cfrancis (3303) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 8, 2016
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours silky black with a moderate light brown head. Aroma is sweet bourbon, dry oak, light roast and a little dark chocolate. Taste is a sweet sting of the bourbon treatment. it overshadows the nuances of the Helmut which I’m disappointed as Helmut is a really nice beer. I might have liked less time in the barrel. Dry palate from the oak and a touch of coffee in the end.
VT (2527) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 17, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask at Beau’s Oktoberfest 2015. An orange tinted dark brown with a short lived beige head. Aroma is smokey, oak, chocolate. Flavor is smokey, chocolate, coffee, roast. Finish is wood, bourbon. Some booze, too. Medium to full body, average carbonation.
Minderbinder (3460) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 2, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Beau’s Oktoberfest 2015.
Pours very dark brown with light-beige head. Good lacing. Aroma is of bourbon, malt (roasted), chocolate. Taste is of bourbon, roasted malt, chocolate, sugar, grapes, bitterness. Palate: Full bodied, medium carbonation. Overall: Quite nice.
czar (8708) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 8, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
on tap at beau’s oktoberfest 2015 - craft haus. hazy/cloudy dark brown with a light beige cap, some retention and lacing. lots of bourbon, redwine as well, sweetish burnt nuttiness, spicy red fruitiness - hitn of acidity, cherry brettiness, olives, minerals. light carbonation, medium body - oily; semi-sweet spicy-bourbony finish. original schwarzbier is way lost in this bourbon overdose and early brett infection. but it’s still very nice, swill-wise.
Sammy (11747) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 24, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Roasty smell. Pluses is the big roast, negative is the sourness which cannot be intended. Light brown, lace.
pushkinwow (2728) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 19, 2013
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at National Capital Beer Festival. Smoke and meatiness seems lighter then in the original - more balanced with some vanilla and oak yet there is still some heat from the booze. Black with a creamy light brown head that cascades beautifully. Seems fresh yet muted; love the interplay between the smoke and the barrel. Moderate body and mild carbonation. Slight sweet smoke, overall mild with some bitterness and a dry finish.