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.
tombyars (1425) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - FEB 22, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Purchased in Morrisons, Stevenston on the 20th February 2015. 330ml bottle poured into a chalice glass. Clear dark mahogany in colour with a thin pale buff head. Sweet malty aroma with a brief note of black cherry present. Thin mouthfeel and poor lacing. Dark malt gives a moist maltloaf base with strong syrupy raisin fruit full in the mouth. There is a short hop prickle lurking in the aftertaste but this is very short lived. Finish is malty and vinous with sweet cherry bakewell tart undertones to it. I was quite surprised how much I actually enjoyed this, as it tasted more like an Alt than a Schwarzbier? At 99 pence - a bargain!
edsspoon (624) - Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - FEB 22, 2015
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle - black body with a bubbly dark brown head. Aroma of sweet malts, cocoa butter and chocolate. Taste of chocolate, cocoa and sweet malts with some hay and tarteness in the finish. Some notes of honey also. Thin body, high carbonation.
tarmok (92) - Tartu, ESTONIA - FEB 20, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aroma: caramel, roasty, barley, grass. Appearance: tark red almoust black, clear, minimal head, tan foam. Taste:light sweetness, lightly bitter, lightly sour, light smoke. Palate: light body, thin feel, soft carbonation. too watery
ARH (660) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 19, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle poured into a tulip. The aroma is a dark berry and licorice combination with smoke and a light coffee and chocolate blend. The beer is dark and near opaque with a mahogany hue. It’s topped by a brown, soapy head with a medium soapy ring and good lace. The taste is a medium sweet and medium light bitter. The texture is oily and slick with a medium body and a light, fizzy carbonation. The beer is smokey with licorice and chocolate malt. It finishes smokey with a coffee and ash touch . It’s clean with only a light coffee aftertaste.
Joakgust (1005) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 13, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear red brown beer with a large beige head. Aroma is malty with notes of herbs, licorice, grass, bread and nuts. Flavor is malty with notes of bread, caramel, herbs, dried fruit and licorice. Well balanced.
serialver (22) - Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 6, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark limited head retention. Smells malty as fuck. Liquorice taste, rich but not lingering taste. Nice session I think. Smells caramel like toffee apples. Very drinkable
indrekr (43) - ESTONIA - FEB 19, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Aroma: metallic aroma, toast, alcohol, appearance: black, clear, brown foam taste: smooth taste, medium sweetness, lightly bitter, lightly sour, light body, thin feel, soft carbonation,
Rob_D_UK (1085) - Surrey, ENGLAND - FEB 24, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a very dark brown with a brown head. Roasted malty aroma with a sweet malt taste.
Piw (179) - Rüsselsheim, GERMANY - FEB 19, 2015
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
355ml Flasche. Klar und schwarz. Kleine Schaumkrone. Kaffeearoma. Malzig. Leicht süss.
ffaoe (290) - Moorestown, New Jersey, USA - FEB 13, 2015
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
faint hop aroma. golden and clear with a fast fading head. balanced malt/hop flavor, a little light on body