Taverner (1103) - San Ramon, California, USA - FEB 19, 2010
Wow! Never thought I’d give a Lager a 4! Pours black like an impy stout. Nose is smoky and roasty, with notes of wood fire, oak, and tobacco. Flavor is dry, a little sour (but in a good way) and finishes clean. Meaty beer. AndyReynolds (1085) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 11, 2010
Aroma is burnt malts, caramel, and coffee. I pick up notes od dark chocolate and licorice. The palate is surprisingly smooth. The taste is a little too over powering with the burnt malts. daleharshman (1085) - Escondido, California, USA - APR 11, 2011
First rating of a schwarzbier (and the #1 schwarzbier in the world, according to RateBeer). Bomber purchased a year ago at Best Damn Beer Shop in downtown San Diego ($6.49). Pours a pitch black with one finger of very dark brown head. Aroma similar to a stout: dark roasted malts, leather, burnt grain, and light chocolate. Flavor of dry dark malts, roasted nuts, ash, dark chocolate, and black coffee. Not sweet at all. Finishes quite dry and with a surprisingly light body. Not sure what the "G.Y.O." philosophy and ingredients actually add to this beer, but Rogue has created something enjoyable and drinkable. (348, 511) scooterbub (1082) - Lander, Wyoming, USA - JAN 9, 2011
650 ml bottle. Pours a dark black with a nice dark red hue and a nice quarter inch dark brown head that fades quickly. Taste is of roasted malt, caramel, chocolate, coffee, dirt, smoke, wood, fruit and some hops. Similar aroma. Has a nice mild bitterness and a bit of sourness in the finish. Has a decent body that is a rather thin. Easy to drink and rather enjoyable. Worth picking up again. Acknud (1082) - Morganfield, Kentucky, USA - OCT 10, 2012
Pours black with a small head. Roasted malt aroma swims toward you followed by a nice roasted finish. Hops serve to keep it clean with a nice finish.
ajm (1072) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAY 8, 2010
Bottle from Perry’s in Livermore. Nose is thick German yeast/grain combo. Slightly roasty, slightly bitter in that sloshy German grain way. Color is glossy jet black. Flavor is a very pleasing: as even a dunkelweiss as I have experienced. Balanced, roasty, with a very pleasing wheat quality that is not overly tart or funky. Good job, Rogue. NJBeerman013 (1054) - Hamilton Twp., New Jersey, USA - APR 14, 2010
22 oz bottle. Pours a rich chocolatey brown in color with a cocoa head. The aroma is lightly roasted coffee and cocoa. The flavor is rich and malty, notes of chocolate, roasted coffee, a touch of smoke, and light cereal grains. It is well crafted and smooth to drink. Very good. MmmcKay (1053) - Brentwood, Tennessee, USA - FEB 21, 2010
Damn fine beer. Smells great. Pours black with a good generous head. Smells of roasted malt, coffee, and charcoal. Tastes smooth and velvety. Nice beer. Great palate. One of the finest black lagers I’ve ever had. Atheist_Peace (1042) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - JUL 22, 2011
22oz bottle. Jet black pour with a pillowy brown head that leaves a little lace. Coffee and dark chocolate dominate the nose with a nice little spicy element and a touch of something earthy. Very roasty on the palate with a deep bitter coffee finish that creeps up. A little thin on the palate. What little hop presence there is doesn’t jive with that big roasted feel very well. Other than that this is a very enjoyable brew. JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - JAN 23, 2010
Off the charts black appearance - with a gigantic rocky head and oozing lace. Char on the nose with soft creaminess and slight caramel. Very roasty for a schwarz (not a bad thing), lots of charred malts and coffee, followed by a quick middle and spritzy finish with some wrigleys gum at the swallow. Lingering roast. You want to just have another taste - very seductive...and delicious.