Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 9, 2013
In short: A very soft black lager. Clean and well-made but without ‘oomph’.NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 4, 2013
How: Bottle 22oz, consumed approximately one month after purchase, bottle sent to me by mcberko, thanks a lot Matt.
The look: Near black body with ruby highlights topped by a beige ring of foam.
In long: Nose is soft roast, herbal and green grass sensation. Taste has milk chocolate (really milky sensation here), medium roast, whole-wheat bread, soft black liquorice candy, fresh tobacco leafs. Very mild bitterness. This is a very smooth beer, very good but maybe a little too smooth even for the session beer lover that I am. Lacks that ‘something-special’ that most other Heater Allen beers have. A bit of a disappointment coming from the USA lager masters, but I liked it, because I love beer, most of my days are spent either obsessing about all the beers I want to drink or wondering what color of scarf Johnny Depp is wearing, and my therapist is not sure which of these two problems we should address first.
Bottle from Corvallis. Pours a deep brown, lightly hazed with an offwhite head. Nose is toast and cocoa, some charcoal notes and nuts. On tasting, it is a bit too roast forward and nutty. Really clean and crisp, balanced bitterness overall, just a bit too much dark malt character, imo. Really nice beer, though. craftycarl21 (2338) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 23, 2013
Bottle thanks to GT2! Cola colored pour. Really great roasted malt, bitter chocolate, espresso, and touches of sweet caramel, though with a crisp and ultra clean mouthfeel. Damn good. GT (10001) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 16, 2013
651mL thanks to brainlair. Pours a very deep ruby brown looking black. Medium, tan head with very nice lacing. Nose is quite roasty, lactic chocolate, hot chocolate/milk chocolate. Taste is roasty, chocolately, very porter/stout like with fair amounts of ashiness. Very clean palate. Easy to drink. English porter like. Rich, yummy. brokensail (16609) - Dublin, California, USA - JAN 7, 2013
Dark brown pour with a khaki head. Nose is roasted malt, dark chocolate, coffee, and earthy hops. A light acididty, slight toffee sweetness, and some toasted bread. Nice roasted malt and coffee flavor. Mild toffee sweetness, earthy hops, coffee grounds, and a light bitterness. A slight acidity on the finish. A bit of chocolate to it as well.
mcberko (18434) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 30, 2012
22 oz. bottle, pours a deep dark amber with a small beige head. Nose is quite subtle, with some roast, caramel and bready malts. Flavour is of dry bready malts, some burnt / charred malts and very subtle caramel. Very light-bodied, dominating with the burnt notes. Pretty weak but nothing offensive. Forgettable. BMan1113VR (7931) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 13, 2012
Bottle. Pours with a deep cola brown hued body with a medium sized tan head with good lace and retention. Aromas are nutty, medium melanoidin, cola, anise, espresso. Seems like their is a bit of a fruity hop character to it. Molasses. Flavors are dry, roasted grain, nutty, medium leather, grainy, chocolate, dry coffee grounds. A bit overly roasty, malt flavor is slightly muddled. Clean. Very dry. Medium carbonation, slightly thinner body. Nikiel (879) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 27, 2012
Bottle from Portland Bottle Shop. Pours dark brown/black with tan foam. Smells mildly roasty with a nice sweetness. Tastes light and lightly roasty with sweet malts. wedgie9 (2702) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - APR 25, 2012
Tasted on 4/25/12 from a 650mL capped bomber bottle sent to me by hannont. Pours nearly black dark brown, with a thin beige head that leaves average lace. The nose is nutty with dark and milk chocolate, and a nice note of coffee. The flavor is much lighter up front, moving to the darker chocolate, cocoa nib, and coffee notes, with just a touch of nuttiness. The body is light with average carbonation and a long nutty coffee with milk and dark chocolate, and cocoa nib finish. This beer is awesome. brewolf (169) - Wilderness, WA, USA, - MAR 25, 2012
UPDATED: MAR 26, 2012 Deep mahogany, translucent at the edges, with a creamy tan head. Nose is fresh roast, black bread, bitter cocoa, and a touch of smoke. Flavor also has a rich and earthy umami quality. Body is thin, carb is soft, and abundant roasted dryness leads toward a lightly bitter, smoke-kissed finish. The light body, ample roast, and smoky dryness stunningly complements something like a rich chocolate ganache dessert. At 4.8%, you CAN have it with dessert because it is not already one in itself. My favorite schwarz.