aleph (231) - - APR 15, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Dark brown pour, coffee head. Dominant roasted malts, reminiscent of a black ipa, some chocolate. Medium body, medium flavor duration, medium carbonation.
toncatcher (228) - Santee - SAN DIEGO, California, USA - FEB 3, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Enjoyed at the Carnevale party. Pours dark with a thin head, almost non-exsistant. Aroma of malt, coffee, and toffee. Flavors of coffee and malt. Thin mouth feel. A differnt style for me. Nice
bradlyc77 (226) - Sebastopol, California, USA - FEB 27, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber with mpersinger. Pours a rootbeer brown with tiny off-white head. Light bodied with a coffee and roasted grain aroma and flavor. Also hint of chocolate. Moderate co2 and hops level, finish kind of watery, but a nice brew.
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
I’m actually rating this against the style of American Dark Lager, I don’t think that it is a schwartzbier. Just because it’s a really dark lager doesn’t mean it’s 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 don’t 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, it’s worth checking out.
bmsulliv (209) - - 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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HenryXXX (204) - 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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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.
Kroney (200) - 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
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.