opiate (199) - Sandy, Utah, USA - NOV 30, 2000
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Now this was a damn good beer!! I have only had a few Czech beers, but I will vouch for this nations beer making abilities any day of the week. This is a very smooth beer, with just a little sweetness to it. The name, ’Black Lion’ is a bit deceiving if you are expecting a ’dark’ beer. This beer is a rich caramel color, a deep red, really a beautiful beer. And the flavor is something to write home to your mother about too!
adamantine99 (1) - USA - JAN 19, 2002 does not count
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Maybe a dessert-like beer for North America, but really a lovely balance of sweetish malts bitters (hops) and aromas to go with. Very pleasant.
Northernbrewer (151) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - FEB 16, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sweet yes, but a good balance of malt sweetness and caramel sweetness. Well balanced bitterness keep this sweet character in czech as well (smirk). A well made beer that speaks of good ingredients. Pair this with more adult deserts that feature the flavor of bitter chocolate.
legion242 (2344) - Richardson, Texas, USA - FEB 8, 2003
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brown purple color; slightly thick, tan head; Nose of chocolate roasted coffee- yummy. Good coffee character- lots of roasted malt. Not shabby at all- could give Kostritzer a run for it's money.
thedm (5881) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - JUL 19, 2003
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This brew poured a smnall head of light brown fine to medium sized bubbles. It has a dark browm semi-transparent body with a mild malty aroma. The moiuthfell is smoothe from start to finish. Its flavor is a mild molasses malty caramel clean one that is very pleasing to the palate. This is a very nice beer to drink on a summer evening.
Braudog (6448) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - JAN 1, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Retired? Poured dark black with sticky tan head and toffee aroma. Smoky wood flavors on a smooth beer ... quite nice.
starkat2k (5) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - JAN 20, 2006 does not count
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark red/brown in appearance, not much head. This is moderately pleasant, no bitterness, and easy on the palate. No body. Great aroma, though.
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - AUG 30, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pretty dark brown color (ruby when held up to a light) with a medium sized beige head. The aroma and flavor were bursting with burnt tones, coffee, chocolate, and caramel. The aftertaste was very sweet with a root beer character. Bubbly, crisp feel...semi-dry finish. Very enjoyable.
cornfedboy (3) - North Carolina, USA - NOV 7, 2004 does not count
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark color with nice foamy head. Coffee-like aroma. NIce flavor but leaves a water-downed after-taste.
PugUglyBrewer (241) - - SEP 11, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a pristine mahogany color. The head is creamy, off-white and long-lived. A weak coffee aroma with trace dried dark fruit and spicy floral perfume. The pallette is treated to softcore roasted barley with coffee tonage. Medium bodied mouthfeel that plays well with spicy and earthy hops with moderately dry finish.