Fratto (2803) - 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 (753) - 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.
yemenmocha (659) - Glendale, Arizona, USA - MAR 10, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Royal black, opaque in fact, with dark brown head. Nose is a whollop of lovely roasted malts. On the palate this beer comes across more like a true dark & bittersweet chocolate than any other in recent memory. Loads of dark chocolate and roasted malt. Finish isn’t too sweet, yet plenty of roasty bitter dark chocolate to take away with you.
JoeMurphy (41) - Ohio, USA - MAR 8, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A very pleasant beer - a rich flavor and dark tan head like a porter, but a light body (although not as light as I think of "dark lager"). Notes of coffee and chocolate.
Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 8, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, thanks to Macadem for the share. Pours big black and viscous, with a thin off-white head, spotty lacing. Nose is smoke, roast barley, bitter chocolate, some ’fudgey’ character, vanilla, an odd tree-bark like note that I am unable to pin down... Flavor shows the lagering, as the nose was quite stout-like, clean, round, and rather smoky and bitter, chocolate notes seem ill applied atop a bitter base. Some odd hybrid between Schwarzbier and Baltic Porter, but not as good as either.
blipp (6722) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - MAR 7, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Near black with a tan/brown head. Roasty coffee like malty aroma with some light smoky/tobacco notes and a hoppy hint. The flavor has hard roasted malts, a light smoky note, some earthy hoppy bitterness, and a light dry dark chocolate sweetness. Really good.
pintbypint (2836) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 7, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
650ml brown bottle. Black velvetly looking pour, holds a rather large and frothy column of light brown head. Some creamy lacing. Chocolate malt nose, some coffee. Roasty flavour, coffee beans, stoney, earthy and mineral notes. Dry finish, with roast malt lingering deep in the throat and some leafy hop notes. Soft body, restrained tight beads of carbonation. Clean,straightforward and exactly what I was expecting, a soft and flavourful Schwarzbier that invites quaffing.