OPIE788 (337) - Ohio, USA - MAY 2, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Black with a tan head. Big roasted malt aromas. Tobacco, hay and a light coffee finish.
skoisirius (1763) - Earth, Washington, USA - MAY 2, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Chucks 85th a few days ago, Seattle. Pours jet black, tiny tanned head. Roasty nose, hints of rye, and burnt elements. Flavors bring out hints of burnt roasted malts, grains, rye, and also burnt grass - excellent. It’s fairly well carbonated, and really full for a 5% beer. This is no where near what a kolsch actually is, but a rather excellent testament in experimentation.
alexsdad06 (5924) - Ohio, USA - MAY 2, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Dutch’s. Pours a dark cola brown color with a medium sized creamy beige head. The aroma and flavor have some roasted malt, chocolate, a nice spicy rye bite, schwartzbier character with a lighter body. Some earthy bitterness to the finish, but smooth. Interesting enough to have a go at. Better flavor than nose.
milewide (1580) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 2, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Maximum taste and aroma for a light weight style. Black color with spicy roasted and chocolate flavors. Low ABV appreciated.
ACHops (761) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 1, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bomber served in a tulip. Pours slightly thin brownish black with medium thick mocha brown head. Aroma is dark roasty dry malts with notes of charcoal, oak, smoke, and lighter rye and coffee notes. Taste is similar: the rye and smoke flavors are much more prominent here. Incredibly rich flavor relative to the light, drinkable body. If black rye kolsch is a style of beer, I’ve never seen it before... odd, but works well here.
CelticJohnny (73) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 1, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appears black with 2 finger tan head. Smells of toast and chocolate. The taste I was really surprised! It tastes like sweet chocolate with some toffee and a bit of the rye but not over powered. The palate was nicely light and velvety. This brew was very well made, it was delicious!
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MadRobin (2070) - Silver Spring, USA - MAY 1, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap snifter at The Bistro in Old Line Wine in Beltsville, MD.
Opaque, brown-black with a small khaki head and good lacing.
Aroma of burnt rye toast, rye spiciness, roasted malt, chocolate and coffee.
Taste of rye bread, roasted malt, chocolate, mild peat, coffee and light malt.
Medium body and medium/high carbonation.
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NikkTwist (1747) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 1, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at Moriartys. Tulip. Opaque black pour with a foamy tan head that left lace. Certainly looks nothing like one would expect for a Kolsch. Nice little black hole. Burnt rye. Appears to be unfiltered which nicely increases a body that would likely otherwise be watery. Liquorice root notes. Mild coffee and chocolate flavors. Better still some solid hints of black leather and cigarettes. Obviously unusual. Seriously unique. Like more and more each time I gave it.
drjay44 (2739) - Salida, Colorado, USA - MAY 1, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
651 ml. bottle. Pours a medium, well retained, beige head, with light lacing, over a clear, black brown (SRM 33) body.....nose is rye spice, coffee, notes of smoke, hints of chocolate, minimal hops, with light herbal tones.....taste is heavy rye, light coffee, cereal, finishing with a moderate hop bitterness....mouth feel, medium body, moderate astringency, creamy, light acid finish. The style is an oxymoron. This is not an unpleasant beer, but it is quite difficult to characterize because of the strong rye character against the other milder contributions of the other ingredients. BJCP 7/3/13/3/6
partywithanM (103) - Kansas City, Kansas, USA - MAY 1, 2014
3.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bomber. Good notes of roasted malty yum. Very dark and robust rye flavors with a surprisingly drinkable finish. It’s dark but not over the top.