tiggmtl (4543) - East York, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 10, 2005
Lightly roasty aroma is quite sweet with notes of chocolate, soy and grain. Clear mahogany brown coloured body with ruby highlights is topped by a dense and lasting fine bubbled tan head. Chewy, sweet malts up front with a fairly roasty back end. Medium light body with soft, lively carbonation. Sampled at GABF 2005. Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 10, 2005
Absolutely lovely roasted malt aroma wastes no time pointing out its vast chocolate and coffee range of flavours, but on the way procuring warming brown sugar and blackberry sensations. The body is dark brown, covered by a forever lasting rocky pale brown head. Eminently light bodied and easy to drink, but flavour focused and creamy, the engaging and cleasing carbonation makes you enjoy it all the most, it is almost crisp. One of the many exciting American schwazbiers. beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUL 1, 2005
On-tap at the brewpub: Dark cola black with a thinning red hue around the edges. Thin and stable off-tanned rocky head of froth sits atop and hardly ever moves, even while consumed by hungry, thirsty, desparate beasts such as myself on this day. Lacing seems to stick in a precarious leaf-like fashion.
Aroma is not much to speak (or smell) of, but is pretty clean and respectful with a solid showing of a black malt base. Tender and sweet with a simple little roast hint. Baked red apples dart across with some noting.
Flavors are good with the black malt taking full control allowing a light frothy body and simple sweetened edge to play under the medium roasted blackened malt. Not super tangy nor chocolatey. But it does have a bit of both emerging in different areas as it sits. Chocolate/cocoa tends to win out more towards the finish with a soft lingering dryness. The tangyness is whats left behind late.
Feel is adequate, if not all together, in harmony with the flavors, at first, it seemed a bit empty and plain with just a nudge of malt and roast, but as it warmed this truly entered into its own bringing a more substantiated character. Surely it should not have been served in a frosted/chilled pint glass.
Smooth and easy, with just the right amount of everything (once it warmed) to make this a pretty solid offering as a Schwarzbier; and damn drinkable too. TheDean (786) - MIlwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 27, 2004
Interesting beer that taste a lot like soda (or as they call it in these parts, pop). not bad, but nothing overly good. maxwellplum (54) - USA - NOV 15, 2004
It goes down good, before the grill, during the grill, and well after the grill. Nice mix of hops and malt. It just goes down good.
Andrew196 (2039) - Katy, Texas, USA - JUN 20, 2004
Well done, Im not too familiar with the style, but I feel like this one hit it on the nose. Excellent roasted malt, with a nice hoppy zip towards the end.....a bit on the thin side, but it went down well. ElGaucho (2401) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - JUN 8, 2004
Heavy roasted sweet malt aroma. Small, light brown head that is diminishing. Excellent lace. Dark reddish black in color. Moderately sweet and bitter. Medium bodied with average carbonation level. Has a hint of the nice hoppy finish that the Town Hall Altbier has. Very nice. jewedekind (450) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 5, 2004
large, smoky, dry lager. Deep brown (not black)with a slight white head. Huge malt character in nose and flavor. Nice lingering dry finish. Nice job.