drostj (106) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - OCT 2, 2013
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle pour at Rocket City Brewfest. Dark brown almost black with a thick, sturdy coffee-colored head. Very full flavor - chcolate, roasted coffee, malt, caramel. A bit of sweetness and a slight bitterness as well. Rich, complex flavor - this one is for sipping slowly and lingering over. Great beer.
FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 28, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at some little pub here in Chicago. Pours black with a small creamy light mocha head. Aroma is very rich aggressive roasty malt, slightly burnt, plenty of espresso and coffee, dark chocolate. Flavor is also very rich, very strong espresso, rich burny malt and chocolate yet crisp and clean in the finish. Medium to medium full body and a soft carbonation. Very rich schwartz, full and aggressive
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 7, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at TND: Aroma of milk chocolate, roasted malt, and cream. Poured pitch black in color with a tiny, creamy, brown head that lasted throughout. Opaque. Lightly sparkling. Flavor is lightly sweet and lightly bitter. Tastes of milk chocolate, roasted malt, cream, and slight hops. Medium body. Tingly texture. Average carbonation. Roasted malt, chocolate, and cream finish is lightly bitter. Better than I had expected.
FROTHINGSLOSH (5188) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 31, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled on draft at Smokin’ Joes in Pittsburgh PA this beer poured a black color with a medium sized dark brown head. The aroma was dry, bitter and roasty with notes of coffee and floral hops. The flavor was dryish, roasty, toasty and a touch malty with notes of chocolate, coffee and strong floral hops. The finish was long, roasty and hoppy. Medium body. Solid.
gracefullypunk (667) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 8, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black with a thick mocha head that leaves plenty of lacing. Unfortunately, rest did not quite live up to the appearance. Aromas of smokiness, gouda, and a slight chocolate. The smokiness was even more apparent in the taste and overwhelmed the other flavors. Thin mouthfeel. Can’t help wondering if this batch was a little off, as think that the gouda/lactic I smelled could be an indication.
DocLock (8184) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 20, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
JLS: called Black Lager at DRE. Pours deep blackish and turbid with brown head. Nose is dark malt, rich chocolate, nuts. Tastes thick, rich, smooth, creamy, with dark malt, dark choc, backup hops, and slight nuts, molasses, and rauch. Very complex, very well balanced, and very damned good! I’ll be growlering this tomorrow for the holiday.
BrewDad (5085) - Olympia, Washington, USA - MAY 5, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pint – Eastside Club Tavern - Olympia, WA
Aroma: Huge smoke and coffee aroma.
Appearance: Dark black in color, clear (If you can see through Black), with a thin head.
Flavor: This was a big black dark malt beer with smoke and coffee undertones.
Palate: Dry coffee finish, with a Good Mouthfeel.
Overall: What a great beer. I might need to go back to try one more of these. The smokey and coffee where so thick. Wow .
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 22, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Brass Tap (Wesley Chapel, FL). POurs a dark brown to black with a tan head that settles slowly. Aroma is roasted and malty with notes of caramel, chocolate, and coffee. Flavor is roasted and malty with notes of chocolate, ripe dark fruit, coffee and floral hops. Generally medium body with a somewhat hoppy finish.
Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - FEB 20, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught @ Cock & Bull as Paul’s Black Lager. Pitch black with great head and lacing. Robust aroma has lots of coffee and a nice acidity. Thick mouthfeel. Loads of coffee and lingering roasty taste. A bit heavy and thick and slightly burnt but a fine, meaty, robust black lager.
jcwattsrugger (11310) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - FEB 17, 2009
2.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
on tap @Brass Tap near Tampa-pours a light brown ring for a head and black color. Aroma is !? chlorine tablets/medical antiseptic. Later roasty dark malt-coffee/chocolate. Taste is burnt dark malt-coffee/chocolate, secondary bitter/leafy/acidic/asprin hops. Not my taste.