the bitterness instead of the hops. Something about this just doesnít quite ído ití for me, but this is a nice beer.