bw1982 (113) - , Arizona, USA - AUG 1, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle. Pours a great dark mahogany color with a thin deep tan head. Flavors are very reminiscent of a nice imperial stout, but there is a lightness to the palate which is actually really nice. Love the clever labeling on this as well, even though that doesnít really matter in the grand scheme of beer tasting!
tyler_durden (113) - ITALY - DEC 11, 2012
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle @ salone del gusto. It pours black with a huge head on top. Liquorice, coffee, caramel and many other things. Best lager ever! I just canít get enough
broozer81 (106) - , New Jersey, USA - JAN 31, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 bomber-roasted malts, coffee some chocolate...light hops in the back..not to good on the palate, I think a little over carbonated for me...Taste was dull i thought it was missing its character...lager maybe..
AHTOH (101) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 18, 2011
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber. Poured into Duvel tulip.
APPEARANCE: Pours pitch black. Opaque. Dark tan, creamy coffee colored head is about 2-3 fingers, frothy, and with lengthy retention. A bit of lacing is left for some time as head begins to settle.
AROMA: Huge roast aroma. Plenty of coffee. Some earthiness. Faint hops aroma, which seems herbal.
TASTE: Earthy/dirt characteristics much more evident in taste than aroma. The earthy/dirt taste is quite pleasant. Some light citrusy hops without much hop bitterness on front of palate; behind roast and coffee. Roasted malts mid palate. Back of palate and finish is characterized by dirt and some roasted malt sweetness.
MOUTH FEEL: Velvety, yet crisp Ė an outstanding combination.
OVERALL: A remarkably smooth and quaffable black lager that is true to its name in the sense that a pleasant earthy/dirt/terroir taste is evident.
stephenj007 (98) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 17, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow, this is a pretty amazing brew.
Looks and pours like a thick brewed coffee left on the campfire. Foamy head the color of Cocoa-Pebbles. A well-forward aroma of brownies, smoke and sweet roasted malts, maybe a hint of prunes or bananna?
Complex but pleasant.
The tastes are smooth and malty, just the right amount of smoke bite. For all the hops listed on the label, I was expecting the hops to be a bit more noticeable, but it is very well intertwined in the flavors. The finish and wash is long, well into the next swallow. Hangs around, but thatís ok....I canít get enough of this brew.
One of the.....no, I think the best brews I have rated in quite awhile.
Treat yourself to something different.....this isnít just a beer, itís a brewers passion in a bottle!
woodychevy (96) - - MAR 16, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2012 Tried this on tap at Closed for Business in Charleston. Pours incredibly dark with a generous head. Aroma is of dark chocolate, roasted malts, coffee- deep and delicious. Heavier mouthfeel than I was expecting, but well balanced. Practically desert like. Feels like a colder weather beer, or something I would have with a spicy meal. Really warming and nice- smooth. Lots of levels on this one- felt like I tasted something different with each sip. Not an everyday beer- but really well done. Addendum: December 6th, Ocracoke. Better than I remember. More complex- really earthy and chocolaty with some coffee for good measure. Definitely feels like a winter beer. Still tasted something different in every sip and definitely changed as it warmed to room temp. Impressive effort. originally 3.9 now 4.2
jimmythechippy (90) - , AUSTRALIA - APR 14, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
first beer in this style i have tried, never seem amything like it in australia. not sure what quite to ecpect considering it was a lager....
the darkness sets you up for an experiance that never happens. although not a bad experiance by anymeans. nice flavour
zmanzorro (82) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 3, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from bottle into a tulip glass. Pours a very dark brown with a moderate brown head that eventually fades, with some lacing left behind. Aroma is very malty chocolately sweetness. Taste has a very roasted chocolate flavor up front that fades into a smoked finish. A little bit light on the carbonation and feels a little thin on the mouthfeel. Overall, a very solid beer.
matmatmat (82) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 3, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle pours a deep dark almost black color. Aroma of bread and coffee with some woody smoky notes. Caramely sweetness with a light bitterness and a smoky finish. Crisp on the palate with a lot of fizziness. Overall a nice beer, if your looking for a Porter, because thatís pretty much what you got here.
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 itís 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 (thatís 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 isnít as sweet as many schwarzbiers, Iím very much impressed by it. Good show, Rogue