Art (2523) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 9, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark brown with a tan head. Aroma is slight roasted malts, coffee, toffee. Taste is slightly sweet but pretty clean. Fairly easy drinking, interesting beer. Nothing really screams at you.
JohnGalt1 (1074) - , Idaho, USA - MAY 8, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 picked up tonight at the coop... clear orange with an okay white head.. spotty lacing and minimal retention. Nose shows pithy citrus hops but has a bit heavy pale malt with some heavier background caramel. Flavor is bigger bitter bite with an okay CCC hoppiness that moves into sorta watery toasty maltiness.. really doesn’t ever mesh.. Good beer, but miles behind many/any proper IPA’s coming out of the PNW.
EtTuCthulhu (1386) - Columbia, Missouri, USA - MAY 8, 2014
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
The aroma blends rye and a hint of yeast, and the appearance blends an opaque black color and a medium light tan head. The taste is slightly bitter, mildly sour, and a touch umami, and the palate has a medium body, slick texture, average carbonation, and slightly bitter finish.
thornecb (5010) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 8, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours mahogany tinged black into a Sam glass. Mocha head with good retention recedes leaving trailing sheets to coat surface. Chocolate and espresso aromas. Dry with sweet caramel and chocolate front to back and into the lasting smoked espresso finish.
bookman10 (772) - Osseo, Minnesota, USA - MAY 8, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark brown-black with small, fast dissipating head. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, roasted grain. Flavor includes all of that, along with nuts, leather, and a touch of malt sweetness. Body isn’t as full as you might expect-a bit thin in mouthfeel. Otherwise, Avery satisfying beer.
DocJitsu (1371) - Pensacola, Florida, USA - MAY 8, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a nearly opaque, very dark brown with a well-retaining caramelized-colored head. Coffee, cooked beef, smoky, and spicy nose. Smooths and full, but not thick. Smoky, sweet, then bitter. Beefy flavor with a migrating green grape and grassiness. Very nicely balanced.
J_man (834) - Tustin, California, USA - MAY 7, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The deScription of "black rye kolsch style" beer was very intriguing since each of those are things I love in beer. Starts off with rich, roasted wood aromas rise off a jet black body with a light brown head. The front of the sip seems like it’s going to be an immense stout-like beer with creamy dark chocolate and dry roasted coffee flavors, but it quickly evaporates into a lighter body and Schwarzbier style beer. There’s a smokiness to this that’s really nice and not overpowering, well balanced with the chocolaty sweetness. There’s an overriding bitterness, but it’s hard to tell if it’s from hops or from roasted grain. In the end, the chocolate and dry roasted coffee/wood flavors hang around and again make this seem like a bigger beer than it is. If this is indicative of what’s to come in this "Spotlight Series", I can’t wait for the next one!
andyhwcinc (1709) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 7, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Enjoyed on tap at Smallbar Logan Square in Chicago, IL. I didn’t take tasting notes, but remember this being a nice but nothing special dark ale with a moderate off white head. It had a light quality to it, with moderate chocolate and light bitterness, almost tea like. Wasn’t too impressed.
JDBaker11058 (1647) - Maryland, USA - MAY 7, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Appearance: near black, with a very thick, medium brown, creamy/foamy head that leaves tons of lace. Aroma: roast coffee, dark chocolate, toasted pumpernickel bread, grassy, floral hops. Taste: light dark chocolate and coffee, grassy, herbal hops, hint of rye. Finish: lingering, lightly astringent, and slightly bitter. Notes: Let’s be honest, calling this a ’black kolsch’ is smart marketing but disingenuous at best. It’s a schwarzbier. Grassier and more herbal than the norm, but a schwarzbier nonetheless. That said, it’s not a terrible take on the style.
dwyerpg (4918) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAY 7, 2014
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
This was truly disappointing to me. Very roasty in aroma and body, this basically tasted like a schwarzbier and not a very good one at that. Bummer.