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.
bmsulliv (194) - - FEB 26, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Crisp and refreshing, very strong roasted malt flavor. Not hoppy nor very aromatic, dark porter color.
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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.
tripelthreat (190) - 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.
ShelbyGrey (178) - Barcelona, SPAIN - DEC 20, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Color oscuro claro con espuma ligera poca retención.Aromas torrefactos y malta.Sabor parecido ligero pero con cuerpo.Bien balanceada!
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 doesn’t 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 doesn’t quite ’do it’ for me, but this is a nice beer.
kirk36 (166) - Peabody, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 5, 2013
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
I read labels and try to relate. I read this one and cannot. It's verbal diarrhea. What does surfing at midnight have in common with a schwarzbier? Moving forward. Pours abysmal black...think Siberia darkness 24x7 season...yeah it's bleak! It meets the standard and is a tastier black lager than the newer Guiness black watery lager. There is value in your choice tonight. Coffee, earthly, terroir and bitter.
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Kroney (160) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 19, 2013
4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours opaque reddish black with a tiny toffee chilled head. aroma I’d mostly rusted coffee bean with some earthy tones and just a hint of hops. very heavy carbonation, but that definitely opened up the taste buds. flavor was mostly rusted malt, with a hint of dark chocolate and some espresso. the yeasty sweetness tries to make is easy through but is demolished by a hoppy bitterness that is almost overwhelming for a lager. style rating should be about an 80, but overall is in the mid-90s
ryanknock (150) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 2, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nose of chocolate, toast, slight roast and yeast. Medium to thick body, deep black with deep garnett highlights. Flavors of roast, toast and light chocolate. Light finish, slightly thick.