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Bittings Black Magic Schwarzbier

Bittings Black Magic Schwarzbier
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RATINGS: 15   MEAN: 3.57/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
A prime example of the hard to find German style dark lager known as "schwarzbier". This lager has all the color and character of a dark ale without the associated burnt bitterness. A cool fermentation temperature and 8 weeks of aging provide exceptional smoothness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
AndyW68 (1458) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUN 22, 2014
Enjoyed it. Black pour with tan head. Aroma is roasted sweet bread. Taste adds vanilla and some grains. Fairly good

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
weezfour (124) - Oradell, New Jersey, USA - JUN 1, 2008
Wow. My first scharzbier. Didn’t know what to expect. Super dark. Looks like tall glass of coke. Really deep flavor, but not heavy in the least. Finishes smooth, and leaves you trying to figure out what flavors are happening. Amazing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rman18 (312) - Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - MAY 10, 2008
Out of the tap the beer is black with a nice sized tannish head of medium sized creamy bubbles. The flavor is of malt and slightly caramel . Overall a nice beer but isn’t my favorite.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dorwart (2542) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - JUN 14, 2006
Decent sized dense off white head of creamy bubbles. Does not last real long though. Nice roasty aroma with a bit of bread, vanilla and a decent bitterness. Color is a dark ruby brown. Quite the impressive color. Flavor is malty but a little thin. Lots of roasted grains, some crusty bread and some nutty characters. Again, decent bitterness which lingers after the swallow. Little bit acidic on the palate. Finish is roasty and somewhat creamy. A decent schwarzbier.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAY 22, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 16, 2006 On tap at the brewpub with illinismitty. Pours a nice deep dark brown almost black, moslty clear and a thin lasting off white head. Aroma is classic- schwarzbier character- nutty roasted dark mlats, some chocolate and some nice toffee caramel aromas with some light herbal hops. Flavor is more nutty burnt malts, dry acrid roasted malts, light caramel sweetness, and finishes fairly dry with a light easy to drink body. Finishes dry and a bit tart. Fairly clean, but lacks a distinct smoothness and richness that you get from a real german schwarz. Pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
jcwattsrugger (12198) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - MAY 19, 2006
on tap-pours a tan head with dark brown color. Aroma is sweet, dark malt. Taste is coffee, chocolate, dark malt. Good carbonation. Nice, a good occasional beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 16, 2006
Draft shared with Dickensonbeer. Pours a rich deep murky brown black. Lager and dark roasted malt aroma. Flavor of brown sugar, caramel, and mild roast coffee. Very smooth and clean finish. I am not an expert on this style, but this was enjoyable and easy to drink.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jine (903) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - DEC 6, 2005
6.25.05 Garden State Brewfest. Looks like this will be my 666th rating so I think it is fitting to have it be the Black Magic Schwarzbier. One of my more favorite styles, this was by far the best offering from Bitting’s on that hot summer day next to The Big J on the Delaware.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tsarman (794) - Northern, New Jersey, USA - JUN 25, 2005
At NJ Craft Brew Fest 2005: Probably the best beer they had that day. Nice notes of coffee and sweetness in it palate. A solid beer that stands apart from their others.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Firemoose15 (567) - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 5, 2005
At the pub with fellow ratebeerians, aroma was sweet roast, chocolate and a hint of coffee. Arrived in a pint glass dark almost black creamy head. Taste was okay seemed a bit light though, I suppose that’s the idea but I thought it had some potential to be better. It was smooth overall and would drink again to see if it’s consistent or changes from batch to batch.

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