Sombeast (151) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 28, 2007
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Served in a snifter. An aggressive pour yields a solid 1+ finger light tan creamy head that is falling steadily as I watch, leaving a substantive lacing on the sides of the glass. The color is black, with some clear brown on the edges when examined with a light. Aroma is mild and elusive, perhaps that of a light chocolate bar with a touch of vanilla. Flavor is mild and balanced, with a hint of sweetness, a hint of bitterness, and a light roast malts. Palate is as promised, creamy and pleasing, driven more by the soft carbonation and less by the body. At 4.4% this is a decent session beer.
_Myers_ (4) - KC, Kansas, USA - MAY 28, 2015 does not count
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
12oz bottles at mercadito in River North in Chicago (great contemporary Mexican). Nothing tremendously special. Dark roasts notes with some earthy/piney hops. Really thin body. Interesting but once was enough.
PartyFowle (457) - - MAY 25, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. From afar, Xingu Black Beer looks, well, black. But get closer and you’ll notice the beer’s thinner and less imposing than all that. A hold to the light will even reveal some clearer ruby hues at the edges. Atop the brew, a head the color and consistency of latte foam gives off the faint fragrance of anise, treacle and prunes. In 1999, Chicago’s Beverage Tasting Institute awarded Xingu a gold medal and a 91-point rating, calling the brew "black silk." This description is apt -- the body is delicate and satin-smooth. While the front of the flavor is surprisingly fruity, as if it were stuffed with figs and topped with reduced wine, prickly carbonation awakens the tongue to deeper notes of earthy hops, cocoa powder and toasted wheat bread. A well-balanced finish deposits just a touch of brown sugar sweetness and raisiny tang.
mabuzzer (244) - SCOTLAND - MAY 25, 2015
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
330ml bottle. Pours deep brown with a thick, foamy tan head. Big initial fruit hit on the nose, taste is more bitter with a coffee finish. Ok but not great
BroadestTom (103) - - MAY 25, 2015
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Aroma caramel, roasty, coffee, chocolate, butterscotch,
Appearance black, minimal head,
Taste medium sweetness, umami, licorice,
Palate medium body, lively,
Overall a different tasting beer that is unique in flavor.
rjplumer (624) - Foxboro, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 18, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Mild roasted malt aroma. Black bodied with only a thin soda bubbly head. Soft roasted malt balanced with a caramel sweetness. Finishes clean.
Aggiebob (183) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - MAY 13, 2015
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Black with a tan head that dissipated quickly. The roasted malt flavor is well balanced with a slight taste of caramel.
Nevalainen (232) - FINLAND - MAY 8, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown color with brown head. Aroma is mild, but there is some sugar and caramel in it. Taste is sweet caramel. Easy to drink. Enjoyable beer.
DrGD (103) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 3, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Black colour with medium beige foam. Aromas of roasted malts and dark fruits. Taste: roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, fruits, a bit too sweet. Medium to thin body, a bit watery, medium carbonation. Enjoyable.
aumentm (400) - North Carolina, USA - MAY 1, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is one of the dark lager of the world. Not a normal beer but one of the best.
tsd08460 (131) - Marshall, Virginia, USA - APR 28, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma: caramel, floral, raisin,
Appearance: black, clear, brown head
Taste: medium sweetness, lightly bitter,
Palate: medium body, creamy, average carbonation, abrupt finish