alexsdad06 (10943) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - AUG 20, 2016 3fourths (9358) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 4, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
Bottle picked up at Party Source from notes. Pours brown with a small khaki colored head. The aroma and flavor have roasted malt, chocolate, watery coffee,mild earth, thin, just ok and not something that I would do again. GuideDogSaint (1767) - Xiamen, CHINA - APR 17, 2016
Tasting at Beer Station, Xiamen. Pours black brown with an off white head. Aroma of roast malt. Sweet finish. DeanF (2529) - Quebec, CANADA - FEB 6, 2016
750ml bottle found in rural Alberta, no it ain’t retired as far as I can tell, though maybe this is on the way out and remaining stocks will just be depleted. Pours with modest slightly creamy head and swampy brown body that bodes plenty of carbonation. Soft hay and malt aroma, barn funk and hazelnut kinda. Flavour is an earthy nut with hints of malty caramel and said barn funk. Like sucking on a plank of wood from the barn that the cows had lived in. Medium finish, could use a little more presence on the mouth. Hefty and I like the earthy tones. Too bad it’s having a retirement party. altonbrownd (5897) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - SEP 24, 2015
Bottle from Barmy Wines. Nice dark brown body with huge tan head. Nose is sweet, caramel, malts. Taste is dark chocolate, malts, coffee, toffee. Nice and subtle. With bitter finish. a_sully (457) - - SEP 18, 2015
Very heavily carbonated with a very heavy white frothy head. Body is dark brown and opaque. Aroma is sweet with a nutty sweet (hints of anaise). Taste is sweet but rather plain.
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jbruner (5401) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - APR 13, 2015
Bottle at catch 22 bottle share! Pours a deep brownish black with bubbly white head. Aroma and taste of oxidized malt and stale fruit, past its prime for sure. tdtm82 (1701) - Essex, ENGLAND - APR 7, 2015
Thanks; Clayfiish! Massive bottle! WOAH. reebtogi (6403) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 28, 2015
Opaque black. White lacing. Cedar. Light oak. Grain. Blackcurrant,. Taste is blackcurrant; lemons and leather. Ok but not for me. Thanks!
750ml corked bottle pours a dark brown color with a 2 finger beige head that retains well and leaves some nice lacing on the glass. Aroma is mild chocolate with some grass and grains. Taste is a grassy hop bitterness with a light chocolate malty sweetness. Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Average at best for the style. Definitely, not one of my favorites. DialSquare (5142) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 25, 2015
12oz bottle from the Party Source in Cincy/Kentucky. Black pour, tan head. Aroma of coffee, toasty wheat, spice, caramel. Tastes of dark fruit, cocoa, hay, cereal, molasses. Lightly dry, bitter finish. KeefOz (1923) - Tarragindi, AUSTRALIA - JAN 24, 2015
Poured a deep coppery brown colour with a big (four-finger plus) light tan foamy head that retained well and laced poorly. Carbonation moderate and fine. Aroma of sweet caramel, roasted grain and a hint of roasted coffee. Taste of roasted grains dominate plus sweet dark fruits. Light to medium body. Dry with a lingering roasted bitterness on the finish. More complex than a dark lager.