Ughsmash (7426) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 28, 2010
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Poured deep brown with a spotty cap of medium brown. The aroma reeked of deliciousness.. warm chocolates and molasses surrounded by sweeter mocha, vanilla, and a touch of caramel.. moderate roast throughout.. perfectly balanced. The flavor found more of the molasses and mocha at the semi-sweet, lightly-burnt core.. sweet milky chocolates, vanilla, and a touch of earthy husk around.. finished on the sweet side with a lovely complement of dry-roasted coffee bitterness. Medium-bodied at most, dry, and well-balanced on the palate.. this was one of the easiest-drinkin’ beers I’ve had in a while, and it somehow maintained tubs of character too! I’d love to have this on tap in the basement (seriously.. anybody with a hook-up, please let me know!).
TheAlum (6487) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUL 27, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Graydon’s Crossing (Grand Rapids, MI). Pours a near blackish pour, dark brown edges with a decent tannish head, almost chocolate milk with with decent film, laces ok. Aromas are black licorice, light roastiness, touch of sweet toffee malts, light creaminess. Initial is lighter bodied, a dash of dark licorice, light sweetness, very nice on the palate. A pleasant light black licorice, touch of caramel and creamy sweetness. Light floral hopping, very smoothed out and sessionable. Licorice lingers on the palate. A tasty flavorful schwarz with that extra licorice kick and roasty malts with sweeter cocoa. Tasty
vyvvy (5014) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JUL 11, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at Schlafly’s 2010 Repeal of Prohibition Festival - Really nice Schwarzbier. Pours very dark with a tan soapy headd. The aroma has sweet licorice, chocolate, dark malt (no bitterness), vanilla and cream. Medium clean body with fairly light carbonation. The flavor starts with dry cocoa, very nice roasty malt with good bitterness and a bit of spice. The finish is spicy and bitter. Great beer.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 10, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle from my Secret Santa - thanks, deyholla! Nice to try this, having had the barrel-aged version a couple times. Nice frothing dark brown pour, with a nose that’s far more chocolatey than roasty. Certainly more sweetness turns up in the flavor too, with the nice caramel flavors coming out nicely. But the roasted goodness of the schwarz is in there too, and it’s a lively and refreshing take on the style.
WakeandBake (549) - Greenville, Michigan, USA - JUL 7, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. A black color pour with a small off white head, medium carbonation , spotty and jagged lacing . Aroma is caramel and roasty grain , coffee ,black licorice, and spicy hops . Flavor is very roasty , lightly sweet , lightly bitter with some roasty malt,caramel, black licorice, and earthy spicy hops . medium body , smooth creamy mouthfeel , very sessionable and very good , Nice work Shorts .
LilBeerDoctor (3567) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 29, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Shorts. Pours black with a small light tan head. Aroma of lots of roasted malt and grains, creamy bitter chocolate, and a hint of lactose. Flavor of toffee, lots of bitter chocolate, roasted malts. A light mouthfeel with a creamy texture. Very nice and quite a tasty schwarzbier.
Ibrew2or3 (7661) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUN 26, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours mahogany with micro thin off white head. The aroma is pleasing with dark fruit, black licorice, dark roasted malts and a bit of burnt malts. The taste seems to begin with a thin layer of astringent like tartness with dark to burnt malts, sweet black licorice, earthy and a sense of yeastiness filling in toward the finish.
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 23, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle - deyholla hooking it up; pours clear dark cola brown; 1" foamy tan head fading quickly to thin film; caramel, licorice, dry chocolate and ashy malt on the nose; light, crisp mouthfeel with a dry sweetness and light roast; chocolate and dry malt with sticky dry finish and lingering licorice sweetness; easy to drink with crisp, clean flavor profile
GodOfThunder (1248) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUN 12, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to Northernbrews. Aroma of coffee, chocolate and strong roast. Flavor is more of that strong roast and cocoa. Almost reminds me more of a brown ale than a black beer. Very good and roasty.
sebletitje (8116) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JUN 6, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks Jdubfl for the share.
Pours dark brown with thin tan head.
Aroma and flavors, dark chocolate and roasted malts, hints of coffee with a lingering dark fruit bitterness coupled with some grains.