GMUcrew7 (577) - Mason, Ohio, USA - JAN 9, 2010
Thick jet black pour with a nice tan head. Intense roasted malt aroma, with coffee. Flavor reminds me of chocolate covered coffee beans, a bit of sweetness from the chocolate followed by the bitterness of coffee/hops. Medium smooth bodied, excellent crisp beer. Braudog (6717) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - FEB 13, 2010
Bottle. Exceptionally beautiful pour -- pitch black, with a rolling top of dark tan foam. Big chocolate-milk aroma. Very stout-like, this delivers a rollickingly delicious mash-up of dark beer flavors -- roasted coffee beans, dark chocolate, and a nice sweet, grassy bitter finish. Outstanding. (#3838, 2/13/2010) DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 17, 2010
Damn...I was not expecting that super dark sludge to come out of this bottle...nor the blackness that settled in the glass, nor was I expected the darkest brown head I’ve ever seen. The nose has a lot going on, a whirlwind of roasted malts, pumpernickel, oatmeal, chocolate, with banana-clove german-like yeast esters. The mouthfeel is somewhat oily and inviting and chocolate flavors really come forward in the flavors. A bit roasty with a touch of pumpernickel characteristics, but mostly chocolate. This is an amazing well-crafted dark lager. that cannot be denied. If it really is only 5%, this has to got to be the best Schwarzbier ever made...such luscious body and creamy malty flavors. I certainly wasn’t expecting this..I havent had something from Rogue in years, but if this is the kind of stuff they’re making these days, I’m gonna have to revisit them. kidmartinek (4999) - austin, Texas, USA - MAR 2, 2010
Pours thick, oily black with a 2"+ deep tan frothy head that is composed of densely packed, very large bubbles. The aroma is damn near perfect with balanced chocolate, lightly toasted malt, and hops. The aroma is also like milky cocoa. The flavor is starkly bitter malt and coffee, but still smooth and balanced near the finish. Flavor is also a little sugary sweet and has mineral notes. Consistency is that of milk. Small bite near the finish. Head lasts a long time. Moderately laces the glass. Slight film appearance on the glass. Pretty much total satisfaction from the dark side. Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - APR 7, 2010
I am loving this beer. The body is really something special; creamy, as some schwarzbiers, but not overly so, nice carbonation level maintained. Really great roastiness in the flavor - very grainy, almost an earthy ryeness. Bitter chocolate, but not strong. Some good bitterness - 35 IBU ain’t zero. Super fresh and clean aroma, if you call fresh wet Spring earth and grain fresh. Fits together well. Just a little of an acrid, coffee roast palate. Looks good, tastes good, smells good. Not smooth, hoppier than many. Whew!
So easily drinkable.
poisoneddwarf (2511) - Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho, USA - AUG 14, 2010
Bomber shared with Brenn79. Thanks Brenn! Aroma is chocolate milk and bread; I smell raisin toast. Pours black as black with a deep thick dark tan head and creamy lace. Nice smoky roasted coffee flavor. Taste is sweet, bitter, then sour in the finish. Carbonation is medium; body is full. Nice big schwarz here. gramity (1668) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 3, 2011
You guessed it - the beer poured a dark and solid black. The head was a few fingers thick and brown - similar to chocolate milk though not as smooth. Head retention was impressively long and ample lacing was deposited in icicles around the glass.
The aroma is of roasted malts up front with a sweetness in the finish. There are notes of chocolate, coffee and molasses in the nose.
The taste elaborates on the the aroma with a good and strong dark roasted malt flavor with some hints of burnt - but not in a bad way. This would be from the black malts which are used as coloring more than strictly flavor. In the middle of the taste you get some coffee, chocolate, and molasses as well. The beer finishes bitter with a wave of hops that balances the beer out beautifully and clears your palate for the next sip. There is a lingering finish that seems to be split between the bitter hops and roasted malts.
Dirtoir is medium to full bodied and the carbonation is moderate. It drinks very smooth and doesn’t taste like an ABV of 6.2%.
I was extremely impressed with this beer because it delivered on the flavors I love in dark beer but kept the overall impression "light". This was not a "meal in a glass" as some would say but a light and refreshing black beer.
This has put schwarzbier on the map for me - in a big way. weharvie (40) - USA - FEB 26, 2011
roasty almost licorice aroma. dark black appearance, with very dark tan head. Light on the tongue. heavy roast flavor, but a light lager palate. drinkable all night long jimmack34 (640) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - MAR 6, 2011
The best black lager I have ever tried. Pouring this, I really thought it was a stout. Had the head and body of any stout I’ve tried. Pours thick dark black with a nice tan head. Smells of hardwood smoke, dark chocolate, and roasted malts. Tastes of smoke, wood, coffee, mocha, and some chocolate ice cream in the background. Awesome brew. GnarlyGnome (770) - Fairfield, Ohio, USA - MAY 18, 2011
Bottle: pours a beautiful black, a dark brown head that fades after a minute to a pure tan color. Coffee is the overwhelming smell, but once I tasted it, i see it’s well balanced by a malty sweetness and lively carbonation... Great beer.