Cybercat (5117) - Georgia, USA - AUG 7, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer is one shade above black and pours with a fine-bubbled light tan head. Rich mocha aroma is quite appetizing and demands a taste. Smoky flavor has tones of quality roast coffee and sweet chocolate, rather like a good stout. Texture is tingly, lively and fizzy. Finish is chocolaty and slightly sweet. Recommended.
Spookgolds (241) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 13, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft pour from hop angel. Loved this, not too heavy, but a nice dark beer with strong coffee notes. Good dark beer.
jtd6628 (361) - North Carolina, USA - JUL 5, 2011
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deliciously refreshing. Stout, but not too strong. Drinkable, but not in the crappy beer type of way. Burpy
Fatehunter (2243) - 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.
generallee08 (772) - New York, USA - NOV 7, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 4, 2015 Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. The label has a freshness date but no abv.
Appearance: The body has a very dark reddish brown color which appears almost black in the glass. The head on top is tan in color, thick and long lasting. The glass is left with thick lacing.
Smell: It has a very roasted and malty aroma. Dark bready and sweet notes jump right out of the glass.
Taste / Palate: It starts with sweet dark bready maltiness and then it adds mild coffee and molasses notes. The finish brings some earthy hops flavor and mild bitterness.
Leighton (18526) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 13, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at home in London. Pours clear, cola-brown with a frothy, beige foam head. Gorgeous nose of baking cocoa, dirt, some earthy leaves, subtle roast, milk chocolate. Tastes great, light to medium sweet, some ash, chocolate, soft roasted malts, background cherries with just a hint of tang. Light to medium bodied with high, massaging carbonation. Very mild dryness to finish, some ashy roast, mellow cocoa, touches of burnt wood and earth. Good balance. Very mellow overall, though certainly not lacking in nuance. One of the best schwarzbiers I’ve ever had.
keanex (1789) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - JAN 1, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Barcade Philly.
Appearance: Deep opaque chestnut body with a creamy tan head.
Aroma: Mild but highly enjoyable. Nutty and toasty with bits of chocolate. Slightly sweet leaning.
Taste: Easy to drink. Cracker malts, roast, chocolate and a light nuttiness.
Palate: Medium to full-bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: Drinks like a well done porter. Very balanced and approachable. Well done.
tsd08460 (816) - Marshall, Virginia, USA - SEP 17, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma: coffee, roasty, chocolate,
Appearance: black, brown head
Taste: light sweetness, medium bitterness,
Palate: light body, slick feel, soft carbonation, abrupt finish
fiver29 (1036) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - AUG 1, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle pours black with off white head. Aroma is coffee, chocolate, smoke, almond, and some hops. Silky mouthfeel. Flavor follows the nose. This brew has layers of complexity. The smoke flavors play well with the chocolate and coffee flavors. Finishes with a roast coffee note. This is one smooth brew. Nice job.
DukeBrewDevil (732) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - AUG 19, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2010 Bottle. Slightly translucent black, big thick head. Smells fantastic with bittersweet chocolate and coffee. Starts off with a bit of sweetness, then follows with great roasted flavors. Great, clean finish with no unwanted sourness. I LOVED this beer.
RERATE: No change to the rating numbers here. Just a reminder to myself that this is a sick session beer to have available as much as possible. A dark malty break without being sticky or abrasive.