mattdev (74) - Oregon, USA - JUL 7, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
When I first cracked this bottle, I was surprised at what I smelled. The effervescence that I experienced had almost a root beer quality to it. The beer itself pours a dark, deep black; almost like a thinned out motor oil. The thin brown head is almost non existent. Just from looking at the beer, one would assume it’s much stronger than it really is because it pours quite similar to many of the imperial stouts out there (ie. The Abyss).
I still get quite a bit of that root beer pungency on first smell, but chocolate, coffee and graham crackers also show up. The taste is surprisingly crisp and clean (that’s the lager yeast for you) with loads of roast coming through on the front, and quite a bit of dark roasted coffee lingering on the back palate. They say on the bottle that they used some ultra crisp coastal water, and the cleanliness of this beer really showcases that.
While this isn’t as sweet as many schwarzbiers, I’m very much impressed by it. Good show, Rogue
tysongillmore (350) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 21, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I didn't take any extra notes when I tried this beer for the first time but I'm gonna try it again and update my comments.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
77ships (6129) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - OCT 11, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
650 ml. bottle split by 3 @ Delirium Hoppy Loft. Presumably some years on the bottle but I cannot find any date so… Black solid mocha; Nose is lightly metallic soy sauce, umami malts with light mocha. Taste is lightly metallic, soy, surprisingly thick & substantial chocolate body, light charcoal, coffee, dark chocolate. Body feels a bit thinned out but still very substantial. Lovely Schwarzbier. Ingredients mention Free Range Costal Water (seriously, free range water,…. Hahaha).
Werthergoethe (213) - Moscow, RUSSIA - OCT 4, 2015
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Отлично& тёмное пиво, во вкусе ощутимо присутс& кофе. Легко, приятно пьётся.
Aggiebob (445) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - SEP 15, 2015
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Black in color with light brown frothy head. Aroma is roasted malt and dark chocolate. The flavor is burnt coffee and dark chocolate. Medium body with a lasting slightly bitter finish.
RodrigoPacheco (129) - - MAY 24, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Muito boa. Um pouco ácida mas equilibra com o amargor e o saber torrado de malte. Surpreendeu o creme muito alto e muuuuito persistente.
Tognetta (491) - Campinas, BRAZIL - MAY 15, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Linda cerveja negra, espuma marrom em média quantidade, cremosa, bom lacing, pequenas bolhas irregulares por toda a superfície. Logo ao servir já é possível notar o aroma licoroso, achocolatado, adocicado, em menor quantidade café, cacau; amargor perceptível mas menos intenso, palha seca. Com o aumento da temperatura exalou um odor que lembra xarope, e o chocolate ficou mais intenso. Corpo leve/médio, carbonação média. Paladar bastante equilibrado/prazeiroso, com aftertaste amargo de grãos torrados. Uma boa SchwarzBeer.
JanosX (47) - - APR 4, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark beer. Thick creamy head. Flavours of chocolate, coffee, cedar and smoke. Very smooth and easy drinking.
alexsdad06 (7422) - Ohio, USA - MAR 29, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle shared by Tmoney99 years ago from notes. Pours a dark cola brown color with a small tan head. The aroma had roasted malts, coffee, earthy hops, and some orange citrus in the background. The flavor had earthy and citrusy hops, roasted malts, coffee, and dark chocolate. Medium bodied with good flavor; one of the better beers I’ve had from Rogue in a while although I probably wouldn’t revisit this.
bg80 (60) - California, USA - FEB 21, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On draft. Rich black with thick tan head and strong lacing. Medium body with roasty coffee bean palate. Not sweet, not sour, a little bitter on the finish, from the coffee. Decent.
chinchill (3343) - South Carolina, USA - NOV 14, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
650 ml bottle served in a pint glass (from notes).
Pour looks a bit like used motor oil; this is a truly black beer. Completely opaque with an unusually dark brown head that reduces at a moderate rate to a thin ring.
Aroma: Not strong. Primary component is dark roasted malt. Very sweet, with lots of chocolate/smoky notes. Toasted malt and burnt toast, powdery cocoa, hints of coffee, and molasses.
T - Some sweetness initially, but certainly not as sweet as a typical German schwarzbier, and the finish is mildly bitter with a clear coffee note. Hints of dark chocolate and licorice. Mainly, there’s plenty of rich dark roasted malt flavor that is pronounced and lasting but not challenging.
M - nice medium-full body with some crispness from carbonation and/or hops.
O - recommended for fans of schwarzbier who also like an imperial stout: This schwarzbier heads in that direction.