Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 17, 2005
Deep garnet pour with a short toffee head. Some lacing noted as it went down. Dark fruits, lighter coffee, and a hint of toffee in the aroma... albeit rather weak. Flavor carred the aroma through while adding some caramel, spiciness, and floral hops. Quite smooth on the palate with a light-med malty base. There wasn’t a great deal of complexity or anything groundbreaking, but this was very smooth and enjoyable. DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - DEC 13, 2005
Looks black, but a deep ruby when held to the light. LIght brown head with pretty good retention, and some nice lacing. No strong aromas, but a pleasant, light, caramel and licorice scent. Somehwat lighter body than I expected, and some sharp fizziness. Sweet malty character with notes of caramel and molasses. Quickly fading, mildly sweet finish. Nice session beer for folks who enjoy a milder, smooth, and non-bitter character. WisconsinBeer (716) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - DEC 7, 2005
Nice looking beer. Medium bodied and easy on the palate. Very creamy and richly flavored. Decent amount of roasted malts. Finishes with an anise/licorice flavor. Noticable chocolate and molasses flavors in the middle. This is a good beer as is, and I disagree with the others that it needs more flavor. It comes across in an original way and is okay as is. Jayb0 (1197) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - NOV 27, 2005
One of the first non-BMC beers I ever had, roughly 18 years ago, at the sunset grill and tap, before it had *any* taps - old timers will remember, the younger crowd may not believe it. I finally tried it again the other night. A beer that helped lead me down the path of beer-hunting still proved interesting. Originally blowing me away with malt intensity now comes across my palate as well, balanced but still malt-forward, very creamy, with that mile anise bite. Very mellow. HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - NOV 23, 2005
An unoffensive beer. It tastes like the typical German Schwarzbier after which it is styled. Modest head, nice dark color. Clean tasting, the finish is omewhat lacking, flavors of chocolate and a little hint of maltiness.
cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - NOV 21, 2005
A very dark beer with a light tan head which lasted the whole beer. A faint spice aroma. Flavor is well balanced. Just the right amount of roasted malt flavor with a slight sweet finish. This is one smooth beer. I like it. eatingbabies (1) - USA - NOV 18, 2005 does not count
Creamy, mild, and very good. Very dark brown color, almost black. Head was tiny, dissipated quickly, and it’s flat. thelandstander (45) - Davis, California, USA - NOV 15, 2005
Bottle. Poured a very dark brown. Very small, tan head, but good retention. Aroma of malts and coffee. Low carbonation. Flavor was a little underwhelming (much less than I expect from a black beer), but pleasant. Coffee and malt flavors with a nice finish. Good, but not great. crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - NOV 14, 2005
pretty good, poured an opaque black body with a thin tan head which had great retention. aroma was malty with mainly a sweetness to it, but hints of roasted malts. Flavor was sweet with a uniquely bitter finish. it was a little light on the palate though. RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - NOV 12, 2005
Pleasantly surprised by this. Pours an extremely dark, almost opaque brownish-black with a decent light brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, a whiff of candy-like sweetness. Flavor is rich and malty, sweet with a dark earthiness to it. Enjoyable.