M_Sack (808) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAY 20, 2017
Bottle. If it's not black, it's the darkest of browns with a minimal dirty white head. Inviting aromas of dark chocolate, toasted nuts, a dampened fireplace and caramel backnotes. Very sweet start, moving into roasted malts, dry hops with minimal bitterness, a touch of sourness and a sweet finish. Thin mouthfeel. Highly carbonated. A little unbalanced and too sweet for me to just drink, but would be nice with a hunk of salty, fatty German style pork knuckle and sauerkraut. ALLOVATE (3093) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAR 8, 2017
First from the ’The Black Box of Dark Ales Series’.varanid99 (1417) - AUSTRALIA - NOV 6, 2016
Sultry nose of umami; charred red meat and sauteed oyster mushroom come to mind as does hints of tar, bonfire smoke and next day damp ash, mould on loam and rich, fresh strapped leather - winner, winner...., well you know the rest! Into a Schwarzbier tulip it settled a deepest cola brown with ruby shimmering through in the shallows. A two part pour left me with a good two inches of rocky off-white foam - an inch of this out the lip so gnaw, gnaw, gnaw into it I go. It had cooled a little once I got to try it over almost feeling the urge to Instagram the f&%k out of it. Chalky, powdery and slightly minerally mouthfeel. Foamy and soft and leaving the malts freedom to express themselves. A little sourness melds the hefty, burnt, caramelised and woody grains. Licks of cola, green peppercorn, bitter green herbs and the character of that aroma fill it out completely. It is light in body and with the modest alcohol could have been amped up to the Plato of your typical Schwarzbiers, but there is just something familiar and yet unique about this gem. So much length it will need a good euro-lager to free up space. It is smoky, bitter, sourly astringent, malty and full of nuances of umami. I loved this one. The best of 4 Pines, or the best of Schwarzbiers represented here in Oz!!!! "Just pour me another and ignore me my brother...." (50cL, BB 18/04/17, The Liquor Shed, Jandakot)
Very dark brown with a thin film of beige head. Sweet, smoky, roasty chocolate aromas. Taste is slightly sweet, a bit of roast, ash, cocoa, with a dry finish sm89walt (2092) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - SEP 25, 2016
Keg - 4 Pines, Manly. A deep ruddy brown with a small and mostly lasting light beige head. Roasted malt, chocolate, coffee and liquorice. Finished with a burnt, slightly ashy roastiness. Mid-weight, medium carbonation and a moderate length and intensity finish balance between bitterness and dark fruit/liquorice. StevieT (2039) - AUSTRALIA - SEP 10, 2016
From a bottle. Pours quite thick, minimal head, mild sweet malt aroma, some coffee bitterness and a hint of hop spice.
Night_Cap (119) - Southern Highlands, AUSTRALIA - SEP 4, 2016
UPDATED: SEP 5, 2016 Draught (at the Keg and Brew). Waited patiently for it to warm up a bit; served with a slight chill. Pours a dark brown (almost black) with a slight haze. Head is lightly tanned, averaged sized and mostly lasting. Aroma is of roasted malts, cooking chocolate (milk), black coffee, salted liquorice and dried blueberries (light). Flavour is smooth with a very light roasted bitterness; weak black coffee, (milk) chocolate bullets, dried currants (light), and notes of toasted white bread in the finish. Light bodied with medium carbonation, a watery texture and short finish. KeefOz (1982) - Tarragindi, AUSTRALIA - JUL 25, 2016
Poured a very dark nearly opaque brown with slight reddish edge tint with a two-finger light tan dense foamy head that retained well and laced poorly. Carbonation lively, high and fine. Aroma of sweet caramel malts, soft subtle roasted notes and bitter dark chocolate. Taste initially of strong roasted malt with a slight burnt character, sweet malt and a hint of dark chocolate; low bitterness. Light body. Smooth, soft and slightly dry with low bitterness on the finish. From their Black Box of Dark Ales release. hawthorne00 (4237) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAY 29, 2016
Bottle. Very dark brown with a beige head. Aroma of bread, caramel, pepper and other spices, some coffee. And so it tastes. Slightly sweet, malty with some modest roasty touches, peppery accents. Quite dry at the end, lowish bitterness. Enough to keep you interested but it is a bit thin. It’s well done and has everything I tolerate about the style. bmeup (683) - Ormeau, AUSTRALIA - MAY 12, 2016
Part of The Black Box Series. Clear very dark brown with some redish highlights , minimal head, some bitter chocolate, caramel and bread. Pleasant flavour of a malt driven dark lager, dry, with moderate carbonation. Fantastic food beer and pretty much nailed this for style. ..............(not a Rauchbier, smoked beer).................this is a very good Dark Lager. mkel07 (6574) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAY 10, 2016
Bottle from The Spotted Cow 100516. Part of the Black Box of Dark Ales limited edition series. Midnight black in colour and full bodied in the mouth with a long dry finish. I like my Schwarzbiers abut smokier than this but if is certainly drinkable. Worst thing about this is the label on the bottle so hard to read - black on black.