badgerben (4253) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JAN 30, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Growler courtesy of Skyview. Dark brown color with a medium head. Slight grainy aroma. Mostly a raw, grainy flavor with a very light roasted malt backing.
JK (3966) - Uptown, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 9, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Solid schwarzbier. Medium roasted malt flavor. Lager yeast flavor. Black with a short, thick head. It does have good palate, very smooth and a surprisingly thick mouthfeel. Thanks to Skyview for another one.
Skyview (5023) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - DEC 27, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2009 On draught at the brewery tap room in Wausau, Wisconsin. Served very cold so allow time to warm up a wee bit. Pours a dark cola brown brew with a creamy off-white head that has some nice retention and excellent lacing. Aroma of toasted dark malt, some flowery hops, a touch of chocolate and some toffee. Taste is medium bodied, smooth, with flavors of toasted dark malt, some bread crust, chocolate and toffee. Finish has a slight metallic character but still has plenty of toasted dark malt aftertaste that slowly disappears. The brewery had a naming contest of this schwarzbier at the time I tried this. Update: The beer was named Midnight Star on December 30.