Scopey (9412) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 26, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Brewdog Bar Aberdeen. It pours jet black with a thick, light tan head. The nose is rich coffee, salted liquorice, soy sauce and dark chocolate. The taste is caramel, soy sauce, toffee, salted liquorice, tar, sesame seed and brown sugar, with a dry-roasted malt finish. Medium body and above average carbonation. A tasty Schwarzbier.
GT2 (9410) - San Diego County, California, USA - JAN 14, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber courtesy of SuzyGreenberg. Pours nearly pitch black with a thin, creamy tan head that has little retention and lacing. Aroma is subtle. Light black cherries, beautiful chocolate ganache, mocha, molassessome campfire. Taste is iced coffee, some alpha hop bitterness, fairly dry. Bit of an oily mouthfeel. Rich, easy to drink.
Rune (9405) - Tromsø, NORWAY - OCT 12, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Big bottle purchased at Vinmonopolet Vika, Oslo. Carried back home and shared with Finn at a dinner party with the ladies. Huge, tan-coloured head resting on top of a devil black body with a brownish shade. Aroma is mid-sweet with earth and roasted malts. Roasted dark malty in flavour including a touch of chocolate. Sweet ending offset by bitter roastiness. Easy to drink. Paired well with our food (Skibotn, 06.10.2012).
JoeMcPhee (9004) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 9, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep black pour with a thick creamy tan head. Very sticky and inviting. The nose is quite creamy and chocolatey with a touch of soft malted milk character as well. Chewy sweetness along with a touch of almost smoky cocoaish flavour. Soft and earthy with a touch of light lingering cocoa. Clean and quite fresh tasting… this is a damn fine schwarzbier.
rosenbergh (8690) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUL 1, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
660 ml bottle. Finland.
Black colour with small tan head.
Roasted malt, liquorice, bitter hops and some coffee in stout/porter like aroma. Roasted malt, coffee, liquorice, some chocolate and bitter hops in flavour. Quite heavy for a Schwarzbier.
arminjewell (8679) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAR 14, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wait this is a lager? Pours deep deep brown/black with tan head, aroma is nice smoky and coffee flavors. Taste is coffee up front leading into smoky notes that finishes a bit bitter and dry. Hear its from serpent stout’s second runnings, would love to try the regular version. Great lager!
jercraigs (8670) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 21, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2008-05-17. Black body with modest tan head. Moderate aroma of roast and hints of smoke. Similar flavour, mild roast malt with mild smoky undertones. (6+) Average palate. Well crafted brew, but the flavour departments in which it excels in are not my favourites to start with, and it also probably lost a a point or two in the midst of a raucous tasting, as evidenced by the fact that I wrote down almost as many quotes as beer notes on this notebook page. At Rudolf’s, shared by Blankboy
<P>"... that sounds a lot better than Black-Out-Drunk-Guy." - Frylock<P>
"Once again you’ve failed us!" - Blankboy<P>
"...someone pissed on a midget... the got closed down..." - Rudolf
3fourths (8639) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 23, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours semi-cloudy dark chocolate brown with a small, thin head. Nose has some heavy amounts of roasted barley and chocolate malt, with a similar flavor: roasty, charred, dry malt, toasted bread, charred wood, cracked cereal grains, and a bit of a twangy quality as well, maybe from the yeast or the lagering? It definitely comes off like a stout, but has some small amount of character that’s unlike stout, but I certainly wouldn’t pen this as a schwarzbier. Pretty damn good, regardless of style definitions.
DSG (8627) - Tel Aviv, - MAR 16, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
[2/20/15] Draught at Stone Brewing World in Escondido. Black with a nice tan head. Aroma of roast, coffee, licorice. Roasty flavor, bittersweetish, with coffee and a bit of licorice. Medium-bodied. Good.
MartinT (8619) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 26, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
My Bottom Line:
Molasses and raisins flow in this stout Schwarzbier’s veins, surrounded by muscular chocolate and agile roastiness, conjuring up a lusciously nourishing and drinkable example of the style.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam covers the brown-sleeved black.
-There is a lot of body for a beer this size; this feature tends to differentiate it from most German-brewed schwarzbiers I’ve had.
-Some coffee character is perceived as well.
-All flavors coalesce and present themselves as a single, complex entity.
-The finish is relatively crisp and nicely bitter, which was not necessarily predicted by the sweet nose.