JaBier (8253) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - APR 2, 2010
Bottle shared by Dogbrick at his Portland beer tasting. Black pour with a medium light brown head. Big time roasty nose with coffee notes and some chocolate. Roasty coffee flavor gives way to chocolate before a smokey coffee finish. A lager? I guess. True to schwarzbier style? Hell no, but could care less. Delicious stout...er um, black lager. 944play (427) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 2, 2010
22oz in Chapeau glass. Black with diminishing brown head. Smoky, bacony, meaty nose. Flavor lacks the savory goodness of the aroma; it’s rather chalky and mineral-forward, and precious little roastiness is to be found. Finish is very dry, uncannily fleeting and slightly astringent. This beer is bizarre. Listing should read 130ºL and 75% AA, though I would guess this beer’s AA to be more like 85%! sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 1, 2010
The Dan Journal #337. Tasted 4/1/10. 22oz bomber. Pitch, opaque and brown. Webbed ring of khaki head. Aromas of syrup, toast and dark dried fruits. Cocoa dust undertone. Full bodied with a big malt flavor, super bright effervescence and oily slick finish. Toasty malts that are quickly kicked to the side by the stingingly astringent effervescence and carbonation. The bitterness really hits you in the grill, but just as quickly subsides. The lingering finish is rather slick with a bit of the bitterness hanging on. Nicely done! Petrucci914 (921) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 31, 2010
Thanks for sharing, bro! Hey! A Schwarzbier! Pours brown with a light-brown head. Aroma is coffee, cocoa, and roasted malts. Taste is chocolate, coffee roasts, and some earthy hops. Tastes like a Schwarzbier should! Good stuff.
Gromit (478) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - MAR 30, 2010
Pours oil-can dark with a chocolaty head that leaves a *really* nice lace down the glass. Doesn’t get much better.
Aroma is chocolaty! At first I thought it was going to be Rogue’s Mocha Porter, to be honest. There’s some dark fruits in there, but pretty much I smell chocolate.
My first taste, I got hit with a metallic wave, which will ding the ’palate’ rating a bit, but it was my first impression. It faded to the background, but stayed present. Other than that, this is a fine Schwarzbier with plenty of smoky flavors.
Overall, it’s very good and even better than I was expecting from one of my favorite breweries, especially for their first attempt at GYO!
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - MAR 30, 2010
22oz bomber from grape & gourmet. pours surprisingly thick and rich for a "lager" with a jet black color and a thin, dark tan head. aroma is excellent with big notes of buttered, pumpernickel toast, roasted malts, milk chocolate, and mild coffee with hints of top-soil, ash, and grassy hops. flavor is great as well, very earthy, with big, smoked malts, burnt coffee beans, dark, bitter, chocolate, and dry leaves with a hint of sweet caramel. palate is medium bodied with smooth carbonation and a lingering, dry, earthy, roasted finish. overall, a damn nice homegrown brew from rogue that can give a few stouts a run for their money even if it is classified as a schwartz. RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - MAR 29, 2010
Pours black with a large, fluffy brown head. VERY dark. Aroma is dark rye bread, burned toast, coffee, dirt, leaves, and butter. Tastes of dark rye, coffee, unsweetened chocolate, dirt, leaves, and a dry grassiness. Finishes with burned toast, dirt, char, and leaves. Medium bodied, creamy mouthfeel. I’m very much reminded of Port’s Moonlit Session lager because this also seems like a "small beer" made from used imperial stout grain. Whatever it is, I like it. Cornfield (5569) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - MAR 28, 2010
Bomber from the Kenwood Liquors in Oak Lawn, IL: This poured and intensely dark brown body with a creamy brown head. The aroma had roast barley, cocoa, coffee, and dark caramel. The flavor has more chocolate with dry roasted coffee beans, cream, and barley. Nice dry finish, but there’s a light hit of sour cream near the end that just seems off. Prometheus (160) - Bamberg, Bavaria, GERMANY - MAR 28, 2010
Really enjoyed this one.
Poured very dark with a brown head.
Malt, chocolate in the aroma.
Very nice on the palate.
Would definitely recommend this beer. SuIIy (1984) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAR 27, 2010
Bomber shared by Chyldking. Pours a dark black color with a foamy chocolate brown head. Nose is malted milk balls and some mill chocolate and raisins. Palate is full, fluffy, leaves a light film on the tongue. Flavor is milk chocolate, some light dark fruits, malted milk balls.