BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - MAR 15, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Pours pitch black with a striking dark brown head. The nose is very roasty with lots of cocoa and crusty notes. The flavor is dry and roasty with a semi-sweet chocolate and coffee note in the tail. Very big body for such a light beer with lots of explosive roasty notes all over the place. Great schwarz!
gam (3815) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAR 14, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A eich tan head on top a very dark ale the carbonation is medium looking aroma coffee vanilla liccorice flavour dry coffee beans mocha like liccorice vanilla chocolate bright tasting finish malt chocolate coffee good lasting malt tastes and mild bitter
presario (4901) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 14, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Looks like a Bells Stout! Thick coffee head on black beer. Rich dark malt, coffee and dark chocolate aroma. Nutty bitter chocolate flavour. Tasty thick and black. Edgy hops and dusty malt chocolate finish. I should replace my morning coffee with this!
MartinT (8855) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 14, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
My Bottom Line:
Roasted malts and their coffee allusions delve into caramel and chocolate sweetness for a big and bold cousin to the Schwarzbier style.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam tops the blackness.
-This is way too bulky for it to be a classic representation of a Schwarzbier, but I cannot say the mouthfeel is not pleasant.
-Some hop resins create bitterness alongside that of the roasted malts.
-Minty edges are also found in the finish.
SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAR 13, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
An interesting effort from Rogue. Black pour with a thin head. Dark roasted malt and coffee with a bit of a dirty hop profile. Good, and definitely different.
Fratto (2845) - Arlington, Texas, USA - MAR 12, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from the Eastchase Majestic. Black pour with a dark brown head. Aroma is lots of bitter cocoa, vanilla, roasted malts, caramel, and a little coffee. Taste is coffee, chocolate, bitter, and earthy.
beersearcher (2382) - Glendale, California, USA - MAR 12, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I wasn’t expecting such a rich and complex beer. Was thinking it would be a plain dark lager session beer. Toffee and caramel aroma. Roasty smoky aroma too. Smoke lingers on the tongue nicely. A little bit of sweetness too
highibus (770) - Vail, Arizona, USA - MAR 12, 2010
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Super black with really dark cocoa head. No aroma. Some roasted malt flavor but quickly falls to the thinness of the beer. Needs a bit mire body.
TheHulk (486) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 12, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
I was a bit shocked when I started pouring this. I have been drinking a lot of WR stout from a party pig and this black lager reminds me of it a lot. Strong roasted black malts in aroma, quite sweet smelling, lots of coffee too but it isn’t the predominant smell. Pours with a CRAZY INSANE head, it’s a good thing I have a giant glass for the bigger bottles (usually 750 mls) and this filled the whole cup to the top with head. Very tight bubbles, fantastic lacing, black, dark and BLACK! Flavour starts with the coffee and comes into the sweet malts. The malts linger a long time, but it is a fairly thinnish brew, you can just taste a bit of the 6.2% (I find it quite odd that they don’t put that on the bottle themselves, I all-grain brew and don’t know what all the info on there really refers too but ABV is quite usefull) As the beer goes down.... there is a more lingering alcohol taste. It’s a bit high for the malt and hops to really cover up for the long run. A great black lager, just a bit too high % that you can taste and smell.
Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAR 11, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber courtesy of SuperDave – thanks Dave! Pours black with a 2 finger mocha head. The nose is burnt rubber and roasted malt. The taste is burnt malt, smoke, pine and bitter coffee. Medium creamy mouthfeel. Interesting beer. Not great, but not too bad either. Thanks again Dave.