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.
smaynard6000 (785) - 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 (4120) - 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 (113) - 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 (875) - 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 (4306) - 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.
klas (360) - SWEDEN - DEC 25, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Branded as Cerveza Negra. Bottle at seafood restaurant in Panglao, Philippines. Much better than the other San Miguel beers. Roasted malts with a lot of caramel.
StevieT (996) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 18, 2014
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
From a bottle. This beer is an oasis in a desert of really poor beer here in the Philippines. Nice roasted aroma, smooth and quite mellow flavours, better than I had expected. Much better.
rondphoto (2891) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - NOV 16, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottle @ Party Town / Florence KY --- Clear very dark brown color, tan head cover, bands of lace. Taste is lightly toasted caramel malt that grows as it moves through the palate, adding carbonation bite on the swallow to keep things in balance. Very simple and straight-forward Dunkel, but really easy to drink none-the-less.
gripweed57 (983) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - OCT 1, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear reddish brown color with an ample tan head. Sweet roasted malt nose is pleasantly subtle. Slightly bittersweet roasted malt has chocolate notes. Nice body and complexity.
slowrunner77 (7100) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 25, 2014
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
"pretty decent food beer - light roast, chocolate, and a hint of coffee and hops. Fairly straight forward, bordering on generic, but good for a mexi lager. i’d drink again, but not buy again."