corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 24, 2010
Served on draft at Monk’s.
Pours a deep dark mahogany amber/chestnut brown color that is completely opaque with only the slightest of dark c
golden mahogany edges when held to a light source. Frothy two finger dark tan head with excellent retention, only slowly fading into a lasting ring that leaves chunks of soapy lacing behind.
Deep dark roasted malt aroma with hints of bitter dark chocolate, smoke, charcoal, toffee, nut and subtle hops. I know this is a schwarzbier but I was shocked how smokey and authentic this smells. Of course there is a slight American twist with the slight citrus and earthy hops but this beer is roasted and smokey with hints of burnt toast and BBQ.
Chewy full body with a nice lactic creamy feel along with a beautiful smoked malt character that isn’t overpowering at all. Deep roasted flavor with hints of nut, toffee, chocolate, caramel and burnt toast. Slightly bitter hops provide the perfect compliment to the smokey roasted notes. There is also a subtle dark fruit presence, especially dark cherry thatnprovides a nice sweetnessto the deep roasted notes. This beer is perfectly balanced and extremely quaffable. This is a nice introduction to smoked lagers. No too overpowering with a lot of comlexity balancing it out but ruach/smoked beers fans will love this beer. Highly recommended! TonyDiUlio (664) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 3, 2010
UPDATED: JUN 22, 2010 Had on tap at St. Stevens with Katie. Pour was. Thick dark brown almost black with medium lacing off white head. Aroma is roasted Manta, coffee like. Flavor is a rush of chocolate and molasis. Coffee follows.through into the aftertaste Gachupines (1252) - USA - APR 11, 2011
Black appearance with a thin tan head. Aroma is lightly roasted malt, with a hint of chocolate. Flavor is very mild with a hint of toasted malts and chocolate in the finish. Very pleasant dark lager, would make a great session beer. doublebock (558) - California, USA - JUN 14, 2011
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. rforman15 (14) - Glendale, Arizona, USA - JAN 5, 2011
It is so difficult to find great lagers in the USA. This is a GREAT, Big and Bold, and smokey and licorice tasting lager.
SSSteve (4006) - - JAN 31, 2011
bottle labeled "midnight expression lager". black with a large, fluffy beige head. salty nuts and roast aroma. very light body. dry finish. chalky and roasty flavor with dark chocolate. lager crispness. mikedR (1561) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - APR 17, 2014
My first introduction to this style. For the uninitiated, think black IPA without the IPA part. Really nice black malty flavors. Quite roasty. Smooth in all ways. Very, very good. DiarmaidBHK (4924) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 25, 2012
Bottle from Liquor Max. Pours black with an inch of khaki foam. Nice malt on the nose. Big malt on the tongue with a nice thin mouthfeel. Finishes clean. Fantastic example of style. MacBoost (1901) - Victor, New York, USA - APR 27, 2013
Ahh... Lager. There is just something so relaxing about lager, isn’t there? nuplastikk (6289) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 18, 2013
Pours a very thin looking black and forms a light brown head which doesn’t last all that long. Aromas of roast and some cocoa. Taste is just pure relaxation... Subtle, supple, succulent. Light roast. So good. So very, very good.
Tap at Oasis Micropub. Opaque brown-black body, thin steady beige head. Smooth chocolate aroma. Soft, medium body. Chocolate, brown nutty roast malt, mild coffee, smoke. Spot on, very drinkable. Smooth brown chocolate toffee finish. Excellent, sublime, perfect.