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 (5012) - , 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 (5077) - 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 (2464) - 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!!
eaglefan538 (2883) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUL 17, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle probably from Bockyhorsey? Not sure. Pour was dark chestnut brown to black, nice initial tan colored type head. The aroma was dry fruits, licorice, chocolate. The flavor followed with chocolate at the fore, licorice, dry fruits, woodsy. Mouthfeel was moderate despite the extra alcohol, very dry for a big abv brew, really retained its lagerness for an imperial something or other. In fact, I might go so far as to say this is the best imperial lager Iíve ever had that has come across still as a lager. A nice experience overall too. Thanks, Bill, assuming this was from you. Cheers!
alexsdad06 (5360) - Ohio, USA - JUN 18, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz. bottle. Pours a dark brown color with a small beige head. The aroma is roasted dark malts, dark fruits, raisins with an unexpected sweetness. Alcohol is noticeable. The flavor has more dark fruitiness, raisin, dark chocolate and alcohol. Again, this has quite a bit of sweetness. Some bitterness and alcohol in the finish.
phaleslu (6343) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 6, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz. bottle from Ludlow Wines. Definitely a fun beer, with the Spaceballs references on the label. Iíve also never even heard of another íimperialí schwarzbier, so this is new territory for me. Pours a very dark brown with ruby highlights and a small tan head that leaves a little sloppy lacing in the glass. Aroma of roasted Bavarian malts, earthy hops, wet leaves, caramel, coffee, rotten apples, chocolate, and cardboard. Flavor of roasted Bavarian malts, chocolate, earth, tobacco, overripe pit fruits, cardboard, caramel, coffee grounds, and flat cola. Medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation and an earthy mouthfeel. Quick finish and lingering roast and malt in the aftertaste. This is a style that normally doesnít do much for me, and maybe itís the extra ABV, maybe itís the added body, and maybe itís fond memories of Rick Moranis, but Iím digging this one.
barak316 (107) - Elyria, Ohio, USA - MAY 22, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Smell has a mettalic malty aroma. Dark black hue, with a semit tan head. Kind of a sweet caramel malt taste. Not much of a palate linger and the alcohol is well hidden. This is a very nice Schwarzbier.