fidelis83 (2270) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - NOV 3, 2012
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Pours clear garnet dark brown with a 2 finger, creamy beige head. Aroma is sweet malt, sugar cane juice, a hint of molasses and grass. Flavor is sweet malt, corn, molasses, sweet grass and light metallic notes. Light to medium body, oily and syrupy, lightly carbonated. Not a fan, unmitigated malt sweetness and off tastes. Doesn’t look half bad though.
deanso (9776) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - JAN 23, 2017
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle at the Queen bee, Bangkok.
Thin off white head. Clear deep burgundy pour. Not bad
colui72 (749) - HONG KONG - JAN 6, 2017
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Reason why I’ve tried this beer besides coming from San Miguel: I found it at Wellcome (one of the more local and Chinese oriented supermarket). Which confirms my prediction about the Chinese beer market switching to dark beers soon, and now it’s an invasion! And I’m very happy about this!
Coming to this beer it’s actually a surprise: nice appearance, dark brown with a frothy beige head. Aroma of roasted malts, quite flat. Taste is the surprise: roasted malts, bread, molasses, caramel, ripe fruits. Absolutely decent! The rise of craft beer has helped the improvement of crap beer! Well done!
JFGrind (2019) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 20, 2016
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Picked up a bottle under its Cerverza Negra alias. Dark brown, light bodied, chocolate malts, reminds me of its Mexican Negra ’cousin’.
superspak (5018) - Michigan, USA - OCT 4, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
330 ml bottle into lager glass, no bottle dating. Pours crystal clear dark reddish brown color with a 1 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Nice spotty lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toasted dark bread, brown sugar, and nuttiness; with lighter notes of molasses, toffee, coffee, dark fruit, slight herbal/grass, and roast/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt and light earthy hop/fruity yeast notes; with solid strength. Taste of chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toasted dark bread, and nuttiness; with lighter notes of molasses, toffee, coffee, dark fruit, slight herbal/grass, and roast/toasted earthiness. Light herbal/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toasted dark bread, brown sugar, nuttiness, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and light earthy hop/fruity yeast flavors; with a nice malt/bitterness balance, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light dryness from hop/roast bitterness as well. Fairly clean on lager flavors; some light fruitiness and minimal off flavors. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, creamy, and lightly sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5%. Overall this is a good dark lager style. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and light earthy hop/fruity yeast flavors; very smooth and easy to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.
Maits (213) - ESTONIA - AUG 9, 2016
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Dark brown clear beer with some head. Malty and caramel in aroma. Taste is roasted malt and slightly bitter. Quite Ok to drink, body is light.
wombat23 (978) - Texas, USA - JUL 22, 2016
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Shared 11.2 oz. bottle. As San Miguel Cerveza Negra. Deep amber with a beige head. Aroma of dark malts, caramel, brown sugar, dark fruits, and alcohol. Taste is dark malts, nuts, and caramel. Roasty, acidic finish. A little thin.
jmgreenuk (8440) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - JUL 6, 2016
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at the Queen Bee, Bangkok. Poured a clear dark brown with a frothy light tan head. The aroma is light sweet malt. The flavour is moderate to strong sweet with a rich roasty sweet toffee caramel, liqourice bitter palate. Medium to full bodied with soft carbonation.
Malty_MacHops (688) - Eastanollee, Georgia, USA - JUL 1, 2016
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Deep malt notes. Dark brown with a fizzy head. Deep sweet malt and molasses, no noticeable hop bitterness. Medium light bodied with a fairly cloying sweet finish.
darbeer75 (707) - Round Rock, Texas, USA - JUN 29, 2016
2.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 4/20
Aroma: lots of malt but seems overly sweet/burnt caramel-y; Appearance: dark ruby red with off white head that dissipates slowly; some lacing; Taste: follows nose; too malty and sweet with unpleasant roastiness; Palate; medium-heavy body with long, roasty finish; Overall: not good; would not buy again.
invinoveritas (148) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - MAY 15, 2016
3.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pint at bar. Not much aroma but dark and luxurious appearance, which carries through into a silky mouthfeel. Creamy and refreshing and well balanced, with neither the burnt toffee, the sourness nor the sweetness dominating. Solid example of the style.