Velkyal (322) - Gordonsville, Virginia, USA - MAY 30, 2012
pours dark brown which becomes a rich crimson when held up to the light. The head is light tan and lingers for the duration. It most certainly looked the part. In terms of aroma there was caramel, like toffee really, a hint of roasted coffee, though it wasn’t harsh and in your face about it, and the gentle, soothing spiciness of Saaz hops in the background. I wasn’t expecting the smooth flavours of bitter sweet chocolate to be at the fore in the taste department, but it was and it worked well, that roasty edge was there, like toast that is between done and burnt, and the bitterness of the hops kicks in at the end. I found myself sucking this beer down, well assembled, easy to drink and medium bodied, yes I liked it. Where I would put it in the spectrum of tmavé that I have drunk in the Czech Republic? Well ahead of the likes of Kozel and Staropramen, that’s for sure, so on a par with Bernard I would say (for the unitiated, that means pretty damned good). Onslow (1529) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - JUL 6, 2012
Pour from a 12 oz bottle. Clear dark brew with dense frothy tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, a little spice and grass. Taste is sweeter malts, caramel, chocolate blending to a bitter roasted grain finish with a modest hoppiness. OVerall complex and rish, very drinkable, very good. wlajwl (7065) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - DEC 7, 2012
Aroma is dark/earthy malts and acidic fruit. The flavor is mildly roasted dark malts, mild sweetness and a big, acidic fruit finish. Trev (2023) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - AUG 2, 2012
Bottle: Pour is mahogany brown with a thick tan head.
aroma is light roasted malt and dark fruit and walnut.
flavour is nice bready, toasted malt, nutty and somewhat bitter chocolate and light vinous fruit.
Straight forward well made if somewhat nutty and sweeter than I expect a schwarzbier.
madvike (3301) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 13, 2012
Bottle - Pours deep brown with a film light tan head. Nose is dark bread, mostly dry with a bit of caramel. A bit of sharp booze, some dark fruit, and a touch of herbal hops. Taste is a lovely blend of dark bread and plums, with some nutty roast on the finish. Medium body, real smooth with a good deal of soft carbonation. Really easy to drink.
Mat42m (160) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - JUL 3, 2012
Coffee like aroma. Interesting for a lager. Very dark stout like appearance. Taste is very malty. Sweet, spicy finish. Very interesting for a lager. Very unique and I’m a fan. Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - AUG 5, 2012
12oz bottle from Atom, thanks Adam! Pours a clear, deep brown colored body with a pretty crimson hue. Finger-width, creamy, tan head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is nutty with some lager dark fruits up front with a slightly grainy pils maltiness, toast, and a hint of chocolate. Flavor is similar. Clean lager yeast and some dark fruits up front with a slightly grainy, nutty pils malt. Light toastiness and slight chocolate note towards the end before this finishes clean and dry with a light bitterness thanks to some roast notes and spicy hops. Medium length aftertaste following a light body and a moderate carbonation. Overall, a pretty solid schwarzbier. Clean and easy drinking with a solid, lightly roasted, spicy hop finish. Good beer. DasBierChef (1084) - Hudson, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 26, 2012
Had this on cask dry hopped with Saaz. A pretty enjoyable beer with lots of flavor, especially with the extra hoppy flavor. Ughsmash (7510) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 18, 2013
Bottled. Poured cola brown with a well-retained khaki head. The aroma picked up sweet caramel, toasted rye bread, and molasses with vanilla bean accents.. smelled like it was going to be very sweet. The flavor found sweet molasses and toasted black malts at the core, with light coffee bitterness and earthy notes around.. finished a little tangy, carrying through sweet black malts and a touch of earth. Light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation on the palate.. smooth feel on the middle, and the transition to tangier edges was solid.. this was very drinkable. piscator34 (2647) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - NOV 14, 2012
Draft sample. Dark brown in colour with medium carbonation. Somewhat neutral aroma of light nutty malts and a bit of herbal hops. Flavors are a blend of pilsner malt, wildflower honey, mild toffee and even milder roasted coffee, with a subtle mineral note on the finish. Medium to light bodied with a nice bitter snap on the finish. Could have been a bit more "savory" for lack of a better word, but a nice quaffable beer.