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Baeren Schwarz

Brewed by Baeren
Style: Schwarzbier
Morioka, Iwate Prefecture, Japan


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RATINGS: 17   MEAN: 3.22/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.1   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
minihame2 (246) - Tokyo, JAPAN - FEB 16, 2015
Dark body, small tan head. Faint malty aroma. Taste is pretty good, mostly malts. Soft mouthfeel, light carbonation. Mediocre all over.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (2671) - Kyoto, JAPAN - NOV 27, 2013
5.5% from Rakuten direct from the brewery, served in a glass mug. A coca-cola pour with a beige/brown head. Chocolate, cocoa, & sweet malt aroma. The flavor is coffee beans, cocoa & a bit of chocolate in the finish though the body is a touch thin. Overall, quite good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
faroeviking (10285) - FAROE ISLANDS - MAY 13, 2013
Botela. Black colour, beige medium head. Well roasted maltiness with dark fruits, bit smoke and bit chocolate too. Good mouthfeel. Pleasant flavour of roasted malt along with dark fruits and some chocolate and smoke. Medium pleasant bitterness. Nice Schwarz!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
shoulderbroken (2416) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JUN 16, 2012
Keg at Goodbeer faucets. Dark chocolate brown colour with beige head that soon fades. Aroma is slightly chocoatey and a bit of savoury (soy sauce). Roasty malt. Taste is very smooth, touch of vanilla creaminess (chocolate milk maybe) but not that sweet. Savoury tang to it. Initial bitterness but then very creamy finish. Think I am a sucker for Schwarzbier.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theis (14014) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 2, 2010
Draught at Bulldog World Beer & Food. Black - offwhite head. Burned. Dryness. Light body. Freshness. Light metallic. Light light smokey. Thin finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
elihapa (1532) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - DEC 10, 2009
Nah, don’t agree with the high reviews on this one. Bottle. Appears dark brown with no real head in glass. Aroma is a meaty smoke, not as much roasts. Flavor is similar: cured meat, ham, sweet malt. Despite all those seemingly rich flavors, the mid-body empties into a bit of a watery finish. Not bad, but I’m missing the ashy roasts that to me, make the Schwarzbier style stand out.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
KyotoLefty (6964) - Kyoto, JAPAN - SEP 1, 2008
UPDATED: NOV 27, 2008 Draught at Wachi. A beautiful, glowing, shiny black with a lovely, thin lacy head. Much nicer looking and more flavorful than the bottle. Rich burnt black malts, coffee, dark chocolate, cream/milk. Creamy, rich and thick. Excellent. (Old: Bottle, 3.7 points) Pitch black with a tall tan head. Burnt malt aroma, a bit creamy, some chocolate, caramel, a bit of coffee. Nice roasted malt flavor, dry, quite creamy. Light body. Not sweet. Chocolate and coffee come out as well. Medium flavor, not exactly full. Maltiness comes out in the finish well, with dry burnt flavors as well. Creamy and nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - SEP 29, 2007
Draft @ Aldgate Pub: Dark black/brown, light head and lacing. Nose of sweet roasty coffee, light fruit and plum, dark cherry and grapes. The flavor is a bit chewy, sweet and raisony, clean coffee and plum. Good schwarz.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Capa (2139) - Transient., - SEP 9, 2007
Tap at Aldgate. Black with a medium tan head. Roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, and some nutiness. Flavor is similar. Roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, slightly smokey. Finishes sorta spicy. Body is a little on the thin side. Really enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (8281) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 27, 2007
My Bottom Line:
Roasting biscuit malts atop a spongy chocolate cake adorned by a coulis of molasses; now this is my idea of a Schwarzbier which could be served as dessert just as much as for evening sessions.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam covers the brownish black.
-Supporting hops are quite shy; this one’s all about the malts (though lean they are).
-The finish is a tad disappointing, a mere quick fade out of the flavor profile. -I don’t know what some of the raters have had, but in any case this bottle of mine was in fine form!
-There is a rumour that the brewer/owner might leave Baeren to start another brewery in...Tirana! Looking forward to hearing how this turns out.

Bottled on November 24th, 2006.

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