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RATINGS: 47   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.11   IBU: 27   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
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Alt-style Schwarzbier
On our grandparents’ farm, our grandmother would brew a grègue of café noir every morning for our grandfather’s pre-dawn breakfast. At the end of each week, after the obligatory Sunday dinner, she would brew numerous pots of it. Each and every one of the adults would then sip demitasses of the strong black coffee, laughing loudly and speaking French even louder.

We wanted to create a beer that paid homage to what café noir meant to our French speaking ancestors. Café noir was more than a cup of coffee – its presence conveyed love and appreciation, and expressed a cheerful welcome.

We use specially roasted German malts and select American hops which provide our LA-31 Bière Noire a small bite of noble bitterness and a dry, French roasted coffee flavor. It goes great with grilled steaks, hamburgers, or sausage po-boys, any spicy blackened Cajun dish, or a dinner table surrounded by those you most cherish.

À votre santé.

Poobah's rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Poobah (295) - New Orleans, Louisiana, USA - SEP 14, 2012
Pours dark reddish-brown with a thin head and a mild coffee nose. Medium carbonation in the mouthfeel followed by a dark chocolate, roasted coffee bean finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
burg326 (3979) - Florida, USA - JAN 2, 2015
Poured a dark brown color from the bottle with aromas of roast, light coffee, light dark fruit and some earth. Flavors matched the aromas the best beer out of the group I got, thanks to my Mom who bought me the mixed pack.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ron (2724) - Rochester, New York, USA - JAN 2, 2015
Bottle. Pours clear black with a medium frothy off-white head that quickly left with no lacing. Aroma is dates, plum, and chocolate malt with earthy hops and lots of coffee. Flavor is coffee dominant with lightly tart dark malt with light hops and bitterness and a dry finish. This coffee seemed odd. Medium body and carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Imaena (1915) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 12, 2014
Bottle. This is kind of eh. Its not that its bad its just kind of bland, thick, and uninteresting.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Onionkid (370) - Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA - SEP 9, 2014
Bottle. Aroma of dark chocolate and coffee. The taste is of dark chocolate and light hops and malts. A crisp beer, dry. Tasty, a decent porter. 4.8% alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (13677) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 20, 2014
Bottle. Clear brown color, beige head. Aroma of roasty coffee grounds. Taste is nutty and roasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
blankboy (6307) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 12, 2014
[Bottle (12oz)] Pours a dark amber-brown with an average size semi-lasting frothy off-white head. Mild aroma of toasted malt, chocolate and a decent amount of hops. Flavour of toasted caramel malt, some chocolate, light leafy hops and grain. Light bitter finish. Average bodied. I thought it was pretty good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
jackl (5057) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JUN 27, 2014
Bottle from Guess Who? Bentonville. Deep brown with a massive tan head. The nose has a nutty dark roasted malt character. Some cocoa. Light coffee. Cocoa Puffs. Some cream. Flavor of lactose, cream. Milk chocolate. Milk stout-esque. Chocolate-covered raisin. Light, smooth body. Meh.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
chinchill (2267) - South Carolina, USA - JUN 15, 2014
On tap in Brookhaven GA. Near black and opaque with s small head that soon reduces to a ring. 3.7. 3.5. 3.7. 3.7. 3.7 Very mild aroma. Fortunately. There is more flavor although it too is rather mild. Moderate malty with each hops to keep the bitter/sweet balance in check. O. Satisfying and recommended.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
fiveacestx (666) - Texas, USA - MAY 28, 2014
Bottle to hotel plastic cup - dark with a thin head. Had a pleasant malty mocha aroma and taste, some what of a slick mouthfeel. Seemed like a pretty good beer. Much like most beers, I bet this one is good fresh on tap at the brewery.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jezmez68 (403) - Chesterton, Indiana, USA - MAY 25, 2014
Simple schwarzbier, except made with black malt instead of a dehusked Carafa, so you get all the astringency of, say, a stout. Aroma of black malt, smooth flavor with a French Roast bite. Got this one at Beer Fest on Bourbon Street and walked down the street with it. Delicious. I now know what I’m going to do with that half pound of black malt I have in the basement. Thanks for the inspiration.

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