Cantabrian (1143) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 6, 2012
Deception? I’d say more of a shock. The aroma struck me with nausea. A number of unpleasant suggestions occurred to me, but I finally identified what it was: quite unbelievably, that leathery coffeish scent smells like caffeine after being digested and excreted. Yes, it smells like number 1 and number 2 after a good cup of coffee (and I’m NOT referring to Hallertau beer names). Nice try, but even then it didn’t turn me off completely from drinking it. And it wasn’t that bad. Smooth, medium bodied, chalky, and full of chocolates, roasted coffee, roasted malts. Quite Spartan, as the style preaches. Not a touch of fruitiness (well, I guess except for the coffee, which are technically not beans, but berries). Perhaps this is indeed what Schwarzbiere are all about. Just the charred scars, and not a touch of flair or flamboyance. I will pursue some true German Schwarzbiere before I completely give upon this style. omega (900) - NEW ZEALAND - FEB 6, 2012
Good full bodied black beer. Typically I find black beers lacking in length, whereas this beer has a good hit of roasted malt and cocoa that lingers. Skarecrow (775) - North Shore, Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 10, 2016
Black color with thin tan head.
Subdued roasted malt aroma.
Medium bitterness with roasted malt character.
OK. Pdubyah (745) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 8, 2013
Unlike the others 1,2 and 3 there is no earthy aroma in this B=but there is chocolate there. and that carries somewhat into the taste. but it isn’t strong, but it is dominant.
This is an altogether better beer than 1,2 or 3. Much more enjoyable. However and but.... it’s thin and without length
I do prefer this to those, and it’s what I’d pick from the bar DylansDad (646) - North Shore, Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - APR 19, 2013
Nice one. One of the better I’ve had from Hallertau. This has really piqued my interest in the dark side. In my limited experience, it is rare for the thaste to be like the description, but in this case, it was pretty much right on. Easy drinking.
waiake (606) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 20, 2015
interesting views on this beer & agree it is much as described above bottle pours ruby black & frothy both aroma & taste are quite subtle light but tasty coffee bitter sweet chocolate flavours hint of fruit all come through well Hoponmate (309) - NEW ZEALAND - DEC 6, 2016
Tastes is earthy mocha chocolate. Has an extremely thick and chewable palate. Light and pleasant finish. beer4eternity (226) - Tauranga, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 17, 2011
330ml bottle thanks to Cam & Marita. Small creamy light beige good lacing mostly lasting head, thick dark brown/black hue with a wonderful ruby tiny. Full of a complex array of pleasant aromas - strong coco, roasted slightly burnt malt, Irish cream, vanilla, licorice, kelp, soy sauce, whisky, blackberry - yum, there are also other nice aromas there that I can’t describe. Quite bitter but enough sweet to avoid the bitterness dominating, faint salinity. Medium body creamy oily texture soft carbonation sticky then eventually slightly peppery finish. Thoroughly enjoyable, probably the nicest Schwarzbier I have had so far. buzz_and_hum (153) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - APR 14, 2011
Lovely rich deep red pour, though head falters too early. Earthy coffee and licorice on the nose, very lively hoppiness in the mouth, but feels a tad too light for a dark beer. Lovely long bitter chocolate on the after taste. A very nice drop. inceptioj (54) - Dunedin, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 2, 2012
Not really that exciting on the nose. Typical dark beer aroma’s, some chocolate and coffee. Much more interesting in the mouth though. Deliciously smooth and creamy with predominantly milk chocolate flavors. Has a slight bitterness running in the background. It’s certainly much lighter than a normal dark beer but I think that’s the style they were going for. Very enjoyable.