SphinxTX (2875) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - FEB 5, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Kegs & Barrels in Plano, TX. Pours a great looking jet black with a thick chocolate head. Aroma of rich dark roast and chocolate. Flavor is the same and has a lightly hopped background and finishes dry. Mouth feel is medium-heavy body with low carbonation. Overall, this is a Schwarzbier? Tasty none the less....
Cavie (3548) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - FEB 5, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy of ilovedarkbeer. Dark brown color. Tan to brown head. Lots of lacing. Huge coffee smell. Lots of roasted spice and menís cologne. Some pipe tobacco. Nice aroma. Taste is very dry upfront. Dry bitter malts with some roastyness. Small sweetness on the first taste that fades. Pretty good stuff.
pjweaver (136) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - FEB 5, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black pour with a huge roiling dark brown head. Sticky bubbles leave a mossy residue on the glass. Aroma of dark chocolate, light wood smoke, and black coffee. Flavor of dry dark chocolate, tangy smoke, and coffee porter malts. Didnt like this beer on the first taste, but it grew on me by the end of the glass.
BarZigKin (511) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - FEB 5, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to ilovedarkbeer. Black, imposing body with a ring of tan head. Aroma is very roasty, bitter-sweet chocolate and hints of some sweetness. Roast chocolate malt, day-old coffee and a hint of smoke (burnt malt?) dominate the initial flavors. Bitter chocolate, espresso and a light hop/coffee bitter, lengthy finish. Thin body.
Mora2000 (5141) - McKinney, Texas, USA - FEB 5, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to ilovedarkbeer for sharing this bottle.
The beer pours dark brown to black with a large, mocha-colored head. The aroma is roasted malt and coffee. The flavor is bitter chocolate, burnt malt and coffee. The aftertaste is hop bitterness and burnt malt. Medium mouthfeel and carbonation. Dry finish. Overall, an interesting beer that doesnít really fit the style for schwarzbier, but I am not sure what else to call it. A nice hybrid.
Trev (1773) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - FEB 5, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
black pour with a huge tan head.
Aroma is chocolate and lighter coffee and woody smoke.
Flavour is roasted malt, coffee and woody hop bitterness. Some bitter chocolate.
CanIHave4Beers (2763) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - FEB 5, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2011 Pours a black color with a small tan head and some good lace. The aroma is smoky coffee with some roasty maltiness. The flavor is lightly fruity (hops?) with plenty of expresso and some burnt toast.
Even if itís lagered this is way more reminiscent of a porter than a Schwarzbier.
BMan1113VR (7694) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 5, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to ilovedarkbeer. Pours a thick inky black in to the glass with a large tan head. Aroma is very roasty with rye, pumpernickel bread, nutshells and chocolate. Taste is tobacco, nutshells, light esters, and really dry. The thin body reminds you that this is not an imperial stout. An abrupt finish with nice carbonation. Donít quite know what to make of this beer. An aborted Baltic Porter attempt? Interesting.
unclemattie (3906) - Georgia, USA - FEB 4, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle. Jet black pour with the darkest head of foam Iíve ever seen on a beer. Dark brown. Huge lacing. Aroma of burnt grains, high cacao % dark chocolate scent as well. Light bodied. Flavor of BBQ, burnt malt, earth, soil, soy, roast, and a little herbal hops. Finishes with a bit of spice on the palate. Clean, crisp, light bodied, & burnt. Awesome.
My 50th ROGUE Rating.
StefanSD (1924) - Lakeside, California, USA - FEB 4, 2010
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
650 ml bottle from bev4less. Pours an opaque black color with a big tan head that has great retention. The aroma is earthy with chocolate, dark roasted grains and coffee. The taste is more of the same , lots of dark bitersweet chocolate, mocha, mild coffee and gritty burnt rye. The palate is uneven with soft carbonation. The finish is long and bitersweet with lingering chocolate. Overall: A very tasty concoction, one of the better dark chocolate beers Iíve had recently.