hockeybeerguy (528) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - JAN 30, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
She pours a dark brown colored body with a slim finger’s worth of white foamy head that dies immediately. Some light lacing coats the sides of the glass but ends up sliding at a good pace.
The smell has a gentle soothing molasses/dark fruits invading my nose in a very dark sweet sort of way, comes through slightly smoky and roasty, some brown sugar ends up entering in more so as it warms.
The taste is mainly sweet through the previously mentioned flavors, slight sweet sugary aftertaste but nothing too invading as its slightly partial; no finish.
The palate sits about a medium of sorts on the body with a slightly moderate amount of carbonation coating the mouth and tongue in a decent way.
Overall, this is a decent Euro dark lager and I will commend San Miguel for taking a style that isn’t widely accepted and making a decent stab at it. For me, I think I could have this again even though I don’t know how fresh this is.
johnnnniee (1936) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 16, 2014
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle from Bert’s labeled Cerveza Negra
Pours a solid dark brown with clear ruby highlights at the edges and a huge creamy off white head that takes forever to dissipate. Aromas of molasses overwhelm me as soon as I get beer to meet glass. Hints of smoke, roast, and chocolate round out the aroma, but my God this smells like sugary unfermented molasses mostly. Wow the flavor does not stray from the aroma much. Sweet brown sugar and molasses run the show here. Light prunes and plums in the flavor as well and little to counter the malty or adjuct-y sweetness in this beer. Medium to thick body with a light to moderate level of carbonation and a sweet thick sugary syrupy mouthfeel. I have no way to tell how old this bottle is but I suspect it may be less than fresh. That said the burnt sugar and molasses seem to be all this beer offers, it reminds me more of the barley malt sodas that I had in the Caribbean than actual beer.
Butters (3653) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 4, 2014
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Clear dark brown pour with good mahogany highlights and fair ring of tan head. Pours almost like cola. Slightly metallic, but I think that is coming from the hops, which add just enough bitterness to balance out the sweet toffee and caramel malted notes. Kinda has a touch of sour twinge to it also. Definitely the best local beer by far. But that really isn’t saying very much.
geologyguy (547) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - JAN 3, 2014
2.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Dark fruity smells..plum...taste is so disappointing...watery and nothing to it...tiniest malt, no hops
DavidWoodruff (387) - Windsor, California, USA - DEC 2, 2013
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Reddish brown with cream colored head. Sweet toffee aroma with sweet malty-sugary flavor. Medium bodied with low bitterness.
patxa (174) - MEXICO - OCT 31, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
The roasted malts make of this brew one of the more decent mainstream beers in Asia. Good aroma of roasted chocolate beans and caramel. Dark ruby color, small tan head, no lace. Nice taste of roasted malts, mid sweetness, not hoppy. Abrupt finish with a bit of smokiness.
JStax (2558) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - OCT 15, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
11.2 ounce bottle. Pours a dark cola color with a thin beige head. Aroma is roasty with a bit of coffee influence. Fairly sweet. Reminds me of licorice. Lighter on the palate.
armando629 (2370) - Budapest, HUNGARY - OCT 5, 2013
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
0,33 l bottle as a gift.
Clear brown appearance with a small lacing tan head that diminishes quickly. Aroma of sourish yeast and some roasted malt, ash, caramel. Weak body, grass, some caramel and burnt coffee.
Shaney (2429) - Köln / Cologne, GERMANY - SEP 16, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dunkelbraun mit hellbraunem Schaum. Würzmalziges Aroma nach Toast und etwas Karamell. Im Geschmack gar etwas röstig geraten. Kerniges Dunkel, dass überraschend gut ist!
EdInSaltLake (503) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - AUG 26, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Caramel sweet, fruity aroma. Sweet malt flavor; brown sugar, light caramel. Tiny roasted malt flavor.