umich03jm (1926) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - APR 7, 2013
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle. Pours an opaque dark brown color with a very small head that fizzes away quickly. Aroma is fruity, not what I was expecting from a schwarzbier. Kinda smells like fruit cake, licorice, and grape juice. Taste is very sweet and no bitterness. Lots of grape juice and fruit cake. Finish is a little tart. Thin mouthfeel. I don’t like this beer at all. And I don’t know what style I would put this in but its not even close to a schwarzbier.
chriso (7347) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 6, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bomber bottle consumed in April 2010. Dark red/brown but not quite schwarz. Malt is more bready than roasty in the aroma. Almost like black rye bread. On the palate there’s chewy fruit and licorice. Also lots of creamy chocolate. Rather sweet for my taste.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 17, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle from Belmont Party Supply, Dayton. Dark brown pour but resembles a soda more than a beer, a bit too light and watery looking for the style (imperialized or not). Decently carbonated, medium silky head. Nose is heavy on the mellow chocolate notes with only a slight toasted note in there. That impression was certainly borne out in the taste, and though it wasn’t unenjoyable if approached as an aged, borderline oxidized brew, it also wasn’t what I was hoping for.
stoutchap (404) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 12, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Not a bad dark lager. I was expecting more with the word Imperial on the label. A light roasted malty character in both the aroma and flavor. A darkish pour and thin mouthfeel. Better than a plain lager. But not nearly as great as a porter or stout in my book. Not really sensing the reported 9% alcohol.
Gription79 (2246) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - JUL 5, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Poured from a 12 ounce bottle. Notes of roasted malts, fruity, caramel, slight oxidization, chocolate. The Schwartz is strong with this one. That is right, I picked the low hanging fruit.
arminjewell (6148) - Farmington Hills, Michigan, USA - JUN 13, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour out of 12 oz bottle, thanks Amy! Dark black oour with thin to no tan head, aroma has notes of chocolate, biscuit, smoke, slight bread, toffee, slight roast, with a hint of coffee. Taste is dark fruit, chocolate, biscuit, toffee, metallic notes, hints of roast, finishing fairly sweet, dark fruits. Pretty nice.
superspak (2537) - Michigan, USA - MAY 12, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours clear extremely dark brown color with a foamy 1-2 finger khaki head with decent retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Some light spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of caramel, toffee, banana, clove, bubblegum, raisin, nuttiness, roasted malt, biscuit, and pepper. Some pretty nice and well balanced aromas with good strength. Taste of chocolate, caramel, molasses, roasted malt, raisin, clove, bread, banana, nuttiness, and pepper. Lingering notes of pepper, clove, chocolate, roasted malt, banana, raisin, caramel, and molasses on the finish for a good bit. Nice balance of flavors with good complexity. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and slightly slick mouthfeel. Alcohol is very well hidden at 9% with only a small warming after the finish. Overall this was a very nice schwarzbier. Nice balance of fruitiness and roasted flavors; with good complexity and smoothness.
Nephilium (1344) - Ohio, USA - MAY 6, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Lots of roasted notes coming through in this one. Pours an opaque black, with just a dusting of off-white head. The flavor for this one is complex, there’s roasted and coffee notes, as well as a touch of dark fruit. The alcohol is well hidden, especially for a 9% beer. There’s a lingering roasted finish, with the dark fruit coming out there as well. Not a heavy beer, and definitely one you want to sip.
jcos (1522) - Maryland, USA - MAY 3, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Location/Date:Bottle on May 2nd, 2012.
Appearance: Pours a dark black with white head/
Aroma: Arroma is mostly of bready malt.
Taste: Smokey, bready, heavier in malt, low bitterness.
Summary: Nice Space Balls reference! I enjoyed this beer, though I don’t know if I need an imperial version of it.
jtclockwork (8170) - , New Jersey, USA - APR 26, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle thanks to JStax. Pours black with off white/tan head. Nose/taste of roasted black malt, vanilla, chocolate, grains, mixed nuts and burnt malt. Medium body.