3fourths (9367) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 4, 2013
UPDATED: MAY 5, 2013 bottle-conditioned 33cl 2013 batch. hazed dark brown body with a fine-bubbled tan head with some retention and lacing. malty aroma with a lot of toasted grains and black patent char and dry licorice notes, but also a subtle gaminess (wet dog hair, animal scat / soil). medium-light body, medium sweetness, mild bitterness. very much in the vein of Czech tmavy: lots of chewy dark caramel malt and charred black malt but absent the roast of German-style schwarzbier. crunchy, toasty and lightly husky malt flavor. good calcium / mineral character plays nicely with Munich-like cookie batter, caramel, vanilla and nut character. rich, chewy, round, enjoyable malt savoriness. thankfully the early gaminess goes away after some time, or I get used to it enough that it’s not an issue. quite good, but for the price I will buy Session Black in bulk and be happy enough. Erasmus_ro (3244) - Alabama, USA - APR 20, 2013
Bottle @ HBF2013. Pours very dark brown with not a lot of head. Aroma is roasted, caramel, light touch of yeasty marzipan, dark, porter-like fruitiness. Taste is semi-dry. Somewhat roasted, wooden - but not in an unpleasant way. Turns spicy and fruity on the finish. Palate is medium with some carbonation. laiti (8531) - Tampere, FINLAND - APR 20, 2013
33 cl bottle @ HBF’13mjs (7778) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 20, 2013
Aroma is rather nice with cocoa and roasted malt. Flavour has cocoa, roastd malts and coffee. Feels like a schwartzbier that feels like a stout. And it seems that this is actually a dunkel...
(Bottle, 0.33 l, at HBF2013) The beer poured dark brown and clear. Its head was medium sized and white. Aroma had roasted malts and molasses. Palate was medium bodied with medium carbonation. Flavours were roasted malts, molasses, sweetness, grass and bitterness. Afteraste was sweet and bitter. A decent dunkel. lusikka (7833) - Tampere, FINLAND - APR 20, 2013
330 ml bottle @ HBF2013. Pours a murky brown colour with a white head. Aroma of sweet malts, sour berries and chocolate. Flavour of sweet malts, cardboard, berries and grass. Light bodied, slick mouthfeel and sour fruity finish. Weird.
olio (10692) - Tampere, FINLAND - APR 20, 2013
Sample @ HBF2013.argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - APR 19, 2013
Pours dark brown color with a minimal head. Aroma of caramel, sweet malts and toffee. Flavour of malts, nuts, dark fruits and hay. Ok.
375ml bottle. Large beige head atop hazy dark brown body. Aroma is moderately sweet, caramel, some chocolate, light lemon, nut. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel, some nut, light chocolate, lager lemon, earthy. Light-medium body, fairly smooth. lisagirl (264) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - APR 11, 2013
likable, coffee dominates the malt flavour. not much bitterness to be found and rather light beneath the malts, but quite enjoyable really. Vanz (312) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - APR 10, 2013
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2013 Re-rate.
Aroma: cereal, roasty, chocolate, oak, grape.
Appearance: a black red appearance, very thin light brown head.
Taste: medium bitterness, medium sourness, taste is quite different from what you would expect from a dunkel, very heavy oak flavours, can taste the wine flavours coming through.
Overall a very interesting beer, but I do not like it. The oak is just far too overpowering to be pleasant for me. Worth a try though. pmuzz (400) - AUSTRALIA - APR 6, 2013
Not a bad beer. There actually was much substance than what I thought. OK flavour and prickly carbonation, some slight roast.