hopscotch (10523) - 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 (3723) - 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 (7930) - 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.
travita (4717) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 3, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to ilovedarkbeer. The look is black in color, dark, big tan head. The smell is malts, coffee, roasty, and slight chocolate. Thin feel. The taste is the same as the smell.
jcwattsrugger (11855) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - MAR 3, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle @Tampa Wkly Gathering @BT courtesy Ibrew2or3-pours a dissipating brown head and black color. Aroma is dark malt-roasty/chocolate. Taste is dark malt-roasty/chocolate/ashy, earthy hops. Medium body.
Tejas (969) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 3, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Not that I’m an expert on this type of beers but I found it weird that this looked, tasted and smelled like a stout. Roasty, dry and bitter like an oatmeal stout. Easy drinker and I like the low abv. Probabaly won’t make it in the regular rotation though.
CaptainCougar (7133) - 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 (4324) - 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 (3136) - 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!