zach8270 (3370) - Henrietta, New York, USA - FEB 22, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(bottle - 22 oz) Dark black with a rocky tan head. Heavy smoke in the aroma. Some mild bitterness and roasted chocolate, but a lot of heavy smoke and meat notes. Smells like a rauchbier. Flavor definitely lends itself to that. Smoke and bacon in the front that melds into a rich and chocolaty middle with a mild hop aftertaste. The smoke notes linger for a while and leave a light touch of campfire smoke on your palate.
MrBunn (2438) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 22, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. Pours a fizzy black with loads of carbonation rising up to a fizzy head that dies down before the glass moves from counter to table in the house. Aromas are roasty, earthy and dark. Rich topsoil after a rain, a little chocolate, some wood and wet leaves... nice. Flavor is even better. One of the better Rogue offerings in years. Rich and heavy bitter chocolate surfaces at several points as the plot develops. A burnt edge to it with a little bit of charcoal or something in there and a little bit of a creaminess that just peeks through at times. Really decent stuff.
Beerman6686 (4170) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 22, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This poured a dark brown almost black color with a light tan head. Aroma was lightly toased malts, some chocolate and some freshly picked hops. Flavor was very smooth, a great blend of darker and chocolatey malts balanced nicely by a good bit of citrusy hops. Very impressed.
BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 22, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sometimes you look at the scores of others on this site, and just sort of say "huh?" And that is my reaction in this particular case. Schwarzbier is not necessarily the most dynamic of styles, but this particular example is full of flavor. I’m just not sure that all that flavor really belongs in a beer of this style and if I really like the flavor that’s there.
It pours a pretty thick black - much more like Imperial Stout than Scharzbier. Color is there, but viscosity is off. Aroma was to me less roasty than it was smokey. This was confirmed to me upon my first few sips, which were decidedly smokey and to my mind a bit on the earthy/peaty side. Not light on the tongue like Sprecher Bavarian Black or Kostritzer, which I think of as sort of the American and international standards for the style. The flavor was pungent and not unpleasant, but not really delicious nor appropriate IMO either.
Still, not a bad beer. I bought 2 bottles of this at Blacklick Liquor in Columbus.
BOLTZ7555 (2780) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 22, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Really enjoyed this beer!!! Dark brown leather bordering black with a towering burnt caramel head that left webs of lacing. Aroma is cocoa, smoke, ash, and char. Flavor is robust and shows chocolate, molasses, toasted malt, and brown sugar. Silky and smooth with the perfect mouthfeel for the style. By far the best Rogue beer I’ve had in a while!!!
Suttree (5013) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 22, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black, with a thick brown head. Very viscous. Lots of coffee aromas and flavors. I’m really surprised how thick this brew is. Some milky, vanilla notes as it warms. Very tasty stuff.
MmmcKay (1051) - Brentwood, Tennessee, USA - FEB 21, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Damn fine beer. Smells great. Pours black with a good generous head. Smells of roasted malt, coffee, and charcoal. Tastes smooth and velvety. Nice beer. Great palate. One of the finest black lagers I’ve ever had.
Barrios (1243) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 21, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark tan head, resembling the head on espresso. The body is an opaque dark brown. Aroma is roasted, brown sugar, hint of smoke. Flavor is the roasted malt, brown sugar on toast, hint of smoke. Bitter, roasted finish.
Drake (8030) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - FEB 21, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 ounce bottle from Beer Run in Charlottesville, VA. Pours black with a very dark brown medium sized dense creamy head. Decent head retention and lacing. Aroma of chocolate, chocolate, cocoa, more chocolate, roasted malts, bitter leaf and citrus hop finish. Taste is chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, leafy hops and a bit of a lactic note. Medium bodied and quite smooth. This is a hit. As much as I can’t stand Rogue the company, their beer is starting to win me over. Slowly.
icmac (33) - Washington, USA - FEB 21, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black and viscus, I can not see through the glass up to the light. There is a dark brown head that lingers slightly. The smell is malty, with chocolates and slight hops. The taste is great. Roasted, malty, dark, chocolate. A great surprise.