notalush (5561) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 29, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle shared by adnielsen (thanks, Aaron!) - must everything be "imperialized" these days - nose of booze, light grassy hops, char, chocolate, light berry - flavor is simultaneously too sweet and too bitter - lots of bitterness from the dark malt - sugary sweetness - roast is intense, bordering on ashy - some grassy hops and blueberry in the mix - not terrible, but boozy, and many of the flavors are far too "sharp" - meh.
adnielsen (10312) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 28, 2011
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: JUN 13, 2012 Bottle @ Danís house. Dark brown appearance with a tan head. Rich chocolate, herbal, grassy, light coffee aroma. Herbal, minty, dark chocolate, roasty, straw flavor. Not nearly as boozy as the last time I had it.
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 24, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Love the label on this one. Bomber courtesy of alexsdad06. Pours dark brown with a thin white head. Smells of caramel, molasses, a touch of roasted malt. Tastes of chocolate, some fruity hints, roasty with a peppery splash on the finish. Bitter aftertaste. Definitely not a schwarzbier but drinkable.
bittermestupid (247) - Canton, Ohio, USA - MAY 14, 2011
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
650 ml. pours black but thin with no head. Smells of dark bitter roasted coffee, cereal grains, and cinnamon. Taste dark roasted coffee some chocolate undertones and a touch of cinnamon. Mouthfeel is medium to light. Finish is dry and roasted bitter coffee.
beerchugger (708) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - MAY 7, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a dark black with a nice decent head. Chocolate on the nose, roast coffee, a spiciness like clove as well. The hops begin to develop after a bit. An interesting spice on the palate with coffee, black licorice, and chocolate. The finish is dry and roasted.
BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 1, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
This was a nice beer, but Iím not sure "Imperial Schwarzbier" is a style in need of inventing.
This beer pours like a schwarzbier, dark colored (maybe a dark copper), but perhaps a touch more viscous than say a Kostritzer. More like a baltic porter than anything else, dark but not terribly roasty but with some nice roast notes. A decent amount of bitterness. As a beer, it tasted it good, and I found it interesting, but Iíd really like to take a look at the recipe to see what makes this beer tick...flavor is hard to describe but intensely pleasant, but a touch style defying...not something brand new, but just a splitting the difference among other styles.
I bought this beer at Roziís in Lakewood, OH.
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - APR 29, 2011
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap at the Brew Kettle yesterday afternoon.
Pours nearly black, though it is still slightly see through. Thin of-white head forms at the beginning and offers a good amount of lacing. The nose is nice with some roasted malt and a bit of coffee. Thereís a touch of licorice there in the background as well. The taste is pretty similar; thereís a touch of roast and some light coffee. Mild anise in the background. Fairly tasty, though the finish is a bit too bitter with far too much alcohol for what itís carrying. Pretty good, though the finish was far too harsh.
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 04-29-2011
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 24, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Solid black, tan foam. Aroma is nice roasty, some chocolate. Taste is rich roast, chocolate, bitter astringent finish. Nice, but seems to be more of a stout, missing the nice lager character of a good schwarz.
Dickinsonbeer (5075) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - NOV 24, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Otown Throwdown III> 2007 vintage. drank in 2007. Pours a deep amber brown with a woody hint and a good lasting head. Aroma is nutty, toast, chocolate malts, but slight diacetyl and even some slight DMS- corn. Flavor is vege, toast, chocolate, celery, nuts, chocolate malt, light caramel and leather- mostly dry finish. Some problems but still drinkable.
sloth (2717) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - JUL 19, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle supplied by eaglefan. Nice sized tan head, decent retention and lacing. Clear dark brown almost black color with a hint of ruby glow going on. Aromas of lightly sweet malts, grain, spice with a gentle roastiness, chocolat hints too. Medium bodied and clean on the palate, nice carbonation. Almost dry maltiness with notes of roast, chocolate and a bit of caramel. Fairly dry finish. Lasting and clean. Surprisingly tastey for a Lager @ 9% ABV. Thanks Brian!!