Powertrip (1000) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - APR 13, 2010
Celery, coffee and blazing malt dominate the nose, but there is also a distinct background of .....shames me to say....urine, and I could not get rid of it no matter how many times I backed away and started anew. Awesome to look at. Black as midnight with the medium head just as dark. A true dark knight. Burnt bitterness enters the mouth....dominant burnt char in mid-palate...a whiff of orange citrus near the end followed by bitter hops at the end. The finish tastes like burnt toast. I certainly appreciate the true distinctivness and craftsmanship in the entire makeup of this beer but a little too much charred dominance for me. VertBaconStrips (2402) - Blerkablerka, VENEZUELA - APR 12, 2010
Poured out an ultra dark brown that is nothing short of totally black in my glass - slid out of the bottle like oil! Gave way to an inch thick dark brown slightly foamy cap that leaves behind randomness on my glass while retaining more than surface cover the entire time. Well.. half way through 650ml and I only got this far... sure am enjoying this. The aroma is keeping my nose very aware with its chocolatey goodness, ultra dark yet soft roasted malts, maybe earth, something that reminds me of the bottom of an old, dirty leather pouch (hahaha - that sure makes me sound like a teary eyed pillow biter...), hint of an autumn bouquet of flowers, faint citrus and fish. The taste is large, dirty and endless. Massive roast and not overly bitter dark chocolate dominate this beast, ashes, espresso (subdued and acceptable), tang of citrus that I cannot decipher due to the roasted beating my taste buds are receiving, nuts.. maybe almonds? me thinks that is correct. The fruitiness is coming around now but still beaten down... can’t place the fruit.. it’s something red and fleshy with a bit of red apple skin maybe - hard to tell. Hell of a mix - I wonder how many pints I could drink before I could actually sweat the aroma out (kinda like a very long night of Vodka.. or an ungodly serving of garlic). Thick coating is excellent and keeps me coming back for more, placing my mouth in a big ’ole Lazy Boy, fully reclined. Full bodied, excellent bitterness. This is one big ass satisfying brew that never once let up in pleasing my senses and gave me breath that even my wife can be proud of... for once. WesKBob (563) - Bethany, Oklahoma, USA - APR 12, 2010
Pours pitch black. Moderate dark tan head with decent retention and lacing. Aroma is coffee, roasted malt and a hint of caramel sweetness. Flavor is noticeably more bitter, essentially replacing the caramel with lots of coffee and burnt toast. Surprisingly creamy mouthfeel, with some bitterness and alchol in the finish. OK, but probably not something I’d go out of my way to get. philvil (176) - Massachusetts, USA - APR 12, 2010
could be the darkest beer I’ve ever seen. darker and a little thicker in texture than other beers in this style, but the flavors are true to the style. flavors are sweet, but well balanced and not overpowering after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - APR 11, 2010
22. Black. As in buh-lack. Dark burnt tan head, creamy and dense, comes right up even off a frosty cold pour...and then leaves almost as quickly. Looks like an ad for big fat mash bills while it’s there, though. Protein rich. Not much lace, though, nor head retention. Roasty, somewhat ashy and a bit smoky nose. Creamy medium body with soft carb, bordering on thick and viscous. Chewy and velvety for sure. Ashy, roasty mid-palate, a little bit of good coffee and maybe a bit of campfire in there. This is every bit as much a schwarzbier as I am an emperor penguin, but it doesn’t matter a bit what Rogue or anyone else wants to call it. It’s good stuff. At 5%, are you kidding me? This much body and this much flavor, but so clean? I could drink this all day if the price was right.
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - APR 11, 2010
Bottle. Black pour with good amount of light brown head. Cola, dark malt, and chocolate malt aroma. Flavor is the same, sweet yet bitter from the roast and smooth mouthfeel. Rciesla (5607) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - APR 11, 2010
WOW. Bottle. Pours an abyss with a coffee foamy tan head. Deep roasted malts, viney hop tones, very fresh. Light caramel and a minerals, mild hop resins. Soft palate very session-able lager with a mild roastiness and fantastic hop tones amongst the malt. Fantastic. Gregis (1291) - Stilwell, Kansas, USA - APR 11, 2010
Pours jet black with a deep mocha head and patchy lace. I’ve never seen a schwarzbier this dark. The nose is amazingly deep, rich and lasting, especially for a lager: dark chocolate, cocoa, lightly roasted malt and caramel. Light to medium-bodied and fairly slick with a lingering roasty and slightly bitter finish. Roasty, chocolatey and lightly ashy with a mildly herbal green, hoppy finish. I love it when I gamble on a beer and it pays off. This is easily among the best beers of this style that I’ve sampled. Good stuff. BeerandBlues2 (13806) - Escondido, California, USA - APR 9, 2010
Bottle shared by jbye4334. Pours opaque with a moderate, brown, frothy head. Aroma is moderate dark malt, dark chocolate bitterness, smoke, oak, and light fruity esters with some dark fruit (prunes, raisins). Flavor is moderate dark malt with dark chocolate, prunes, oak, smoke, raisins, and bitter hops. Full bodied, smooth texture, and high carbonation. brainlair (236) - Maryland, USA - APR 9, 2010
22oz bottle. Pours a watery looking opaque black with a big tan head. Smell is very mild, a mix of roast and a touch of lactose. Taste is very gentle, with a touch of sweet chocolate, giving way to a nice roasty flavor with some bitterness in the finish.