muzzlehatch (4975) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 13, 2007
500 ml bottle purchased sometime this past fall somewhere in the midwest (??), enjoyed from a Trout Brook mug at cellar temperature. Dark, clear purplish-black body with a small to moderate lasting creamy-bubbly light brown head, lovely thick lacing....wow, beautiful nutty-chocolatey, roasty aroma, a bit of oatmeal, vanilla and caramel in there too, so decadent and inviting and quite surprisingly very very fresh....I’m a bit worried that the flavor won’t hold up to the delicious nose, but I have little to worry about, it’s nearly as rich and delightful as I’d hoped for, sweet and chocolaty-caky at the front, drying out somewhat by the finish, with very light mineralic/salty qualities and some light vanilla bean touches....I really didn’t find this thin at all, as some have suggested, and the balance of roast and sweetness is well-night perfect....carbonation is just a bit low, leading to a bit of syrupyness. An astonishing find -- one of the most underrated beers on this site, as far as I’m concerned. Wish I had easy access to more.... bboeckl (142) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 2, 2007
Bottle. Dark, malty, grainy. Lots of roastiness and cocoa. Very good. I am writing this all from memory after having the beer about a month ago. But, I will never forget how good this beer was. I find it extremely underrated on this site. Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 28, 2006
"Heban Black Beer", says the label, "first Polish Black Beer", though, oddly, the brewer or city of origin is not given. Only Berlson Imports, Minneapolis, MN. A little web searching leads us to the Jurand Brewery.
Now, let’s crack open this black beauty and see what lies within...
Blackness, absolutely, in appearance, under a prodigious helping of creamy cocoa/ tan foam.
Nutty in the nose, creamy, lovely cocoa aroma, a hint of coffee, sweet, yet dry. Nice.
Tasting it...nice, full flavor, big chocolate, minor nuts, prevalent coffee tones. Brisk carbonation, nice sweetness, swiftly offset by bitter. Medium bodied, with a long, tasty, sweet finish. Very supple and easy-going in the mouth. Quite likable. Nice dessert beer. Mellow and tasty. Take your time and relax with it.
Stuck figuring the style though. Is it a lager or an ale? Could pass for a stout, but it really plays like a dark lager, and it is identified elsewhere as a Bohemian schwarzbier, so that’s gotta be it. I’m a sucker for a well-done version, and this is that.
Well worth the $1.88 for the 16.9 oz. bottle. Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - SEP 27, 2006
Good black color,small but long lived tan head that left a nice lace behind.The aroma was roasty and malty with a slight bit of caramel in the back ground.The flavor was roasty and a bit dark with some hints of chocolate up front a slight amount of caramel or possibly burnt caramel and finishes up with a roasty chocolate.I actually have to say i like this alot and must rate this above what the average is.Very nice flavorful brew that is just plain smooth all around. hair-old (191) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 21, 2006
A coffee beer from Jurand.I didn’t get to sample much of this one,my wife snatched it quick.Poured super black
with a creamy head.I like this brewers
raspberry and doppelbock also.100107
exp date.A bargain priced beer I will buy again!
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - MAR 6, 2007
Bottled. A very dark brown coloured beer, almost black, with a decent tan coiloured head. The aroma is fuill of chocolate and dark, dark bread. Really great malts. The taste is pretty good too. Very bready and a bit milky. Long full finish. Really smooth. Tasty and quite the surprise. MiP (16055) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - JAN 3, 2009
Bottle, 5.0%. Roasted caramel aroma. Clear very dark brown colour, red shine. The flavour is sweet, some brown sugar notes. Also roasted and caramelly. Sweet but OK balanced. Quite good. Tranquillity (2570) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 17, 2006
Appareantly the first "black beer" in Poland. I assume that also includes dark beers in general. The beer is however completely black with a thick head, although it’s not as thick as the picture on the bottle. The aroma is strong of roasted coffee and bitter cocoa-powder. Very good taste indeed. The coffee-theme is continued with an added sweetness reminding me of mudcake. The finish is short but strong. Good one, but hard to find in Warsaw.