tia (2228) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - NOV 5, 2011
Bottle. Super sweet and cloying aroma. Gross sweet weird flavor. Mellows a little as you drink it. Boozy. Butters (4063) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - NOV 5, 2011
Sampled at the the Sweet Sixteen Richmond Gathering. Very dark brown pour with tan head. Molasses, anise, caramel, slight smoke, roast. Tasty sipper. riversideAK (6261) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - OCT 29, 2011
Nose is robust and full of sweet chocolate malts, roasted notes, slight smokiness, fruity sugars, and alcohol. Pours dark brown, thin head, not lasting really. The flavor is sweet initially with lots of fruity residual sugars, this is followed by roasted notes, smoke, alcohol, earthy bitterness, and more lingering residual sugars. Almost like a lagered imperial stout or some bullshit. Somewhat hot, somewhat thin. Weird, interesting. Nice to try. Too sweet. notalush (5910) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - JUL 29, 2011
Bottle shared by adnielsen (thanks, Aaron!) - must everything be "imperialized" these days - nose of booze, light grassy hops, char, chocolate, light berry - flavor is simultaneously too sweet and too bitter - lots of bitterness from the dark malt - sugary sweetness - roast is intense, bordering on ashy - some grassy hops and blueberry in the mix - not terrible, but boozy, and many of the flavors are far too "sharp" - meh. cubs (10693) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 28, 2011
UPDATED: JUN 13, 2012 Bottle @ Dan’s house. Dark brown appearance with a tan head. Rich chocolate, herbal, grassy, light coffee aroma. Herbal, minty, dark chocolate, roasty, straw flavor. Not nearly as boozy as the last time I had it.
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 24, 2011
Love the label on this one. Bomber courtesy of alexsdad06. Pours dark brown with a thin white head. Smells of caramel, molasses, a touch of roasted malt. Tastes of chocolate, some fruity hints, roasty with a peppery splash on the finish. Bitter aftertaste. Definitely not a schwarzbier but drinkable. bittermestupid (247) - Canton, Ohio, USA - MAY 14, 2011
650 ml. pours black but thin with no head. Smells of dark bitter roasted coffee, cereal grains, and cinnamon. Taste dark roasted coffee some chocolate undertones and a touch of cinnamon. Mouthfeel is medium to light. Finish is dry and roasted bitter coffee. beerchugger (716) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - MAY 7, 2011
Pours a dark black with a nice decent head. Chocolate on the nose, roast coffee, a spiciness like clove as well. The hops begin to develop after a bit. An interesting spice on the palate with coffee, black licorice, and chocolate. The finish is dry and roasted. BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 1, 2011
This was a nice beer, but I’m not sure "Imperial Schwarzbier" is a style in need of inventing.
This beer pours like a schwarzbier, dark colored (maybe a dark copper), but perhaps a touch more viscous than say a Kostritzer. More like a baltic porter than anything else, dark but not terribly roasty but with some nice roast notes. A decent amount of bitterness. As a beer, it tasted it good, and I found it interesting, but I’d really like to take a look at the recipe to see what makes this beer tick...flavor is hard to describe but intensely pleasant, but a touch style defying...not something brand new, but just a splitting the difference among other styles.
I bought this beer at Rozi’s in Lakewood, OH. Thorpe429 (5035) - , Illinois, USA - APR 29, 2011
On tap at the Brew Kettle yesterday afternoon.
Pours nearly black, though it is still slightly see through. Thin of-white head forms at the beginning and offers a good amount of lacing. The nose is nice with some roasted malt and a bit of coffee. There’s a touch of licorice there in the background as well. The taste is pretty similar; there’s a touch of roast and some light coffee. Mild anise in the background. Fairly tasty, though the finish is a bit too bitter with far too much alcohol for what it’s carrying. Pretty good, though the finish was far too harsh.
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 04-29-2011