Paul's Black Lager (JLS Release) | Rogue Ales

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Brewed by:
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States

Style: Schwarzbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Patrick on 11-27-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 10 |  Reviews: 9
Reviews by jeffsala:
Photo of jeffsala
3.31/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured on tap in a pint glass at Frisco's Grill in Columbia MD.

This brew is very black almost porter like in appearance with a small tan head.

Smell is somewhat like a porter as well, but weaker than most porters. Taste is slightly smokey and malty, but something is missing. I want more taste. Perhaps not a good follow up to the Rogue Mogul Madness which I had 30 minutes before.

Not my favorite Rogue brew.

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Photo of charlzm
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Consumed 03/11/09 at Blue Palms, Hollywood, CA.

As the name suggests, this beer is black. No light makes it through the glass in the bar. A dense, one-finger nitro-esque tan head sat atop the beer when first served. It reduced to a solid, thin layer of foam until the bottom of the glass, providing sticky lacing.

Aroma is smokey, dark roasted malts. Almost porter-like, in fact.

Flavor is similarly porter-like, with dark roasted malts and chocolate dominant on the palate. Smoke as well. Smooth with a good dose of well-executed bitterness at the end.

Thicker mouthfeel than typical for a lager. Heck, thicker than most porters as well, though it's splitting hairs.

May deviate from the schwarzbier style somewhat, but it works for me! I really enjoy this one.

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Photo of powdersoldier
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of Floydster
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at the Rogue Public House in San Francisco the second day in a row I visited on 1/24/09, went back for a pint of this and Mogul Madness, this one is #6 in the JLS series, reviewed from notes, color is a very dark brown that is almost black with very little light shining through, big 1 1/4 inch foamy tan head, some lace at the top of the glass, good retention too, lots of coffee in the aroma, also rasted grains and barley, cashews, almonds, lager yeast, and dark cocoa, flavor has a light coffee flavor, lots of roasted malts, warms up nicely and the roastiness is good, not too strong but just right, could use some more complexity, a little chocolate would have been nice, like I had noticed in the smell, roasted, nutty, and dry mouthfeel, medium bodied that looks a lot thicker than it really is, good level of carbonation, taste lingers a little while, could drink lots of this, light in alcohol and you cannot taste any, lighter on the palate than other black lagers out there, this hit the spot and even though it is quite dark, it went down easy and was even refreshing at times, low in alcohol and an easy drinker, would have again and actually I did at Blue Palms shortly after, would drink again, recommended

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Photo of mugglesandhops
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this on tap at the Rogue Brewery in Newport

This is a JLS Release, not sure of the number but I know its a JLS

A- Poured an almost opaque black with a 1 finger dark brown head with good retention

S- Strong chocolate and coffee smells

T- Big Chocolate taste couldn't even taste hops in this. First time thats happened to me drinking a rogue

M- Not as thick as I though it would be as dark as it is.

D- I wish this was more widely available, I would love to try this again.

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Photo of RedDiamond
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was my end-of-the-night beer at the Issaquah Brewhouse and was probably a good choice for this as its strong flavors easily revived my fatigued palate. Rogue has released PBL as part of their John's Locker Stock, meaning it is available in limited supply on draught only. It delivers strong roasted grain flavor with contributing elements of campfire coffee to the aroma and taste. A generous wash of molasses/black malt sweetness forms a strong undertow.

This schwarzbier delivers the drier properties of a stout but with a breezier, lagered body. It is impeccably black with a smattering of dark espresso froth lace and an unrelenting aroma. Hearty.

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Photo of tmoneyba
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Brew Kettle.

A - Poured a black color with an average creamy brown head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing.

S- Moderate toasted bread malt aroma.

T - Medium to heavy roasted bittersweet flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration.

M - Medium body with a dry smooth texture and flat carbonation.

D - This is a standout brew.

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Photo of SShelly
3.29/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Blue Palms.

Comes out midnight black with a big creamy off-white head.

Aroma is roast with little bit of fruity banana in there.

Flavor is more of the same, kinda roasty and smooth with a little bit of some fruityness to it, little bit of cocoa or chocolate. not the best tasting beer ive had from rogue.

One glass was enough of this beer, it grew on me in a bad way, just not into the combination of flavors, not as smooth as I would want a shwarzbier to be (moonlit sessions kills this beer!)

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Photo of naterock
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured black as night with a medium brown head. incredible thick rocky head.

smell is rich and malty, some unsweetened chocolate and esspresso in the back, as it warms I get a hint of licorice.

taste is whoa, rich malty body, suprising hop presence and a nice hint of licorice. Suprising for a lager in my experience.

mouth is smooth but viscous, sticks to the mouth and to the ribs. Drinks incredibly easy. I have to say I had no idea that this was a black lager when I drank it. Absolutely Amazed at this brew!

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.58/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque chocolaty-sable with a thick, fine-bubbled dark tan head. Rich aroma is "stouty" - like fine roast coffee with strong chocolate and smoky undertones. Mouth-filling mocha-like flavor has a smoky overtone, strong hint of molasses, and a touch of sweetness as well as just a little bitterness. Texture is edgy and jazzy. Excellent!

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Paul's Black Lager (JLS Release) from Rogue Ales
3.95 out of 5 based on 10 ratings.
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