heykevin (1273) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - JUL 18, 2002
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Rerate, not as I remebered it. This is a strightforward dark lager. Some chocolate, very little in the way of roastiness. Thinnish body, and not a lot of hops.
LordNeuf (135) - Acton, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 17, 2002
2.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bittersweet... somewhat salty... the finish reminded me of soy sauce.
NDmullet (208) - South Bend, Indiana, USA - JUN 24, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Interesting, savory aroma...molasses, black coffee beans, brown sugar and licorice. Bittersweet and delicious, Xingu is the best schwarzbier I’ve had thus far, and is one I’ll definitely pick up again.
tourette (207) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 17, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Excellent black beer. Great flavor profile, well balanced. Reminds me of Sprecher Black Bavarian. I’m not sure which I like better.
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 13, 2002
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2004 The taste is harsh in the middle of the mouth in a bad way, the aftertaste isn't that great either. It's OK, but couldn't imagine that anyone considers this 'My beer'. Best (and only) Brazilian beer that I've ever had.
maxhits (172) - Pico Rivera, California, USA - MAY 30, 2002
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
pours with a very dark brown -- indeed almost black -- color and is virtually opaque. A rocky, brown-colored, thick foam head is produced during the pour that long lingering in the glass. The dark color of the beer is produced by black-roasting malts from the South American grown barley. The roasted malts give this beer its coffee, molasses and licorice aromas. Hop varieties used are Hallertau and Yakima. I must say that this beer was very much like the black German lager Köstritzer Schwarzbier -- although I found it to be silkier and smoother in texture and mouthfeel.
Ernest (6010) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 10, 2002
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2007 Head is initially average sized, frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing. Body is black. Aroma is moderately malty (roasted grain, chocolate milk, husks), with a note of date, hint of plastic. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. Not too bad; not all that clean, but pleasant enough.
legion242 (2089) - Richardson, Texas, USA - MAY 4, 2002
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Guess what color ot was; Head was thin; Aroma of mild coffee was inviting. Sharp lemon(?) to start with a really thin palate. Cola flavors emerge at 1/2 mark- pepsi with lemon. very little of the coffee detected in the nose.
ToadMan (559) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 25, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Great dark color (as the name suggests), rich aroma of smoked malt. The taste is excellent, compares quite well with Samuel Smith’s Imperial Stout, not quite as silky smooth, but the taste is almost as great. Has a good combination of coffee flavor and maly, and maybe some chocolaty hints. Overall an excellent beer.
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - APR 12, 2002
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: MAY 5, 2005 Rerate: too watery and cardboardy, and a touch too sweet. Original: Smoky aroma. Smoky as in Amazonian natives burning down precious rainforest acreage for future McDonald’s-burgers cows to feed...oh, that would be a few years ago, I guess. Seems just right for the style. Lightly bitter throughout, a pleasant beer.