Bulk_Carrier (5057) - Essex Junction, Vermont, USA - JAN 21, 2017
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured into a pilsner glass, the appearance was a dark brown close to black color with a finger’s worth of white to off white foamy head that dissipated at a good pace. Some rings of clingy lace.
The aroma starts off with a sweet dark fruity blissful malty milk chocolatey goodness. Light dark chocolate, moderate bready sweetness. Sly rugged roastiness.
The flavor yields to the sweet bready side first but then opens up into a great balance. Rich bready and roasty aftertaste flowing into the finish very nicely.
On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a great sessionability about it. Smooth bready lager lingering yet rugged but low key enough to flow nicely over my tongue.
Overall, as a black lager this was exceptionally well done to have as much going on as it did.
Kavu (4609) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 4, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
6 fl. oz. on tap @ Bukowski’s, Dalton St. Pours very dark brown with a low tan head. Aroma is dry roasted malts. Flavor is dry roasted malts with some hops in the finish. Watery, but decent.
drewbeerme (3920) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 1, 2013
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Tx Kan. Pours black off white head. Aroma nice roasted malt, toasty. Flavors astringent tannic malts, coffee, nutty.
SrSilliGose (3328) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - JAN 5, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle. pours a deep brown with a sizeable frothy tan brown head. aroma of silky dough, hazelnuts, cold roasty coffee, and a touch of licorice. taste is rustic floury dough, nuts, and bitter roast. dry. sessionable. tasty. to style, and maybe 85th percentile of the "black beers" i had in the czech republic, but i haven’t had many. like quite a bit. as far beers on ratebeer under the schwarzbier category, i’ll give the nod to the heater allen schwarzbier i had a couple weeks ago. this wasn’t too bad though. personally, would like a touch more bright roast, and a touch less dough. but who knows.
auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - DEC 28, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Meadhall - Cambridge, MA. Clean roast aroma. Light coffee-like body, edging seltzer-Like and minerally, with a bit of mush to the middle. Good dark flavors, but not as snappy as it could be.
Niko100 (2844) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 7, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Dark brown/black color; Medium creamy body; Aroma of toasted malt, caramel, & some chocolate; Flavor of roasted malt, caramel, chocolate, and hops; Overall, a little bland - but not bad.
WillRunForBeer (2579) - Massachusetts, USA - FEB 1, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at Ale House. Pours deep amber brown with a scant beige head. Aroma of caramel malt and smoke. Flavor follows nose. Caramel sweetness tempered by a fair amount of smoke and ash. Finishes dirty caramel.
MaBeer1972 (1977) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 20, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours out looking like a typical stout. Nice frothy tan head. Light roasty aromas. Mouthfeel is surprisingly thin and somewhat fizzy. Lots of roasty malts though. This one is what it says it is. Easy drinking and quaffable. Perfect with a meal.
Scrapersnbeer (1532) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 13, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Toasty coffee malt and singed hops aroma. Odd lactic undertone, wait till it warms if that’s not really apparent. Dark cola brown. The texture is kind of cola like too - nice and crisp and sometimes gritty, yet mellow as a whole. Bittersweet coffee taste. This one is about what the brewer describes, and can be abbreviated to something like dunkel with schwartz tendencies.
two7offsuit (449) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 8, 2014
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown with tan head that quickly dissipates. Light bodied some coffee flavors. Easy drinking.