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Brewed by Hausbrauerei Altstadthof
Style: Schwarzbier
Nürnberg, Germany

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RATINGS: 51   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.3   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
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3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (35220) - VestJylland, DENMARK - AUG 23, 2006
Draught @ the Brewpub. Reddish brown colour with a a fine tan head. Aroma and flavor of toasty malt, dark brown sugar and some breadiness.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
yespr (31480) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUL 15, 2011
From tap a the brewpb. Pours dark brown, clear, with a small tan head. Aroma is roasted dark malty, light citric and dark breadish roasted malty. Ends bitter and roasted malty.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
oh6gdx (20619) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUL 11, 2009
Draught@brewpub (as Schwarze). Very deep ruby red colour, close to black, with mediumsized beigeish brown head. Aroma is quite much roasted malts along with some mild syrup and also mildly smoked wood, some grassy hops. Flavour is roasted malts, some smoked wet wood, caramel malts, some nuts, mild toffee as well as some tarry notes ("tervaleijona"like). Very pleasant brew!

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
omhper (19670) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - APR 3, 2002
Black coloured and unfiltered. Roasty aroma. Medium bodied, rather dry. Nice velvetty maltiness, earthy flavour, very complex. It leaves you with a balanced bitterness and the feeling that you’ve just a world class beer. To me this beer defines the very standard that other schwarzbiers are trying to live up to.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
harrisoni (13856) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - JAN 26, 2014
On tap at the brewery in Nuremberg. Black beer lasting beige head. Roasty chocolate and malty flavour. It’s fine. Not overly intense but a decent schwarz. Some light roast Full in the mouth.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TBone (12816) - Pori, FINLAND - JUL 27, 2007
Draught as "Schwarze" @brewpub
Dark ruby color, small brownish head. Light coffeish, toasted nose. Coffee beans, cappuchino in the flavor with light caramelly notes. Some hops in the aftertaste. Light, but balanced dunkel/schwarzbier.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Oakes (12723) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 3, 2002
UPDATED: AUG 6, 2009 Dark brown with a thick, rocky head. The aroma is dark fruit notes and dark malt accents of toffee and just a hint of roast. Soft and sweet, with light toffee and some orchard fruit accents. The finish is soft and sweet, making this a very approachable example.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Koelschtrinker (10836) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - JUN 3, 2011
Süffig-hefiger und leicht herber Antrunk, noch etwas hefiger werdend. Nun konstant, spritzig-süffig. Zum Ende erneut würziger, sehr harmonisch, erst hier bananig. Gelungen! 12/10/11/10//11

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
imdownthepub (10481) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 13, 2008
On tap at Altstadhof Brewpub, Nurnberg. Black with cream head. Quite a tarry, coffee impact right from the start then a heavy sweetness. Fruity sweetness, blackcurrant, right through with a dark roasted malt flavour. A reasonable beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MartinT (7952) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 31, 2011
My Bottom Line :
This Schwarzbier seduces with its tight and muscular flavor layout comprising raisins, roasted cereals and chocolate-tinged caramel, all in a lush body.

Further Personal Perceptions :
-A slice of foam tops the blackened brown, leaving no lacing at all.
-This is a tad sweeter than your average Schwarzbier, but all the flavors are cohesive and nicely expressed.
-The finish is a bit too quiet for my tastes in the style. I would have preferred lengthier malts or hop bitterness.
-The malt profile is complex and quite flavorful.
-Hops seem accessory, but the wooden, herbal connotations add depth to the compelling malt profile.

On tap at the brewpub.


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