VitaminR (540) - Colorado, USA - MAY 27, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Blueberry (yes) and chocolate nose, some hints of lemon. Medium tan head, dark brownish black color. Rich dark roasted malty sweetness, not cloying, slightly spicy bitterness. Medium carbonation, medium to fullish body, finish has some roasty depth, but is clean, alcohol warmth is long and pleasant. Interesting beer, it has the characteristics of an Imperial Stout, but the lager component lightens it all up....Light Imperial Stout anyone? Great beer, truly.
randy1301 (265) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 25, 2010
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle.Pours black with a really pretty and thick tan head.Nose is hops along with bread and caramel with spices.Taste is classic German hops(clean,floral,citrus) sweet toasted malts and chocolate.The mouthfeel on this beer is excellent!This is easily the best schwarzbier I’ve tasted and an instant classic from Avery.I’m glad I grabbed this one so soon because you can really taste the freshness!Cool/different beer for sure.
brentfeesh (1207) - Gadsden, Alabama, USA - MAY 24, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 7, 2010 On tap at falling rock. Pretty black pour with an off white head. Nice roasting aroma with molasses. Flavor has roasted malts with molasses touched with sweetness that is molasses and malt driven. The hops are there and keep this from being a malfunctioning mess. Rather they dry out the finish and brighten up the finish with a fruity lineup note. Creamy mouth feel with a dryish finish. Good!
SSSteve (3661) - - MAY 22, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle. first of all, what happened to sixteen? GA never received that one i guess. this pours a very dark, almost black under a large creamy tan head. cocoa and hops aroma. chalky palate. a hefty lager a 8.5% with a load of roasted malt. lots of chocolate, cocoa, toasted burnt bread. the roasted malt dominates. moderate-high carbonation. bit of hops in the finish. medium-full body with a fairly creamy palate. a bit of alcohol warmth.
Ratman197 (9034) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAY 22, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber poured a clear dark reddish brown nearly black with a lasting tan head. Aromas of burnt carmel, charcoal, earthiness, noble hops and light pine. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of roasted malt, charcoal, toffee, orange, noble hops and light earthiness with a smooth dry lingering roasty fruity finish.
keidjxz (183) - Fullerton, California, USA - MAY 20, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach. Pours dark brown with a little lacy tan head. The aroma is smokey and roasty as well as containing major aspects floral, grassy and resin hops without taking over the show as they do in many dry hopped IPAs. Tastes slightly sweet initially that shifts into a smooth and subtle bitterness that combined with a nice creamy texture makes it highly drinkable and a little dry.
notalush (4631) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 19, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
More of a black ipa in lager form than a schwarz - the hops don’t so much add a new dimension to the beer as they do wash out most of the schwarz-y elements - this might be a good thing, as there seems to be a starchy, vegetal quality, especially in the finish, that hops do a decent job of covering up - fairly creamy, with a medium-full mouthfeel - fairly sweet up front, with a medium level of roasted malt character throughout - dries out through the middle, as the noble hop flavor and bitterness gradual build, until the finish is pretty much dominated by them - some baking soda/mineral character near the tail end, right before those vegetal notes kick in - a little fusel quality in the finish - another miss in a long line of hit or miss beers from Avery (for me, anyway).
That1Guy (1867) - Galesburg, Illinois, USA - MAY 18, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hoppy aroma. Bitter and floral with some definite dark malts showing through. Incredibly smooth and creamy. Good chocolate flavor with a hint of hops. A slight hint of alcohol, but that just adds to the flavor. This is a fuckin great schwarz. Possibly the best I’ve ever had.
hophead21112 (218) - Louisville, Colorado, USA - MAY 15, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Almost black pour with a garnet hue below a tan head that retains well and recedes to a thin film at the surface of the beer. Aroma is roasted grain, a subtle sweetness that is almost maple syrup-like, hint of coffee. Soft carbonation is accompanied by the noble hops on the palate leading to a mildly bitter, dry finish. I really like what they’ve done with the dry-hopping here - adds another layer of complexity. An excellent beer. Avery has taught me that lagers can be remarkable... thank you for that, Mr. Avery!