TylerGreenDC (768) - - JAN 23, 2016
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draft. Served at least 10-12 degrees too cold at Mills River. Once it warmed it comes across as a mild version of the style: Not much chocolate or coffee, just some chewy dark maltiness. Not Sierra Nevada’s best beer, alas.
jbruner (3922) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - NOV 24, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a clear brownish black on tap with fluffy khaki head that leaves moderate lace. Aroma and taste of clean lager fruitiness and light chocolate malt. Nice and balanced, bubbly carbonation, solid for the style.
slowrunner77 (9928) - Reno, Nevada, USA - NOV 9, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap in Chico. Not exactly retired. Lightly
Smokey, caramel, toffee, light roast. Not bad.
joeneugs (5630) - Livermore, California, USA - DEC 3, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 17/20
On draft at the brewpub. It pours black with some roasted malt and lager yeast esters. The flavor has hints of coffee and some sulfer with a softer carbonation. Very dry and true to style. Enjoyable, just not a stand out.
MattH (767) - California, USA - OCT 19, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap. Dark brown/black pour. Very pronounced and very nice aroma and flavor of smoke. Best smoke flavor I have encountered in a beer. Also present in the flavor are dark sweet malts.
Velkyal (320) - Gordonsville, Virginia, USA - SEP 29, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
The Schwarzbier was, um, schwarz, and roasty, full of flavour and just bursting with goodness and with a nice clean finish. Amongst like a bottom fermented stout, it was lovely.
emacgee (4593) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - SEP 17, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark black pour with nice rich ruby copper hues in the light. Generous billowing sandstone tan head. Good lace and retention. Nose is lightly sweet with caramel and light coffee roast, some toasted grain. Lightly roasty flavor with some coffee and toasted bread. Lightly spicy hop profile. Dry and light bodied with a slightly roasty finish.
Drake (11576) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 17, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler from Beer Run in Charlottesville, VA. Pours a very dark brown color with a medium tan creamy head. Good head retention and a bit of lacing. Aroma of chocolate, roasted malts and a nutty note. The taste is roasted malts, chocolate, bitter hops, and a faint bit of coffee and smoke. Thin-medium bodied.
marcus (9011) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUL 29, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at The Trappist. Pours jet black with a nice beige head and treacle aroma. There is a smooth dark molasses flavor that is a little watery with a slightly piney hop finish.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 16, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Dark pour with light able to peak through, thin wispy head. Soft somewhat malty nose with a hint of roasty and a hint of crisp hopping. Flavors subtle but clean...nothing peaks out too much though, not overly roasty or malty though..just kind of easy drinking and plain. Subtle hints of diluted licorice possibly...doesn’t jump out as an overly flavorful schwarzbier, probably legitimately traditional but I’m used to the american versions that take that shizzy to the next level. Unoffensive though, so its got that going for it, which is nice.