biermensch (64) - USA - JAN 25, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
The only Sprecher I purchase, because I think that this is far and way their best product. So black that you almost miss the deep red coloring, this malty brew is smooth and satisfying. This black lager could use a little more head, but that's about all that I would change. Nice job, Sprecher.
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - JAN 22, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 17, 2004 Wow! I wasn't expecting such strong roasted flavor in this beer. Along with a slight smokey flavor, this beer is very tasty. Dark black appearance with a medium tan head. Yeasty, roasted aroma. Terriffic beer.
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - JAN 11, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Maybe the best dark lager I've had in years. Nearly black with a thick head and excellent retention. Aroma is of roasted malt with a smokiness in the background. Body is full and smooth and the flavor of this brew is fantastic. Smoky malt with notes of chocolate and dark roast coffee. Finishes with a slight bitterness which adds some balance. Thanks CaptainCougar for this excellent brew!
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 4, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
dark with only a tad of red tint..a dark brown head..lagery, salty, dark chocolate aroma..saly peanut skins and dark malts and lager yeast flavors...dark chocolate..yet bitter...solid brew however.
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - DEC 28, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark reddish brown hue with small tan head and some lace. The aroma hinted of toasted pumpernickel bread, light molasses, caramel, aromatic and noble hops. ripe apples, sweet spices, and smoke. The taste starts with a mocha malt and earthy yeast notes. Has an undertone of acidic fruits and mild bitterness. The finish provides more flavor profiles of smoke and coffee. The mouthfeel is lively and slightly metallic, dry and crisp. Refreshing and quaffable as long as you enjoy the smoky nature of a Schwarzbier, which I can.
ElGaucho (2388) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - DEC 28, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
My rating for this brew went through the wash, so I will have piece it together from what I can still read and from memory. I couldn't make out my Flavor and Palate ratings but they should be accurate within one point. Rich milk chocolate aroma. Deep ruby reddish brown color with large, small-bubble, light brown head. Excellent lace. Knowing that Oakes had touted this one highly, I was eager to try it. It didn't dissapoint. I look forward to verifying my rating in the near future.
DrnkMcDermott (2997) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - DEC 10, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. Among the pale pilseners at the downtown Chicago Kristkindl market is a keg of pale pilsener's evil twin. Pours with a hearty brown head over a body that looks solid black in a plastic cup, then shows brown highlights as I drink it. Kind of a black bread smell that’s not as prominent as a stout. Definite dark roast malts against a German hop profile. Leaves a taste at the back of the palate where bitterness and astingency are detected. Roast coffee taste, perhaps a note of pear, subdued by its "clean" lager finish. Brings up a bit of a burnt toast taste toward the end that may not be to everyone's liking, but I like its complexity.
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 18, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks are graciously extended to BigBadBear63 for the hook up on this brew!
Bottled: 12/12/02 Hot damn, this puppy pours beautifully! A rich dark brown body with edges of crimson, the head is an enormous mound of toffee cushion. The aroma and flavors are full and malty, although very earthy as well, nose of warm peat fields, carrot juice, stewed roast beef – peppercorns & cabbage, thick roasted barley, hints of chocolate. This may sound disgusting, but truth be told, it is a rather surprisingly tasty and enjoyable Black Beer!
Thanks for the surprise Mike!
Panzuriel (1922) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - NOV 18, 2003
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Black beer with a thick head of nice foam. Nice malty aroma with touches of sweetness. Nice malt flavor with predictible sweet twinges. Nice fullness. Good beer.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 7, 2003
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
This dark brown to black brew is topped by a medium thick to thick tan head with a decent amount of lacing left on the glass. The aroma is slightly sweet and malty with a very slight smokiness and an odd grainy(?) note. Something just doesn't fit right in the nose. The flavor is slightly sweet, roasty and malty. Thankfully, whatever put the nose off, wasn't in the flavor. A slight hoppy bitterness is also observed. Medium bodied and smooth.