jercraigs (9681) - 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
slowrunner77 (9620) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 19, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 3, 2014 near black in appearance. smooth and very drinkable. lots of roasty malts and just enough hops to notice. nice lager. it’s a toss up between this and hot rocks.
j12601 (9549) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAR 21, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared at the Smoke from the Oak release. Pours a dark black with a light tan head. Aromas of roast and chocolate. Medium bodied with a nice crisp roast character. Light bitter cocoa finish with more roast coming through.
JoeMcPhee (9268) - 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.
phaleslu (9252) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 12, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bottle via trade with daknole- thanks again, Dak! Pours a dark, hazy brown with a small tan head that leaves a ring around the inner edge of the glass. Aroma of roasted malts, dust, chocolate, toasted nuts, and lagery hops. Flavor of roased chocolate malts, toast, caramel, rust, cardboard, and wet tobacco leaves. Medium-bodied, with mild carbonation and a vegetal mouthfeel. Really easy to drink, and absolutely sessionable. Very nice schwarzbier.
JorisPPattyn (9250) - Ursel, BELGIUM - APR 21, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught Small greige head, fast gone over near black beer. Roasted but sweet, molasses-like and sweet (honey-) roast; roasted raisins in a cake, near burnt. Burnt and very dry, nearly carbon-like, sticky in the finish. Well filled slick, sticky body. Good, but rather sweet, stout-like lager.
arminjewell (9237) - 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!
DuffMan (9224) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 21, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Very dark walnut brown, light brown head that laces early then forms a ring. Coffee and dark chocolate aroma. Bitter roast, coffee, baker’s chocolate flavours. Finish is dry and slightly vegetal with medium bitterness. Solid.
MartinT (9191) - 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.
3fourths (9059) - 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.