beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - NOV 13, 2004
Dark brown nearly black in color with a thin, firmly packed foamed cocoa brown head, minimal spotty lacing and a bit of a fluffy/bubbly collar stays seemingly present throughout the session.
Aroma is mild but welcome of a nice calming chocolate; within lays some coffee roast and dark toffee. The coffee aroma takes over considerably as it warms.
Flavors are smooth, easy, and calm; very mild chocolate in tone, not withstanding much punch or character really. Clean, and respectably so, bits of espresso-like coffee and some roasted semi-sweet malts, but not in any real noticeable capaticy or level to excite the taste buds. I’m most impressed with its cleanness but not so much its overall flavor character.
Feel is just shy of medium with a low carbonation and weakened body of sweetness that tries to elude to something but never quite developes. Drys slightly after finishing with some coffee and chocolate;unbittered in variety.
An easy and clean little drinkin’ porter with an easy kickback flow of smoothness but lacks some in the taste dept. to keep a significant intrigment. Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 11, 2004
Deep, dark black coloration, nice, if slim head of cocoa/ tan foam above.
Aroma: creamy, cocoa, espresso, but delicious, nice and roasty, bits of cocoa and coffee, nutty, and, um, mmm!
Taste: awfully smooth, not leaning too hard on the awful, just real easy, if you know what i mean, ...gritty, full-bodied, big feel on the palate..tasty, which is to say, taaaa-steeee!!!
The mouthfeel/body is medium, and the finish is long and sweet, flush with cocoa and caramel...bit too sweet for a real porter, but for an Eastern (or more Eastern than England) European porter, good enough, perhaps...
beyond expectations or anticipations, this is a dandy drink, a truly tasty dark brew, delicious...hey, more i drink it, more I like it...and the more it tastes like a true porter....not bad at all!
jfm (1724) - Holbæk, DENMARK - OCT 31, 2004
Black color with little or no head. The taste is sweet light roasted malts. Pretty much a standard schwarzbier. Dalle (1145) - Skørping, DENMARK - OCT 31, 2004
Bottle. Black with fast disappearing head. Sweet, liqourice, raisins, wine. Low carbonation. Half a litre is more than enough. Mads Langtved (2243) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - OCT 23, 2004
Quite powerful schwarzbier. I like this one. It is a good idea to put some extra alcohol in the schwarzbier style.
Dixen (1465) - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA - OCT 21, 2004
Very malty nose. Dark brown almost black, dark tan head. Roasty flavor, clean, but a little weak. Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - SEP 27, 2004
Dark black with hints of red, a thin tan head and nicce lacing. Great aroma - chocolate, malt, roast, freshness. Palate starts out very vinous with sweet plum notes then becomes chocolate cherry coffee and burning roastyness and hoppy bitterness. Finish is long and sweeter. This seems to be much stronger than it tastes. Very surprising! robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 12, 2004
Dark Coloring. Small Head. Expected Swill and Instead Enjoyed a Wondeful Porter! Malts, Chocolate..bitter... Very nice. badgerben (5188) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - SEP 8, 2004
Oh wow... my friend and I thought this was just going to be a cheap filler beer in the night. How wrong we were! Pitch black pour with a thin, lacing head. Aroma of malt, chocolate, and smoke. Taste is very bitterly chocolate. Quite a nice surprise! YogiBeera (2569) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 5, 2004
Pitchblack, little layer, malt licorice taste and also nose. Malt and espressom, roasted coffee beans- long lasting. Nice