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RATINGS: 73   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31/5   IBU: 13   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
This is, in fact, a wheat beer. Beneath its rich, dark exterior and cascading head, you will find a classic unfiltered wheat presentation fused with the smooth, roasty, chocolate-like characteristics of the dark wheat malt. With a finish this unnervingly smooth, even a black sheep starts to feel normal again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Frank (3600) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 23, 2014
Calling this beer a black wheat ale implies it’s a dunkelweizen and this beer isn’t even remotely on planet dunkelweizen. It is more of a porter or stout brewed w/ a lot of wheat in the grist. It does have the creamy texture of a Bavarian wheat beer but it has none of the bananas or cloves you’d expect in the aroma. This isn’t a bad thing, that’s just how it is. I personally think this has a really nice nose w/ loads of roast coffee aromas. The wheat allows it to be thick and luscious on the palate w/o being too sweet but unfortunately this is a touch on the overcarbonated side for a beer w/ such a strong roasted grain presence. This is a pretty good beer overall. Fix the carbonation issue so you can taste a bit more nuance and I bet it would be great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jebert (500) - Watertown, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 19, 2014
Pours an opaque black with a thin tan head. Nose is of dark roasted grains and a hint of chocolate. Rather thin viscosity, but nice and creamy on the palate. The taste is of dark roasted grain with suggestions of chocolate and molasses. Very lightly hopped, it finished with a mild dry touch. Pairs well with pastrami and rye.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lemke10 (914) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 12, 2014
This pours a dark brown/black color with a slight, off-white head. The aroma is slightly robust with burnt starches and molasses. The taste is fairly heavy and complex. There is a lot of roasted flavor mixed with some coffee a slightly bitter hop finish. Pretty decent brew for being a newer brewery.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
brokensail (14042) - San Leandro, California, USA - JAN 23, 2014
Bottle @ Richard’s Tasting. Dark brown pour with a khaki head. Aromas of roasted malt, coffee, and cocoa. Some ash, coffee, and a hint of graham cracker sweetness. Palate is bitter roasted malt and coffee forward. Ash, light sweetness of graham cracker, and some dark chocolate. A weird peppery note on the finish. Not bad, but not a very good Dunkelweizen.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brifkin17 (13) - - JAN 14, 2014
Bottle. Very unique and really good. As smooth as any beer I’ve had. Can’t wait to see this on tap around me.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 2/20
felsenpils (144) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 3, 2014
Very dark, black color. No wheat aroma at all. Taste is murky, thick, high viscosity. Over carbonated as well. Way, way too much of a good thing. This tastes like homebrew gone terribly wrong.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MWatts2 (10) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 13, 2013
Very unique. Quite drinkable with a light body for a dark beer, but heavier flavors packed in.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
mjt127 (11) - - NOV 13, 2013
Tap. Nose was roast-y and chocolate. Taste was unique, porter-like with licorice. Extremely unique and worth having more than one of.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
HonkeyBra (3849) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - NOV 11, 2013
On draft at The Beer Market in Bolingbrook, IL. Pours a rich, dark brown with a creamy looking tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, dark fruits, chocolate, some wheat malt presence. Flavor is roasted malts, some bitter chocolate and coffee notes. Medium bodied with a nice smooth, creamy texture. I’d like a little more wheat presence, but this is drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrnkMcDermott (2934) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - OCT 24, 2013
Draft at the Burger Joint, Ogilve Transportation Center. Deep brown like dried blood, with just a little bit of highlighting at the bottom. A thin tan head. Has the creamy smell of a porter or milk stout. A very big taste that’s too complex to pigeonhole. Start with some Schwartzbier malt, Just a slight astringency. A bit of baker’s chocolate and again, a creamy texture. Quite filling after the Tallgrass 8-Bit I just had. Lacks the "spice" of a wheat beer, but surely offers a fine smooth texture, emphasized at the end by the return of a milk stout-ish mouthfeel.

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