RATINGS: 70   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.17/5   IBU: 25   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
Brewed with organic two-row, chocolate, black, Munich malt, roasted barley, organic yerba mate, and Cascade, Centennial, Tettnang, and Hallertau hops. The yerba mate provides a natural source of caffeine equal to 1/2 of a cup of coffee per 12-ounce bottle.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
troopie (2303) - Munchen an der Willamette, Oregon, USA - JAN 29, 2011
Bottle. Poured black with lasting beige head. Light aroma of tea and roast. Malty backbone, surrounded by mat. Mat finish with more barley malt. An interesting beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Reid (2474) - Salem, Oregon, USA - DEC 18, 2010
22oz bottle from "Habits" in S.Salem. $3.99 Appearance? Nice black, cant see through it, colour and a small frothy tan head. OK Pleasant lager type aromas with a hint of something fruity/spicy in the back, some tastiness also. Taste is similar to the aroma..slightly toasty malts, then a deep fruity undertaste giving way to notes of tea. Not bad at all. Ok on the palat, not thick but to style..only draw back is a lingering metalic after taste, but its not that horrible. Overall a nice "take" on the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Strykzone (7182) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - DEC 10, 2010
22 oz. bottle from Hayduke. Black indeed! Only a bit of red is visible and a rocky tan head sits on top. A malty aroma that is a bit roasted, chocolaty, and peaty. The flavor is funky peat and a bit sour.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
drjay44 (3620) - Salida, Colorado, USA - NOV 20, 2010
650 ml. bottle. Pours a thick, gradually collapsing, beige head over a reddish black (SRM 35) body.....nose is light coffee, chocolate, bit of hop spice, ginger.....taste is light coffee, chocolate, bit of bread, finishing with a light hop bite, Mate is minimal....mouth feel is relatively light, carbonation medium low. This meets the style fairly well. It does not have quite enough spice tones, but does taste good. BJCP 6/3/13/4/6

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
grimreaperguru (263) - santee, California, USA - SEP 11, 2010
Pours a black color with a nice creamy tan head.The aroma was a light but very nice coffee sent.The flavor though did not live up to the appearance or the aroma.It was a bland sweet,coffee taste.The body was thin with next to no aftertaste.Overall it was lacking.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
marcus (9991) - Sacramento, California, USA - SEP 10, 2010
Bottle from Sac Bevmo. Pours very black with a nice tan head and a chocolate aroma. There is a thin chocolate flavor with a dry bitter finish. Tastes like a schwarzbier, but not a good one.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
dwyerpg (5946) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - AUG 14, 2010
Doesnt smell too good. A bit metallic. The look is the best part of this beer. Flavor isnt nearly as thick as most black lagers. A bit of sweetness. Really, this is the worst of the 3 mateveza beers. Weak and a bit too caffeinated and sweet, having a bad finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Aquilo (641) - Berkeley, California, USA - AUG 12, 2010
Black with a thin tan head. Aroma is caramel, but mostly some sour funk. Flavor is slightly bitter, but mostly just watery. I would rate this lower, but I dont think that its bad. Just disappointing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BrewDad (5328) - Olympia, Washington, USA - AUG 12, 2010
2010 North American Organic Beer Festival Portland, OR
Black in color thick looking and filled with tons of dark malt and coffee like aroma. The flavor was thick roasty malts Caramel, coffee where very dominate. This was an interesting beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ernest (7598) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 3, 2010
Bottle. Head is initially average sized, frothy, brown, mostly lasting. Body is dark brown to black (non-opaque). Aroma is moderately malty (roasted grain), with notes of tree bark, sage/thyme, licorice, sassafras. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately bitter. Light to medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. While the aroma isnt unpleasant, its a bit medicinal and not very beer-like. The yerba mate characters would have been nice enough as accenting notes, but not so much as dominant ones. Quite watery in the mouth, but the flavor balance is reasonable. Not something Id buy again, but ok.

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