Frank (3197) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 25, 2011
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Nice brown color and a thick head. Slight grain husk pilsnery smell. A bit unbalanced toward metallic bitterness and somewhat flat on the palate. Not the best example of the style.
jeremytoni (3011) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - JUL 21, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
From a bottle poured a dark brown color with a small amount of head. Sweet toasted malty flavor with a lingering aftertaste.
luttonm (2868) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 2, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle from Chicago. Pours clear brown-black with thin brown head. Nose is sour lagering, light grainy malting. Pretty good example of dark lager, probably better than general Eastern European versions. Tart lager yeasting, roasty finish. Juicy but a bit light at the end.
DrnkMcDermott (2865) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JAN 28, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz. bottle, $7 at Binny’s. Got this in October, and it got stacked up while re-painting the beer cellar. Pours a big black body under a light brown head, just a tad lighter than a stout. Has a more stouty smell than the few other black lagers I’ve had. Much more roasty malt. Has some alcohol in the nose, too. Taste has the roasty roughness of a stout at first, but settles down to let some dry lager character in. Once you get used to the dark roast, it does suggest a heartier Dortmunder or altbier. Definite German noble hops making a bit of peppery spice. Light texture on the tongue, yet a bit heavy in the nose. An interesting combination.
wedgie9 (2501) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 15, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tasted on 5/15/11 from a 650 mL bottle bomber bottle at Lush Roscoe. Pours clear but very dark amber with just a bit of light able to pass through with a thick beige head that slowly recedes to an even collar of lace. The nose is a bit nutty with hints of chocolate, coffee, along with somewhat herbal and spicy hops. The flavor is much lighter than the nose with a hint of chocolate, a bit of a nutty taste, and more spicy herbal hops than I expected with a nice amount of bitterness. The body is medium minus with average carbonation and a medium bitter and lightly nutty finish.
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 26, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(22oz bottle from jcnd9803!). Its about time I open this thing up. Pours a clear dark brown (cola color when held up to the light) with a nice creamy, pillow-top khaki head. Nice carbonation. Aroma has lots of cocoa and caramel. Taste is sweet with a bit of roast. Medium bodied with a creamy texture. Pretty nice beer. Almost stout-like.
jstraw (1941) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 22, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark mahogany with decent, creamy, tan head / Light nose of roast barley and sour malt / Light to medium body, dry, lively carbonation, crisp with some chewiness on the fair finish / Modest flavors of roast barley and chocolate / Not remarkable, but good.
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 7, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours clear dark brown with a thin tan head. Aroma of grain, smoke, roasted malt. A little light - decent beer.
DavoleBomb (1487) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 26, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured into a snifter.
3.5 A: Black color. Two fingers of cramy tan head. Retention is average and a honeycomb pattern of lacing is left behind.
3.5 S: Clean roastiness, herbal and earthy hops. Grainy with undertones of caramel and chocolate. Good, but could use some more power. Not particularly sweet, but not dry at all.
3.5 T: Taste is more assertive. Big earthy hoppiness, light roast, moderate chocolate, light caramel. More doughy than grainy.
3.5 M: Medium to heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Could use a bit more creaminess, but I do like how thick this is.
3.5 D: Good, solid schwarzbier. This one is a lot less dry than most of that I’ve had of the style. Definitely worth a buy if black lagers are your thing.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 02-16-2012 02:40:13
JAF737300 (1291) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 17, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very dark pour (Bomber Bottle) with a medium head. The malt are very dominant showing the grains right up front. You get some nice background notes of hops which stay long into the finish.