DuffMan (10278) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 11, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 26, 2007 RERATE: Much better this time around-- a fresher bottle to be sure. Chestnut brown with a light brown head displaying decent retention. Delicious aromas of chocolate and coffee and faintly prunes. Very nice choclatey body, some faintly fruity essence, moderately dry finish. Drunk in a courtyard in Vieux Montreal. Beautiful!
(prev rating 3.0) Finn (7516) - Tromsø, NORWAY - DEC 10, 2005
Bottled. Black with a head with some brown colour. Malt and roastedness in the taste. A subtle aftertaste with some coffee?. JayBaxter (407) - Greater Manchester, Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - NOV 27, 2005
Black with a massive creamy off-white head, aroma is treacley and malty. Taste was roasty but a little weak, was expecting a little more but still good. GreenDragon (219) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 26, 2005
This black larger pours with an interesting deep brown head that leaves a little lacing on the glass as it subsides. True to it’s name, the color is a deep brown-black. The aroma seemed smoky, with malt and grape undertones. The flavor is sweet with lots of fruits. The body is nice and thin but in a nice filling way. Overall, a very good larger. maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 26, 2005
Pours black with a thick frothy tan head that quickly dissipated. A light roasted malt aroma. Has a roast coffee flavor.
frankenkitty (2012) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - NOV 23, 2005
A deep brown/mahogany with a small-yet-staunch, creamy tan head. Aroma was smoked (but not "smoky") with roasted malts, raisin & prune. Flavor is bittersweet dark fruits within mineral water. Metallic notes ebb and flow. Ends almost as a coffee with roasty, dry bitterness.
destroye7 (312) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 19, 2005
<font size=-4>From bottle at <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/Places/ShowPlace.asp? Place Restaurant and Beer Garden, LaGrange, IL 60525<font size=-1>
355 ml bottle. The liquid was very dark. the head was nice then disapeared completely after a minute. The carbonation was soft. The taste was very light (black lager). It was looking like a black but tasting as a lager. Not bad, but don’t expect big flavors. collieman (191) - montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 11, 2005
I think my pint can has been on the shelf too long. Aroma is dominated by tin, with a sour roasted barley nose. Looks great. A thin very dark beer, toped with just a ring of off white head, small bubbles clinging to the side of the glass. mouth feel is thin and a little chewy with a fizzy end. Taste is smoth sweet roasted malt, with a tangy note. Undertones of green plumb, yeast traces, sweet grass and a light nutty touch. Aftertaste is sweet molasas with a touch of burnt toffie, a slight bitter splash, and a lingering sour apple trace. I would but it again, but perferably from a bottle, I think it would age better in a bottle. Cheers. MoritzF (9851) - Ottobrunn, GERMANY - NOV 2, 2005
(bottle) Very dark almost black colour with a big but diminishing foamy brown head. Faint malty nose with a touch of toffee. Medium bitter flavour, medium to light bodied, medium carbonation. Slightly roasty malty taste, hints of dark chocolate, dry and moderate bitter finish. I think it´s not that spectacular, but okay though. All in all an average but still very drinkable Schwarzbier. Mungo (2470) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - NOV 1, 2005
Bottle (from Bitter Virtue) Oct 05. Despite the rich dark appearance this actually has very little character. A hint of smoky roast and a watery body.