snakeoilpete (324) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 11, 2009
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: APR 2, 2009 Pours black with a thin dark tan head. Nose is a thick meaty smokiness with some coffee. Not really my thing. The roasted malt and coffee flavors are more prevalent in the taste, but the smoke is there too. Finish starts a little like sour milk but has a nice lasting bitter coffee taste.
fiulijn (13000) - Malmö, ITALY - AUG 5, 2009
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
2009-06-12, bottle blind tasting at Papsø’s, 6-3-6-3-11=29
Black color. Papery aroma. Quite basic Stout, maybe smooth and creamy, with too much burnt malt, maybe in the end (that is even quite harsh), and too bitter.
2009-05-13, draught at Nørrebro Bryghus, Copenhagen, 5-4-6-2-12=29
Black color, solid big. Aroma of roasted malt and paper. Weak body, with a sharp roasted malt flavor, somehow rounded by a smooth mouthfeel, with a quite strong ending bitterness. Not bad, but without some real vibe that the Germans can give.
lb4lb (2112) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 2, 2008
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle from stefanje. Thanks!
Pours black with a nice thick tan head. Smell is dull, roasty coffee beans. Nice nose. Flavor is subtle roasty malt and charcoal. Really pretty simple, with light charred bitterness in there, but very smooth, thin, and simple. Too thin of a mouthfeel, and just feels watery. Drinkable, but not enjoyable.
DavoleBomb (1467) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 17, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Poured into a flute.
3.5 A: Very much overcarbonated, but didn’t explode out of the bottle. First pour gave me 1/8 glass beer and 7/8 head. Anyway, black color. Several fingers of frothy soda-like light brown head that retains well, but doesn’t lace well at all.
3.5 S: Roasted barley up front. Light dark fruitiness, but this is very soft. There really isn’t much going on here.
3.0 T: Again there isn’t a whole lot going on. Light roastiness and a subtle fruitiness. Not bad, but there are plenty of other Schwarzies out there that offer more.
3.5 M: Light body. Overcarbonated. Very smooth though.
3.5 D: Like I said before, this is okay, but not my schwartzbier of choice.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 01-29-2010 20:38:04
jjh19 (35) - California, USA - MAY 30, 2010
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
My bottle of of Midnight Sessions had a moderate, tan head. Very dark color and opaque. Tiny bubbles throughout. I got mostly coffee smells, but not a very strong aroma. I found this beer to be surprisingly sharp in the taste. A couple touches too bitter for my tastebuds, for a dark lager. Maybe the balance was off for my bottle? The carbonation was decent leading to an okay mouthfeel. I thought this lager was a little thin and watery. Not good, not bad. This was fine, but I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone.
onceblind (3190) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 5, 2013
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Black with a rocky beige head. Dry nutty and biscuity malty nose with notes of chocolaty roast and dry cracker. Flavor is light and dry with roasty notes of dry unsweet cocoa, cracker yeast notes, and a dry slightly metallic earthy hoppiness. Un exciting.
Jndubbs (116) - Austin, Iowa, USA - MAY 22, 2013
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bitter, cocoa taste, smells like muddy espresso. Dirty. Not my favorite. But gets smoother
ClubGonzo (3198) - Bergen, NORWAY - SEP 9, 2010
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle @ Delirium Cafe, Brussels. Pours a dense, near-black body with a small off-white head. Aroma is roasted barley with the "wrong" kinda hops (there’s one of the American styles I really can’t take, but I don’t know its name yet). Taste is very similar, with few surprises: roasty tones with some malty sweetness. Pretty straightforward, and with a slightly watery palate compared to the big roast notes. Not really my thing, but OK for a schwarz I suppose.
mcberko (4806) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 3, 2012
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
On tap at Urban Family Public House, pours a deep dark reddish brown with a small beige head. Aroma of sweet roasted malt and some bittersweet cocoa. Flavour is pretty subdued, with dry bitter cocoa, bready malts – pretty bland / flat, with no life / body. Whether this is the norm or not, I’m not sure. Disappointing stuff.
Ernest (5879) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 3, 2009
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Head is initially small, frothy/fizzy, brown, mostly diminishing.
Body is black.
Aroma is moderately malty (popcorn, husks, roasted/burnt grain, chocolate), lightly hoppy (resin), with a note of ash.
Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, lightly to moderately astringent.
Very husky/popcorny smelling, and burnt/charred at that. Not a very attractive aroma. Mouth experience is rather sour and astringent. Was somewhat excited about this one, but sadly it’s a drain pour.