Fatehunter (755) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - MAY 7, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Poured into a pint glass. Black color, I guess that is why it is called a "Schwarzbier." Two fingers of dirty to tan head.
Smells like toasted barley and a little bit burnt, but in a good way. Really pleasing.
Burnt bread, a hearty malt side that ends with a little bitter bite at the end.
Medium bodied, little carbonation, fairly crisp.
Really impressed with this one. I think the "true" style is a little lighter bodied with a touch less malt, but this is delicious.
stobbe74 (3788) - DENMARK - MAY 6, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a clear and dark brown beer with an offwhite head. The aroma is malt, roasted, licorice and chocolate. The flavor follows the nose. The palate is sweetness with a high level of carbonation. Overall an average beer.
sfhodense (4793) - Odense Nō, DENMARK - MAY 5, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark brown with a beige head. Aroma is roasted malt, liquorish and light coffee. Flavour is roasted malt, liquorish, coffee and light chocolate.
Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - MAY 1, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Originally reviewed: 8/12/10. This has been one of the more elusive bottled D-R offerings for me, so when I saw a case at City Bev last week, I happily grabbed a sixer. Best by November, 2010 notched on label. 12oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass.
Pours a dark ruby-tinted chocolate brown. There isnít a bit of light creeping through at all. Great thick look. A large tan head grows on top. Retains fair enough. Leaves some light sticky lace behind. Scents of chocolate powder, fresh dark breads, ground coffee, and a husky dryness on the finish.
The mouth is the weakest part of this beer. Itís a little too thin for my liking; could stand a bit more depth in this dept. All is forgotten when I taste this though! Wow! Great chocolate-y flavors, with some light bitterness. Warm bready flavors as well. Slightly roasted as well. Excellent finish. This is one of the best of the style Iíve ever had. Great representation. Get some if you have the chance.
tfredvik (630) - Oslo, NORWAY - FEB 9, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Itís time for another of these boring lagers. It pours a pale yellÖ uhÖ wow, itís dark brown, close to black! With a enormous, creamy, dense, light-brown head that sticks around for quite some time, and even laces the glass quite well. Amazingly heavy malty roasted aroma with strong coffee, caramel, liquorice, sweet fruity notes and a touch of yeast. Medium sweet and medium bitter taste with a long-lasting aftertaste. The body is a bit on the light side and the carbonation is over the top, but still a great stout, uh, sorry, lager.
[35.5 cl bottle, enjoyed 3 months after BB date, from Vinmonopolet Vika, Oslo]
osu97gp (582) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 14, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark brown, almost black, with a medium sized long lasting light brown head. Aroma of dark roasted malts, chocolate, and some very faint coffee. Flavor of coffee, roasted malts, smoke, chocolate, and a slight bitterness at the finish.
Sigmund (4222) - Tau, NORWAY - JAN 12, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
355 ml bottle, from Vinmonopolet Vika, Oslo. ABV is 5.8%. Dark brown colour, nearly black. Huge and lasting beige head. Moderate aroma of dark / roasted malts and ice coffee, a hint of dark chocolate. Soft, dry and quite drinkable flavour, notes of black malts and mild coffee, hints of dark chocolate and ashes. Nothing exceptional here, but okay. Wonít buy again though.
ICEatALAMO (536) - Troy, Michigan, USA - DEC 28, 2011
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Almost smeels like your run of the mill lager, so that was unimpressive. But the taste is where it makes it up. Smooth from front to finish, with some malty taste in the middle. For a black lager this is one of the better I have had.
Dorwart (2266) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - DEC 26, 2011
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Modrate sized light brown head of varying sized bubbles. Lots of roasted grains, toast, some dark chocolate and smoked malts. Color is a very dark brown. Lots of roastyness in the flavor with some mild coffee, burnt toast, carbon and some gritty ash. Much smokier than I expected. Finishes roasty and dry with a bit of a gritty aftertaste. A decent and rather strong schwarzbier.
cblack85 (36) - Fort Mill, South Carolina, USA - DEC 15, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Duckworths in Charlotte. Served in a pint glass.
Beer pours nearly black with brownish/ruby highlights when held up to the light. There is a small tan head that dissipates quickly and leaves some light lacing behind.
The aroma is of roasted malts and coffee. There are also hints of dark semi sweet chocolate, and dark fruits.
The taste is big on the roasted malts with hints of smokiness. The coffee that was so prominant in the nose, is much more subdued in the taste. Very smooth and creamy, which gives a nice contrast to the roasted malts and coffee flavors. Verging on sweet but not quite getting there, this beer has a nice balance of flavors not exhausting your palate on any one of them. Medium bodied and mildly carbonated with an almost silky feeling on the tongue. Easy to drink.
Very impressive offering from "the dark beer specialists"...