zach8270 (4021) - Henrietta, New York, USA - JUN 24, 2008
(draft @ The Old Toad - Rochester, NY) Labeled as Brutal Bitter, but the color and taste definitely don’t match up. Clear black color with a puffy tan head. Aroma is lightly hoppy with a touch of malts. Some dry grass and floral notes as well. Flavor was quite bitter like the regular Brutal Bitter with a good flavor of hops and a roasted malt backbone. Finishes smooth with a bitter and chocolatey finish. I really enjoyed it. TURDFERGUSON (4068) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 2, 2008
Draught from Tylers. Bartender told me this Brutal Bitter, but when I saw the dark brown color I was thrown. Then I tasted it, definitely not Brutal Bitter. Maybe she meant black Brutal Bitter or maybe I didn’t hear her. I digress...This beer is similar to BB, but this has much more roasted malt and cocoa notes. Alcohol nicely hidden and pretty well balanced overall. No off flavors or any noticeable flaws. Tasty. skoisirius (1908) - Earth, Washington, USA - MAY 21, 2008
On tap @ Brouwer’s. Looks a nice thin black. Aroma is hoppy and fairly malted. Couldn’t tell it was 9% whatsoever. Nicely bittered with citrusy and pineapple notes. A bit dry. Goodness! Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 15, 2008
In short: A Schwarzbier trying to be a Black-IPA. Excellent.oldpainless (34) - fort mill, South Carolina, USA - MAY 12, 2008
How: Tap at Brew Kettle (Cleveland)
The look: Dark mahogany body with a medium beige head
In long: Lots of roasted malts with a light biter black chocolate flavour. The beer is very hoppy. Hop profile is somewhere between an American IPA and an English Bitter on steroids. Tasty finish with black chocolate bitterness blending in with the leafy hops bitterness. Body is fluffy, very fluffy (like a spongy black cake or something) with is quite pleasantly unusual for a beer of that kind. Very tasty but never aggressive. Enjoyable in large quantities. Unbelievable, Rogue going nuts on the hops although the style doesn’t call for it. Hops are to Rogue what sugar is to McDonald’s. Damn both of you for my love handles.
Big beer. Bitter finish. Original take on the schwarzbier. Strong 9% so be careful it will put a hurt on you. Not a session beer though.
TeamTrappist (832) - jericho, New York, USA - MAY 10, 2008
On tap at Blind Tiger. Poured a dark brown,small head. Had a slight hop nose. Full bodied beer with chocolate notes, roasted malts, with a smoky somewhat bitter finish RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - APR 30, 2008
Cask. Opaque black pour with a huge and fluffy white head. Smoky sweet malt aroma full of roasted malt and burned coffee. Flavor is bittersweet and chocolaty, almost burnt. Fantastic contrast between the roasted malt and bitter hops. Very nice. Bradrcr (806) - Renton, Washington, USA - APR 27, 2008
3/22/08 On draught at the Cask Festival. Aroma is roasty and metallic in its bittering. Appearance is dark brown with a moderate maintained white head. Flavor is roasty with moderate bittering. Mouthfeel is medium/high bodied with a moderate carb feel. Overall, not bad, but I don’t get the IPA character out of this that others do. jefcon (1935) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - APR 19, 2008
Mmmm. A papery, dry, burnt and very malty character. Plenty of charcoal-colored beer in the glass under a thin head. Bitter bite of peach/orange hops followed by an undertow of malts that lean heavily on dry coffee flavors. Really an ingenious treatment of schwarzbier and like nothing else I have tasted. troopie (2500) - Munchen an der Willamette, Oregon, USA - APR 12, 2008
Draught. Sold as Rogue Black Brutal ck Bitter. Poured black with thin head. Not much lacing. Lingering citrus and toffee nose. Full flavour, Malt, caramel, toffee and coffee. Very Hoppy finish without being overpowering. This is also much stronger than it tastes.