megawill (14) - Iowa, USA - JAN 18, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz Bottle. Aroma: Malt sweetness, slightly bready with a hint of nutmeg / spice. Appearance: pours black. Nice head that lingers, good lacing. Taste: malty, hops are more subtle than you may expect from the description, faint note anise. Palate: well rounded, malt adds a bit of syrupy feel, not a bad note just a bit ’heavier’ / thicker than you’d expect from a lager. Overall: Solid effort. An enjoyable beer.
WisconsinBeer (700) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - JAN 23, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Deep reddish brown, slightly foamy head. Decent lacing. Flavor is rich roasted malts, dark chocolate, a hint of smoke, balanced sweetness. Just a nice little bit of hops at the end to wrap it up. Medium bodied. Well balanced.
dlbeer (660) - Wisconsin, USA - JAN 11, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Dark pour with tan head. Smells of toasted malts and smoke. Tastes of the same with slight hops. Pretty decent
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drpimento (2098) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 11, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I think this beer is misclassified; it should be a smoked beer. To me there’s nothing "subtle" about the smokiness. Poured at a good temperature with a modest light tan head that soon settled to a large island, ring, and some lace. Color is a clear mahogany with some tiny bubble trails. Aroma is smoke dominated and then malt and a bit of spice. Flavor’s like nose plus has some tart. Fairly dry. Body is slightly thin, carbonation ok. Finish is like flavor, some change to medicinal, gradual taper, not really for me. Wish it had been a traditional schwarzbier.
UkrainPubCrawler (57) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 7, 2013
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark beautiful color. However, the head doesn’t last long and the beer falls flat quickly. I did enjoy the delicious smoky flavor of this beer.
camborne (655) - Hopkins, Minnesota, USA - NOV 30, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Roast and smoke on nose. Smoke is hidden well, hops are kind of subdued as malts overpower. Solid offering
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 26, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear mahogany with a creamy tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, coffee, smoked meats, anise/licorice and bready malts. A tad thin with light chocolate, licorice, peppery yeast, smoke and some light molasses. Finishes up spicy and yeasty.
harrymel (1448) - Spokane, Washington, USA - NOV 17, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Best by 14JUN13
It’s near black with some nut brown hues below a fine creamy toasted sheet. Smells nice and roasty with soil, char, toast, some prunes and cocoa. Flavor follows suit with some nice roasted malts, dry soil, some hints of cocoa and leather - a really nice beer. Nice light body with a crispy carbonation and a wet finish (surprisingly). I like this beer quite a bit.
Ughsmash (7001) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 8, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottled. Poured deep brown with a short, toasted beige head. The aroma picked up very sweet vanilla, molasses, and nutty notes with light earthy accents.. lots of sugars and roast, but it didn’t really come together. The flavor found similar stuff.. sweet and roasty vanilla, black malts, and molasses throughout.. dry, roasty finish. Light-bodied with moderate-plus carbonation.. not great, but very drinkable.
DrnkMcDermott (2748) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - AUG 31, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Single bottle from HyVee. Foamy pour, which reveals a solid black stoutish body. Smell is full of roastiness and some smokey peat. Taste brings in a lot more smokiness. In fact, this really should go down as a smoked beer instead of a schwarz.And I think it’s just fine. Some stout roast, a bit of stout sourness, matched by some not-so-subtle smoke. Maybe more from peat that than rauchmalt, but quite enjoyable.
wlajwl (3546) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - JUL 28, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2013 Aroma is smoked/mildly roasted malts and a small hint of earthiness. The flavor is smoked/mildly roasted malts, dark grains, very light fruit notes and a tangy/slightly tart finish.