Jamesthebrit (368) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 22, 2014
4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Really light on the smell. A hint of malty woodiness.
Looks great especially for a lager. Nice lacing. Nice dark brown color. Head is a nice dark tan.
Taste is great overall and amazing for a lager. A nice hickory note. Nice roastiness. Smooth going down. Very very very balanced acidity.
Lighter on the palate. Goes down easy and tastey.
This is an amazing beer. A lot like a porter but lighter. The balance on the palate really sets this one apart. Killer for the style.
eaglebones (75) - Michigan, USA - JUL 20, 2014
3.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Pours black with a medium beige head. Great aroma of dark chocolate and coffee. Thin mouthfeel with low carbonation. Taste is sweet with a slightly sour aftertaste. Not a bad dark lager, but the taste left me wanting for more.
SpongeRuiner (965) - Michigan, USA - JUN 10, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Shocked at how dark this was as I started pouring it. A deep black color even with the dark brown colored head. A big fresh clean aroma with a hint of roasty chocolate. The flavors match the aroma well with a nice refreshing drink. Very unique brew. A feel of a lager but a roasty quality of a stout. Leaves a tasty frosted chocolate doughnut flavor on the lips. Quite drinkable. Maybe it was just unexpected but I really enjoyed this one.
BelgianBeerGal (3457) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAY 1, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Ann Arbor bottle drank in FL. Nice dark brown pour with a medium, foamy tan head and thick lacing. Light chocolate and dark roasted malt in the flavor. Smooth mouthfeel with a little peat smoke in the flavor and almost a touch of sweet chocolate in the finish. Nice.
ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - APR 24, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
The lager is black, solid black, like a stout, with a medium-brown head. The nose is incredibly smooth, with no immediately noticeable notes of lager yeast. Instead, it’s packed full of chocolate and a touch of coffee that’s a smooth as fatty silk. It’s even smoother in the mouth, and despite how dark this beer is there’s only a slight touch of roast bitterness. The flavor is mostly a mixture of meaty chocolate, a whisper of espresso, and watered-down molasses. It’s truly delightful. The finish is incredibly easy and just as smooth as the rest of the experience,with cocoa powder and a touch of coffee perfectly balancing the lager’s smoothness. Craving a dark, roasted beer when it’s hot outside? Pop this puppy’s cap.
maximum12 (24) - Minnesota, USA - APR 11, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
It’s Short’s, which means a bottle rec’d from tectactoe, one of several fine Michigan traders I’ve dealt with over the years: they grow them generous. 12 oz. bottle.
Poured into my Cantillon glass: blasphemy, perhaps. Black as the name with a dying quail of a head. Nose is 7AM at Starbucks, caught me by surprise for a lager, plus an exhale of chocolate croissant. Very nice start.
Black Diamond is a cross-pollination between a black IPA & schwarzbier & a porter, minus the hops. What? Something. Roast is featured once again, some slickness from the lager yeast. Tentative bitterness mid-palate, earthy sweetness round out the beer. Plenty easy to drink.
Simple as an earthworm, but much tastier. Nothing groundbreaking here, just a good, solid brew.
auerbrau (3191) - Ithaca, New York, USA - MAR 4, 2014
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
12oz Bottle. Wet malt and roasted barley aroma. Low on carbonation and high on residual unfermented malt. The roast is very espresso, dark chocolate, and old coffee. I think this has potential, but the residual sweetness and high proportion of unfermented malt sugars make it sticky, unbalanced, and a little bit cola-like.
BrianPopis (4) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - FEB 14, 2014 does not count
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Has caramel, coffee, and earthy aromas. Nice dark lager with a thin tan coloured head. It is sweet, with minimal bitterness. Has a fuller body, and a flatter head with little carbonation. Overally, a very decent beer.
ICEatALAMO (1150) - Troy, Michigan, USA - FEB 1, 2014
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. The pour is very dark, black. The aroma is crisp malt. The taste is true to the style. Has a bite to it mid way through. Average.
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wmubronco1992 (670) - Coldwater, Michigan, USA - JAN 26, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, part of a seasonal mixed 12 pack. Pours near black. Small tan head. Mild aroma of chocolate and roast. Flavor is the same. Overall nice beer. I would prefer more body in a beer, but sounds like this is appropriate for the style.