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Craft Black Lager

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Formerly brewed at Craft Brewery
Style: Schwarzbier
Paiania, Greece

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RATINGS: 55   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.2   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - MAY 29, 2011
Draft @ brewpub. The color of brown bears and opaque, and at the bottom of the glass is cola-colored. Stable small head. Rich malt sugars. Soft palate. Balanced, clean, and good.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sigmund (5193) - Tau, NORWAY - NOV 6, 2011
330 ml shared bottle, kindly provided by our beerpal Jan Magnus. ABV 5%. Very dark brown colour, moderate beige head. Mildly roasty aroma, notes of chocolate and mild coffee. Fairly dry flavour, medium roasty, notes of mild coffee, hints of dark bitter chocolate. Tolerable hops in the finish.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nimbleprop (5019) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 8, 2009
Scored a bottle of this while in Rhodes. I love schwarzbiers and this was a pretty good one. Pours a translucent black (surprise) with a thin white head. Aroma is a little absent though, some light toast, maybe a little faint coffee, a touch nutty. Flavor was nice though, nutty, malty, bready, crackers, biscuits and a little bit of toast. Not much hop presence to speak of. Finish was dry and crisp. I enjoyed this quite a bit.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Borresteijn (4816) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - JUL 23, 2009
RBESG Sheffield 2009 Grand Tasting at the Harlequin. Deep dark reddish brown colour, beige head. Aroma of roasted malts, rye, caramel. Flavour is sweet ryebread, malts, ligth sour, bittersweet malty finish. Light to medium bodied. That’s two wins for Craft in a row.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
BlackHaddock (3924) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - MAY 14, 2012
September 2008: This brewery doesn’t mess around with fancy names. The four fonts on offer at the only bar I’ve seen this beer at were: Lager, Black Lager, Red Ale and Weiss Bier. Poured into the breweries own glassware, this beer was jet black with a good tan head on top. It looked impressive sat next to the nuts and warming in the early evening sun by the harbour in Chania, Crete. The aroma was all about roasted and burnt malts, as was the taste. Sadly it was just like drinking a watered down, fizzy Porter or Stout. There was no creaminess or rich body to it at all. It was a lager, but black and with a smell (unlike most lagers). The beer just didn’t feel right, it looked so wholesome and inviting, but failed to live up to its looks. It was too fizzy and lacked body.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hermod (3375) - Vantaa, FINLAND - SEP 26, 2011
33c bottle from Supermarket in Platanias, Crete. BBE 10/2011. Poured dark brown with a beige head. Aroma is roasted malt, some chocolate and coffee as well. Flavor has roasted malt and coffee. Dry finish, lots of coffee that stays for long. Thin body, but overall a nice schwarzbier.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUL 20, 2008
Draft at the brewpub in Athens. The body is a clear, dark, chestnut brown color with crimson highlights. A small, foamy, tan colored head leaves random flares of sudsy lacing on the glass. The aroma showcases scorched caramel malts, molasses, indiscernible dark fruits, cocoa, and earthy, bitter hops. The flavor follows those same lines, with perhaps a touch of day-old coffee lending further bitterness. Very earthy overall. Medium bodied and smooth, finishing quite dry. Solid beer, and second only to the smoked lager amongst the Craft brews that I got to try.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
asheft (2544) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 2, 2010
[bottle at RBESG 2009, Grand Tasting] Weak aroma of toasted almonds and smoke. Clear red-brown under tan bubbles. Tons of caramel in the flavour along with lots of toastiness and only detectable hops. Light to medium body clean finish, if a bit smoky.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hawthorne00 (2483) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - SEP 27, 2010
Bottle. Dark cola brown with a beige head. Chocolate and grass aroma. Taste has caramel, toast, chocolate. Nice roasted malt note at the end. Fine, but rather plain.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
jimhilt (2416) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 19, 2009
Pours a four finger tan head that fades slowly leaving traces of lace. Black color, no highlights. Light-medium carbonation and light-medium bodied. Oak nose. Flavor is a smokey oak and subdued caramel. Best by Dec 2009. €1.45 ($2.06) for a 330ml bottle from a supermarket in Athens, Greece.


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