Ludwig (60) - USA - APR 10, 2003
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
This is a very, very average dark lager, from some of the ratings I was expecting much more. Average dark lager.
Darkmagus82 (2093) - - NOV 28, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured from bottle into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a very dark brown, nearly black color with a tiny fizzy head of cream colored foam. The head fades almost instantly, leaving just a trace of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the beer is strongest of a roasted malt smell mixed with a bit of chocolate and smoke. Along with these aromas comes a little bit of grain and a hint of dark fruit.
Taste – The taste begins with a mix of a roasted malt taste and a bit of a molasses and chocolate sweetness. As the taste moves on the roast seems to fade a little bit with more sweetness of molasses, chocolate, and some corn syrup coming to the tongue. With a little bit of a smoke and toast developing at the very end, a moderately sweet, but easy drinking darker taste is left on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is on the slightly thinner and crisper side with a carbonation level that is rather average. For the abv. and lager style the slightly thinner body was rather nice, but for the darker flavors of the brew a little less carbonation and thicker body may have been slightly more appropriate. Overall, the feel was rather decent.
Overall – A decent dark lager, but nothing all that out of the ordinary. Just alright overall.
beer_rookie (226) - USA - NOV 22, 2015
2.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: NOV 26, 2015 Pours a dark brown color. Looks like cola. About one finger beige head. Once it’s gone, it’s gone. Swirling it around won’t make it form again. No lacing.
Aroma is dark roasted malts, maybe even slightly burnt. I smell a little chocolate and some caramel. Smells pretty good actually.
Okay I don’t know what went wrong. The taste is burnt brown sugar to the point that it’s almost chemical like. I also taste the dark roasted malts, and some caramel. But that taste....
Mouthfeel is not so good. Chemical burn. Maybe it’s the alcohol in it. At only 5% it shouldn’t be tasting like it does. Drinkability is poor, I don’t want to finish it.
Overall, this is pretty bad. I’m being super generous with my rating. Forget it, order Bud Light instead.
Drjohnrock (592) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 23, 2015
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured from 11.2 ounce bottle labeled as the "San Miguel Cerveza Negra" alias--longneck, too, for a change--at Christine’s Casual Dining on Harrison Avenue in Dent, tasted on October 23, 2015. Dark brown/ruby color, aroma has attractive sweet malt battling with unattractive chemical smell, smooth mouthfeel with carbonation rather subdued, light sweet malty flavor with the chemical notes thankfully less than the nose advertised. Might have been a little old but still better than the regular San Miguel and a good choice at a place that doesn’t have an extensive beer list, like Christine’s.
JorgeLee (1522) - Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 16, 2015
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle in H&J watching the rugby. From the bottle, exact colour unknown. Malty, sweet. Actually sugary, like liquid brown sugar or molasses. Underattenuated, underhopped. Despite that vaguely interesting, but a little hard work. Reminded me slightly of those dreadful Belgian sweet stouts.
ClassyBeagle (374) - USA - AUG 23, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
A: all malt. sweet caramel and raisin. little hint of yeasty breadiness.
A: pours a dark auburn color with a nice foamy dark tan head.
T: slightly watery with a hint of toasted or roasted malts.
P: very light and borderline watery.
O: Not offensive, but nothing to really endear.
smaynard6000 (848) - Apopka, Florida, USA - JUL 26, 2015
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
bottle. Pours a very dark brown with average-sized creamy beige head and moderate carbonation. Aroma is roasted caramel malt. Flavor is quite sweet and completely malty with cereal notes. Light and medium bodied with very little finish. Pretty much just one note, sweet throughout. Average.
TimE (4347) - Tokyo, JAPAN - APR 21, 2015
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Light Cappuccino and toffee notes. Slightly sour mouth with some lingering chocolate notes in the finish. Best beer from these guys.
migwell (155) - Northampton, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 28, 2015
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
This beer is unfortunately not widely available in the Philippines, as it is a step up from the very poor SM Pilsener. Still, it’s not much, a light and watery dark beer. I found it occasionally in Manila and Cebu, but cycling around the country never ran into it elsewhere. Sold as Negra.
Grumbo (937) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - JAN 11, 2015
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle brought back to UK from Cebu by Matt. I’ve had this in Philippines some years ago, and recall enjoying it then, and wasn’t disappointed this time around. Pours a dark purple/black with a small tan colour head. Sweet toffee malt aroma, with dark fruits. Quite heavily sweet, light bitterness, medium body, oily texture. Long bittersweet finish. Decent enough brew.
mkel07 (4540) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - DEC 25, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Liquor Collection Honolulu 251214. Thin dark brown to black colour with an unusual sweet flavour, almost honey like. Nice enough.