SQNfan (591) - Wheaton, Illinois, USA - JUL 9, 2008
Black in color with a thin layer of brown lacing. The nose shows off coffee, dark caramel and malt. The nose is pretty simple but comes off as almost deep. In the mouth it is medium-bodied with good balance and a finish of bitter coffee. A strange combination of "heavy" attributes as well as "light". dhunter151 (590) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - FEB 13, 2013
Pours jet black with a thick brown head. Smells of roasted malt and coffee. The coffee flavor and bitterness lingers for a little bit. Pretty good.
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Immediate and pleasant scent of toffee and cappuccino. Black color with foamy tan head. Texture and flavor is like a draught Guiness. Nice smooth roasted malt taste with cocoa and some tobacco. BarossaLuke (552) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 23, 2011
Quite dark in colour. Aroma has coffee and mocha, a lot of roast malt character. The palate is quite full bodied but clean and the hop bitterness balances it all out. I prefer a schwarzbier with less roast aroma and flavour, but this is a very well made beer and pretty tasty. brianjames1 (539) - Northridge, California, USA - FEB 19, 2010
couldnt believe i was drinking a lager. dark very dark with a thin mocha colored head. Aroma of Chocolate, nuts, a bit of coffee, and the roasted malt. Clean crisp and refreshing as most lagers
bblack99 (527) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - OCT 2, 2010
Bomber from August trip to Colorado. Pours a light-consuming black with a moderate, short-lived pale brown head. Aroma is as roasty (read burnt) a roast coffee can be, as strong as any RIS competitor. Flavor brings a robust push of roast coffee, dark chocolate, and liquid smoke. The balance brought in by the earthy and fruity hops is surprisingly good, and this brew has a wacky depth of flavor for a schwarzbier. 9 out of 10 commoners would confuse this for a good stout, if not for the slightly thinner body. Awesome brew! Rogueone (506) - I F&ckin’ hate those guys from, Ohio, USA - JUL 28, 2008
Bottle sampled at Columbus tasting 11: This beer pours dark with a thin smattering of tan head. Aroma is chocolate and molasses. Flavor is also chocolate malts, and dark syrupy sugars, raisin. Lingering bittersweet finish. MadMan (495) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - SEP 6, 2008
Bottle. Pours black with medium brown head. Aroma is malty and roasty, not overly strong, with a bit of chocolate. Flavor is very roasty, with some burnt toast edges to it, full of cocoa and malt with bits of coffee but not a whole lot. There are hints at times of milk, but it disapears quickly and any sweetness is quickly overwhelmed by roasty bitterness. Pretty dry throughout with a dry and lightly bitter finish. The more times I have it, the more I like it. Smooth and easy on the palate, I could drink this every day. DeadGirl (478) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 19, 2010
On draught at Hamilton’s Tavern (San Diego, CA): This is my first beer on my first night as a new resident of California (moved from West Palm Beach, FL). And oh, what a good one to start off my west coast beer journey with, considering I’ve never rated a Schwarzbier. Pours dark brown with a thick tan head. Aroma of bittersweet burnt chocolate, some coffee, smoke, and citrus. Smooth and soft mouthfeel. Noticable hops in the flavor along with roasted malts, licorice, wood, and faint coffee. A little thin. Drinkability: Bittersweet, with a clean, soft roastiness. Pairing: Spicy barbeque; hearty roast meat. Rebuy: Yes. #279 on 19022010, DG. chronictonic (472) - Oreland, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 29, 2010
On tap @ Craft Ale House Limerick PA - didn’t take notes while I was there, but from memory a delicious robust almost porter like (but not as much body or the sweetness of ale yeast) flavor. I could drink a bunch of this and be very happy.