Kinz (3111) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JAN 15, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Happy to try this, always interested in the "estate" issue beers. This thing pushes Schwarz as close to porter as it possibly can, very American. This is a good thing. Pours jet black, with a nice dark brown head. Aroma is coffee and chocolate, quite inviting. Flavor matches, lots of chocolate and coffee, with some floral hops dancing along on the finish. Very enjoyable. A bit of a nutty note as well. Liking this.
MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 15, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Sample Date: 12/23/2009 Source:Other) Chocolate and roast malt aroma. Spicy hop notes. Black with frothy brown head. Lots of chocolate and roast flavor. Light grainy astringency. Medium body with a light mouth feel. Finish is chocolaty and medium bitter. Very tasty.
gatorPaul (2) - Dunwoody, Georgia, USA - JAN 15, 2010 does not count
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured in a pint glass, black as oil, tan head.
Tastes of coffee, nuts, cola. Very earthy.
Not a big fan of Schwartzbier but this was a good brew.
asedzie (569) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 13, 2010
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a bit to motor-oilish to be true to style. More along the lines porter/stout, but an excellent beer nonetheless. Medium tan head, beautifully smoky, grainy scent. Flavor is not heavy or sweet - lightly nutty, mild chocolate notes, definite background of grassy, fruity hops. Great creaminess to the palate. All around, an excellent beer, very easy to drink with just the right amount of complexity.
jonas (5285) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - JAN 13, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Black, low brown head. Coffee roast aroma. Dark roast, chocolate and coffee, hops stay in the backround unfortunately. Medium body, mellow to sparkly mouthfeel. Somewhat metallic finish. Espresso aftertaste.
jeremytoni (2836) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - JAN 13, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
From a bottle poured black with a good amount of brown head. Nice toasted malty flavor with a lasting finish.
Travlr (9954) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 12, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at first DC tasting of 2010.
Black with an attractive dark brown head. Aroma of motor oil, cinnamon and burnt espresso. Flavor has lots of roasted malts, a background of smoke and ash, and a finish of burnt coffee. More body than your average schwarzbier. Complex and interesting.
GT2 (7122) - Riverslime, California, USA - JAN 11, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From DC Local tasting. This was excellent- though I am a sucker for Schwarzbier. It pours fairly opaque black with a scary deep brown head that has great retention and lacing. Aroma is coffee, vanilla, brown sugar, maple. Taste is roasty, molasses, espresso, vanilla, roast. Easy to drink, rich and complex. Great mouthfeel. Yum.
EricE (1368) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - JAN 11, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thick black pour with lots of bubbles and a light tan head. Thick fresh roasty aroma. Bitter roasted flavor. Very smooth and easy drinking.
phiconners (143) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 11, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a thick black with a brown head. Aroma has a little smokiness to it. Taste is a little smoky, a nice flavor. Tastes like a mild porter to me, but quite enjoyable.