oobawa (1416) - Tennessee, USA - MAR 1, 2017 mattdev (74) - Oregon, USA - JUL 7, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
When I first cracked this bottle, I was surprised at what I smelled. The effervescence that I experienced had almost a root beer quality to it. The beer itself pours a dark, deep black; almost like a thinned out motor oil. The thin brown head is almost non existent. Just from looking at the beer, one would assume it’s much stronger than it really is because it pours quite similar to many of the imperial stouts out there (ie. The Abyss).
I still get quite a bit of that root beer pungency on first smell, but chocolate, coffee and graham crackers also show up. The taste is surprisingly crisp and clean (that’s the lager yeast for you) with loads of roast coming through on the front, and quite a bit of dark roasted coffee lingering on the back palate. They say on the bottle that they used some ultra crisp coastal water, and the cleanliness of this beer really showcases that.
While this isn’t as sweet as many schwarzbiers, I’m very much impressed by it. Good show, Rogue
Solid black lager, sufficiently dark and roasty, adding a yummy charred malt complexity to its lager fruitiness. Pours a lovely deep brown with ample lace, and the aroma hits a welcome smoky mocha note. Tastes rather stout-like at first, with a massive amount of roasted chocolate blending with an apple and apricot-tinted yeasty backbone, yet it remains surprisingly light for a beer with this much dark malt character. Finishes like semisweet coffee with a breadlike undercurrent. Nice. Nocturne (1992) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - SEP 15, 2016
650ml bottle. Black with a heap of brown foam. Roasty, earthy, BBQ, espresso, dark chocolate and hoppy aroma. Similar kind of taste, quite bitter, chewy texture. Very nice. oldrtybastrd (5002) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 13, 2016
Pours a brownish-black color. Aroma of chocolate/coffee as well as a hint of nuts? Flavor of coffee, bittersweet chocolate and bit of caramel. waiake (606) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 16, 2016
650ml bottle poured thick black & frothy not dissimilar to a half decent stout though tastes & smells nothing like a stout or a lager flavours are malty rich chocolate sugary sweet haven’t overly enjoyed previous Schwarzbiers & considering the rating of this was expecting more ok but not really my thing chucklemation (1685) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - FEB 12, 2016
Pours a jet black with a thick black head. Aroma is chocolate, roast, earthy hops, and some odd fruity notes. Flavor is very similar, with a sweetness that slightly outweighs the bitterness. Very good, though the fruitiness throws things off for me.
puboflyons (3434) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 18, 2016
From the 650 ml. bottle. Jet black pour with lingering tan to light brown head. Big charred, burnt malt character on the nose. Smooth medium to full body. The same burnt roasted malt character is in the flavor at first but there is also an odd buttery character too, which was a tad disappointing. tysongillmore (362) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 21, 2015
I didn't take any extra notes when I tried this beer for the first time but I'm gonna try it again and update my comments.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone 77ships (9828) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - OCT 11, 2015
650 ml. bottle split by 3 @ Delirium Hoppy Loft. Presumably some years on the bottle but I cannot find any date so… Black solid mocha; Nose is lightly metallic soy sauce, umami malts with light mocha. Taste is lightly metallic, soy, surprisingly thick & substantial chocolate body, light charcoal, coffee, dark chocolate. Body feels a bit thinned out but still very substantial. Lovely Schwarzbier. Ingredients mention Free Range Costal Water (seriously, free range water,…. Hahaha). Werthergoethe (351) - Moscow, RUSSIA - OCT 4, 2015
Отлично& тёмное пиво, во вкусе ощутимо присутс& кофе. Легко, приятно пьётся. Aggiebob (1134) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - SEP 15, 2015
Bottle. Black in color with light brown frothy head. Aroma is roasted malt and dark chocolate. The flavor is burnt coffee and dark chocolate. Medium body with a lasting slightly bitter finish.