Nikiel (879) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 7, 2011
Pours a completely opaque black with dark brown foam. Smells very roasty, without. Tastes bitter and carbonated from the get go and mellows out into a very roasty full-bodied ale with a lightly bitter aftertaste. icehawk (876) - Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - MAR 19, 2011
Dark pour with a dirty brown head. Not much aroma, some subtle chocolate. Taste doesn’t bring anything specific... little chocolate, yeast, maybe malt. Fairly smooth, no real aftertaste. Good, but nothing great.
12oz pint draft woodychevy (874) - - MAR 16, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2012 Tried this on tap at Closed for Business in Charleston. Pours incredibly dark with a generous head. Aroma is of dark chocolate, roasted malts, coffee- deep and delicious. Heavier mouthfeel than I was expecting, but well balanced. Practically desert like. Feels like a colder weather beer, or something I would have with a spicy meal. Really warming and nice- smooth. Lots of levels on this one- felt like I tasted something different with each sip. Not an everyday beer- but really well done. Addendum: December 6th, Ocracoke. Better than I remember. More complex- really earthy and chocolaty with some coffee for good measure. Definitely feels like a winter beer. Still tasted something different in every sip and definitely changed as it warmed to room temp. Impressive effort. originally 3.9 now 4.2 rcasta (874) - EL SALVADOR - MAR 14, 2013
Muy buena y hay que pensar que un dia cadejo pudde llegar a darnos algo asi
Wowowewa Pdubyah (836) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 26, 2013
Pours like it should be treacle, the thick brown head soon fades away, and what you’re left with is nothing at all like a Lager is expected to be. It’s light but full bodies and finishes dry. The cocoa/coffee makes this a nice drinkable beer, but I found an underlying sour note that didn’t upset me, I just noticed it was there. This is a bit good, and I’ll be buying more.
asedzie (835) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 13, 2010
Bottle. Pours a bit to motor-oilish to be true to style. More along the lines porter/stout, but an excellent beer nonetheless. Medium tan head, beautifully smoky, grainy scent. Flavor is not heavy or sweet - lightly nutty, mild chocolate notes, definite background of grassy, fruity hops. Great creaminess to the palate. All around, an excellent beer, very easy to drink with just the right amount of complexity. 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. highibus (823) - Vail, Arizona, USA - MAR 12, 2010
Super black with really dark cocoa head. No aroma. Some roasted malt flavor but quickly falls to the thinness of the beer. Needs a bit mire body. mbgrayson (818) - Anaconda, Montana, USA - APR 19, 2011
Pours almost black, with a dark tan head. Aroma is malty and dark, with hints of chocolate. Taste is rich and malty, with hops, chocolate, and coffee. Nice hoppy background. Smooth, well blended, and quite drinkable. Thumbs way up! Acetobacter (815) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 7, 2010
Enjoyed from a 22oz bomber in a stemless wine goblet. As expected, the beer pours a jet black color, with a moderate to large medium tan head. The nose carries some subtle notes of grassy hops, straw-like malt notes, some dark chocolate notes, and some toasted malt scents. The palate is carbonated like a kolsch or a pilsner, not off-style or unpleasant, but always a bit of a surprise from a beer with such a lofty SRM. The flavors seem to resemble an American stout more than the moderately malty flavors of classic Teutonic examples of the style. Roasted notes up front, a slight straw-like malt flavor, assertive bitterness and charactered hop flavors on the back end. The finish leaves a lingering bitterness and roasted note in the mouth, but is otherwise clean. Overall, not unpleasant or poorly conceived, but missing something in the German character malt department that, if traded with a little less bitterness, could elevate the beer’s enjoyability.