Beerman6686 (5059) - 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 (2932) - 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 (5388) - 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 (1052) - 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 (9999) - 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.
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - FEB 21, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours into my New Belgium Globe glass with almost four fingers of dark brown colored head; the head even leaves some lacing patternes on the side of my glass as it slowly subsides. The beer is quite black in color, almost perfectly so and it is quite opaque when held up to the light. The aroma is a richly roasted mix of deeply toasted whole grain notes, French Roast coffee, burnt grain and toasted, almost burnt crackers. As the beer warms some dark chocolate notes become noticeable as does some burnt, caramelized malt character. The aroma smells quite appetizing and really has a wholesome grain / bread quality to it.
This has a light acidity to it as I take my first sip. The roast character definitely plays the dominant role here. The finish has a dark roast coffee bitterness, some clean hop bitterness and a toasted grain huskiness that gives this a rustic grain quality. There is a charred smokiness to this beer brought on by a charcoal like roasted character. This beer is actually quite savory in character as the malt base is quite rich. There is perhaps a hint of molasses flavor here from the sweet malt that is just barely noticeable under all of the roast character. This hint of sweetness also brings out a dark cocoa flavor. While rich and satisfying this is still a beer that I find easy to finish my 22oz bottle of. It is a bit over-carbonated, which contributes a sharp carbonic acidity, but luckily this is easily gotten rid of. There seems to be a hint of mint character here that is likely derived from a touch of herbal hop notes.
This is a deeply satisfying and rich Stout made with Lager yeast. This is quite enjoyable and better than I was expecting.
CelticBrew (912) - The Crystal Coast, North Carolina, USA - FEB 20, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Compliments of doboy (thanks again Ed), pours almost completely black forming a dark, dark brown foamy head. Aroma somewhat smoky, toasted malts, light hoppage and sprng water. Flavour of bitter front with a malty herring bone character. Not a fan of the style, but tasty.