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. 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. tiggmtl (4544) - 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. BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - SEP 4, 2007
Dark black with faint head. Roasted malt nose with faint chocolate hintsd. More bitter than I expected but still plenty of burnt malt flavor. auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - MAY 28, 2008
On tap at the Escanaba brewpub. aroma is a faint flow of roasted malt. Pours a deep brown with off-white rim. Flavor is ashy, salty and sea-like. Flavors develop some dry chocolate character, a bit of oaky and some nice sweet caramel. This isn’t bad. Deep and sustaining. Somewhat complex and developing. A bit of soda-like flavor, but nothing sugary. Very dry actually, and I can appreciate that. A bit of pepper and herring meld with the roast and salt. Nice. Good examples of this beer are starting to grow on me. There’s room for complexity and good style done subtly here.
roder60 (1289) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 5, 2006
I would say this was the best of the bunch that I tried at the H and H in cranberry, pa. Poured dark brown/black color. Aroma roasted malts, caramel, and sweet toffee molases. Flavor is light and smooth yet roasted and sweet. Overall, went well with dark meat. Trev (2023) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - AUG 19, 2011
A pleasant surprise.
dark brown pour with a thin head.
Dusty chocolate aroma with nice roasted malt and light smokiness.
Flavour was chocolate malt, roasted malty hint of nuttiness and bittersweet molasses.
Body was a bit light, but still quite tasty. dpjuart (1112) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 28, 2007
12/27/07 - Winter Road Trip ’07 - Draft sample at brewpub. Pours black w/ red hues, off white/coffee-colored head. Chocolate and coffee nose w/ slight smokiness. Creamy mouthfeel w/ coffee and chocolate, sweet finish, malty. No discernable hops. Smokiness is there, but subdued. Rather watery, but good. Naka (719) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 5, 2008
Tried on tap at Cranberry location. Poured VERY dark brown with a small off-white head. Aroma of smoked wood, caramel and chocolate. The nose prepares you for the taste of thick caramel and bitter chocolates. There is a mild smoke flavor, but it is nicely balanced. Finishes dry. FROTHINGSLOSH (8069) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 5, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2007 Sampled on draft at the Cranberry Twp PA location this beer poured a black color with a small tan head. The aroma is light coffee, roasty malts and a hint of chocolate. The flavor is bitter with a subdued roastiness and light coffee. There is a hint of floral hops on the finish. The body is smooth. Tastes more like a porter than a schwartzbeer to me.