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RATINGS: 72   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
juiceisloose (1055) - Windermere, Florida, USA - JAN 15, 2012
Growler from Cigar City. This one pours a nice a dark, black color with a touch of mahogany at the edges and crowned by a thick mocha colored head of foam that shows good retention. The head leaves scattered splotches of lace around the glass as it slowly settles to a thin film. The aroma shows a big roasty character hinting at dry chocolate and mocha mostly along with notes of coffee and toasted caramel malt. Just a hint of bitterness creeps in the back end from some piney hops. The aroma is very nicely balanced. The flavor follows suit with ample amounts of dark cocoa, dry cocoa roast, toasted mocha, along with the sweet, toasted caramel malt. Some piney hops add balancing bitterness on the back end. The palate is exactly as it should be with a medium body and almost creamy mouthfeel with perfect carbonation leading to a roasted cocoa finish. Quite different from most CCB beers as they tend to be quite substantial on the palate. Delicious stuff that I could drink multiple pints of and be quite happy. Definitely one of the better beers that Cigar City has made in awhile. Really good beer here.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dchmela (2739) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 9, 2012
From the growler. Reddish black pour with a thin light tan head. Huge roasted grain aroma with smoky notes and a hint of chocolate. Nice malt body, not too heavy with lots of roasted grain, chocolate and a roasted bitterness on the finish. Very well done.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (8281) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 3, 2012
My Bottom Line :
Prominent roasted malts and their coffee bean angles dominate this lager’s date and vanilla-like fruitiness for a sweet but quite flavorful pint.

Further Personal Perceptions :
-A ring of foam circles the blackness with dark brown hues.
-The low carbonation makes the sugars feel bigger.
-This is rather drinkable but it is obviously brewed to suit North Americans’ tastes for bolder brews. This is richer than any authentic Schwarzbier I’ve had.
-Mouthfeel is slick and silky.

On tap at Coffee District, Delray Beach.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SHIG (3787) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - DEC 30, 2011
Draft at Brass Tap: Poured a deep dark brown/black with a reddish hint. Sweet roasted malt aroma. Taste is a bold malt with spices and molasses. The Germans who follow the code would roll over if they tried this example of Schwarzbier!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - DEC 28, 2011
32 oz. swing top growler via trade with smith4498 - Pours a dark brown color with a one finger thick tan head. Light spotty lacing. Aroma is roasted, almost burnt malt. Flavor is lightly sweetened roasted malt and light chocolate with some herbal hops trying to bust out. Finish is smooth and roasty. Medium body. Schwarzbier beers are probably my favorite style of Lagers and this is a good one. Thanks Jason.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
OmegaX (1310) - Florida, USA - DEC 27, 2011
Draft at CCB. Nose is heavy roast with some light chocolate and hay. Pour is dark brown with a decent head. Taste touches on roasted notes and some light coffee and chocolate flavors with a bit of hay and straw notes in the mix. Not bad.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Macegan75 (731) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 27, 2011
Growler at one of Damico’s tastings. Nose is bacon and roasted malt. First sip is malty flavors of licorice, chicory andblack strap molasses . Finish has nice bitterness but not necessarily from hops.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Damico (2763) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 27, 2011
Pours dark black coffee with an amber hue and decent creamy caramel head. The aroma brings pleasant roasted malts, fresh coffee, and black licorice. It tastes very similar, starts with light sweet roasted malty coffee notes that taste so fresh and delicious. The body is just right, not crispy or creamy, but so smooth.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
fluffy (1847) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - DEC 17, 2011
roasted grains dominate, though it finished a bit thin with a hoppiness that sort of throws it off. not bad but not that interesting either.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 14, 2011
Multiple draft samples at Redlight. Oh yeah....now we’re talking. A 5.5% Schwarz from my local brewery? Sign me up! This sucker pours dark and chocolaty, just a bit of light peeking through it’s mahogany edges. A thick and frothy cap of mocha foam sits steadfast at the head, leaving traces of tattered, wet lace on the glass as it slowly settles to a swirly surface film. The nose is big on roast, suggesting of dry chocolate and mocha most prominently, touching on sharper coffee edges at times, along with rich, blackened caramel. It’s really nicely balanced and approachable, yet loaded with character. Flavors are largely the same, though they take on a bit more fruitiness. I get cocoa beans, dry cacao roast, roasted mocha, and a caramel finish. Mmmmm....tasty! The palate might be my favorite part of this beer. It is notably less substantive than most CCB beers, yet still sufficiently creamy, and perfectly, I mean perfectly carbonated. Damn fine beer here. This is the best CCB brew I’ve had in some time. Can this stuff please!


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