Majin (256) - West Des Moines, Iowa, USA - MAY 22, 2013
1 pint bottle, dark pour, light coffee espresso bean flavor. Smells about the same, almost like a light dark. Smooth, good.
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Pours cloudy black. Taste like a smooth, thin porter with hints of bitter cocoa. AtlAggie (241) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 11, 2011
Big coffee aroma, thin body. Very smooth drinking some vanilla. Slight bitter on the finish. Spookgolds (241) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 24, 2012
On draft at iron abbey. This is really good, coffee dominates the aroma and taste, along with roasted malts, and a bit of chocolate. Excellent. aleph (231) - - APR 15, 2012
Bottle. Dark brown pour, coffee head. Dominant roasted malts, reminiscent of a black ipa, some chocolate. Medium body, medium flavor duration, medium carbonation.
toncatcher (228) - Santee - SAN DIEGO, California, USA - FEB 3, 2008
Enjoyed at the Carnevale party. Pours dark with a thin head, almost non-exsistant. Aroma of malt, coffee, and toffee. Flavors of coffee and malt. Thin mouth feel. A differnt style for me. Nice bradlyc77 (226) - Sebastopol, California, USA - FEB 27, 2009
Bomber with mpersinger. Pours a rootbeer brown with tiny off-white head. Light bodied with a coffee and roasted grain aroma and flavor. Also hint of chocolate. Moderate co2 and hops level, finish kind of watery, but a nice brew. Dmalone102 (223) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 21, 2009
I’m actually rating this against the style of American Dark Lager, I don’t think that it is a schwartzbier. Just because it’s a really dark lager doesn’t mean it’s a schwartzbier.
Aroma- Burnt roastiness, smells like a campfire. I even got the impression of smoked meat.
Appearance- Murky, Dark Chocolate color, no clarity... perhaps due to the bottle conditioning. Very little dark tan head is appropriate for style.
Taste- No sweetness and no esters, both qualities are appropriate for style. Roasty, burnt flavors dominate, BJCP says that this is a defect for the style, but I kind of like it. Low sorness, moderate hop bitterness. Low hop flavor.
Palate is light in body, heavy on the carbonation. There is a very little astringency. It works for the style.
Overall impression- I enjoyed this beer because you don’t see too many dark american lagers. If you made this with ale yeast instead of lager, it would be an awesome stout. The roastiness is a bit out of place, but it works for me because it is different. It tastes like they just heaped the roasted malt in the beer. For the price, it’s worth checking out. kirk36 (223) - Peabody, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 5, 2013
I read labels and try to relate. I read this one and cannot. It's verbal diarrhea. What does surfing at midnight have in common with a schwarzbier? Moving forward. Pours abysmal black...think Siberia darkness 24x7 season...yeah it's bleak! It meets the standard and is a tastier black lager than the newer Guiness black watery lager. There is value in your choice tonight. Coffee, earthly, terroir and bitter.
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Crisp and refreshing, very strong roasted malt flavor. Not hoppy nor very aromatic, dark porter color.
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