alexanderj (3605) - Branson, Missouri, USA - JUN 12, 2008
Bottle; poured a dark brown/black with very little brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee and chocolate. Flavor was very roasted for the style; with more coffee than expected. Mild hopping. A light chalky presence. Would have liked some more chocolate and/or sweetness. Was expecting something spectactular, this was just pretty good. decaturstevo (6343) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - JUN 11, 2008
Very peaty and roasted malt aroma. Dark brown with creamy gooey head and lace. Very roasty flavor with a lot of almost burnt coffee flavor. Just a tad foamy but palate is full and rich. A very nice beer in a style that I like alot. ABUSEDGOAT (2933) - California, USA - JUN 9, 2008
Black pour, rich tan head that coats and lasts. Aroma is lightly roasted, moderate bitter chocolate, some caramel, light hops. Medium bodied, very drinkable, lightly sweet. Nice but Sprecher is still my favorite schwarz. thornecb (6197) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 9, 2008
Pours black into a shaker. Mocha head with excellent retention leaves no lacing as it recedes to skim surface. Dusty cocoa aromas. Smoked sweet malts with a lasting bittersweet finish. porterhouse (1580) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - JUN 8, 2008
(22 oz. bottle from <A HREF=http://www.ratebeer.com/Place/massachusetts/w target=blank>Julio’s Liquors) Pours very dark brown, almost black, nearly opaque but for some highlights around the edges. Three fingers of khaki head. Aroma is roasty, chocolate, coffee and some molasses. Mouthfeel is medium-full, almost oily, slightly loose, a bit of fizz. Some patchy, broken rings of lacing. Flavor is quite roasty with notes of baker’s chocolate and slightly burnt coffee. Alot like a stout except flavor is a bit less intense and there is less texture. A bit bitter through finish and leaves a medium-bitter coffee/chocolate aftertaste.
BBB63 (6567) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUN 7, 2008
Bottle and served in my Fullers No-Nik pint glass: Near black with some reddish highlights, small but lasting head and spotty lace. The aroma has notes of toasted bread, pumpernickel, oatmeal, ashy charred malt, some coffee and cream, hint of bakers chocolate, anise, and non-aromatic Perique pipe tobacco. goldtwins (4319) - Nesconset, New York, USA - JUN 6, 2008
The taste starts roasty and pungent with blackened malts at the forefront before lingering onward towards to lacto and soft fruity twang. Once again a tobacco like flavor comes about to slap you around a bit. The finish is a bit of coffee, a bit of walnut, and a bit of ashy wood.
The mouth feel is soft and surprisingly thin, the letdown of the beer IMO. That said, this is one amped up fine example of a dark session lager. Would be even better if the coffee tone was a bit more muted, try some for yourself.
Poured a hazed deep brown color with an off-white head. Ashy coffee aroma with a sweat roasty malt base. Coffee and mild roasted malt flavor. Mild-moderate sweetness. Bitter finish with a light-medium body. jcwattsrugger (12579) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 6, 2008
bottle @Pauls Hoboken#1-pours a tan ring for a head and black color. Aroma is chocolate-dark malt, some lactose, nutty, oats? Taste is chocolate/coffee-dark malt, some lactose, nutty, oats?, slight hops bite/acidity. Nice, occasional.
bombshelter (349) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 5, 2008
Lupulin Reunulin. Black, tan head. aroma is roast, a bit of caramel. nice medium body, good malty base, roasty-toasty finish. not bad at all, but not great. Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 4, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 5, 2008 In short: A “Swarzbier” convincingly disguised as a very roasted chocolaty stout. Very very good
How: Bottle, freshly release first batch of this new beer. Shared on the Stone-Bourbon-Barrel-RIS-Hype-And-Disappointment tasting session with Montreal crew
The look: Black body with a very short-lived tan head
In long: Nose of a big roasted chocolaty American stout. Full body beer with a creamy mouthfeel. Chocolate upfront with a mix of black chocolate and milk chocolate. Roastiness level would be high by stouts standards so by Swarzbier standards this is over-the-top roastiness. Some fruity notes limited to raisins and some light vinous notes. A little floury too. With all the roastiness and all those chocolate malts I would have never guess that this was a lager yeast beer, even less a Swarzbier. Someone at Port Brewing decided this is a Swarzbier, ok, no problem, when you rule the business you can redefine the standards as much as you want, Microsoft has been doing that for years.