I recently picked up a Fermenator and brewed my first batch in it. I like it for the convenience factor, but I ended up having to dump out the first batch I brewed in it. Some black scum formed on the sides above the line the krausen leaves. Some quick research indicated that this could be from some residual oils leftover from the machining process that didn't get removed during my pre-wash and sanitation routine and were extracted by the alcohol or the heat generated during fermentation. I've never had a problem like this with glass. The beer tasted metallic or medicinal as well.
Batch #2 is fermenting in there now. This time I hit it hard: washed it with hot water and dish soap as per the instructions that came with it, the hit it with a winemaking sanitizing agent (Proxiclean), followed by a citric acid soak and then the usual BTF soak. We'll see if the problem recurs in a few days.