hayduke (3545) - 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 (1451) - 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 (1276) - 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 (3167) - 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.
sebletitje (7120) - Enghien, BELGIUM - FEB 28, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
courtesy of ibrew2or3.
pours dark brown, tan head.
aroma roasted malts, coffee, deep chocolate and dry roast scent.
flavors, lots of roast, chocolate and coffee goodness, light and dry mouthfeel with a mild yeasty palate.
Light and mighty tasty.
VTHopHead (1511) - Barre, Vermont, USA - FEB 28, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle/22 - Pours a dark black/brown in color with a small tan head and low carbonation. Aroma is strong with dark roasted malts. Flavor is pretty much the same. Good, easy drinking.... average... not as impressive as I had hoped...
bu11zeye (12072) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 28, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(22oz bottle, courtesy of ilovedarkbeer) Pours an opaque black body with a medium tan head. Aroma of coffee, roasted malt, dirty socks, toasted grain, and chocolate. Flavor of heavy roasted malt, burnt grain, dark chocolate, pine, and earthiness with a dry, lingering moderately bitter finish. Nicely done!
hamrech (134) - Carbondale, Illinois, USA - FEB 28, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
!!!!!!!! did this shit come from? Rogue is a very hit-or-miss brewery as far as I’m concerned, and black lagers are one of my least favorite styles, but this is money. Pours straight up black with a wild smooth dark brown head. Big time roasty flavor, real smoky and a little bit sweet. One of the best Rogue offerings for sure.
bblack99 (527) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - FEB 27, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hm, that was interesting! GYO seems to have worked, because Rogue has produced a Schwarz that looks like a Stout and tastes like a Smoke, and it all works!
Bomber pours an opaque black with a perfect true brown rocky head. Aroma is a pleasant balance of roasted nuts, chocolate, smoke, and dirt(oir?). Flavor is a complex mix of malts, with a nice mix of roasted nuts, smoke, and a touch of coffee. Quite an experience!