5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - APR 19, 2004
Bottle pours midnight black with ruby on the edges. Large foamy tannish head, with what appears to be very sticky lacing. Heavy roasted malts on the nose, along with minor notes of coffee/espresso. Almost appears more of a dark porter than a blackbier. Welp, certainly tastes more like a blackbier, burnt! Burnt malts and a light hop profile on this one. A bit thin on the body, but otherwise quite nice and easy to drink. Finishes with a light bitterness and a slight nutty tinge, not to mention the burnt malts. Rather enjoyable. Thanks goes out to Rastacouere for the trade! Boutip (6432) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 29, 2003
This is my first schwarzbier so I don't have much to compare it too. Dark brew with a nice head. Roasted coffee taste. Light and very pleasant bitterness at the end. I would drink this again. JPDIPSO (6257) - Wauwatosa, USA - JUL 18, 2004
Near black with a taller bone colored head. Dry dark malt aroma. Light and crisp. Mild coffee and dark chocolate flavors. A clean schwartz, almost to much so. Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 31, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 6, 2003 First schwarzbier I have, so not much comparison basis and I must admit I had no idea what glass to serve this in, I used the Raftman one(smoked beer). 2002 version. Very dark brown body with a rather small brownish head. The aroma reminds of cookies that begin to get burnt. In mouth, the texture is very thin, watery. Very refreshing malty character. More roasted cookies with coffee notes. Interesting and I'd most definitely like to have more from the style to compare. Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 14, 2006
Brown-black body (not totally opaque) with a short-lived white head. Aroma of roasted malt, some smoke, chocolate and toasted bread. Very pleasant to the nose but the taste is a bit of a letdown. Rather watery, sweet, vinous, malty and some coffee notes with some unexpected tartness. Cacao powder finale. A good beer. Part of the profits go to a fund used to save endangered species. And if they don’t succeed the Escousse would probably accompany very well the broiled bird on the label.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - JUL 12, 2004
Dark black, sticky head & some lacing, all tan. The aroma is rich with roast and subtle hops, all there to balance. The flavor is creamy, light notes of mocha & fruity with some astringency. The hops are apparent in the finish but there’s a nice light carob taste that creams its way through. good! CapFlu (5129) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 28, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2003 (660ml Bottle) The royalties for the 2003 Escousse are now assisting the cute, little Western Chorus Frog. Pours a medium, beige head and an opaque, black beautiful body. Truly a beautiful black lager. Aromas of thick malt and roasted coffee with hints of chocolate. Roasted flavour with strong reflections of concentrated malt and (as mentioned by Patrice) - sesame oil. Very robust flavour and captivating finish. Delightful lager! jbrus (4990) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - SEP 25, 2005
Bottled. Aroma starts with chocolat and black currant but stays mainly licorice. Very dark ruby color, light brown head, good lace. Light sweet, light bitter, light roasted, mainly licorice in the flavor as well. Bit smooth mouthfeel at start soons gets thin. Aroma makes you expect more complexity in the flavor but it’s not there. muzzlehatch (4969) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 11, 2003
660 ml bottle, thanks to MartinT. Luscious dark brown-black pour with large cumulus head. Malty/yeasty/biscuity nose with hints of roasted coffee. Flavor roasty and "dark", malty but not really sweet, only hints of hops. Very drinkable, nice clean but long finish, but I am still not the world's greatest schwartzbier fan. Good value for an American in Montreal, I'll say that! IndianaRed (4869) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 25, 2004
BottlePoured out black with small light tan head and good lacing. Aropma was a faint compilation of molassas, coffee, and smoke. Taste was more of the smoke, charcoal, but also prunes, dates and cola. Feel was quite fizzy, medium to thin body. Moderately sweet and lightly acidic, bitter trailer.