ganache (6012) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 9, 2017 wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - AUG 12, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours black, almost opaque, medium off-white head. Aroma is roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, little sweet. Flavor is bitter from roasted malts up front. Similar taste to aroma, little caramel in there too. It’s a bit overly sweet on the finish. Pretty decent though.
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 (8183) - 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 (476) - 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 (12471) - 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 (335) - 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 (1621) - 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 (934) - 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 Beerathon (1683) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 25, 2015
Wow, that’s good. Creamy cocoa colored head with black pour. Coffee, chocolate, roasted malts, and mild bitterness. Medium bodied. The lager version of a robust porter. MadRobin (2988) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - NOV 11, 2015
Poured from 12 oz. bottle.
Opaque, near black with a thin tan head and fair to sparse lacing.
Aroma of roasted coffee, chocolate, toffee and toasted malt.
Taste of roasted malt, roasted coffee, burnt toffee, dark toast and milk chocolate.
Medium/full body and medium/high carbonization.
A very roasty schwarzbier.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone lobosaintori (89) - - OCT 17, 2015
one of the best from one of my favorite! Pours a rich dark black with a moderately carbonated tan thin head, that disappears quickly. Aroma is nice not overpowering. flavors of licorice, burnt toast and amaretto. a bit sweet but not excessively so. has a nice dry finish.