Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - FEB 27, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Almost black in color with a lasting tan head...Mild malt aroma...Smooth on the palate...Mildly malty flavor with a bit of burnt char...Not bad...
Beergeek23322 (1730) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - DEC 2, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
11/1/2009. From a mixed sampler box. Poured dark brown with a tan head. Roasted malt aromas with dark fruit and light hops. Chocolate flavors with a bitter finish.
ryanscourt (470) - Latrobe, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 16, 2013
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Really thought this one falls short. Aroma is near absent. Some rosasted flavors with some lingering sweetness. Biggest problems is that it is too light and watery. Not much to be happy about. The malt presence should be strong even in a lager. The minimal roasted characteristics that exist are dominated by caramel sweet malt. Not for me.
jasonroden (6) - West Virginia, USA - FEB 12, 2013 does not count
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 7/20
From someone who usually avoids black brews, this was a surprise. Very nice on a cold winter day while the sun is setting early.
WVBrU (57) - - OCT 13, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours dark brown, with cream colored head. Malty, caramel, and maybe chocolate. Light bitterness. Average/soft carbonation and a slighty creamy texture. Long finish with malty aftertaste.
Bierkrug (1983) - Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Bavaria, GERMANY - SEP 26, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
355 ml bottle in New York. Pours a dark brown colour with frothy off-white head that stays a while and has great foamy lace. Malty nose of caramel, chocolate and roasted one with hints of yeast. Also malty taste of roasted malts and cherries. All of this pretty mild. A decent schwarzbier but a tad too mild overall. Better than most of thier beers.
HighlanderOne (936) - Bergen County, New Jersey, USA - JUL 21, 2012
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from bottle. Lager, gas, burnt malt aroma. Not black, but a very dark mahogany. Roasted malt, a bit of hops, notes of honey and molasses. Dry feel as it should be. Easy to drink. A nice brew.
douglas88 (5171) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 12, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from the Saranac hook up, beastiefan2k. Pours a dark brown color with a medium white head. The aroma is sweet roasted caramel. A nice quaffable flavor; caramel, toasted malts, light chocolate and nuts. Very enjoyable on a hot night.
phaleslu (5208) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 23, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz. bottle from a winter Saranac mixed pack from A-1 Liquor in Indianapolis. Pours a cloudy dark brown color with a two finger thick beige head. Notes of roasted malts, chocolate, dirt, dust, cola, coffee, and nuts. Some earthy hops. Medium-bodied, with average carbonation and a dry, toasty mouthfeel.
beastiefan2k (2198) - 2nd City (formely NYC & KS), Illinois, USA - MAY 29, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle. Pours is a clear dark brown color. The beer has a hint of chocolate and caramel mixed in the traditional Saranac mineral and metallic character. The caramel comes through in the finish very nicely. This is a very decent Schwarz, Saranac does a decent job with dark lagers.
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 27, 2010
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Ruby brown, beige head. Aroma is roast, metal, wood, cocoa. Taste is light roast, distracting metal, tin.