Bulk_Carrier (3338) - Lake Champlain, Vermont, USA - NOV 24, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This was poured into a pilsener glass.
The appearance was a dark brown close to black color with a one and a half foamy off-white to tan head. Light foamy lacing stuck around the sides of the glass nicely.
The smell started with a delicate amount of sweet milk chocolate sliding into a graceful smokiness. Light roasty edges balance it out.
The taste was semi-sweet and roasty initially bringing in the smoke to balance. Light bready/yeastiness flows nicely into the grand scheme of things.
On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium with a nice score of level maltiness sliding over my tongue.
Overall, really nice schwarzbier ranging close to the "rauchbier" style.
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - FEB 25, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at BT. Pours a very deep dark woody brown/near pitch black with a thin lasting beige head. Aroma has a stronger roast than expected for a schwartzbier, more clean stout-like, medium earthy green hops, light chocolate, and nutty caramel hints. Flavor is less roasty, a bit more nutty and chocolate, mineral, light grass, toasty clean with a light bitter finish. Pretty good.
BierIsland (8) - Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 4, 2013 does not count
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A bit smokier than expected, these roasted malts add up to a true consolation. A very nice winter beer.
curepute (141) - New York, USA - JAN 6, 2014
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had a bottle sitting in my fridge for ten months. Time did good things to it! Black color, no head. Big smoke, toasted malts. The sweetness has mellowed out since the the time I had it at the brewery. Taste is: rauch, chocolate, toasted malts, toffee. The smoke wraps around the whole beer nicely, not over powering though. Very solid.
Fred82 (2130) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 21, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Burlington Flatbread.
Appearance : Deep clear dark amber with a small head. Nice lacing.
Aroma : Roasted malt with nice raisins and great malt. Light hops. Nice fruits.
Taste : Light caramel with malt and raisins. Great malt. LIght carbonation, very nice mouthfeel. Long finish with a nice bitterness.
Overall : Very nice brew. Very light and drinkable but with a nice complexity. Nice carbonation level. Very clean. Great notes of caramel and raisins. Very drinkable. Nice stuff.
j12601 (9049) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAR 2, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the Blind Tiger. Pours a clear ruby brown to black with a medium sized beige head. Roast, toast, and chocolate on the nose. Roast, toast, smooth chocolate and cocoa. Quite smooth, nice cocoa and chocolate on the finish. Very tasty stuff.
bellco33 (627) - Willington, Connecticut, USA - DEC 28, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the brewery: Pours dark brown with a thick tan head. The aroma is roasted, smokey, and a bit of chocolate. Taste is more of the same, but is quite a bit sweeter than most of Trapp’s offerings. It is still quite enjoyable, though. A little hop bite at the back end but not much. Medium body, slightly sticky on the palate, pretty enjoyable.
josarah (112) - Hinesburg, Vermont, USA - JUL 10, 2012
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I had this on tap at Das Bierhaus in Burlington.
This one was served a bit too cold, but the flavors did well under those conditions. The slight smokiness crept in as the beer warmed. The base beer tasted more like a schwartzbier, but either way a very good creation
tgncc (3065) - Bellmore, New York, USA - AUG 7, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
The aroma is roasty, smoky, chocolate. The appearance is deep brown/black, reddish hue, off-white head. The flavor is chocolate, roast, brown sugar. The finish is chocolate, roast, molasses. The flavor and finish are sweeter than the aroma. Medium in body, slightly thick. Pretty nice.
thornecb (5273) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 30, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours deep mahogany into a shaker. Pancake head with medium retention recedes leaving trailing sheets. Dark chocolate and caramel aromas. Dry with chocolate covered caramel upfront turning to mildly smoky roasted nuts and espresso in the medium length finish.