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Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States

Style: Schwarzbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Malts: Melanoidin, Carafe Special II, Black, Chocolate and Rogue Micro-Barley Farm first growth Risk malts.
Hops: Rogue Micro-Hop Yard first growth Independent and Revolution.
Yeast & Water: Oktoberfest Yeast & Free Range Coastal Water.

35 IBU
130 AA
75º Lovibond

Added by Cresant on 12-22-2009

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Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wonderful shwartzbier, sent by Presario. Pours beautiful black, looks thick, crowned by a small white head. Very roasty aroma. Slightly malty, roasted coffee-ish, chocolate taste. Above average mouthfeel. Satisfying, good moderate maltiness that aids drinkability.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: just a tinge of light getting through otherwise very black.

S: surprisingly light on the nose considering the strong flavors in the taste.

T: lots of coffee/java and roasted nut. chocolate and vanilla notes.

M: semi dry. Full and thick bodied with light to moderate carbonation.

Overall: not too bad. More of a stout than a lager. Not getting the lager yeast.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, char, fudge, and slight soy sauce aromas. Taste is much the same with char, cocoa powder, and slight soy sauce flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer, but the soy sauce characteristics diminish the drinkability in this one a bit for me.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this is one of the best beers ive had in awhile. it took me totally by surprise how much i got off on this stuff. it pours jet black, dense looking for a lager, with a tall and lasting coffee colored head of tiny bubbles. the nose is really dark roasted barley, nearly burnt, with notes of coffee and raw black chocolate. its earthy and organic smelling, dank in a way, and more hoppy than i expected, but not quite in the cascadian dark ale range yet (at least as far as the nose goes). the flavor is amazing, it starts off really bitter, like espresso but not acidic, its got a touch of smoke to it, black soil, and then comes the hops, slightly citric, but more bitter than anything, adding a nice compliment to the already dry bitter malt profile. the beer then smoothly but swiftly transitions in a crisp black lager, lighter than its been until now, suddenly being at one refreshing and warming. the heavy cloud has lifted, and the beer finishes like any lager should. what a journey. mouthfeel follows suit, starting heavy as hell, like a massive stout, but it then relaxes to a lager feel, crisp and clean. there is so much flavor brilliantly packed into this beer, which starts sturdy and ends delicately. this may be the best rogue beer ive ever had, and it has inspired me to buy some of the other grow your own series beers from them, as this is simply exquisite. the first beer to blow my mind in a long time. it went expertly with spicy blackbeans and escargots over angel hair. what a gem this is!

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Photo of metter98
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is essentially jet black in color—only traces of amber are visible near the edges of the glass when it is held up to the light. It poured with a two finger high tan head that died down but consistently left a thin head covering the surface and thick lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are moderate aromas of roasted malts in the nose along with notes of mocha.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and is dominated by flavors of roasted malts and notes of dark chocolate. There is a slight amount of accompanying bitterness, which is most noticeable towards the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a bit dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is packed with interesting flavors and is very easy to drink because it isn’t very filling or high in alcohol content. This is a fine example of the style if you are looking for a sessionable dark lager.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A very un-Rogue-ish type beer that wants to be something between a Foreign Extra Stout and a Schwarzbier.

A very froathy, very dark brown beer pours with a sturdy and persistant head of mocha colored foam. Lots of lacing. This is one sharp looking beer.

Very roasty with espresso, coffee grounds, bitter cocoa, and sharp woodiness. Hops give an equally sharp grassy, piney, earthy bitterness and taste. A lightly astringent and tin-ey flavor also amplifies the bitterness and causes more of a distraction than a benefit.

Very full and creamy up front but when the texture of the beer fades from the initial Stout-like feel to more of a Schwarzbier feel the beer leaves an empty, powdery, ashy sensation that conflicts with the larger-than-life flavors.

Quite an enigma with the high level of roast, sour-bitter finish, and full-to-fleeting procession, it's hard to know what to make of it. Where are all the fruity notes and English-type sweet maltiness for which Rogue is known? Those could really have helped out here.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.91/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. The pun and portmanteau on the label are kind of lame, but that never stopped me before.

This beer pours a solid black - engine oil style - with the barest of basal cola, um, highlights, and two fingers of solidly foamy mocha brown head, which leaves some broad swaths of melting iceberg lace around the glass as it slowly recedes. Looks a hell of a lot more like an RIS than a typical schwarzbier., IMHO.

It smells of roasted caramel and ashy pale grainy malt, dry coffee beans, rather bitter cocoa, licorice root, soft dark dried fruit, an indistinct spiciness, and earthy, weedy hops. The taste is gritty roasted pale bready malt, a touch of dry caramel/toffee, more bitter than sweet chocolate, a coffee grounds/cigarette tray essence, toasted chicory, green yeast, and some further earthy, woody hops.

The carbonation is moderate, and generally agreeable in its bearing, the body seemingly light, based on metrics other than the way this thing looks, and more or less smooth, that simple ashiness popping in here and there. It finishes barely off-dry, lightly malty, a touch sour, and still very roasty.

An interesting and laudable foray by Rogue's DIY, GYO, whatever it's called venture - they can be proud of another West Coast brewing effort taken to an unexpected extreme. This time, they really, really put the schwarz in schwarzbier - there's just gotta be a Spaceballs joke in there somewhere.

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Photo of brentk56
3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Looks rather like a stout as it pours pitch black with a bubble show producing a frothy head; dots and dashes of lacing linger

Smell: Chocolate, roast and soy sauce tones

Taste: Roast, toasted black bread and chocolate forward, with ashy tones building; after the swallow; the soy sauce makes an entrance, and grows into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A bit of a hybrid beer here with a big, American take on the Schwarzbier style; but for the soy sauce finish I would like this a lot but I still found it rather enjoyable

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a nice dark brown head and a very nice amount of lacing. Nose is very nice--plenty malty with a good amount of roast. Some dark chocolate and coffee come through along with some hops. Taste is quite similar with a bit more hoppiness coming out. Mouthfeel is fairly smooth with good carbonation. Quite tasty and went down easily.

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Photo of superspak
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours pitch black with a nice 2 finger fairly dense dark tan head with nice retention that reduces to a minimal cap eventually. Not much lacing on the glass. Aromas of huge dark chocolate, charcoal, smoked meat, wood, coffee, caramel, dark roasted malt, vanilla, and some herbal hops. Wow, nice aromas here that threw me for a loop. I was not expecting to be hit in the face with smokiness. Taste of big dark chocolate, dark roasted malt, smoke, wood, caramel, nuttiness, and light herbal spiciness. Decent bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, smoke, and caramel on the finish for a while. Medium carbonation and body; with a highly creamy, lush, and smooth mouthfeel for a 6% beer. Hardly any alcohol present other than a slight warming after the finish. Very drinkable stuff; and it is also very robust in flavor for the gravity. Overall this is an outstanding schwarzbier; with a very robust flavor profile, and easy smooth drinking. Definitely surprised me with the smokey profile at first though.

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Photo of nickfl
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Two fingers of dark brownish-black head on top of a completely opaque, black body. The head settles slowly and leaves nice, thick lace. This is the darkest lager that I have ever seen.

S - Dark, roasted malt aroma with lots of bittersweet chocolate and coffee. A hint of spicy hops in the background and a clean fermentation profile. Simple, but very nice.

T - Sweet toffee malt up front with a hint of caramel. Cola and roasted malt notes emerge in the middle with a little bit of acidic, black coffee flavor. Finishes with mild coffee character and some toasted malt that is balanced by moderate hop bitterness and light, spicy hop flavor. Malt bitterness kicks in during the aftertaste with lots of acidic char and a hint of smoke.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Quite drinkable and a somewhat darker than normal malt character for the style. There is significant roast character in the aroma, both coffee and chocolate. The flavor is roasty as well, though a bit more mild in terms of roast and with a total lack of the chocolate character from the aroma. A nice beer overall, it comes a little closer to being a lagered stout than a true Schwarzbier, but it is well made and very enjoyable.

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Photo of oberon
4.53/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is just awesome to look at,it's the blackest schwarzbier I have seen,jet black with a large fluffy deep mocha colored head that settles very slowly into a creamy froth.Big fruit aromas jump out with a tinge of coffee.A great mix of earth and smoke mixed with dark fruit on the palate,the coffee tones are great mixed with some bitter chocolate.Hands down easily the best of style I have had,I know its not nearly true to style (more big American stout),but its fantastic!

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Photo of chinchill
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650 ml bottle served in a pint glass.

Pour looks a bit like used motor oil; this is a truly black beer. Completely opaque with an unusually dark brown head that reduces at a moderate rate to a thin ring.

Aroma: Not strong. Primary component is dark roasted malt. to very sweet, with lots of chocolate/smoky notes. Toasted malt and burnt toast, powdery cocoa, hints of coffee, and molasses.

T - Some sweetness initially, but certainly not as sweet as a typical German schwarzbier, and the finish is mildly bitter with a clear coffee note. Hints of dark chocolate and licorice. Mainly, there's plenty of rich dark roasted malt flavor that is pronounced and lasting but not challenging.

M - nice medium/full body with some crispness from carbonation and/or hops.

O - recommended for fans of schwarzbier who also like an imperial stout: This schwarzbier heads in that direction.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours black with a couple of thick foamy fingers of dark brown colored head. Man, this doesn't look unlike the foam that sits on top of a glass of chocolate milk when you rapidly pour into a glass. Retains with a smooth creamy layer of froth that leaves some strong patchy swathes of foam behind. Delish look! The aroma is all about those smooth smoky chocolate malts, which are very nicely complimented by some spicy smelling hop character. This has a pleasant feeling dark assertiveness in the nose.

The hops take control up front in the taste, with a sharp spiciness and a green earthy feel before a flush of dark chocolate roast across the back of the throat. Lots of lingering toastiness and dryness hangs on the lips after each sip. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a crisp sharpness to it from the hop presence but those malts help retains a silky smoothness in the mouth. I had no problem polishing this bomber off by myself.

Nice! I love a good Schwarzbier and this one brought the goods with a deep mix of roast and hops and a super smooth feel that kept the drinkibility of this way up. A good entry for sure here from Rogue.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.66/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a very deep dark brown color, with a large brown head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains lager yeast, roasted malts, coffee, some chocolate and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a strong breadiness from lager yeast and a hearty roasted malt character. Then strong flavors of dark chocolate and black coffee come in. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, it’s a solid beer worth drinking for while if you’re in the mood for the style but there are other similar beers that I would choose first.

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Photo of mactrail
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This tastes to me exactly like a Porter, but if it's got to be a Schwarz, it's one of the best ones I've had. Big beige head, fine foamy mouthfeel, and a subtle roast malt aroma. Black and dense and hugely flavorful for the modest alcohol.

Wide range of dark roast flavors, a little charred. Excellent balance of the sweet touch along with the burnt flavors and the hops. Has that "black" flavor that is quite exceptional. I'd venture to say it's the best Rogue beer I've had, among their peculiar and not always appealing offerings.

Bought the 22 oz bottle for $5.89 at Windmill Farms market in San Diego.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle - $5.39 at Beverage SuperStore in Suwanee, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out the ebony body one would expect crowned with a well-sized, substantial tan-colored head.

Smell: The aroma is absorbed in rich roasty, toasty scents and a full notes of espresso, dark chocolate, and charred nuts with lesser, lighter hints of earthy, piny hops.

Taste: Starts roasty with some sweetened coffee and bittersweet chocolate tastes with a touch of smokiness and eventually tones down to a well-toasted quality. Small amount of burnt almonds. A slight fruitiness transitions into a faint spicy, piney hop character with a modest amount of bitterness paired with the minor black malt astringency. Hint of German yeastiness in the background. Drying finish that's both roasty and bit bitter.

Mouthfeel: A skosh above medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Pleasantly smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability: While I would say it's a tad more bolder than a standard Schwarzbier, it is by no means overblown and is actually a very enjoyable beer (or at least I thought so). Go on, friends, give it a try!

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Licorice black with no highlights whatsoever. This stuff is more black hole-like than most big stouts, and the three finger crown is incredibly dark brown as well. As usual per this brewery, the foam looks good and is getting well acquainted with the pint glass as it deflates.

The nose is amazingly black malty too. It's also musky and spicy, which is probably due to the Independent and Revolution hops. Never has organic beer smelled so good. After all is said and done, it's about the quality of the ingredients.

Dirtoir Black Lager is a quality schwarzbier, there's no doubt about it. Despite (somewhat valid) complaints about packaging and pricing, Rouge almost always gives us delicious beer. $5.99 for this bomber wasn't bad at all.

Beer of this style needs to lead with the distinctive flavor of black patent malt... and this one does. Dark chocolate and black coffee make appearances, and the hops contribute exactly the right amount of earthy spiciness. The citrus fruit quality of C-hops wouldn't have worked at all.

This is the only Rogue beer in recent (or even distant) memory that doesn't use Pacman yeast. The silk-screened label reads 'German yeast' and the website reads 'Oktoberfest yeast'. Hmmm... I wasn't aware that such a thing as Oktoberfest yeast exists.

The mouthfeel is no surprise if you've had a lot of Rogue beer. It's plenty big enough for the style/ABV and is pleasingly smooth and supple. Perfect carbonation is a major reason why.

Chatoe Rogue First Growth Dirtoir Black Lager is yet another wonderful brew from one of America's best breweries and is one of the finest schwarzbiers that I've consumed in many a moon. Drink it now while the hops still have some kick.

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Photo of russpowell
4.39/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of my recent pick ups from Mid-Town in Tulsa, good looking bottle art...

Pours an effervescent mahogany with 4+ fingers of walnut colored head, man that's a good looking beer on the pour! Above average head retention & lacing

S: Chocolate, brown bread, some herbal hops

T: Roasty malt, a touch of brown bread & licorice, plus faint figgyness up front. Roastyness dominates as this warms, plus dryness & baker's chocolate. Finishes roasty with brown bread & a kiss of licorice

MF: Medium bodied, slightly oily with restrained carbonation & nice balance

Drinks fairly easy, roastyness slows me down a bit. Started reminded me more of a stout as time went on, so I believe this strays a touch too much for me style-wise, but a easily sessionable none the less. A nice stab at the style that only had some minor flaws

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Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

black, and nearly opaque liquid presented in front of me. This was looking big for a session lager already. A nice two-inch high head of tan lace formed on the top

Rich roasted malts and a smoky sort of peat like smell coming through off of this one right way. Very rich with a touch of bitterness-hidden way in the back, I had a feeling this was going to be good now. Very nice earthy and grassy touches throughout as well, with a touch of molasses maybe as it warms up. Rich chocolate like flavor almost coming through in the beginning and then turning over to a more roasted and smoke like flavor. Lots of different earthy tones here were coming together rather nicely. A touch of caramel or molasses like sweetness in the middle and some of the bittering effects in it towards the end. The finish was quick and clean with a nice smoke flavor in the finish, albeit lighter then what you would typically think of a smoked flavor being.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

thanks to mughugger for sharing this w/ HombreWing, BitterBeerFace, abru17, and myself

Poured chilled from the bomber into a tumbler

A - Pours an opaque dark brown that borders on black w/ thick med tan cap that creates lots of lace, the beer has a tight bead

S - A very roasted aroma, creamy w/ coffee like scents and earthy notes like mild burnt biscuit

M - A very roasted feel, creamy malt and mild sweetness and slight chewiness with full texture that seems smoky at times but still suitably carbonation - pretty well balanced

T - A rich roastiness is apparent right off with slightly char or smokiness in the malt w/ bitter and slightly peaty quality. There is smooth caramel undercurrent under the intense roasted flavor w/ mild toasted notes. The beer has a biscuity taste, but roasted and black malt is bordering on heavy handed in the taste for me

D - A tasty black lager I would certainly not hesitate to try it again if I saw it on tap, but the price of bombers doesn't make this seem like a good value -up near $10 from what I am told which comes out to around .45 cents an ounce - I understand the terroir involved tends to increase the price, though

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Photo of smcolw
3.86/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thick, slowly dissipating beige head. Leaves some spots on the glass as the blanket of bubbles slides down the glass. Dark enough to prevent any light from passing, yet the color is definitively brown, not black.

Strong, strong milk chocolate nose. There's a touch of mocha and powdered cocoa. Do you get the idea?

Far more bitter (from black patent malt!) than the smell would indicate. The body is surprisingly thin for the look but necessarily the style. The finish is of burnt toast and roasted chestnuts.

Tastes like a watery stout, smells like chocolatey porter.

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Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours a dark brown, almost black color. Almost 2 fingers of dark tan head with decent retention and little carbonation evident.

s - Smells mostly of chocolate, coffee, and roasted malts. Also a small smell of hops.

t - Tastes strongly of roasted malts and hops. Very bitter taste. Small amounts of coffee and chocolate, but not as much as the smell.

m - Full bodied, moderate carbonation.

d - Overall this was a pretty good beer. The appearance and smell is that of a stout, but the taste was much more hoppy and bitter, and it was somewhat lighter than a stout. I enjoyed it and would definitely try it again.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Budweiser pokal.

Pours a surprisingly opaque black with the darkest tan head I've yet seen, which lingers for quite some time. The nose is chocolate, soil, coffee, and a bit of florality. The taste is pretty similar, with the chocolate and coffee really coming through, along with a slight bit of bitterness. The body is a very light medium, with a nice kiss of carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, a surprisingly great schwarz that stands as very highly drinkable.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow! If you are one of those people who knows others who shy away from "dark beers", this may be a nice introduction to help them to rethink that strategy.

I got a foamy two fingers' worth of deep-tan head off of my pour that slowly fell, leaving some nice lacing in its wake. Nose was chocolaty with some smoke and charcoal, also. Color was an inky black, I do not think even dark-brown fits into this equation with ZERO light penetration. None, not even on the sides or at the edges. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full with a taste like dark chocolate, very roasty, lightly smoky on the tongue. Finish was likewise chocolaty, slightly smoky. Now, I want one of those fudgy brownies that I passed up at the Holiday luncheon on Wednesday ...

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