Dal9000 (665) - Ohio, USA - JAN 1, 2015
Pours blank with a chocolate foam. Molasses aroma. Sweet molasses malty flavor immediately on the tongue. The sweetness grows with each taste.
---Rated via Beer Buddy exeter (536) - calgary, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 31, 2014
Poured a good head that quickly died off. Dark brown in colour. Tastes of toasted malt and caramel. Very sweet. Mouth feel is thin. Like most Guinness beers, it’s become a pale imitation of a real dark Lager. Kind of boring. Beardbeerman (341) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 28, 2014
330ml bottle served in a Guinness pint just out of the fridge:
This one pours an aqueous opaque black robe letting loose a frothy maple head with a rough structure showing moderate retention. You can see some rough lacing here and there but it quickly dissipates.
The nose is somewhat sweet but you mostly get the roasted barley expressing notes of grounded coffee beans. The roasted aspect of the nose is well executed.
On the tongue, you get a diluted version of the original stout. The barley is less present and the brew has less body so that’s kind of a downer. It has however a moderate bitterness that stays a while on the back of the palate.
Overall this brew is an ok version of what a black lager should be with the barley of a stout trying to make its way to your palate. Good but not great. FestDecBeet (412) - - DEC 1, 2014
Look: pours dark. With a light brown head.
Smell: slight bitter taste. Roasted malt.
Taste: roasted malt. Bready.
Feel: thin mouth feel. Medium carbonation.
Overall: ok beer. Nice flavor.
First drank: hime 12/1/14 Maxbier (999) - Maryland, USA - NOV 23, 2014
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2015 16oz can. Dark ruby black with tan head. Aroma of roast/toast and wet sneakers. Light body, not to bad at first- roasted barley, toasted nuts. As it warms up and you trudge through it ounce by ounce it becomes less and less drinkable. It’s not horrendous, but most schwartzbiers I’ve had have been better. Finish is light roast.
wedgie9 (2702) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 22, 2014
Tasted on 11/21/14 from a capped 12oz bottle purchased at the grocery store in a mixed sixer. Pours nearly black dark brown with a thick beige head that slowly recedes to average lace. The nose is malty dark bread with a bit of a marshmallow note. The flavor is about the same with just a touch of bitter char. The body is light with lively, fizzy carbonation, and a short malty dark bread finish. RobbieJD (1) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 15, 2014 does not count
I absolutely LOVE this beer! Great Guinness taste. Just discovered it and can’t believe I am so late in trying it. Great beer! hellonearth (153) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 10, 2014
Loin derrière la classique Guiness en cannette, cette "black lager" est un peu anonyme. D’un sombre surmonté d’un col quasi inexistant, cette bière quand même sympa a quelques discrètes notes de café et de malt brûlé avec une finale minimement amère et sucrée. zdunseth (20) - ISRAEL - OCT 28, 2014
Bottle Oct 2014. Absolutely foul. Tried this a few years ago, and hated it. Nothing's changed. The burnt taste actually turns my stomach. Only beer on the planet that I'd rather pour out than drink.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone ffaoe (874) - Moorestown, New Jersey, USA - OCT 27, 2014
malty, slight roasty aroma. pitch black with little head. taste is slightly malty, slightly roasty. balanced, smooth finish