WabashMan (1024) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - MAY 18, 2012
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
I look at the scores I give this, and the total feels harsh, even though every number seems about right. This isnít a great beer. This isnít even a pretty good beer. But itís easy drinkiní, simple, and might serve well as a crossover for the BMC crowd. But for $8 a sixer, you can really get much better than this. Pours a very dark brown with a quickly fading head. Nose isnít much to write home about...fairly thin. Flavor is not bad...if it was fuller and would last a fair big longer on the palate, this could be a decent schwarzbier. But, as it is, a quick burst of flavor (again, decent flavor) fades very quickly into an aftertaste that isnít all that much better than your typical light beer. Again, a lower end crossover.
AleRider78 (958) - Winchester, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 26, 2017
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours an average size frothy head and has a very dark brown colour. Aromas of light roasted malts, earthy and herbal type hops. Flavours are all fairly mild composed of coffee, light roasted malts, mild spices. Slightly watery, but not too much. Some spices are apparent in the finish. No bitterness at all. Medium bodied, average retention. Has a pretty smooth mouthfeel. A Guinness beer made for warmer times. Goes down real well. Still prefer the stout but would drink this again.
PugUglyBrewer (438) - - MAR 17, 2017
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A black lager is a summertime delight for a big stout fan like myself. This is light and smooth with that signature Guinness yeast. Thin, smashable body with a light roast flavor. Ireland beer baby!
tot110 (3) - - JAN 29, 2017 does not count
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Great beer for any occasion. I always start my night off with one of these.
ghostbeer (188) - Nebraska, USA - DEC 7, 2016
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
I was surprised how well I enjoyed this. It was toasty and very dark but refreshing on an autumn day. There are certainly better examples to be had of the style, but for the price this is not bad. It is something a little bit different.
JPDIPSO (6053) - Wauwatosa, USA - NOV 30, 2016
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Chestnut brown color with a head of light tan bubbles that diminishes to a thin lid. Caramel scent, akin to kitchen bouquet. Really not much of a sniff. Flavors of ashes and a hint of dark malts. Light acidity in the linger. Really not much as far a flavor. A quenching dark lager? 7/11
alexmate (141) - South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUL 14, 2016
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A weird one this. It doesnít taste like a lager, it tastes like a watered down Guinness. Malt, cocoa and light coffee on the palate, maybe a bit of a black tea notes as well. Much thinner consistency as well. Not sure who it was aimed, young drinkers, session drinkers who find Guinness too heavy? Itís an experiment which didnít pay off for Guinness, but I would try it again.
Tried in Northern Ireland when it was first launched.
BeerAndPonies (171) - Medicine Hat, Alberta, CANADA - APR 28, 2016
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
330 ml bottle from Liquor Depot, served in yet another thrift shop find, a Stella Artois chalice. (It replaces one that I unfortunately broke before it had a chance to hold more than just two or three beers. A shame, as it had no wear showing on the gold rim and logo.) Pours an opaque near-black shade with a cocoa-hued head that leaves fine lace webbing. Doughy, roasted grains and malts, earthy and herbal noble hops, plus grass, and hints of straw, cocoa, and coffee on the nose. Overall flavor is very whole-wheat bready - similar to a brown ale, but without ale yeastís spiciness, it lacks a little in dimension, but itís appealingly smooth-drinking all the same. Creamy and chewy as well. Definitely a well-done dark lager, with plenty of body and a very welcome, sessionable ABV of 4.5%.
YigSvartka (304) - Manitoba, CANADA - FEB 18, 2016
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Opaque black hue with a beige head that settles rapidly. Lager driven aroma with notes of malt and honey, but with the addition of roast. Extremely thin bodied. Malt, hay, honey and roast flavour. Lacks robustness as expected, but quite refreshing.
tfontana (892) - Fremont, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 16, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle pour into nonic pint glass from Downtown Discount Beverage. Aroma is purple grape/dark fruits, noble hops. Appearance is dark brown--almost opaque--with small off-white head that fades quickly. Trace lacing. Taste is strong rich malts with dark fruit and mild noble hop bitter balance. Palate is light-to-medium bodied with thin texture and tongue-stinging lively carbonation with crisp finish. Overall, more fruity than a traditional Schwarzbier but good nonetheless.
snoworsummer (5413) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 10, 2016
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Tastes like raisins, dark roasted malt, some dark chocolate, and burnt coffee. Light/medium body and carbonation. Smells like dark roasted malt, raisins, and burnt coffee.