BlackHaddock (7696) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - DEC 7, 2012
330ml Bottle: best before the end of Oct 2012, whoops. Poured into a Westvleteren chalice on 7th Dec 2012, a bit late!
Looked impressive: lovely dark body with a deep tan head of foam (well for 60 seconds anyway).
Initial aroma leans towards a Stout maltiness smell and mild chocolate notes waft through the air: good for a Black Lager.
The taste is also Stoutish, but with the lager crispness reminding you this isn’t at ale based beer. Those aforementioned chocolate notes can be found it the taste as well as in the nose along with slightly burnt caramel flavour.
A lot better than I thought it would be and could well be my highest scoring beer of this style so far. StevieT (2039) - AUSTRALIA - JUN 28, 2013
Very dark with a small head, quite subtle flavours. A bit Vegemitey. Not too bad. TorbenJensen (1572) - Valby, DENMARK - SEP 16, 2015
Coarse sustained light brown foam covers a limited aroma of hard roasted malt. The flavor is excellent and contains lots of rich roasted malt tones with a little bit English licorice in the background. It is certainly very tasty and can certainly be equated with many of the best German schwarzbier. Only a slight hoppy bitterness contributes to the long after taste where malt is used to continuously maintain the taste buds. It is certainly worth recommending. RoundTHEworld99 (3) - NEW ZEALAND - MAY 8, 2002 does not count
Yummy black. Even though I'm more likely to have an ALT or Pilsener. Something else... omhper (25750) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - DEC 16, 2002
Bottled. Black with beige head. Roasty, malty and sweet Well rounded mouthfeel, notes of licorice, and pleasant bitter finish. Very enjoyable!
faroeviking (11220) - Chupando chellas es como ellas, FAROE ISLANDS - JAN 19, 2007
West Coast Black Beer. Draught at the brewery. Deep dark red-brown colour with a nice puffy off-white head. Aroma of roasted malt, some sweetness, dark fruits and chocolate. Flavour is rather smooth, sweet, nice roasty malts, dark chocolate, liquorice, plums, bitter hops. Nice roasty and dry finish. The best beer I tasted in New Zealand sunevdj (4128) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - FEB 29, 2008
Pours black with a small beige head. Smells of toasted malts. Sweet with some dryness. Aromas of toasted grain and caramel. Alsoa hint of grain and soy sauce. Medium bodied. Medium carbonation. Dry finish with more toasted malts. This was the first ever microbrew I tasted back in 2001... Thanks Kimber. alepig666 (78) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - JUL 23, 2009
Pours black with minuscule tan head. Nice coffee and mild yeast aroma. Mild taste of sweet malt, slight licorice and a bit of yeast akin to Vegemite. Swallow is mild, leaving a pleasant slight sweet malt and slight bitter yeast tang. Akin to a stout, yet far more mellow and drinkable. Great on a freezing winter’s night, easy drinking yet fulfilling! Excellent brew. Oakes (18873) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 31, 2009
Very dark brown. The aroma is raisiny, slightly tarry, burnt with dark fruits and background earthy/toffeeness. This is somebody’s interpretation of an old ale. Chrewy, sweet but quite earthy and tarry. Light raisin and molasses. Fairly light body - dangerously drinkable with its smooth dark flavours. hogan873 (451) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - MAR 7, 2010
Nearly black with red highlights...absolutely beautiful. Coffee and cream and some mild tar on the aroma. Quite inviting. Very delicate mouthfeel with some bright carbonation. Very mild and nice flavor. Sweet coffee and burnt sugars. Finishes with a small hint of bitterness. Very good beer.