goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - APR 7, 2008
Poured a dark brown color with a beige head. The aroma was of roasted malt, chocolate and mild smoke. The aroma blended well. The flavor was of roasted malt and less complex. Semi-dry finish with a mild bitterness. Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - MAR 30, 2008
Bottle, thanks to my friends Big Red and K. Pitch black, small foamy brown head -if that is a schwarzbier, I’ve never seen one that thick before - look substantial. Chocolaty sweet aroma -some molasses, hint of brown sugar and alcohol. Taste: Wow. Light tingly body (not expected upon viewing) yet silky smooth taste features tons of chocolate and lots of dark malt sweetness. Lots of hops come through, lots of alcohol, especially in finish. Porter+dunkel+Schwarzbier = this? Great combo, wonderfully balanced (somehow), complex. A stunning hybrid, Garrison is going to really really miss Greg Nash, beers like this are not easily duplicated. golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - MAR 15, 2008
Shared, thanks to joemcphee. Dark brown / black pour with some off-white head. Aroma is toasted / smoked malt, sweet caramel, and cola. Flavor is toasted / burnt malt, bitter chocolate and light roast. Pretty good beer. glennmastrange (2859) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - FEB 23, 2008
Bottle. Heavy malt aromas of dark bread and toasted, light herbs for the hops, light earth for the yeast, with cola, charcoal, alcohol and dark dried fruit in the background. Head is fizzy/bubbly, light brown, mostly diminishing and has fair lacing. Color is sparkling brown/black. Flavor is moderately sweet and lightly acidic to start, then finishes lightly acidic and moderately bittersweet. Palate is medium to full, watery/creamy and has a fizzy carbonation. It finshes lightly alcoholic. A very enjoyable beer, from the complex aroma to the heartiness of it’s mouthfeel and taste. tomthompson89 (1982) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 1, 2008
dark brown almost black, some decent beige head nose is coffee, sort of sweet, some smoke too. some hops but not alot, nutty, chocolate, coffee and some alcohol in the flavor, very drinkable could put back a couple.
Radek Kliber (7320) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - FEB 1, 2008
Bottle 500ml Sammy (12099) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 23, 2008
Appearance: Pours dark brown with medium thick dark top , plenty of carbonation below 4-br>Nose : Aromatic hops up front ,light nose , more murky malts shown over time .
Flavor/Palate : Medium full bodied with gentle smoky hints spread over palate. Rich yes soft grain hints with light hop ending. Light mocha with fruity subtitle. Slightly vinous ending but with out acidic bond. Alcohol well hidden. Mellow dark lager with stout like qualities , nothing like this crossed my mouth before , peculiar hybrid .
Fresh bottle shipped from the breer. 500 ml bottle with wax cover to be peeled by knife. Balck with dark head too. Mollasses and some roasted barley in aroma. Taste is lagerish creamy mouthfeel medium plus with a mix of the roast coffee, chocolate offset and sweetish caramel mollasses finish. High ABV for a shwartz. GregClow (3402) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 13, 2008
Bottle procured from Troy Burtch (thanks, Troy!). 2007 edition. Very, very dark brown with a good sized creamy beige head. Aroma and flavour both hold dark roasted coffee, charred malt, dark sugar, smoke, dark bittersweet chocolate, and just a hint of booze. Body is full without being sticky, with a nice soft edge. "Imperial Schwarzbier", eh? Sure, sounds good to me! OKBeer (1171) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - JAN 9, 2008
500 ml bottle, 2007 edition (just in case there’s a 2008). Pitch black in colour with no trace a light coming through whatsoever and a mostly lasting creamy tan head. Smoky, roasty, chocolate, coffee, lightly nutty, and a touch of raisin aroma. Smoked cheese, nutty, chocolate, roasty coffee, a trace of alcohol, orange rind, and vinous flavours with a roasty and smoky bitter finish. Medium bodied, very smooth and drinkable for the abv, almost juicy mouthfeel. Perfect soft carbonation for the nature of this beer – I’d say for the style but I can’t figure out exactly what that is for sure. Not that I really care, because this is damn good whatever style it is. JoeMcPhee (9426) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 31, 2007
A very generous gift from geth_in_beer. Deep black beer with a thick tan head. Rich chocolatey aroma. Nice toasty, roasty malts with a fairly prominent smokiness throughout. A soft caramelly malt base backs up these darker roasty characters. Flavour is fairly sweet and roasty with caramel and dark toasted malts throughout. A bit of yeastiness behind the clean rich malts. Fairly insistent smokiness that lingers on the palate. A lightly salty roastiness, rich and quite decadent. Sweet but not cloying and there is a nice earthy bitterness on the back that dries it out. Very tasty and a bit surprise.