alexanderj (3605) - Branson, Missouri, USA - DEC 29, 2008
On tap at Obriens. I thought that I would like this one more than I did, although it was definitely quality. Dark brown to black in color with a tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, cocoa, and chocolate. Flavor of roasted malt, coffee, cocoa, earth with strong hints of chalk. Pretty good stuff here. bradlyc77 (226) - Sebastopol, California, USA - DEC 3, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2009 This is a great session beer. Nice dark roasted flavors with a nice light body. Very drinkable. fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - DEC 1, 2008
Dark brown, long lasting roasted malts, roasted coffee, roasted dark chocolate, dry. kmweaver (3208) - Petaluma, California, USA - NOV 26, 2008
Draft @ Toronado. Pours a dark, chocolate-brown color; medium-brown head with decent retention and patchy, fine-bubbled lacing. Generous aroma of nougat, lightly roasted malts, and toasted marshmallow; nicely dry, chocolatey. Medium mouthfeel: chewy nougat and dark malts, plenty of chocolate, along with some toasted marshmallow / caramel / sweetness, following the nose; nicely toasty mid-palate and in the finish: lots of chewy chocolate and nougat; dry. Ratman197 (15346) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 20, 2008
On tap @ Lanesplitter in Berkeley poured a translucent dark brown nearly black with a small lingering tan head. Aromas of roasted malt, coffee anbd bakers cocoa. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors ofcoffe, bakers cocoa and roasted malt with a smooth lingering roasty bitter finish.
Snojerk321 (2984) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 18, 2008
Tap @ Hamilton’s. Black body, minimal ring of white foam crowning glass. Smells of espresso beans and coffee. Taste is more bitter than sweet with a comfortable hop force. Coffee, roasted dark and lovely, gently wrapped in mocha. bmackenzie (40) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 29, 2008
porter, porter, porter - but brewed as a lager.
This is an interesting little beer. lot’s of roast, lot’s of dark fruit and a nice hop flavour in the finish. not like any schwarzbier i have tried before but dam good.
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - SEP 21, 2008
Tap at Toronado. Pretty damn good for a lager. Thought it was a stout at first. Very easy drinking, very tasty. SamGamgee (2585) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - SEP 6, 2008
Draught at The Red, Santa Cruz. Pours a dark coffee black with a big pillowy brown head that has excellent retention. Roasty and slightly sweet aroma with dark chocolate dust evident. Pretty roasty and dry, but still retains enough malt sweetness to smooth out the black malt. Just enough bitterness, but stays smooth and clean. Light to medium bodied with an almost creamy feel. I’m floored by the richness and balance of the flavors in this one, and I had no idea that it was only 4.2%. This would make and excellent session beer; the roasty chocolate flavors are so well balanced that you just want more and more. JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - AUG 15, 2008
On tap @ Toronado SF. Black color with a sparse thin tan head. Pumpernickel and light roast aroma, slight lactose. Nice even mild roast on the taste, finishes which a little residual roast and not much bitterness. A well executed schwarz.