JoeMcPhee (9426) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 11, 2011
Sampled at RBSG Grand Rapids. Deep amber pour. A little bit of soft cocoa. Fresh and earthy. Cocoa overlying some mostly pale malt. Fairly clean finish though. A touch of roast on the back - but nothing crazy. Long lingering bitterness. maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 17, 2009
On tap at Sweetwater Tavern - Centreville on 05/16/2009. Clear deep amber body with ruby highlights and a small frothy off-white head. Sweet toasty and bready aroma with some chocolate and light molassas. Sweet roast and chocolate flavor with a bit of toasty and bready malt. Medium body with mdoerately high carbonation.
jefcon (1830) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JUL 27, 2009
A dark lager with a little bit of smoke on the nose and palate. The hickory is balanced out by the beer’s yeast, which is bready and rich. Clean finish, a drinkable dunkel that borrows the best elements of a rauchbier without overdoing the smokiness. zdk (1917) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 20, 2010
bottle shared at Grand Tasting - grassy and nutty with plenty of lagery yeast character and a touch of roast and chocolate. BeerandBlues2 (13202) - Escondido, California, USA - APR 2, 2011
Tap at Centreville. Pours clear black with a medium, frothy tan head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (roast, chocolate, coffee), average hops (spicy), and notes of prune and tar. Flavor is average malt (toast, coffee, chocolate, roast), average-light hops (spicy, floral), and notes of tar and charcoal. Medium body and carbonation, low warmth with a dry finish.
DCLawyer (2839) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - MAR 31, 2013
Draft at Sweetwater-Merrifield. From memory. Pours a medium brown with large tan head. Aroma is roasted malt with some coffee. Taste is same with some added sweet caramel. Decent, one of the better offerings from Sweetwater. MadRobin (2988) - Silver Spring, Alabama, USA - NOV 4, 2013
On tap 6 oz. sampler at Sweetwater Tavern in Centreville, VA.
Clear, very dark mahogany with no head and fair lacing. It appears the head was removed before serving.
Aroma of chocolate, roasted malt, wood, grain, caramel and a touch of light fruit.
Taste of sweet roasted malt, chocolate, caramel, coffee, smoked wood and nuts.
Medium/full body and low/medium carbonization.
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66 cl. bottle. Black with a beige head. Aroma and flavour malt, hops, fruit, vanilla and spice. madsberg (11762) - Søborg, DENMARK - JUL 2, 2015
Bottled. Dark reddish brown coloured. Dense light brown head. Aroma. Sweetness, roast, berries, some vague herbs. flavour. Caramel, sweetness, berrries, light roast. Medium bodied. Ends sweet and caramell with a light roasted bitterness. radagast83 (8006) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - AUG 7, 2009
At Falls Church location. Pours a pretty dark color (almost black) with a medium, fast dissipating head. Notes of smoke and a strong roasted malt aroma. Flavor is malty, roasted, *much* better after allowing the frozen glass to warm up after about 20 minutes.