VsXsV (3968) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 17, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Opaque black liquid with small off-white head. Aroma of coffee, bread, pumpernickel, ash and light fruity yeast esters. Taste is very light sweet and light to medium bitter with notes of coffee, ash and bread. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Nice but very roasted.
jcartamdg (3146) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 13, 2014
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a murky brown with no head. Aroma of malt, banana esters, pineapple. Taste is light, malty, banana esters. Very light, but not a great flavor. Not great.
woodychevy (847) - - JAN 26, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
So I used to think this was not my favorite brewery in Charleston - too much german influence- but the past couple of brews (one claw and this) have pretty much changed my mind. This is exceptional. Pours a jet black with a decent head. Carbonation appears to be low. Nose is coffee, chocolate and maybe some smoke? Body is medium to heavy (heavier than I would expect for a lager) and totally, totally smooth. Taste is same as nose but the rye definitely comes through for me- even at only 10% of the brew. Adds a really nice subtle note. Finish is smooth but lingering. The best kind. Really excellent brew. Will be visiting brewery next time I am in CHS.
MrTipple (3710) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 25, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aroma: toasted malts. Appearance: black, small white head. Taste: light bitter. Palate: smoked flavours, dry malts. Overall: decent Schwarzbier. Pint at Euston Tap, London.
Theydon_Bois (17239) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - JAN 19, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Keg at the Euston Tap, 15/01/14.
Light black with a good sized faded tan head that dissipates to a covering and edgework.
Nose is dark malts, sweet tones, earthy cocoa backdrop, toffee fudge, soft brown bread dough.
Taste comprises cocoa powder, dark toffee fudge, a sweet lead schwarz, muscavado sugars, hint of dark fruits.
Medium bodied, fine carbonation, sweet closure.
Nice schwarz, pretty sweet but well balanced, a pint of this would likely be a little too much for my palate but a half is fine.
jkwood04 (5294) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 7, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle in a tulip. Pours very dark brown with a lacy, beige head. Aroma of roasted and chocolate malts, some light rye, a little dough and pale malts, and some light hops. Flavor the same with a decent blend of everything. Average texture. A good beer for the style.
DialSquare (4321) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 4, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber from Whole Foods in Greenville. Oily black-ish pour with a thin tan head and sparse soapy lacing. Aroma is roasted malt and muted coffee/chocolate. Tastes are cocoa, coffee, chocolate - all well balanced. Also a little bready, black pepper and just a hint of licorice (which is good by me). Oily palate and lightly bitter finish. Interesting for sure - though might not need more than once.
Jow (3518) - New York, USA - DEC 26, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at the Jeffrey Pours very pretty dark brown with lovely head of coffee milkshake with great legs. Nose is light cola and chocolate. Tastes of dark chocolate, earth, espresso, chalk, ring pops, and cream. Velvety and smooth.
JHeath99 (1676) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - DEC 24, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Lazy Dog. Pours opaque dark brown with a slight layer of light tan head. Aroma of slight chocolate and hints of malts. Taste, again, mostly of chocolate and malts.
tillmac62 (685) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - DEC 22, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours almost black with a thick head and long lasting lacing. Nose is of chocolate against a slightly sweet background with a hint of smoke. I could not detect any rye or hops in the nose. Light medium bodied and a smooth mouthfeel. Balanced carbonation typical of a lager. The taste is a fine balance of chocolate against a slightly sweet background with a tick of rye and smoke. An undertone of coffee is also present. Smooth finish of chocolate with a light rye spiciness and smoke that lingers. The lingering finish is where the coffee flavor is most evident. Very impressive.