jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - JAN 21, 2010
Pours very dark - pitch black and opaque - with a medium-sized tan head that doesn’t last long but leaves streaks of lace. The aroma is firm with toast and fresh-ground coffee. There is a hint of earthiness and light notes of molasses sweetness. The flavor starts bready with toast and coffee - a bit mildly flavored compared to the big aroma. A firm earthy bitterness enters at midpalate. Firm clean bitter finish with strong notes of coffee - very bitter. The mouthfeel is light-medium in body with soft and creamy carbonation and a subtle astringency in the back. Overall, a pleasant session beer - much like a nice dry stout but a little bolder. RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - MAR 29, 2010
Pours black with a large, fluffy brown head. VERY dark. Aroma is dark rye bread, burned toast, coffee, dirt, leaves, and butter. Tastes of dark rye, coffee, unsweetened chocolate, dirt, leaves, and a dry grassiness. Finishes with burned toast, dirt, char, and leaves. Medium bodied, creamy mouthfeel. I’m very much reminded of Port’s Moonlit Session lager because this also seems like a "small beer" made from used imperial stout grain. Whatever it is, I like it. ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - MAR 30, 2010
22oz bomber from grape & gourmet. pours surprisingly thick and rich for a "lager" with a jet black color and a thin, dark tan head. aroma is excellent with big notes of buttered, pumpernickel toast, roasted malts, milk chocolate, and mild coffee with hints of top-soil, ash, and grassy hops. flavor is great as well, very earthy, with big, smoked malts, burnt coffee beans, dark, bitter, chocolate, and dry leaves with a hint of sweet caramel. palate is medium bodied with smooth carbonation and a lingering, dry, earthy, roasted finish. overall, a damn nice homegrown brew from rogue that can give a few stouts a run for their money even if it is classified as a schwartz. cstuartj (1020) - Washington, USA - OCT 8, 2010
Deep dark black in color. Sweet nose. Very deep flavor with over ripe fruit notes. Yummy satan165 (1020) - River Grove, Illinois, USA - MAR 16, 2010
aroma is alternating layers of bakers chocolate with good bittering and softer chocolate notes of the sweeter variety. appearance is dead opaque with at once well sized muddy head that recedes but lingers as a floating lake amongst the schwarz. flavor is dark and barely semi-sweet cocoa with cutting bitterness contrasting on the front of the tongue. moderate palate is fleeting cushion-like but more often moderate.
Tejas (1011) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 3, 2010
Not that I’m an expert on this type of beers but I found it weird that this looked, tasted and smelled like a stout. Roasty, dry and bitter like an oatmeal stout. Easy drinker and I like the low abv. Probabaly won’t make it in the regular rotation though. Caytinator (1005) - Waco, Texas, USA - AUG 21, 2014
Dark lager, schwarzbier at its finest...dirty taster. So black and bold for the style. Drinks like a stout...smells like roasted coffee, delicious.
AR (1002) - Georgia, USA - JAN 31, 2010
Strong aroma of a roasted bacon. The taste is similar to a stout, full-bodied and flavorful. Mild smoke accents. Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - SEP 13, 2012
22oz bottle, split and shared with my wife, poured my allotment into a mug. This is crazy thick! Slowly glugs out of the bottle. This is like used motor oil. Not what I would expect from a lager, albeit dark. No light penetrates at all. Frothy mocha head on top. I would swear this is big stout. Notes of chocolate, dirty greens, baker’s yeast.
The mouth is creamy smooth and heavier than I’d like. This is really odd for a Schwarzbier. Not as easy-drinking as expected. Really big flavors of chocolate, roasted malts. These flavors are usually nice and mellow with this style, but this is just way too ‘big.’ Imperial Schwarz? Glad I tried this, but this isn’t what I’d reach for when in the mood for this, one of my favorite styles. A miss for me. Powertrip (1000) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - APR 13, 2010
Celery, coffee and blazing malt dominate the nose, but there is also a distinct background of .....shames me to say....urine, and I could not get rid of it no matter how many times I backed away and started anew. Awesome to look at. Black as midnight with the medium head just as dark. A true dark knight. Burnt bitterness enters the mouth....dominant burnt char in mid-palate...a whiff of orange citrus near the end followed by bitter hops at the end. The finish tastes like burnt toast. I certainly appreciate the true distinctivness and craftsmanship in the entire makeup of this beer but a little too much charred dominance for me.