Jimthechap (2064) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 1, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Again, thanks to Cantabrian for spoiling me with this offering from Canada.
This beer appears as black as sin in the glass, but for a faintly murky mahogany colour in the dimple of the glass. It also presented a good mocha head. The aroma was of muted charry roastiness with a dusting of ground coffee. It didn’t seem lagerish at all because of it’s slightly thicker body, it was more porter-like. It is a tasty number this one: dark and brooding with lingering bitterness.
Johnsense (1077) - - NOV 2, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown pour with a sizeable ehad. Fairly roasty aroma with some black liquorice peaking through. Roast up front, coffee, liquorice, cocoa powder, slightly fruity as well. Medium body.
Cantabrian (959) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 27, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Schwarzbier would be at least a misnomer, as this is much more exciting than anything I have seen in the style. I had a taster from the brewery, after the devastating news that I would not be finding the Oyster Stout anywhere in Niagara-on-lhe-Lake during my very brief visit. I can’t say much about a head, as this was a taster, but the colour was oily black, beautiful. Chocolate, plums and berries in the aroma, and just a very feeble, but very very feeble, metallic whiff of a lager. Flavour is nice and full of cocoa powder, with tobacco, vanilla and tart berries, with no ashes or roasted chars, so typical of black lagers. It makes a lovely creamy palate, in spite of the rather thin <-> medium body. The finish is nice and bitter, without a hint of roasts. Considering that we have a dark lager that tastes like a porter, I’d say this is a damn farking good Baltic Porter. Loved it – and taking back a bottle to New Zealand to share with Ratebeer friends.
rwgould (331) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 27, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle that was a gift from Guillaume. Thanks! Aged ~6-8 months. Pours a cloudy black with a tiny beige head. Aroma: malt, raisin, caramel, kind of like a doppelbock. Palate: medium bodied, fizzy, smooth. Taste: sweet start, quickly turning to a rough burnt nut flavour, possibly indicating that has been aged too long. Still awesome and delicious.
TheJester (2248) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 13, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pint on tap at The Griffin in Bracebridge. Black, with a small brown head. Certainly a big aroma for a lager, with lots of roast. The same can be said of the flavour, where cocoa powder joins the roast. Light sweetness. Great body for the style. Probably the best schwartzbier I’ve tied.
LarryBeast (611) - - AUG 4, 2013
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at the Forest City Beer Fest. Bitter coffee, green herb, smoked ham and southern BBQ buried in a well-constructed dark lager. Liked it a lot.
Lubiere (11586) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 21, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A dark brown lager with a thick brown head. In aroma, nice grassy chocolate with herbal hops. In mouth, a nice grassy chocolate with light herbaceous hops, well made.
Niall73 (2291) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 5, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Keg at loose moose Toronto. Dark reddy brown colour. Pleasant roasty sweet aroma. It's decent - caramel, roast malts, some fruit, a touch of coffee but still fairly light. Nice.
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Tessic (983) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 15, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This lager poured a deep black colour with a short living, tan colour head. To the nose there are scents of molassass, burnt malts, earth and a little chocolate and coffee. First sip was roasty and delicious with flavours of roasty malts, coffee and very light hint of cocoa. Finish is burnt and flavourful.
rob6239 (677) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 2, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Surprised that this was a lagered beer. Pours dark and smells toasty. Taste had some smoky bite to it.
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