robforbes (2030) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - MAR 12, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
pours a black with a small khaki head, and some lacing.
smell is of roasted malt, some coffee, a little smoke, and cocoa.
taste is bold, roasted malt, cocoa, some coffee, and hops in back, ends a little bitter.
popery (1231) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 7, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black liquid with a creamy, foamy light brown to mocha head. Good schwarzbier aroma. Lots of roasted German malt. A little bit of citrus is in the mix. The malt is chocolate and biscuity with some good rosasted notes in the end. The hops are kind of citric and floral, but they’re way in the background, hiding behind the chocolate roast. Smooth and creamy. Just a little thin in the finish. A bit of bitter astringency in the aftertaste.
Nik925 (742) - California, USA - JUN 30, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma precedes a far lesser taste. So a port brewing dark lager. 2nd or 3rd favorite brewer wants to take crack at this less than beer style. Is this a great schwartzbier? maybe. A great beer? no. This is the last beer I have before 400 but I still have much to learn. Can you coax greater flavors out of the lager yeast? I hope so. This is one of the cheaper Port beers (outside of the brewery gift shop) that you can get, and possibly in contention for the best per style....BUT, meh. Overall, meh (thanks Simpons & M-W for making meh a word). Meh, Meh, Meh.
lusikka (5169) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 9, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 29, 2013 650 ml bottle @ Olutravintola Pannuhuone. Rated @ 30.7.2010.
Pours a black colour with a off-brown head. Roasted coffee and malts on the nose with dark chocolate. The taste is very dry; coffee, malts and chocolate just like in the aroma. Very stoutish. Medium bodied, oily and a bit watery mouthfeel with soft carbonation. Good and light. 7-4-7-3-15 3.6
650 ml bottle.
Pours a black colour with a foamy beige head. Aroma of roasted malts, almonds, birch leaves and strong burnt biscuit. Flavour of roasted malts, burnt biscuit, grassy hops, wood, salty licorice and weak fruitiness. Light bodied, disturbingly high carbonation and a lingering, roasty, bitter finish. Harsh and too much carbonation, but nice hop profile. 7-3-7-3-14 3.4
jsmerig (1098) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 1, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Highly carbonated. Head exploded and took five minutes to settle. When it did I was left with a smooth dark beer with a toasted malt presence as well as smoky coffee. Pleasant but uninspiring.
HonusWagner (1115) - Florida, USA - FEB 10, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Roasted malts bordering on burnt; not a lot of discernible hop flavor or aroma, but also not the complex malt qualities I hoped for or expected. I would like to try this beer again when I can be more certain of the freshness.
BiddleBrau (858) - Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 14, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Lost Abbey. Pours black with tan head. Big roasty nose. Roasty, burnt and finishes dry. Avg palate.
AtlAggie (241) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 11, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big coffee aroma, thin body. Very smooth drinking some vanilla. Slight bitter on the finish.
bmsulliv (152) - - 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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NikkTwist (1335) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 11, 2012
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Monks. Poured near black with a big dark tan head. Tastes like dark roasted coffee. Some sweet malt notes but the burned coffee flavors dominate. Bit creamy when cold but ends up way too thin. Smooth dry finish.