DocLock (8570) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 5, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Craft. Pours dark black with brown head. Nosi is roasty pumpernickel bready malt, mild hops, fruit, cacao. Tastes very rich and complex, with an up-front dark malty and cacaoey flavor, then the fruity notes and hops hitting, but the malt always takes the forefront. This one is delicious, and there is no clashing going on like sometimes happens with black IPAs.
Darkmagus82 (2026) - - AUG 6, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Transfer from BA review on 9-22-12 -
Served on tap in a pint glass
Appearance – Served a very deep brown colored beer with a small just off white head. The head faded relatively fast to leave a lighter amount of lacing.
Smell – The aroma was a mix of caramel sweet and roasted malts. There was a nice light cocoa, coffee, nuttiness and a smoky aroma mixed with the roasted malt and caramel; rounding out the aroma quite nice.
Taste – The taste started of a sweeter caramel and lighter chocolate flavor. With this was a more brown bread flavor that acted as a base for the beer. As the taste went on some of the sweet caramel faded as a bit more roastiness, smokiness and nuttiness comes to the tongue. In the end a slight bittering comes to the flavor balancing out some of the sweeter and roastier flavors well.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer was on the lighter to average side in terms of creaminess and thickness with a carbonation level that was rather average. The carbonation was fitting for making it rather drinkable, but a bit more of a body would have been quite nice for the roasted and chocolate flavors.
Overall – Quite a good dark kolsch. Somewhat sweet up front with a more subdued and balanced taste at the end. Quite drinkable.
MadRobin (2411) - Silver Spring, USA - OCT 23, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap 4 oz. sample at Judge's Bench in Ellicott City, MD.
Solid opaque black with an off-white head and very good lacing.
Aroma of toasted biscuit malt, smokey caramel and a little coffee.
Taste of caramel, sweet dark malt, peat, cocoa, toast and banana with other light fruits. A very interesting and enjoyable combination of light smokiness with gentle sweetness.
Light body and medium/low carbonation.
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jeff789 (1408) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 4, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
light aroma lightly roasty, creamy light dry finish drinkable, definitely a schwarzbier...
rosenbergh (8671) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 2, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draught at the Barcade, New York, NY.
Black colour with small tan head.
Mild malty aroma with liquorice and sweetness.
Mild malt, mild liquorice and mild hops in flavour.
Hmm... dunno... drinkable but easy. Schwarzbier is more describing than Kölsch (or even Black Kölsch?). Very drinkable.
boxofrane (2436) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 28, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at pinnochios. Pours pitch black with a nice tan head. Aroma is roast and toast with a little coffee? Taste is slightly smoked with done coffee bitterness. Good yet unexpected Considering the name.
scottw86 (1150) - Maryland, USA - AUG 26, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured black with a thin head. Aroma has chocolate and some burnt malts. Flavor is mostly chocolate roasted malts. A slight touch of hops to add to the bitterness from the burnt flavors. German tasting, but not like a kolsch. Not bad!
reggiedunlop (3468) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 23, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with a thin mocha head. Aroma is roasty with burnt notes, a bit of coffee and chocolate. Flavor is follows suit...dominated by burnt notes...nice bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium and silky with a roasty coffee finish. Nothing like a Kolsch but damn tasty!