BeerChaser0078 (909) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAR 16, 2010
Bottle. Pours jet black with a frothy brown head that lasts a little while. Aroma has cocoa, salty licorice, roasted (almost burnt) malt, leather, coffee and caramel notes. Flavour is similar though not as complex with cocoa, licorice and roasted malt standing out. Smooth, light mouthfeel with fairly high carbonation and a lingering roasty, bitter finish. Very nice schwarz, quite intense roastiness but well balanced, tasty and easy to drink. beerguy101 (5364) - Newark, California, USA - MAR 15, 2010
Sampled on 2/5/2010. This schwartzbeir pours an eclipse black color from a 22oz bottle. Medium to large sized tan foamy head, with nice retention and good lacing. The aroma is roasty and chocolate with a touch of floral hops. A medium to full bodied schwartzbeir. The malts are roasty, chocolate and coffee. The hops are floral and earthy. Very creamy and full bodied for a schwarzbier. Good carbonation. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. Hopper (827) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - MAR 15, 2010
A black beer with a small head-this thing is thick black-looks like a stout. The aroma is roasted. The taste is roasted with some coffee and chocolate. Tastes like a stout also. Pretty good. BückDich (5477) - McCall, Idaho, USA - MAR 15, 2010
Bottle: Pours pitch black with a striking dark brown head. The nose is very roasty with lots of cocoa and crusty notes. The flavor is dry and roasty with a semi-sweet chocolate and coffee note in the tail. Very big body for such a light beer with lots of explosive roasty notes all over the place. Great schwarz! gam (4139) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAR 14, 2010
A eich tan head on top a very dark ale the carbonation is medium looking aroma coffee vanilla liccorice flavour dry coffee beans mocha like liccorice vanilla chocolate bright tasting finish malt chocolate coffee good lasting malt tastes and mild bitter
presario (4925) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 14, 2010
Bottle. Looks like a Bells Stout! Thick coffee head on black beer. Rich dark malt, coffee and dark chocolate aroma. Nutty bitter chocolate flavour. Tasty thick and black. Edgy hops and dusty malt chocolate finish. I should replace my morning coffee with this! MartinT (10155) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 14, 2010
My Bottom Line:SuperDave (2555) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAR 13, 2010
Roasted malts and their coffee allusions delve into caramel and chocolate sweetness for a big and bold cousin to the Schwarzbier style.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam tops the blackness.
-This is way too bulky for it to be a classic representation of a Schwarzbier, but I cannot say the mouthfeel is not pleasant.
-Some hop resins create bitterness alongside that of the roasted malts.
-Minty edges are also found in the finish.
An interesting effort from Rogue. Black pour with a thin head. Dark roasted malt and coffee with a bit of a dirty hop profile. Good, and definitely different. Fratto (2845) - Arlington, Texas, USA - MAR 12, 2010
Bottle from the Eastchase Majestic. Black pour with a dark brown head. Aroma is lots of bitter cocoa, vanilla, roasted malts, caramel, and a little coffee. Taste is coffee, chocolate, bitter, and earthy. beersearcher (2383) - Glendale, California, USA - MAR 12, 2010
I wasn’t expecting such a rich and complex beer. Was thinking it would be a plain dark lager session beer. Toffee and caramel aroma. Roasty smoky aroma too. Smoke lingers on the tongue nicely. A little bit of sweetness too