m2swim (11) - Idaho, USA - JUN 10, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle purchased from the brewery. Pours a deep reddish color with a nice, long lasting head. Initial aroma hints of coffee, chocolate and caramel. Nice mouth feel - slightly chewy. Above average finish.
Cantabrian (670) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 23, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark ruby, not black, with a thin dark beije head that disappears in a minute. Very weak aroma of bitter chocolates and roast malts, with some fruity tone hidden in there. Although the beer is water-thin, which is perhaps it’s worst sin, the flavours are nice, with chocolate, roast malts, some sour note that reminds me os a watery Murphy’s. The finish is pleasant, with a rather meaningful citrusy presence. Not sure why it is stylised as a Schwarzbier, as the label clearly states "Dark Ale". But then, the manufacturer’s website now refers to it as a "Bohemian-style Black Beer", of which I cannot think that it could be possibly referring to a region - because it does not taste as such black beers from Bohemia - but perhaps it’s more of a Bohemian as a lifestyle. For me, this is an obvious, nice, thin Porter.
Brodies_Best (199) - Auckland Central, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 27, 2012
2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
330 ml bottle. Pours dark brown with little head. Aroma of malt and alcohol. Taste is slightly acidic, not much flavour but has a nice dark chocolate aftertaste.
beer4eternity (199) - Tauranga, NEW ZEALAND - NOV 23, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
330ml, (229mm tall) bottle. Dark brown hue with a rich deep ruby tint, small beige foamy head quickly diminishes to a thin coffee crema ring. Delicious coffee, cocoa powder, milk chocolate nose with a hint of shea butter and nuttiness. Roasted, toasted almost burnt malt aromas come along with the flavour. Taste is an appealing medium sweet with a moderate to long duration, with subtle but noticeable sourness. Medium body, soft carbonation, lightly oily velvety texture, and a dry slightly astringent finish. Yom yom. Possibly the beer that got me into the world of craft beer 10 years ago when I had it at the brewery. Thanks to Sue for supplying the Wanaka Beerworks trifecta for a pleasant reminiscent walk down memory lane.
bluebetty (1019) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 25, 2011
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle thanks to dlau. Pours a very dark brown with a smallish tan coloured head. Aromas of roasted grain and a little light bitter chocolate. Some alcohol as well. Flavour is dominated by the roasted grain. A little thin.
Ungstrup (27643) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAR 28, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled. A dark brown beer with a thin brown head. The aroma has notes of caramel, malt, and nuts, as well as a lighter note of roasted malt. The flavor is sweet with strong notes of caramel, combined with medium notes of sweet malt, and lighter notes of roasted malt, and metal.
mkel07 (2512) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - SEP 30, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
330ml bottle. Looks good when poured but it didn’t really produce the goods overall when it came to enjoyability. Deep and bold black with a crisp crackling tan head and a smoky burnt wood aroma. Good mouthfeel with a well balanced flavour and a burnt smoky aftertaste.
hawthorne00 (2090) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - AUG 18, 2010
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, 11C. Dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma has light roasted malt, lager sourness, chocolate, a little grass. Tastes of Coke-like caramel, chocolate and mild roasted malt. Mild roasted dry finish. A Schwarzbier from central casting but not very exciting for me. Good to see the Kiwi basketball team gets a beer, though.
KapitiCritique (324) - Xincheng, Henan Province, CHINA - JUL 27, 2010
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
300 ml bottle
Appearance: Transparent reddish dark brown. Off white head, large and fine froth with thick swiss cheese lacing;
Aroma: alcohol and yeast, a smidgen of chocolate and a sour citrus;
Taste: mildly yeast and sour and bitter.
Palate: Light bodied, effervescent, thin texture;
Overall: I would think it should be marketed as a lite brown ale. There is nothing stout about this stout. It is palatable but not a repeater.
gam (2904) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUL 11, 2010
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Big head very dark red brown pour above medium carbonation aroma chocolate coffee mild though flavour very mild tasting chocolate and coffee hint of liccorice seems weak flavoured alround some creaminess finish smooth but weak flavoured a pity
DonBirnam (108) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 2, 2010
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Brownish, with pale-to-light brown head. Dry roasty aroma. Flavour has pleanty of roastyness, a little smoke and a hint of coffee. Pleanty of body for a schwarz. It’s all right.