hopscotch (8529) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 10, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft... Very dark, cloudy, caramel-colored lager when held up to light... otherwise, black with a small, creamy, white head. Good retention. Leans heavily on the bitter side of balance. Deep roasted barley and grapefruit with hints of caramel malts and smoke phenols. Full-bodied and astringent with lively carbonation. Lengthy, bitter finish.
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - APR 8, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at El Bait shop in Des Moines, IA. Poured a clear brownish-black color with reddish-orange highlights. Head was white with decent retention and lacing. Aroma was of roasty malt and citrsuy hops. Dry on the tongue ample hop bitterness. Roasty malt flavor with a hint of coffee.
cheap (3802) - Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 8, 2007
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2007 On tap at the Mad Mex in Robinson, near Pgh. Big 20 oz glass for $5. This stuff is BLACK, just black with a brownish tan head. The aroma of this stuff is like a strong impy stout of foreign stout. The smell reminds me of a mature campfire that has been extinguished with a gallon of water. You know something is coming when you smell a brew like this. Bitter and high hops initial flavor burst. The taste of this is impressively offensive, I canít believe this is not an imp stout of foreign stout. Iíve never tasted schwartz so bitter. Barely any carbonation here. Wow the bitterness just overwhelms any other complex taste sensations that Iím searching for. Do I taste coffee? Do I taste black licorice? Very difficult to enjoy. Please, Lisa. get me a glass of Weyerbacher Old Heathen to chase this down with. Burnt wood, charred chicken skin or charred hot dogs remind me of this. Finish is bitter and medicinal, with qualities that just wonít quit. Does anybody know what charred grapefruit rinds taste like? I was going to rate a couple of other beers but this one ruined my taste buds for the day. Just like the commercial description. I wonder why this is not rated higher by the imp stout lovers on this sight? Perhaps because itís incorrectly styled as a schwartz and not an imp stout? This does not even come close to Shiner 97 Bohemian Black Lager in taste. Again, are we sure this is a schartzbier?
Rentalman (103) - British Columbia, CANADA - APR 4, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
First off I have to say all the people in Knoxville who rated this from the same place must somewhat enjoy cat piss. They all rated it with the smell of cat urine and yet scored it between a 2 and a 6. They must somewhat like it. I wonder how the taste of feces would rate on their taste scale. How can some one rate piss above a 1. REALLY. Beer on tap can have a number of things affect itís taste. Like bad storage. Over shelf life. Someone not cleaning the lines etc. I may seem overzealous in my chiding but itís because I really loved this beer. I am going to make this review really short and simple. It tastes like brutal bitter only with the hops turned up to what they used to be and maybe even a little more. I really enjoyed this beer immensely.
iowaherkeye (2686) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - MAR 30, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap @ The Sanctuary. Served a clear very dark brown with a one finger beige head that faded to a film before very long. Aroma of citrus and spicy hops, some caramel and toasty malts. Flavor was big bitterness and scorched caramel malts, and a dry bitter (7 out of 10) finish. Some grassiness was noted after a while. Low to moderate carbonation and a medium body. Iíve not had many Schwarzbiers, but I donít think this is one.
blank (996) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 28, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
black, dark thick. Not what i was expecting when i asked for the bitter. Oh well, it was a hell of a beer anyway. NIce range of hops with a very nice malt character.
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - MAR 18, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught. Clear dark brown wtih a frothy stable head. Super hoppy aroma, resinous and citric. Big citrus hop flavor with a bitter finish. Small malt character. Nice beer, though simpler than you would imagine it to be. Personally I didnít get any cat urine, though certain hops, particularly when dry hopping, will lend such an aroma. Described as "catty" by hop purveyers Iíve spoken to.
sistinas (93) - Mountain View, California, USA - MAR 16, 2007
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at Papago Brewing. Poured black with a dense, foamy head. Aroma of grass, a bit of citrus, and ammonia (though not to the point of calling it cat piss). Tasted very much like an IPA and was expecting something a lot maltier - instead I got a lot of hops and bitterness. This did not taste like a schwarzbier at all in my book. It was also rather astrigent, though I didnít notice the funk or off-taste everyone else is talking about as I found it completely drinkable, though not remarkable in any way.
Suttree (4902) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 15, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft at Barleyís, Knoxville. Well, I guess I like this stuff better than most, so far. Dark brown, verging on black, no head. Aroma is citrusy, with a hint of coffee, maybe rather stale coffee. Flavor is similiar to regular Brutal Bitter, with cheap coffee dumped in it, plus a touch of, well for lack of a better way to put it, funk. And not in a particularly good, Sly and the Family Stone way, either.
shigadeyo (2962) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - MAR 14, 2007
1.7 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
Rogue Black Brutal Bitter... This beer was available on draught at Barleyís Tap Room and Pizzeria in Knoxville, TN. Sean (illinismitty) purchased a pint to share with everybody at the Tennessee Spring(ish) Tasting on 3/10/2007...
Rogue Black Brutal Bitter looks dark brown and was near opaque in the glass. It has a creamy, light tan head that left thick, dense lacing on the glass. The aroma is a nauseous mixture of ammonia, citrus, and grass. The flavor is extremely earthy and a blend of dirt, old grass, and some trailing citrus hops. There is an aggressively bitter and dry finish that wouldnít be so bad if it werenít for the horrific aroma and flavor. The beer is both brutal and bitter, but definitely not good or remotely enjoyable. Unfortunately it was the worst beer of the evening. Four of us werenít even able to drink more than half the pint! Even though this was such an abrasive and disappointing brew, I really do appreciate Seanís thoughtfulness and generosity (even though I really think that he was just trying to make us all sick!).