Dogbrick (9350) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 10, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sample at Rogue Ales Distillery & Public House. The beer pours nearly black with a medium tan head that recedes steadily. Stringy lacing on the glass. Strong roasty aroma consisting of coffee and malt, plus some dark chocolate. Full body with flavors of charred malt, coffee, cocoa and hops. The finish is dry and roasty with a mocha aftertaste. Very good overall.
dyetube (1313) - McKinney, Texas, USA - FEB 10, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
this beer pours a net black with a large tan head leaving good pacing down the sides. the aroma is coffee and roasted chocolate. the flavors are chocolate and roasted coffee. this was a great beer! its a little dry and bittersweet. cheers!
blutt59 (6231) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 9, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle, dark brown with dark brown foam, roasty chocolate aromas and flavor. flavor is not quite there ala DR’s schwarz but pretty close, nice medium finish
MrsUghsmash (24) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 9, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. Pours very dark, with very dark head. Smells like toast, burnt notes, chocolate. Tastes like chocolate and coffee grounds. Some grassy notes. Low carbonation, no burn to it.
Ughsmash (7354) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 9, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber. Just about the darkest, thickest pour I’ve seen with a dense head that nearly matched it. The aroma picked up burnt black patent, chocolate, and charred, smoky notes accented by toasty barley and fresh earthy hoppage.. balance was perfect. The flavor held serve.. burnt black patent and chocolate again, this time joined by coffee grounds.. dry black pepper, pine, and earthy bitterness around.. vanilla and smoky notes rounded it out through the finish. Light-medium bodied, dry, and roasty on the palate.. well-balanced with a memorable finish. Absolutely excellent beer that could’ve passed for a porter.
legion242 (2333) - Richardson, Texas, USA - FEB 8, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A very satistying black lager. Leaned a bit towards the stout side, but maintained that crispness of a lager. Very nice.
17thfloor (2436) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 8, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle. Pours a fantastic shinny near black with a great foamy frothy mocha head. Aroma is pretty nice, chocolate cookie mostly, faint hint of citrus hops, cocoa, light and springy for style. Flavor follows, smooth chocolate cookie, kind of soda-poppy, malt hops yeast yeah yeah it’s all there, finish is weak and watery, too much cookie without anything backing it up, feels kind of vacant, I do like the yeastiness though, bitter aftertaste. Medium bodied, smooth fizzy carbonation, chalky and watery. Far from what a German schwarz should be, I’m seeing a lot of these same chocolate-cookie takes on the style in America.
ilovedarkbeer (2436) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - FEB 7, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a thick black oil color with a large light brown head. Nose is dark roasted coffee beans, and milk chocolate covered almonds. Taste is black tea leaves, oreo cookie crust, and marble bread (rye and pumpernickle) Mouthfeel is a bit sketchy.
douglas88 (7180) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 6, 2010
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
650 ml bottle from the Bayou. Pours a totally black color with a medium beige head. A strong nose of sweet roasted chocolates, cocoa and heavy roasted malts. A great flavor; lots of sweet chocolate, somewhat milky, but balanced by loads of roasted malts, a really quaffable brew. I wish I had this on tap in my living room.
dwyerpg (4827) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - FEB 6, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Absolutely looks fantastic. Looks like an imperial stout. Smells malty/roasty. Flavor is actually slightly light at first, but with quite a bit of roast, graininess and hops and feels pretty strong overall. A decent beer, but the degree of roastiness makes one think of a baltic porter over a schwarzbier.