bhensonb (11263) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 21, 2008
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Black in color with ruby glints. Decent tan head. Thin to medium body with soft, voluminous carbonation. It tastes toasted. More sweet than bitter. Something porter like with coffee and chocolate. There’s some hop, so the finish is roughly balanced. It is not all that sweet, and the finish is reasonably dry. Perhaps too tasty for the style, but it is a very good lager.
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 12, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
clear dark brown, wispy tan head, bits of lace,
slightly sweet chocolate and roasted aroma,
rich chocolate flavor, touch of dark caramel sweetness to bring out the richness in the chocolate, nice balancing roasted, touch of coffee, light bitterness aids the roasted in providing balance, sweet chocolate finish,
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 14/20
hopdog (9018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 24, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle acquired in trade with odeed (thanks!). Poured a dark brown color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of chocolate, roast, cocoa powder, and nutty. Tastes of bitter chocolate, roast, caramel, and light coffee. A pretty nice schwarzbier.
Dogbrick (8269) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 10, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Park Lane Liquor in Lancaster, CA. Pours a nearly opaque dark brown color with a medium and rocky beige head that dissipates slowly. Patches of lacing on the glass. Roasted malt, nuts and coffee in the nose. Medium-bodied with a nice roasted character. Flavors of malt, nuts and coffee are present, plus some hops in the background. The finish is dry with bittersweet coffee and chocolate. Lingering hoppy aftertaste. Pretty good overall.
DocLock (7915) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 21, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours pretty dark black;brownish through direct light, with 1-finger khaki head that quickly fades and never reappears with the repour. Aroma is roasty dark malt, some chocoff and hops. Tastes dark malty, with a decent roastiness, plus some dark chocolate, coffee, and slight nut notes, and a twinge of finishing rauchiness. Stays rather dry throughout. Not bad, but not great either.
heemer77 (5104) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JAN 21, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled, purchased at Johncy’s in North Liberty, IA. This is the second time I have picked up a relatively obscure California brew at this store. Black with garnet highlights at the edges. Light brownish khaki head. Toasted almonds and milk chocolate come out in the aroma. I also get a fruity hint of blueberries. The taste is day old coffee with some cheap chocolate chips. There is a dry, woody finish with some tobacco. A decent brew, but nothing special.
IrishBoy (3858) - Bakersfield, California, USA - APR 25, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle from Country Club Liquors; Nose of light chocolate, roastiness, nutiness, and a light vanilla note; clear very dark brown with rouge edges and a small beige head; flavor has chocolate, coffee, and some very light hop bitterness. Not too bad for a local brew!
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAY 26, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle from heemer77. Thanks Eric. Poured a deep dark brown color with orange highlights. The head was light tan and left a little lace behind. Aroma was of milk chocolate and molasses. Medium bodied and sweet with roasted malt, chocolate, and molasses flavors. There was a hint of bitterness toward the end. Not bad at all.
iowaherkeye (2692) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - JAN 26, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Another brew thanks to Eric (heemer77). Looks black unless up to light--clear deep ruby with a 1/2 finger beige head, fading to a ring before long. Aroma of roasted malts and a little bit of acidic coffee and hints of milk chocolate. A little bit roastier than the aroma had led on with some light piney hop notes--I thought I did smell that in the aroma, but wasn’t sure enough of myself to put it in the rating. Not picking up on as much chocolate, though. Just a hint of soy is noted toward the semi dry ashy finish. Bitterness around a 3. Low carbonation with a medium body. Pretty decent brew.
pepsican (1447) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - JUN 10, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Left at my house by iowaherkeye...hope he doesn’t see this rating and figure out I drank this....Pours almost black with a medium sized tan head. Aroma is roasted caramel and some chocolate. Flavor was more roasted caramel, chocolate, some smoke and nuts. Finishes a little thin, dry. Bitterness peaks around 2.