maltdog (619) - Colorado, USA - MAR 10, 2005
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
UPDATED: JUN 5, 2006 Inky brown tinged with ruby; the frothy camel head subsides to an attractive foamcap. Average lacing. Mild aromas of toffee, milk chocolate, lagery malt tinged with sulfur, Crisco, metallic and spicy/herbaceous European hop notes. The malt flavor is there, but is overpowered by a buttermilk tang. Vague roasty and even more elusive caramel elements. Mouthfeel is slick and oddly greasy. Overall, gross flavors of tin can and sour milk made this an utterly shitty beer. **RERATE June 2006 ** Recently had it again at an unavoidable "party" populated by ugly yuppies, where the alternative beverage was one of the big three diet beers. Almost oversweet with very faint chocolate and roasty character. Ugly metallic flavor was still present, and almost overpowered the dark-kilned malts. Very, very strong diacetyl in taste and aroma made the beer nearly undrinkable. It was a struggle not to publicly vomit in front of the conservative nerds.
rajendra82 (959) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - MAR 9, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Picked up a six pack of this Brewmasterís Collection release the moment I saw it. Brown longneck bottle with a notched in freshness date of Aug 2005, so no worries about freshness here.
Clear body with a dark reddish brown color that was not quite black, but was much darker than any other style of lager. The head was small and fleeting, and lacing was sparse.
The smell was roasted coffee with spicy hop notes. The taste was dry and bittersweet, with clean caramelized and chocolate malt providing a creamy palette. Quite thin in the mouth, this did not have the robust stickiness of a porter. Very refreshing however, and would not be too difficult to down a couple at a sitting.
My first Schwarzbier, so I was not quite sure what to expect. Looking through the BJCP guidelines, I think Boston Beer Companyís product meets all the requirements.
kujo9 (1093) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - MAR 9, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle: Deep chestnut brown w/ a light beige, thin, but lasting head. Sporadic lacing. Roasty, chocolate, and toffee (mostly consisting of light caramel and heavy diacetyl). Light spicy hop aroma as well before it warms. Also a lightly nutty malt. Well balanced, but to the malty side. Roasty malt and chocolate dominate in even balance. No hop bitterness or flavor. Finish is to the malt sweet side w/ a chocolate malt flaovor and a roasty aftertaste. Medium body as promised on the bottle, lower carbonation for a bottled lager, and smooth. Overall, if it werenít for the diacetyl, it would be a highly enjoyable beer! If they changed the yeast and fermentation temp a little bit, it might make a highly enjoyable brown porter! Unfortunately as it is, itís not really like any Schwarz that Iíve ever had.
MrBunn (2507) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 8, 2005
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours almost black, minimal beige head. Scents of caramel, coffee beans, roasted malt... itís aroma is its best feature. Tastes about like you would expect, nothing earth shattering. Malty, roasty, blah, blah, blah. Nice beer.
roder60 (1285) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 7, 2005
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a dark brown with a tan froathy head. Aroma is nice and roasty and malty with hints of caramel coffee. Flavor is sweet and caramely. Light on the palate with slight hoppy finish. Overall, very pleasing.
mephisto (1270) - TAIWAN - MAR 6, 2005
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
a very nice german style lager. subdued aroma. nice body w/ roasted malty flavor.
Hangover (1064) - Atlanta, Alabama, USA - MAR 3, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark copper pour with an initially frothy tan head. Chocolate malt aroma with a bit of vanilla. Nice mouthfeel with a bit of carbonation on the tongue. Medium bodied. Slightly sweet taste with more chocolate and some caramel and coffee. Overall, pretty good for Sam Adams. Pretty drinkable and although itís nothing really spectacular, it is rather tasty and finishes smooth enough to warrant another.
mkobes (2141) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - MAR 3, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Deep dark brown in color with a nice tan head. Roasted malty aroma. Caramel chocolate notes. Malty flavor. Lightly hoppy flavor. Nice beer.
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - MAR 2, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I was extremely disappointed with this one. Poured dark brown, like a cherry cola. Small off white head. Small malt profile, no hops. Nothing to the mouth feel, Kind of watery. tried this hoping for the best...
spikee (96) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - MAR 2, 2005
3.2 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Light, almost nonexistent aroma - very slightly sweet. Pours a medium, dark black with a hint of red. Thin white head with minimal lacing. Taste is sweet and malty with a noticeable caramel notes. Almost bordering on a porter, with just the right amount of carbonation. Palate is almost syrupy with a thick slide down the back of the tongue. Very drinkable without being too heavy or too sweet. Yum.