Bulk_Carrier (6065) - Vermont, USA - MAR 18, 2014 woodsboy (18) - Fairbanks, Alaska, USA - JUL 23, 2011
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
I very much enjoyed Three Skulls "Hop The Plank IPA" but have been very dissappointed with the next two of their offerings. The Black Beard tastes overwhelmingly of vinegar although its aroma suggests otherwise. Flat after pouring with little residual bubble and no head, tastes more like a smoked porter with very pronounced smokey tones washed out by white vinegar and then with a lingering smoke taste in your mouth. Not worth the $6 and not worth drinking the rest of the bottle.
Reviewed from notes.
The appearance has a dark brown close to black colored body with a two finger off white foamy head that settles to a thick film coating the top of the body within thirty seconds. There is a thick sticky foamy lacing that graces the sides of the glass.
The smell has roasted grain, a little bit of chocolate and a little bit of coffee.
The taste is slightly crisp and roasty, a bit grainy and a slightly chocolatey/coffee-ish but kinda bland.
The palate seems to be a little thicker than most schwarzbiers I’ve had, so I’ll say medium in body. Its slightly sessionable. Carbonation seems ok for the style and to me.
Overall, this is not a bad schwarzbier, however its nothing spectacular. 5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - APR 24, 2013
Bottle:   Nearly black, cola hued edges, moderate light beige head, spotty lacing.   Combination roasty malts and coffee on the nose.   Somewhat of an acrid roastiness on the tongue, a little nutty, burnt shells
perhaps.   A little tart on the backside, remains roasty with a little bit of ash.   Tiz okay.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate.   Finishes quickly, a little dry and roasty.   Tiz okay, average for the style I guess. robforbes (2238) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - SEP 15, 2012
pours a dark brown with a red tint, and a small khaki head.
smell is of sour malt, cocoa, and hops.
taste is dry, cocoa, malt, roasted nuts, grain, and hops. ends on the dry side and somewhat bitter. saxo (18208) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - JUL 28, 2012
Tap @ Taphouse Grill, Seattle. Nice head with good duration. Color is golden. Aroma and taste are malt, grass, bread, hops and straw. yespr (44810) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - MAR 9, 2012
From tap at Taphouse Grill. Pours hazy dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma is roasted dark malty and slight breadish. Roasted malty and caramelish. Bitter and dark roasted. Mild sweet caramelish note. Ends somewhat bitter and medium dry.
killjoy966 (677) - Washington, USA - SEP 12, 2011
Pint @ Sweet Lou’s. Much too sweet for my liking. No hops to speak of which would have provided some much needed balance. Smoky and dark and overwhelming. Not my favorite. DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAR 29, 2011
From the Jug at the GABF, Colorado Convention Center Denver 18/09/2010
Some smoked aroma. Dark coloured rich on the palate malty and pale with a hint of dryness and bitterness in a slightly bacon flavoured finish. after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - FEB 10, 2011
22. Pours a murky, almost opaque ebony. Loose tan film on top. Tart and tangy nose...uh-oh. A little buggy to go with the mildly roasty. Creamy medium body with lively carb. Roasty, slightly toasty and ashy mid-palate, with a little bit of oranges and orange peel that...definitely weren’t supposed to be there. Roasty finish. Might be decent. Maybe re-rate if word comes around that they remedy the QA. bhensonb (15096) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 16, 2011
Bomber from Big Star in Seattle. Pours very dark brown. Nice smooth chocolate aroma. Med body. Flavor is smooth dark roast malt, and there is a bit of chocolate. Bitter as well. Ok drink. Much better than the pils. But then flavor is always better than no flavor.