adam42381 (386) - Fort Myers, Florida, USA - FEB 12, 2012
Review from notes at World of Beer - Fort Myers on 11/19/11.
Poured on draft into a shaker pint.
Appearance: Pours a dark cola brown with a 1/2 finger grey-tan head. Nice lacing.
Smell: Dark brewed coffee and toasted malt with a touch of sweetness.
Taste: Toasted malt up front followed by earthy hops and a German grainy quality in the middle before ending with a lightly sweet finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-to-full-bodied with good carbonation. Very thick for a beer with 5.5% ABV.
Drinkability: Good drinkability. You could have a few without much difficulty.
Overall: Good beer overall. Not Cigar City’s best beer by far, but it’s still worth a shot. PorterPounder (8226) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - FEB 10, 2012
Tallahassee, Fl. - on tap - Fermentation Lounge. Dark, black as coal pour with a thick mocha colored head that leaves plenty of lacing. Aroma is very deliciously fragrant with some chicory, licorice and creosote notes. Flavor starts out with some smooth espresso notes, some unsweetened chocolate, finish has some cookie notes to it - similar to a biscotti, a hint of licorice to round it out - very flavorful. Thick, rich mouthfeel. Very solid. DialSquare (5119) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 30, 2012
On tap at Proof. Black pour with a thin off-white. Roasty malt and smoke aroma. Tastes are toasted grain, coffee, caramel, chocolate and hint of smoke. Drinkable -thin palate. Nice. Beershine (5224) - VANCOUVER, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 29, 2012
Draft @ Cervesas. Black, deep. Tan head. Aroma has pasteli carob candy, cola, prunes, nice complex mix. A slight bit of butteriness. Great carbo level. Licorice, prunes, earth, and a clean almost abrupt finish that makes it moreish. Fruity, rich, and solid. NordicV (2425) - Malmö, Sweden, SWEDEN - JAN 29, 2012
Fat Lost Kangaroo. Svart öl med rubinröda tendenser i ljuset. Doft av rostad malt och kaffe. Ovanligt mycket kaffe i smaken för att vara en Schwarzbier. Smaken påminner mer om en stout om än inte lika fyllig och torr. God.
burg326 (5594) - Florida, USA - JAN 24, 2012
On draft at the Brass Tap, pours a dark brown, almost black color, aromas of roasted malt, chocolate, herbs, and a smidge of smoke. FLavor is much the same, huge malty flavor, really nice beer overall. 50belair (3679) - Florida, USA - JAN 18, 2012
On tap at WOB - Clematis. Dark brown pour with an off white head. Dark roasted malt and sweet smoke aromas. Good mouthfeel, with all kinds of dark roasted malt and coffee notes.. juiceisloose (1526) - Windermere, Florida, USA - JAN 15, 2012
Growler from Cigar City. This one pours a nice a dark, black color with a touch of mahogany at the edges and crowned by a thick mocha colored head of foam that shows good retention. The head leaves scattered splotches of lace around the glass as it slowly settles to a thin film. The aroma shows a big roasty character hinting at dry chocolate and mocha mostly along with notes of coffee and toasted caramel malt. Just a hint of bitterness creeps in the back end from some piney hops. The aroma is very nicely balanced. The flavor follows suit with ample amounts of dark cocoa, dry cocoa roast, toasted mocha, along with the sweet, toasted caramel malt. Some piney hops add balancing bitterness on the back end. The palate is exactly as it should be with a medium body and almost creamy mouthfeel with perfect carbonation leading to a roasted cocoa finish. Quite different from most CCB beers as they tend to be quite substantial on the palate. Delicious stuff that I could drink multiple pints of and be quite happy. Definitely one of the better beers that Cigar City has made in awhile. Really good beer here. dchmela (3078) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 9, 2012
From the growler. Reddish black pour with a thin light tan head. Huge roasted grain aroma with smoky notes and a hint of chocolate. Nice malt body, not too heavy with lots of roasted grain, chocolate and a roasted bitterness on the finish. Very well done. MartinT (10037) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 3, 2012
My Bottom Line :
Prominent roasted malts and their coffee bean angles dominate this lager’s date and vanilla-like fruitiness for a sweet but quite flavorful pint.
Further Personal Perceptions :
-A ring of foam circles the blackness with dark brown hues.
-The low carbonation makes the sugars feel bigger.
-This is rather drinkable but it is obviously brewed to suit North Americans’ tastes for bolder brews. This is richer than any authentic Schwarzbier I’ve had.
-Mouthfeel is slick and silky.
On tap at Coffee District, Delray Beach.