jazz88 (2683) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 9, 2003
Tap (cask). Very dark brown color with a creamy light brown head. A toasted malt aroma and flavor that is quite assertive. A hint of chocolate and bitter on the palate. Very nice! smcd (366) - USA - MAR 12, 2006
(Draft at brewery). When you can get it, have this bear! Black. Malty aroma with, sometimes, just a hint of diacetyl. Rich, roasty character finishes very smooth. A tasty beverage. beerguy101 (5360) - Newark, California, USA - JUL 12, 2006
Tasted on tap at the Drakes 1st Annual Beer Festival and Washoes Tournament. This Schwarzbier pours a deep brown color from the tap. Large sized white foamy head. Aroma is roasty malt, chocolate and coffee. A medium bodied schwarzbier. Malts are roasty and chocolate. Hops are slightly bitter and earthy. Nice balance. Roasty malts really stand out. Crisp and clean. Easy drinking. Nice beer. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - SEP 9, 2004
Tap. Near opaque, with mahogany around the edges. Not much of a distinguishable aroma, apart from nice sweet maltiness. Finishes a lot like their brown bear, but I’m kind of a sucker for simple dark lagers like this one so chalk up some extra points. mrhoppy (1288) - Santa Clara, California, USA - JUN 4, 2009
Very roasty and toasty. Coffee, chocolate and wood undertones. Really quite hoppy. Full complex and rich. Nice beer to sit and savor.
Wulfstan (509) - California, USA - APR 28, 2008
I had this on tap. It is a nice schwarzbier-type. It is almost black, with a medium, light brown head that steadily diminishes to a thin top and lasting ring of foam. The aoms is pleasant, mild aroma is toast with hints of chocolate, coffee. It’s dry, smooth, and clean. The taste is similar, on the lighter side for the style, but still with a good fullness and range of flavour. It’s mostly toasted grain with light chocolate and coffoee elements - a bit dry and rather clean, but light on complexity and depth. Ther e is a faint licorice quality but this is weak. It’s still tasty, though, and very drinkable. bb (9697) - Alamo, California, USA - SEP 10, 2007
Draft. Blackish beer with a tan head. Slight roasty aroma with caramel and a bit of hop. Roasty/caramel/coffee flavor with backing hops. Medium body. Very clean and easy to drink. Oscbert (1319) - Lincoln, California, USA - JUN 18, 2009
~Pours a clear dark amber with white head.
~Malty, yeasty, and spicy sweet scent.
~Nice malt flavor on this one. Not too sweet, light citrus hops.
~Light feel, bittersweet finish. Some tingles on tongue.
~Enjoyable brew. Better than expected. pivo (2685) - GERMANY - JUN 2, 2007
Roasted malt nose, opaque brown color, low biege head. Licorice sweetness, deep roasted malt body. Espresso end that lingers. Thinish body. Good balance and good example of a Schwarzbier from the New World. badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUL 30, 2011
Dark brown with a fizzy white head. Roasted grain and light coffee aroma and taste with a clean finish.