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 (6148) - 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 (2648) - 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.
sandberglar (148) - Scottsdale, USA - MAR 6, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Everything about this beer reminds me more of a stout than a lager. Pours Black with a brown frothy head, good lacing. It has a roasted malt/chocolate aroma to it. Tastes like the latter as well with full bodied bitter finsh.
bb (6858) - Alamo, California, USA - MAR 5, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Black beer with a brown head. Roasty aroma. Roast and chocolate flavor with citrus hops. Medium bodied. Chocolate, citrus, and roast linger.
glennmastrange (2288) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - MAR 5, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2010 Bottle. Heavy toasted and coffee ground aromas for the malt, moderate resin and earth for the hops and yeast with a big hint of tar in the background. Head is small, creamy with some big bubbles, brown with good lacing and is mostly diminishing. Color is very dark brown. Flavor starts and ends lightly acidic and moderately bitter. Palate is medium to full, watery with a soft carbonation and a very dry finish. The unique bitterness right up front really made me take notice of this well made Shwarzbier.
hopscotch (9242) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 4, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 5, 2010 Bottle… Pitch black lager with a small, creamy, brown head. Great retention. The aroma is a foreboding blend of charcoal, dark chocolate and espresso sludge with peripheral notes of vanilla and cola. Full-bodied with lively carbonation. The flavor is well-balanced, burnt and acrid with lots of espresso. Crisp, singed, dry finish. Kudos to glennmastrange for sharing the bottle!
BillKismet (3342) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 3, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2011 For a "black lager" this is quite stout or porter-like with its black body and plush deep, roasty brown head. The nose is replete with black patent and singes of charcoal. The body is sooty, chalky black patent. Like what your beer would tase like if it was with you in the coal mines all day. Touches of burn chocolate, but thick with charcoal and burnt paper/ash finish. Somewhat novel in style. Re-rated: 1-8-11: Roasty anisey/black licorice. Thick, oil can, stewy cauldron of roastiness.
Ibrew2or3 (6990) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAR 3, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Courtesy of jcwattsrugger. Initially it seemed to pour inky black but in the glass appeared merely dark with mahogany edges and thin tan head. The aroma has notes of a modest level of smokiness, some roasted malts, a light amount of burnt malts, black licorice and mild spiciness. The taste is smooth bringing up an initial pulse of smoked malts and then moving more and more toward roasted malts, a thin layer of burnt malts and some sweet black licorice. It ends even and as smooth as it started with lingering burnt malts heading off into the after taste.