FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 5, 2008
On tap at the 2nd anniversary party. Nearly opaque brown-black color with a thin film of dark brown head. Roasty, acidic aroma, some chocolate. Roasted malt, meaty flavors dominate. Hints of coffee and chocolate. Mild nuttiness then manifests. Leathery, smoky flavors linger in the finish. Mouthfeel is light, somewhat dry. Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 15, 2008
Dark brown, nearly black with ruby edges. Quickly diminishing foam. Smells like a Schwarzbier should with notes dried chocolate, cocoa and dried coffee grounds. Flavor is well balanced, with schwarzbier dryness and notes of dried chocolate and fruit. Let’s not get carried away here. It’s a well made beer. I think Kidd Lager is better. TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - NOV 20, 2008
Pours a deep brown with amber highlights when held to the light with an average bubbly/creamy deep tan head that left lacing. Aroma of caramel, toffee, cocoa, vanilla, nuts, malt and some light floral/citrusy hops. Flavor of lightly roasted malt, nuts, caramel, light hop bitterness, hints of piney hop flavor, dark bitter chocolate and a little thin. smashteroid (262) - Alabama, USA - JAN 31, 2009
I love Port Brewing beers, but this is probably the least exciting one I have encountered. I was really disappointed in it. Served cold from a 22 oz. bottle. Pours black with a tan head. Aroma of roasted coffee. After sitting in my glass for five minutes, all traces of carbonation had somehow disappeared, leaving a very unappetizing, foul-tasting beer. Maybe I just got a bad bottle. I’d be willing to try again and re-rate, but this was a very bad first impression. robforbes (2263) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - MAR 12, 2010
pours a black with a small khaki head, and some lacing.
smell is of roasted malt, some coffee, a little smoke, and cocoa.
taste is bold, roasted malt, cocoa, some coffee, and hops in back, ends a little bitter.
popery (2170) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 7, 2010
Black liquid with a creamy, foamy light brown to mocha head. Good schwarzbier aroma. Lots of roasted German malt. A little bit of citrus is in the mix. The malt is chocolate and biscuity with some good rosasted notes in the end. The hops are kind of citric and floral, but they’re way in the background, hiding behind the chocolate roast. Smooth and creamy. Just a little thin in the finish. A bit of bitter astringency in the aftertaste. Nik925 (795) - USA - JUN 30, 2010
Aroma precedes a far lesser taste. So a port brewing dark lager. 2nd or 3rd favorite brewer wants to take crack at this less than beer style. Is this a great schwartzbier? maybe. A great beer? no. This is the last beer I have before 400 but I still have much to learn. Can you coax greater flavors out of the lager yeast? I hope so. This is one of the cheaper Port beers (outside of the brewery gift shop) that you can get, and possibly in contention for the best per style....BUT, meh. Overall, meh (thanks Simpons & M-W for making meh a word). Meh, Meh, Meh. lusikka (7817) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 9, 2010
UPDATED: JUN 29, 2013 650 ml bottle @ Olutravintola Pannuhuone. Rated @ 30.7.2010.jsmerig (1663) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 1, 2011
Pours a black colour with a off-brown head. Roasted coffee and malts on the nose with dark chocolate. The taste is very dry; coffee, malts and chocolate just like in the aroma. Very stoutish. Medium bodied, oily and a bit watery mouthfeel with soft carbonation. Good and light. 7-4-7-3-15 3.6
650 ml bottle.
Pours a black colour with a foamy beige head. Aroma of roasted malts, almonds, birch leaves and strong burnt biscuit. Flavour of roasted malts, burnt biscuit, grassy hops, wood, salty licorice and weak fruitiness. Light bodied, disturbingly high carbonation and a lingering, roasty, bitter finish. Harsh and too much carbonation, but nice hop profile. 7-3-7-3-14 3.4
Highly carbonated. Head exploded and took five minutes to settle. When it did I was left with a smooth dark beer with a toasted malt presence as well as smoky coffee. Pleasant but uninspiring. HonusWagner (2218) - Florida, USA - FEB 10, 2011
Roasted malts bordering on burnt; not a lot of discernible hop flavor or aroma, but also not the complex malt qualities I hoped for or expected. I would like to try this beer again when I can be more certain of the freshness.