argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 20, 2004
(DC) Black body with dark red highlights, tan head. Aroma is medium sweet, chocolate, some smoke, light caramel, cookie dough. Taste is medium sweet, caramel, chocolate, with distinctly smoky chocolate finish. Light body, hint of sticky. Dogbrick (13377) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 23, 2006
Sample at the Pittsburgh location. Deep dark brown color, almost black, with a medium tan head with good retention. Rings of lacing through the glass. Roasty malt aroma with espresso in the background. Full-bodied and smooth with a nice array of coffee, malt and chocolate flavors. The finish is thoroughly malty with a good coffee aftertaste. Well done. hopdog (12807) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 23, 2004
On tap at John Harvards in DC. Poured a dark black with a small tan head. Roasted and light chocolate aroma and tastes. Slightly smokey as well. Very drinkable. DocLock (10830) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 30, 2004
This beer kicks ass! A deep blackish/burgundy color with a great head and tons of lacing. The taste is dark alish, almost porterish, but much smoother. The finish is creamy, sweet, and gentle. Don't get me wrong....this isn't a watered down porter, rather a solid, smooth dark ale. A must try. JoeMcPhee (9448) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 17, 2006
Tap at the Lake Grove location. Deep brown beer with no head at all. Herbal nad nutty aroma with notes of toast and bitter chocolate and some sweet earthy hops on the top. Flavour is quite earthy and toasty. Fairly thin-bodied but quite tasty nonetheless. With the body bumped up some it would be much better, but as it stands it’s only okay.
FROTHINGSLOSH (7901) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 5, 2006
Sampled on draft at the Monroeville PA location this beer poured a black color with a large frothy brown head. The aroma is bitter roasty malts, dry chocolate and coffee. The flavor is bitter roasty malts with strong floral hops and bitter gritty coffee on the finish. Decent but smells better than it tastes. PhillyBeer2112 (2876) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - MAY 19, 2000
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2003 Springfield, PA. Opaque black and cleary very heavily hopped. Dry, crisp and clean: a good beer to drink. Lacked the interesting nuances of other schwarzbiers that I've had, but otherwise one of the best out of John Harvard's. obxdude10 (2357) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 3, 2003
Not that good at all, basically black in color with minimal head retention, very light-bodied & thin, little to no distingushed flavors or aroma, very thin & disappointing
boto (2261) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - NOV 17, 2001
This is almost a stout. I agree that this is one of Harvard's best. Also: they called this Black Widow Lager in my local Harvard's. JFGrind (2057) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 17, 2003
Springfield, PA. Not only drank this at the brewpub, but brought a growler of it home for only $6.95 (JHB is running a special). Beer poured dark brown with small creamy head. Chocolate malt flavor evident, it was a great session beer.