kjohns (131) - North Dakota, USA - MAR 1, 2012
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Dark amber with thin off-white head. Faint sweet malt aroma. Fairly sweet taste, mostly caramel malt. Very faint citrus hop finish. Just OK.
superspak (3747) - Michigan, USA - NOV 24, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle into lager glass, best before 8/3/2015. Pours crystal clear reddish copper/brown color with a 1 finger dense light tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of caramel, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, light nuttiness/roast, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and light earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of caramel, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, light nuttiness/roast, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Light herbal/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, light nuttiness/roast, and herbal/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt and light earthy hop flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Very clean on lager flavors with minimal yeast notes present. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, lightly creamy/bready, and slightly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 4.8%. Overall this is a nice dark lager style. All around good robustness, complexity, and balance of dark/bready malt and light earthy hop flavors; and very smooth, clean, and easy to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.
euniceradio (270) - Colton, California, USA - NOV 6, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz to tulip. Pours deep clear mahogany, med tan head. Aroma of sweet malt, dark malt, cocoa, black cherry, dark fruit, toffee, fig. Taste is same with berries and some creme maybe. Mouthfeel is medium, good carb.
justsayswell (211) - Mission, Kansas, USA - AUG 29, 2015
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Transparent mahogany pour. Light coffee colored head that swells but disappears quickly. Little lacing. Nose is molasses, faint coffee, nutty malt. Light bodied. Taste starts out nutty with a little watery coffee, then some corn and cereal peeps through. Finishes malty and a little tangy. It’s ok for what it is.
nealblind (1284) - Seattle, Alabama, USA - AUG 12, 2015
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
yellow brown pour tan head. Aroma grain, caramel. tastes mild choco. this is a purely functional brew for people who want a watery brown beer.
Obfuscate (334) - Minneapolis, - JAN 14, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pretty decent session beer. Really drinkable like most Schell’s beers. Sweet caramel with a light bitterness. The ’Firebrick’ is better, try that.
alexsdad06 (7422) - Ohio, USA - JUN 29, 2014
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle from backlog notes 07. Pours amber brown in color with a medium sized off white head. The aroma and flavor have mild toasted malt, light caramel, light cocoa, some earth, seems like a watered down porter, nothing really bad just flat and boring.
TXBadger (2073) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 21, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a brown color with off-white head. Caramel and roasted malts on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with more malt. Light bodied for a dark beer.
MNAle (71) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 10, 2014
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Not sure what to make of this. It is different. I bought a couple of bottles on a whim. Really, really sweet. Its OK, I guess, but I doubt I will buy it again.
fattybladdy (628) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - FEB 23, 2014
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle, pours a dark ruby amber. Aroma of malt and grain. Taste is toasted grain and dark malt, a bit watery.
WisconsinBeer (716) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - JAN 21, 2014
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
This is such a strange beer for any sort of respectable beer geek. I guess it fills a niche, this is the sort of beer that a pale lager drinking grandpa would drink a few times per year when he was feeling exotic.
It’s not really ’dark’ - more just overly sweet tasting. It’s not awful, and with the right food pairing it might work. But it just comes across as adjunct forward and bland, without any depth really. "Fair to middlin"