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Brewed by Beaus Brewing Co.
Style: Schwarzbier
Vankleek Hill, Canada

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RATINGS: 67   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 219   ABV: 7.3%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Our Schwarz is bigger than your Schwarz... and tastier too! This extra-strong version of a German black lager displays pronounced roasted flavours juxtaposed with a lager’s enjoyable crispness.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lubiere (12783) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 16, 2012
A deep dark beer with a thin mocha head. In aroma, nutella chocolate, coffee, grassy hops. In mouth, a chocolate, bitter coffee, floral hops, nice and smooth. Cask at Beau’s Oktoberfest Sept 29 2012.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ferris (12427) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 20, 2014
Bottle - Toast and roasted malts. Jet brown with a rich light brown head. Lots of toast and cocoa and a bitter finish. The finish is long and lingering with burnt toast notes. I was on board till the end, where unfortunately it takes a wrong turn.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sammy (11074) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 16, 2012
Black with a big bubbly head and lacey. A strange sulpher aroma. Wine like initially, and a chocolate taste, thinner than expected for the style.Roasted, but some astringency in the finish. so-so drinkability owing to flaws. Private Beaus buying club bottle.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jercraigs (9722) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 19, 2012
2012-10-08. Black body with a nice tan head and lace. Aroma has an interesting tangy quality to it, mild roasty malt character. 6+ Flavour has sweet malty core, modest bitter roast, tangy accents. 6+ Very sooth average plus bodied palate, velvety carbonation. 3+ Okay, it is a decent take on a schwarzbier but it is not really to my own tastes. On tap at Brewmarket, Brick Works, Toronto

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DuffMan (9499) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 18, 2014
Bottle, shared with Grippitis and Mike. Stouty appearance, nearly black with a finely bubbled light brown head. Roasty black malts and chocolate, hints of licorice, dark brown bread. Actually very good!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeMcPhee (9267) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 2, 2014
Deep black pour with a thick sticky white head. The aroma has a bit of roast and some nice toasted/roasted malt character and a bit of licorice along with a touch of toffee and some light fruit with a bit of char. Lightly sweet and a little bit chocolatey. A little bit herbal on the back as well. Nice brew.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MartinT (9267) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 5, 2014
My Bottom Line:
Toasted bread generosity moves into roastiness, as herbal hops freshen up this lean and soft Schwarzbier.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A tower of foam slowly crumbles into the brown-edged black.
-This is very drinkable for a 7%+ brew.
-That being said, the 7% is not necessary at all. The same flavors and body would have been great at 5% (like most German Dunkels or Schwarzbiers).
-A lightly fruity acidity increases drinkability.
-This is authentic, despite the high abv.

Bottle.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mabel (8537) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 30, 2012
[4852-20121008] Tap. Light coffee grounds Aroma seems a little soured. Black body with a long-lasting foamy light tan head. Bitter roasted malt spark flavour finishes with roasted raisin wood notes. Full body. Really interesting, like Darth had soured over the years and this was the biggest schwartz he could mustard. (7/4/7/4/16) 3.8
(Brewer’s Backyard @ Brickworks, Toronto, ON)

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
czar (7525) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 26, 2013
pours very dark brown with a very nice beige head, very good retention and lacing. strong and bold kalamata olives, chocolate roastiness, lager fruitiness, soy, bit of minerals and spices, hint of smoke and umami, some sweetness. moderate carbonation, light body - oily, herbal-spicy-grassy finish. slight warming feeling and an almost completely dry finish. loved that stuff.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
solidfunk (7354) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - NOV 19, 2012
Very decent for a schwarzbier. I usually don’t like the style much. Pours black/dark brown with a little head and lacing. Smells boozy and malty. Taste has some fruitiness, some sweetness and a bit of nutty bitterness. Medium carbonation. A little spice in the aftertaste as well. Tap at Barhop.


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