JaBier (8561) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - NOV 15, 2017
Bottle. Pours darkest brown with a thick tan head. Aroma of malt, crisp lager yeast, chocolate and roast. Malt and chocolate flavor with lager yeast and licorice before a roasty coffee finish. VinegarStroke (455) - Napa, California, USA - OCT 23, 2017
Bottle from Tavour: Very dark clear beer. Light head and no lace. The nose is very dark and roasted malt. Clean and rich but too heavily roasted for me. I guess that's on style. The palate is light and fresh but roasted.
I'd like to see more depth and richness on the palate. ABUSEDGOAT (2992) - California, USA - SEP 26, 2017
Black pour with a tan head. Aroma is chocolate, lightly roasted, caramel, moderate to low hop presence. Medium bodied, definitely more malt based than most dark lagers. Nice. ganache (6144) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 9, 2017
Bottle from State Line. Nose heavy dark roast and a little scorch, heavy dark chocolate. Little hints at mineral and plum-raisin. Pour pitch with ruby at the bottom of the glass, head too-large and airy, foamy tan. Taste is nice and gritty hard-bop roast, dark and a little brutal, generally pretty dry but with the incessant foam providing a bit of relieving sweetness. Roast grains and even toasted nuts, subtle mineral and berry, faint plum. Fullish body but not fat or heavy, bitterness mild but accumulates to moderate for the long and pleasantly roasty aftertaste. The only problem here, as is often the case with D-R (still!), overcarbonated airy beers. Wonder if they’re different on tap? [2017.07.09: 3.2] PorterPounder (8500) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 23, 2016
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2016 Winter Haven, Fl - ABC Fine Wine & Spirits - 12 oz bottle . Thick cola-like dark brown pour, bubbly off white head that fades after the pour. Pleasant aroma with some vanilla, caramel and chocolate. Nice flavor - pick up some unsweetened chocolate, some biscotti-like sweetness. Hints of coffee and vanilla in the back end. Fades just a bit near the end. Mouthfeel is about as thick as a schwarz should be.
voyageurmike (528) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 13, 2016
In a tulip glass. Almost black opaque creamy beer with chocolate malt nose. Roasted grains, some caramel and chocolate notes in the taste. Mildly bitter finish. slowrunner77 (13908) - Reno, Nevada, USA - AUG 12, 2016
Really strong example of a (to me) middling style at best. Caramel and coffee and chocolate notes are all subtle, but there in the nose and flavor, and in good balance. Medium bodied with a slightly dry finish. Enjoyed. malvrich (387) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 31, 2016
Single bottle apparently date notched 9/2016 into a tulip.
A: Pours 1/2" of thick tan foam atop a solid black body. Good retention and sheets of lace.
S: Herbal hops and toffee. A bit of chocolate.
T: Strong roasty taste of bitter chocolate ending with faint toffee sweetness.
M: Light clean and smooth textured with a powdery coating finish.
O: Pretty good but not a favorite style. No points deducted but I hate DR’s tacky dating method. wombat23 (2244) - Texas, USA - DEC 25, 2015
Shared 12 oz. bottle. Pours almost black with tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, with mild chocolate and coffee notes. Similar tastes, with a hint of smoke and nuts. Some creaminess, but perhaps a little thin-bodied overall. Mild bitterness. Nicely done. darbeer75 (1169) - Round Rock, Texas, USA - DEC 25, 2015
Aroma: malty, sweet, coffee tones; Appearance: midnight black; opaque; tan head that dissipates quickly; little lacing; Taste: while it looks and smells like an imperial stout, taste is tangy and a little bitter like a lager; definitely better than a lager but still not my favorite; Palate: medium body with sweet finish; Overall: interesting mix of malt and lager; might buy again