corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 1, 2009
1.3 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
Picked up a growler of this at Bierkraft in Brooklyn.
Pours pitch black and completely opaque with only the slightest of chestnut brown/mahogany edges and a massive foamy 3.5 finger head with good retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap after several minutes. Sporadic chunks of lacing are left behind.
Slightly smokey malt aroma with hints of ground coffee, chocolate malt, ashtray, toffee, caramel campfire and butane. These aromas are not pleasant like typical rauch/smoked beer but rather like dirty wet cigarettes. Hopefully it tastes better than it smells.
Very carbonated up front with a very strong unpleasant smokiness. Iím a huge fan of rauch and smoke beers but this one is just disgusting. Lots of burnt malt, campfire, butane, year old cigarette ashes and acrid liquid fire. I want to scape the awfulness from my tongue immediately. Underneath this awful flavor there is some slight chocolate malt, toffee and burnt coffee but these flavors are very subtle and are completely overpowered by the rancid smoke flavor. This is one of the most unpleasant beers Iíve ever had. Avoid at all costs!
Sammy (11501) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 20, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2009 WInter Solstice. Very roasty. Very dark brown. Lots of soapy head. Sourness, not as drinkable, more of a sipper.
msante79 (2225) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - NOV 11, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at brewpub. Pours very dark brown with tan head. Aroma is roasted malts, chocolate, and caramel. Flavor is smooth and roasty with caramel and chocolate. Finishes dry yet smooth. Pretty easy drinker and by far the best schwarzbier I have had by far. This can easily pass as a porter or stout though.
ogglethorp (917) - Ohio, USA - NOV 23, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap. Pours almost black with a pillowy tan colored head. Aroma is roast, caramel, cherry. Flavor is again roast, some caramel, burnt sugar, coffee, smokey, tart cherry. Palate is full bodied, soft carbonation, finished bitter with a smokey, tart, twang. Nice stuff.
Slipstream (2525) - USA - SEP 1, 2012
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On draft at The Pony Bar. I am not sure if this is what I had, but I only see one schwarzbier on Kuhnhennís list, so this was probably it. Mildly astringent, roasty, with some coffee flavor. A good brew, but I was hoping for a little better from Kuhnhenn. Maybe schwarzbiers never really are great.
walleye (1094) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - NOV 18, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
From the tap poured a dark brown to black with a big brown head. aroma sour at 1st than turned to semi sweet cherry and roasted malts with caramel as it warmed with a hint of coco and coffee. flavor same as the aroma. This was a easy drinking beer went down nice and smooth.