Hawksfan17 (890) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 3, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This seemed like an attempt to cross a porter with a pale ale. Pours black and my nose was hit with coffee and bread. The taste is of roasted malt but then the hops kick in for that nice bitterness. It was quite tasty.
TURDFERGUSON (3948) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 29, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Have had this several times at speakeasy. the first time i had it the bartender served it to me at regular brutal bitter. I was confused for a second. but not now. this beer, like the brutal bitter was highlighted by lot of juicy and bitter hops. also a lot of roastiness present throughout. Tasty shwarz.
Magjayran (1379) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 28, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Tyler’s in Durham. Very dark brown, almost black. Tan head. Citrusy hops and roasted malt in the aroma. Tastes like a coffee IPA. Weird. The hops are citrusy, tangerine like. The malt background brings up fresh brewed coffee and molasses. Bitter in every way. A fun beer.
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - JUL 7, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
on tap @ papago... very dark brown near black pour with a soft toasted marshmallow colored head. it leaves behind frothy stained glass-like lacing. the smell of coffee hits before the beer ever reaches my nose... rich dark chocolate, dark roasty grain, toasted nuts, pine, grass and grapefruit skin. the palate is quite unexpected... really dry! the flavors are strange... very ipa-like up front and on the finish but very porter-like in between.... coffee, bitter chocolate, toasted nuts, cooked cream along with some generic hoppiness, pine and grapefruit pith. bitter, grassy and pine on the finish. full bodied creaminess like a porter. ipa bitterness/parching keeps it from being too rich and undrinkable. soft creamy carbonation. pairs really well with chipotle ranch dressing.
this certainly isn’t a schwarzbier by definition. but it is really effen good...
nbutler11 (1267) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUL 3, 2008
2.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
As a dark beer drinker, I found this offering from Rogue awfully dissappointing. I mean, if you’re going to call your beer "Brutal Black," then at least bring it strong and stop trying to create an IPA that looks like a stout.
BiddleBrau (929) - Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 2, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black, opaque with tan head. Chocolate and coffee in the nose. Roasty, dry chocolate flavors balances well with hop flavor and bitterness. Has a nice creamy palate. Super tasty. On tap at The Shep’.
elihapa (1525) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - JUN 11, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
5/08 notes: on tap, Eli Cannon’s. Must note my confusion in thinking this was Rogue’s Brutal Bitter. This beer poured deep black and smelled of heavily toasted – maybe burnt is a better word – bitter chocolate. Tastes of black coffee, toasted notes, bitter chocolate, and maybe a hint of plum. Finish is notably dry and bitter, I commend Rogue for resisting the urge to throw some sweetness in the finish! Overall I enjoyed this beer, but felt that the toasted-bitter flavors were a bit one-sided: I think if they were toned down then more complexity would emerge.
crowderm (382) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 23, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown, nice tan head. Some decent hops in the aroma, coupled with a solid array of sweet, malty notes. Flavor is a nice combination of sweet and bitter. Good hop presence, interestingly paired with a solid chocolate/roasted malt character. Not sure that this is a Schwarzbier, but good regardless.
jercraigs (7691) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 21, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2008-05-18. Very dark brown/black body with a small beige head and lace. (3+) Aroma is hoppy , light greenery and just a hint of the underlying roasted malt, sweet malt comes out as it warms up a bit. (7+) Fist sip is odd, aggressive hoppy bitterness, green leafy notes, light resin, with underlying roast as a strong secondary character. Mild sweet base. (7+) Average to medium palate. (3+) Pretty solid actually, I am surprised the ratings are not higher. On tap at Pizza Plant, Transit Road, Buffalo
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - MAY 7, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at the Blind Tiger. Black pour with almost no head. There are a lot of citrus hops in the aroma, some burnt malt, and chocolate. Flavor is similar, aggressively hopped, roasted / burnt presence. Not so much like a schwarzbier, but a hopped up porter. Decent overall.