TheShepherds (54) - chapel hill, North Carolina, USA - AUG 17, 2013
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
May the Swartz beer be with you. Pleasant surprise. We like dark beers but tend to not like a "black" beer. This was not necessarily one we’d do again but it had very complex flavors. Many tastes in each sip and a pleasant aftertaste as well. Another mighty fine above average beer from Duck-Rabbit.
orangesol (853) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 7, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Yet another bottle from Deuane and his bucket of bad luck. I have no idea how old this one is...
A - Pours very dark brown, bordering on black, with a nice one and a half finger tall off-white head leaving spotty lace down the glass.
S - Smells of lots of dark roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, and the faintest hint of citric hops. I am pretty sure that if this was a bit fresher I would have liked this one even more.
T - Starts off with a big dose of dark roasted malt slowly giving way to hints of coffee, chocolate, dark fruits, and the faintest of hints of hop bitterness. The finish is a mix of dark roast and light sweetness, lingering for some time.
M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Dark, toasty, feel with plenty of it sticking around through the finish. A bit stale and one dimensional. It could have used a bit of that hop bitterness I detected in the nose.
O - Not too bad. I enjoyed it for what it was I just think it was a bit too old. I may have to seek out a fresher bottle of this one in the future.
SpongeRuiner (729) - Michigan, USA - AUG 26, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Got a bottle from a trade. Pours a dark almost root beer color with a fluffy light brown head. A dark malty hopped aroma with some mixed spices. At first sip a carbonated light chocolate flavor washes through. A cinnamon background. The light carbonated mouthfeel goes all the way through. Also at first seems a little thinner in texture then starts to get a little more creamy as it goes along. A bit airy. Actually reminds me of root beer all around with a tad of chocolate mixed in. Almost black IPA genre a little less hoppy and more malty. Pretty interesting.
MPA (800) - Amager (form. Nørrebro&Aalborg), DENMARK - AUG 23, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Black with beige head. Coffee, cocoa, roasted malts and notes of prunes in aroma. Rather high carbonation. Burned caramel and roasted malts giving it some sweetness with a bitter finish as in a cup of coffee. Pretty decent scwarzbier.
edgallow (2088) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 16, 2014
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
16 oz draft pours brown with a off white head. Aroma of roasted malts, caramel, raisins and coffee. Taste is malts, coffee and a hint of chocolate.
Kinz (3293) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - AUG 10, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler from Whole Foods. Pours a deep brown, going into black, good head. Light aroma, faintly of milk chocolate and bread. Flavor matches, but with a good bit of floral hop on the finish. Very enjoyable brew. Probably a bit better than this score indicates.
scotchzombie (329) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - AUG 3, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours black as you might expect, with a touch of cherry in the light. Creamy tan head that fades to a coating. Minimal wet lacing. Aroma is pleasant earthy chocolate roasted malt and caramel. Molasses and a touch of raisin. Taste is also earthy; coffee, chocolate, roasted malt. A bit nutty and sour. Decent bitterness as well to close. Roasty and bitter notes dominate but are balanced by some sweetness. Very good.
micronaut129 (241) - chalfontborotowntonbergville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 15, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark like coffee or cola with a half inch tan head that is quite dense.
The aroma is that of rich toasted malts. Hints of coffee and espresso come through.
Rich and malty tasting, roasted. Tastes similar to a porter.
Tastes and feels like a lager.
Everything about this beer suggests that it is a porter. In a blind test taste you would too, but as the beer warms up the lagerness comes into play.
As schwarzbiers go, this is definitly tops.
Drink well my friends.
Enjoyit (3460) - Vadum, DENMARK - JUL 6, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black of color with a beige head. An aroma of coffee, liqurice and roasted malt. A flavor of roasted malt, liqurice and bitter.
tricksta_p (1106) - Steenwijk, NETHERLANDS - APR 27, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma of dark malts, caramel, nuts, some dark chocolate, coffee. Flavour is malty and roasty with some hop bitterness in the finish. Surprisingly refreshing and tasty.
zach8270 (3472) - Henrietta, New York, USA - APR 11, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(bottle - 12 oz) Dark brown pour with a thin tan head. Malty coffee aroma with some dark fruits and earthy hints. Sweet chocolate malts with a roasted malt and mild coffee bitterness at the end. Thin bodied and easy to drink.