FlacoAlto (3676) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 11, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled on Tap at 1702, Tucson AZ
This beer arrives with a brown tinged, tan colored, creamy textured, one-finger thick head. The beer is a very dark brown color and quite clear. The aroma smells of chocolate / cocoa and toasted malt up front and once you start to dig around, some notes of pine and citrus. As the beer warms up a bit the hop character becomes much more noticeable in the nose and actually ends up on equal footing with the malt in the aroma.
The flavor is so much more hop focused than I expected (based on the aroma at least); there is a ton of bitterness, lots of pine flavors and notes of candied citrus peel. This is definitely a bit green in its hop intensity, a bit astringent, but still nicely balanced for a very hoppy beer (e.g. it doesn’t get too harsh). This is really an super hoppy IPA that was brewed with dark malts. There is a touch of roasted, toasty grain and maybe a touch of chocolate that struggles to be noticed through all of the hop character. This is quite quaffable with a light-medium fullness that is just enough to carry the hops.
Quite a tasty beer, enjoyable if you have a hop-hankering and the dark malt adds a light, other-dimensioned note to what is otherwise a hoppy IPA.
cheap (3657) - 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?
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.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUL 28, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rated 7/27/07. Draft at Freakin Frog in Las Vegas, NV. Served in a snifter. Murky dark mahogany to black in color. Small tan head stuck around for the duration and left excellent, thick rings of foamy lacing all the way down the glass. Strong, bitter hoppy nose. I picked up piney, floral, and herbal hops, with a roasted malt and chocolate background. The flavor is wonderfully bitter, with the ample hops melding perfectly with a roastey, choclatey, coffee malt baseline. Medium body that went down like silk. Fantastic brew!
Bottom line: This beer is grossly underrated....period.
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale Łber 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...
kmweaver (3200) - Petaluma, California, USA - MAR 26, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft @ Friscoís. Pours a dark, slightly hazy caramel brown color; lightest tan head with solid retention and fine-bubbled lacing that lasts forever. Somewhat bready, soft wet malts in aroma; almost like fresh-baked bread. Medium-to-full, chewy mouthfeel: relaxed carbonation, roasted malts, caramel, and dried fruits; a touch of warming alcohol and sharp citrus coming through. Generous, bready / malty beer. Lengthy, soft finish: wet malts, bread, and chewy caramel in the finish.
shigadeyo (2919) - 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!).
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - DEC 29, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at 1702 during Rogue night - Pours a dark brown color with a small tan head. Light lacing. Aroma is roasted malt and coffee. Flavor is a bitter roasted malt. Palate is left bitter and a tad dry. Seems a little thin. A decent beer.
Gorbalev (2870) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 1, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap, Coleís, Buffalo. Milt hop, malt aroma. Neat murky dark brown, pretty fair sized dark white head. Huge bitter taste, very very dry. Slight hints of chocolate and burnt malt, but címon, this one is all about the hops, and they are aggressive. I liked it, but it is kind of joke calling it a Schwarzbier, isnít it? Hop monster.
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - OCT 16, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This release wasnít a whole lot different then the previous in my opion. A bit less sharp bitterness and less excess alcohol in the finish, but that could just be due to having it a few months after the initial release. Pours brown with a soft beige head. Roasty malts with a bitter citrus/pine finish.