blutt59 (6136) - 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 DRís 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 (7270) - 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 Iíve 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 couldíve passed for a porter.
legion242 (2314) - 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 (2435) - 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 itís 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, Iím seeing a lot of these same chocolate-cookie takes on the style in America.
ilovedarkbeer (2386) - Dallas, Texas, 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 (6808) - 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 (4755) - 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.
bluejacket74 (1482) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - FEB 6, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 ounce bottle. Served in a pilsner glass, the beer pours a very dark brown color with about an inch and a half frothy brown head. Head retention is good, and thereís also a lot of lacing left behind on the glass. Aroma is roasted malt, chocolate and some coffee. Taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes like burnt/charred and roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, coffee and some hops noticable in the finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, itís a bit creamy and is well carbonated. Drinkability is very good, itís smooth and quite enjoyable to drink. I think this brew seems more like a robust porter than a schwarzbier, but Iím not complaining at all. I think this is a pretty good brew, itís worth a try if you come across it.
mar (4994) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 6, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle thanks to ilovedarkbeer. pitch black pour with a khaki head. nice on the palate with a deep roasted malt flavor tagged with chocolate. roasty finish.