slowrunner77 (12895) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 4, 2014
"a good looking dark, thick black lager. you wouldn’t know it’s only 5% from the flavor. full flavored roasty goodness. not good enough to eclipse the style but chocolate, roasted malt, and a hint of bitter hops make this a tasty edition to the Rogue family." Beerhunter111 (22513) - P´Castle, GERMANY - SEP 25, 2014
Ins Glas ergießt sich ein schwarzes Bier mit schöner braunen Schaumkrone. Geruch sehr röstmalzig, Kaffee, Schokolade, Vanille. Geschmack schokoladig, röstmalzig, Kaffee, minimal rauchig, sehr gut! The_Osprey (9159) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 14, 2014
Keg at London Fields. Black with a small tan head. Aroma is musty orange, Turkish delight, definite liquorice, filter coffee. Yep, strong liquorice. Body is medium, quite foamy, low carbonation. Taste is coffee, ash, liquorice, slightly metallic. I’m not a massive fan of liquorice, and this affects my rating. Drinkable but not moreish. Salmoniform (1281) - Sweet Home, Oregon, USA - AUG 27, 2014
Poured from tap to glass at the farm in Independence. Dark hue with tan head. Aroma is malt, sulphur, roast, floral. Mouthfeel is nice with a medium light body and crisp carbonation. Taste is dry throughout with a bitterness in the following and a clean finish. Overall this is an enjoyable brew. Bulk_Carrier (6065) - Vermont, USA - AUG 25, 2014
Reviewed from notes.
This was poured into a pilsener glass.
The appearance was a jet black pour and color. One finger white to off white foamy head graces the top of the beer in a gentle way. As the head dissipated, semi - thick foamy lacing strings it’s way down the sides of the glass.
The smell was roasty and sweet with a nice coffee bean to chocolate sweetness. A light bitter edge of coffee to touch the aroma pretty nicely.
The taste was sweet, roasty and a light bitter from the coffee edge.
On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. The carbonation was somewhat sharp but too much. There was a nice roasty to sweet sharp aftertaste and finish.
Overall, good Schwarzbier I’d have again.
Darkmagus82 (2303) - - AUG 24, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 1-30-13-
Served on tap in a pint glass
Appearance – Served a black colored brew with a tiny tan head. The head fades almost instantly leaving a light level of lacing on the sides of the glass.
Smell- The aroma is strongest of a roasted coffee aroma. Mixed with this is a nice dark chocolate/cocoa smell. A light sweet vanilla and caramel smell are mixed with these roasted and dark aromas balancing them nicely and creating a great smell.
Taste – The taste begins with some slightly sweeter chocolate and roasted malt notes up front. As the flavors advance further a bit of caramel and some smoky and coffee flavors come to the tongue. These flavors last to the end of the taste where the coffee flavors get stronger and espresso like with the brew also bittering more in nature. These are accompanied by an emergence of some earthy hop flavors. When mixed with the bitter coffee, and roasted malts it creates a very pleasing slightly bitter flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thicker and chewier side with a carbonation level that is on the average side. The chewier body is fantastic for the roasted and darker flavors of the beer giving is a big and thick feel on the tongue; well matching the coffee and chocolate flavors of the brew.
Overall- This was one tasty brew. It had the right level of bitter hop and sweetness to complement the darker and roastier chocolate and coffee/espresso flavors of the brew. Well done. Caytinator (1005) - Waco, Texas, USA - AUG 21, 2014
Dark lager, schwarzbier at its finest...dirty taster. So black and bold for the style. Drinks like a stout...smells like roasted coffee, delicious.
Shag (3045) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - AUG 16, 2014
Dark black with a tan head. Aroma contains some chocolate, licorice, and nutty elements. Flavor is somewhat dry with some dark chocolate and coffee. Good mouthfeel on this one. Overall viva rogue. Lubiere (14151) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 9, 2014
A deep deep dark lager with a thick frothy dark brown head. In aroma, interesting mix of soy sauce, chocolate malt, caramel, quite nice. In mouth, a nice sweetish chocolate with peated notes, coffee grind, lightly smoked, quite nice. Bomber. Iznogud (4359) - CROATIA - JUL 30, 2014
On tap at La Cerveteca, Barcelona. Pours black with brown head. Roasted malts, chocolate, bit hoppy and smokey.