MrChopin (3280) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 18, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
dark sepia, puffy off-egg head that quickly falls to a thin ring. Intensely smokey, grainy nose reminiscent of coffee grains but far more balanced. Flavor even dryer, mid palate and beyond is smokey and watery, the grain tasting heartier because of it. Very clean profile, highlights dryness. Probably the cleanest schwarz Iíve had.
jmohno (1075) - Iowa, USA - AUG 15, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black, thin head. Some fruit and spice in aroma. A little choc/roast.Sour berry.
Taste is mildly fruity,light,dry,with lots of roast,roast bitter,spice,clovish character with the chocolate/roast.Flavors seem to clash for me, not too into the citrusy-roast combo.Tart,tangy.Burning carbination. A hybrid style I will not frequent much.
CanIHave4Beers (3262) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - AUG 14, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark... pretty much black color with some ruby hues where the light hits. The head is small and well retained leaving a good lacing on the glass.
The aroma is mild but nice, some good but light bright fruitiness, some berry and to a lesser degree some banana. The roastiness is very mild... just mild all around on the bouquet here... but good.
The flavor is dry, it features that mild toasty character that Carafa malt always does, I always dig itís subtle but unmistakable charm. The beer has a nice fruitiness and an all around herbaly bitter character.
Itís pretty good beer, it gives me more of a Saison vibe than a Schwarzbier one, but itís all so chill either way.
jeremyh70 (709) - Missouri, USA - AUG 13, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark brown with some ruby highlights, a decent two fingers of beige head that retains well and leaves behind some good lacing. Aroma is somewhat subdued with slightly tart and roasty notes and hints of light fruit and chocolate. Flavor is muddled but interesting with some roast and chocolate alongside light fruit and grape. A hint of tartness and a musty character. Mouthfeel is soft and medium bodied with a moderate carbonation. I wouldnít describe this as a schwarzbier because it is rather unique and defies typical style description. The roasted characters donít meld completely with the Saison elements but still an experiment worth trying and a good beer nonetheless.
keanex (1452) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - AUG 13, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Of Love and Regret.
Appearance: Black body with a creamy tan head.
Aroma: Figs aromas give a pronounced fruitiness with light roast and cocoa notes.
Taste: Fig is prominent with light roast and cocoa flavors underlying it, cherry is noticed on the finish.
Palate: Light to medium bodied, moderately carbonated.
Overall: Good black lager, pretty much what I expect of the style. Good balance throughout.
nealblind (757) - Seattle, Alabama, USA - AUG 13, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2013 Very dark brown pour half finger tan head. Aroma of yeast, apple cider vinegar, honey, oranges, leather. Tastes of a schwarzbier; smokey, woody, buttery. Saison comes through with some funk. yeastiness and citric acid which blends well with the lactic tang familiar to schwarz. Creamy mouthfeel, but watery finish. This could hold more alcohol with such strong flavors floating around. The flavors work well together, but I feel like complexity is held back a bit under blanketing schwarz dark roasty flavors. This is pretty mindblowing fusion though... must try.
BrewBoxer (2003) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 12, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at the growler. Deep black collie with a malty backbone and nice smooth German taste. Really delicious and easy drinking
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fidelis83 (1953) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - AUG 12, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Near black pour with a thin tan head. Aroma of cocoa, hints of roast and fruity, earthy yeast. Flavor is toast, nutty notes, cocoa, stone fruit, wet limestone, earth, leather, and clove heavy spice. Very strange combination. Light, dry body with a medium strength, sharp and blanketing carbonation. Pretty good overall. Even though this stuff isnít really amazing or anything I kinda want to try out some Schwarzbier or Dry Stout over Saison, Black and Tan combinations.
Geokkjer (5720) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 10, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle . Pours dark brown with a big off white head. Aroma of chocolate, some spicy yeast and malt. Flavor is sweet and malty with some fruitiness, spices, apples and chocolate. Medium body, lively carbonation.
yngwie (13555) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 10, 2013
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle, 12oz. Itís a clear-looking dark brown beer topped by a dense, light beige head. The aroma is rather weak, with some sourish berry notes and a little dark malty touch. A bit low on flavor too, but not bad considering the style. Not that it is very much to style though. Some berry notes and a little bitterness too. The body is medium to full, with a pleasant level of carbonation. Style set as Schwarzbier for this one, strange I think as itís made with Saison yeast. But anyway, it drinks easy and is quite tasteful too, although a tad ordinary. In a way. 130810