nuplastikk (4878) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 15, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle. This is one of the first few beers I really liked. I imagine it has changed considerably in ingredient quality and character in the decade since then...but maybe I’m mistaken. Deepish brown-amber body. Thin but steady beige head. Kind of weak on the chocolate malt, you almost get amber tones. I used to really enjoy this beer, but it just a medium bodied mediocrity these days.
revolution2718 (305) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 19, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours very dark. Well balanced tending malty, not overly complex but not unpalatable.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
mtdewa1 (431) - rome, New York, USA - AUG 31, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark black pour, medium head. Little lacing. Earthy malted aroma. Taste of roasted malts, caramel and pine. Easy to drink, watery mouthful.
shigadeyo (3096) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - AUG 2, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
6/24/2011: Saranac Black Forest (Bavarian Style Black Beer)... Aroma: Caramel notes, bread crust, earthy hops evident. Appearance: Beautiful auburn (red-brown) color with a motled dark beige head that slowly collapses. Flavor: European maltiness with a good balance between some dark maple syrup sweetness and a mild spicy and earthy hop flavor and bitterness; dry Pils-like quality with more malty sweetness and caramel notes behind it. Palate: Medium-bodied; smooth mellow; nice weight in the mouth; almost creamy texture. Overall: Pleasantly palatable beer with some sessionability to it.
12 fl. oz. bottle from Kroger in Harrison, Ohio. Rating #843 for this beer.
j12601 (7350) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUL 19, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours a deep black with a medium sized beige head. Sweet plum and a bit of oxidization on the nose over some dusty cocoa and roast. A touch thin, roast and cocoa, oxidization and papery malt. Just empty into the finish. Not a lot going on.
adamhorror (84) - USA - JUL 10, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep black appearance with a one finger off white thick head. Aroma is a balance of light malt and hops. Taste is slightly sweet malt with a touch of bitter hops whichever balanced. Palate is light and a bit champagne like from the carbonation. A very easy to drink Schwarzbier.
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Mora2000 (5893) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JUL 9, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Thanks to blutt59 for sharing this bottle. Reddish-brown pour with an off-white head. The aroma and flavor have a lot of toffee and dark fruit notes, as well as some caramel and nuttiness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
Vballnbeer (158) - Gorham, Maine, USA - JUL 7, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This is a pretty good black beer. It is dark in color as it should be, lacking in head a bit, and has a mild nose. The flavor is sweet, but mild and smooth with a subtle hop flavor. Worth a taste.
OKplus (787) - Oklahoma, USA - JUN 19, 2013
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
12oz served in a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.
A - Pours a clear dark russet brown with a 1 finger mocha head that forms a tight bubbled cap. One long streak of horizontal lacing that looked like a skinny dinosaur.
S - Dark caramel malt, dried grain, cherry and berry fruit, lager yeast, fruit bread.
T - Roasted caramel malts, tangy sweetness, dried grass, chalky lager yeast, matches the nose, the cherry fruit is mixed in with the malt creating a fruit bread flavor, some hops wick away some of the sweetness. Finishes semi dry with compliments of fruit and slightly bitter and roasted malts.
M - Moderate carbonation, fuller body for the style, somewhat velvety but sticky at times, wet upfront but finishes semi dry.
Very fruity for the style. Had a nice roundness of roast and bitter to battle the sweetness. Decent mouthfeel too. Not bad. Not something I would seek out but I’m glad I had a chance to try this out.
Serving type: bottle
czar (5018) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 17, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
pours clear light brown with a light beige head, some retention. caramel, fruitiness, spices, bit of nuts, hint of sweetness, some coffee berries, dried molasses, treacled caramel. average carbonation, light body - never watery, short grassy-peppery finish. not reinventing - true to style - well executed. nice balance and dry crisp mouthfeel. quenching.