BigBeer45 (1395) - Michigan, USA - JUN 4, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
This Short’s beer has a black-brown pour (it is a dark ruby when held up to a light) with a one to two finger tan head that recedes to a broken cover and ring after a few minutes, and left some lacing on the glass as I drank,
there were aromas of dark caramel, dark toast, dry chocolate, roasted malt, licorice and a dark honey sweetness with a little vanilla,
the beer had flavors of dark bread, licorice, some roasted malt sweetness and little notes of dry bitter chocolate,
finish has barely a bite to it but there is a little bitterness, licorice and earthy mint run along on the palate after each drink,
has a medium mouth feel,
I thought this beer had more licorice and sweetness than the other Schwarzbiers I had tried, I do not mind a little licorice but more than that is too much for me, so, my rating will reflect how much I enjoyed this beer, it’s not the beer, it is me, if you like licorice, you will more than likely prefer this beer more than I.
pete4999 (1394) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUN 11, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Opaque pour with considerable tan head. Smell is strongly chocolate and a bit of hazelnut. Very good beer, silky smooth, goes down easy. Taste doesn’t have the nuttiness I thought it might.
kbutler1 (1378) - North Carolina, USA - AUG 1, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Dark brown/black pour with a tan head. Good alce left on the glass. Smooth taste. Coffee notes both in the taste and the aroma. Slight bitterness. Medium mouthfeel. Tasty but not something I woul search out for myself.
Onslow (1358) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - MAR 29, 2015
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pout from a 12oz bottle. Deep dark reddish brew with tan head. Aroma of roasted grain, coffee - very stoutish. Taste is deeply roasted grains with coffee overtones _ I expect it to get heavier as the swallow continues but it gets lighter and more agile while still delivering a great complex malty roasted grain taste. Most schwarzbeir’s that I have tried ahve been somewhat enhanced lagers but this one really rocks.
574deadzone (1342) - North Central, Indiana, USA - MAY 31, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours very black with a tall cappuccino head that settles to a thick ring and leaves some spotty ropes of lace. Nose involves earthy and herbal hop notes, some dark fruit, toasted malt, mint, and savory spice. Fairly sweet, decently bitter. Medium bodied, fairly active, oily and coating, with a drying toasty finish. Very nice brew, a style that probably doesn’t get enough love but this shows that, done well, they’re very enjoyable, complex and drinkable at the same time.
wnoble (1251) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 16, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle thanks to my friend in MI. Pours dark brown to black with a small, brown, fading head. Nose is roasted malts, fresh toasted breads, munich malts, chocolate, light caramel, coffee, and wood. Taste is breads, cereal, chocolate, nuts, toasted malts. Starts sweet then finishes bitter and slightly dry from the roast character but is very pleasant with some earthy hop flavor backing. Full bodied and smooth on the palate. no lace. no hop aroma. Good beer. I could easily mistake it for an American style porter.
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.
GBZ59 (1217) - BARCELONA (Catalonia), SPAIN - OCT 3, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Botella de 330ml servida en vaso Lager.Saboreada en sep´11.Color caoba claro.Espuma beige claro con bastante buena retención que deja algo de encaje.Levaduras,canela y tabaco en nariz con matices de chocolate.Al primer sorbo, sabor a café tostado seguido por sabores de malta muy torrefactada.Paladar con liviano especiado y pimientas. Cuerpo y carbonatación medios.Final de amargo seco y retrogusto igualmente seco con sutiles notas de ahumado y trazos de regaliz.Buena asimilación.330ml bottle served in a Lager glass.Enjoyed on sep´11.Medium mahogany in color.Light beige froth, pretty good retention, some lacing rings.Yeast,cinnamon & tobacco to the nose,hints of chocolate too.Coffee at first sip followed by intense toasted malt flavor.Slightly peppery on palate.Medium body.Medium carbonation.Dry bitter finish & aftertaste with subtle smoky notes & hints of licorice.Good drinkability.
chucklemation (1206) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - MAY 31, 2015
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a jet black with a long-lasting off-white foam head. Aroma is lots of roast and caramel. Flavor is roast and sweet caramel. Has lots of flavor. This is very enjoyable.
demitriustown (1177) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - APR 8, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle: Aroma has got a nice roasted malt characteristic and there are some nicely pungent hops backing that up as well. Nutty, caramel, slightly citrus note from the hops, and a nice chocolate tone as well. Appearance is almost a opeque black with a medium siuzed tan head that lingers. Taste is malt forward then melding into a really nice hop chacteristic and then finishes almost clean and clear. Wow..this thing changes in your mouth three different way. I really like this for some reason. It tastes good and is really drinkable. Complex as well. Cheers!