CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 2, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle sampled on 1/10/10: Pours an oily opaque with a thin, spotty-lacing dark tan head. Aroma of roasty dark malt and some dark chocolate and fresh piny hops. Starts with an earthy roasty bitterness and good crisp hop balance before a smooth dry mocha finish. A pretty true to style and drinkable hoppy Schwarzbier.
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - MAR 2, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle. Pours jet black with a thick creamy tan head. Aroma is strong coffee with lots of dark roasted malt. Flavor is acidic coffee, bitter hops and dark chocolate. Medium to full body with prickly carbonation and a very long bitter, roasty finish. Interesting take on a Schwarzbier, gets better as it warms.
kidmartinek (3220) - austin, Texas, USA - MAR 2, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours thick, oily black with a 2"+ deep tan frothy head that is composed of densely packed, very large bubbles. The aroma is damn near perfect with balanced chocolate, lightly toasted malt, and hops. The aroma is also like milky cocoa. The flavor is starkly bitter malt and coffee, but still smooth and balanced near the finish. Flavor is also a little sugary sweet and has mineral notes. Consistency is that of milk. Small bite near the finish. Head lasts a long time. Moderately laces the glass. Slight film appearance on the glass. Pretty much total satisfaction from the dark side.
LinusStick (2740) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 2, 2010
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow! A delicious schwarzbier! Probably the best I’ve ever had. Aroma was OK. Hints of coffee and light hops. Pour was a beautiful dark jet black with a one finger tan head. Taste was very nice. Coffee, roasted malt and a very dry hoppy aftertaste. Leaves a bitter citrus taste in the mouth. The strong bitterness is complimented by the heavy cheek biting carbonation. Awesome beer!
lalu (40) - Laval, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 1, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber.Pour is oily black liquid with the darkest head i have ever seen on a beer.
Smell is roasted grain and coffeish.La ces the glass and probably colors the digestive tract in black.
Tasted was a lot of burnt or extremely roasted grain,coffee,nuts.
Oily texture with medium carbonation,some lasting bitterness from the hops and roasted grain.I am not a big fan of black beers but i was surprised that this one was drinkable considering the deep color.
Not bad,not great.
hayduke (3130) - Eureka, California, USA - FEB 28, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This 22 oz bomber came from Bottle Barn in Santa Rosa, CA. It poured a used motor oil black with a very large and foamy dark tan head with good sticky lacing rings. Very attractive. Nose is of roasted nuts with chocolate. Good robust body plus with smooth carbonation and very slick on the tongue. The flavor is chocolate at first and then coffee kicks in, and then as it moves to the finish it shows roasted nuts, smoke, and a little bitterness. This is a really good schwarztbier, and one of the best beers I have ever seen come out of Rogue!
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 28, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Midtown. Pours black with a nice thick 1" chocolate brown head. Aroma of milk, lager esters, and roasted malts. This pours viscous which would indicate a full body, but this is really just medium bodied with a smooth but slightly creamy texture. Flavor of mild chocolate in the core, but dark roasted malts and coffee really dominate this, but not in an overbearing way. Lots of roast bitterness on the finish. Great beer, but far more dark roast than most Scharzbiers.
jefcon (1303) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - FEB 28, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
What an excellent beer... pours very dark with lacing and brown head. Caramel, coffee and chickory aromas with a little sharp hops to the nose. More spicy hops on the palate, a touch of pine, and dry coffee, chocolate, medium caramel and tree bark. Wonderful balance; the right amount of alcohol; and a long, dry finish.
neepsntatties (1094) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 28, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Heard some good buzz about this so thought I’d give it a whirl. Colour... jet black with a very thick tan head. Nose... roasted malt and roasted hazelnuts. Palate... frothy, dry, bitter all across the palate, very roasty, coffee and milk, damp earth, ash, long bitter finish. Nice!
smith4498 (2843) - Miami, Florida, USA - FEB 28, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black with big dark brown head. Aroma of burnt malts. Flavors of burnt malts, espresso and bittersweet chocolate. Slightly sweet with an ashy aftertaste. Medium to full body with minimal carbonation.