notalush (4173) - 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 donít 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 (1746) - Boulder, Colorado, 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 Iíve ever had.
hophead21112 (217) - 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 theyíve 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!