3fourths (9064) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 20, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
clear dark chestnut brown body with a patchy, large-bubbled tan head. sweetened roasted chestnuts in the nose, sticky almond, toasted cereal grains... excellent aroma. up front there’s a bit of cola resemblance, but more nuts, caramel, baked bread, dried stone fruit and sweet tobacco to make up for it. body is good but not great - no strong structure, no sharp crispness, but it’s still sound and drinkable.
BlackHaddock (6087) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - MAY 2, 2012
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 15, 2012 There is a bottle version up-date at the end of this rating: Drank this in the rear courtyard of the brewery, with a mushroom sauce covered lump of Pork, spuds and a side salad. End of September 2006.
Good foaming head in a tall, thick, handled glass with the Fassla logo and Elf on it. The beer a light copper/amber colour, nowhere near some dunkels darkness often seen.
No real overpowering aroma, hops and a fruity pong maybe.
Tange to the taste, almost sharp and bitter, I liked it.
Mouthfeel, good, not to heavy, but you could tell a beer was in your mouth, not some Euro Fizz.
Very drinkable, glad I returned, after staying at the brewery some years back.
Half-litre bottle: best before 23 Oct 2012, poured on 15 Nov 2012 @ home into a Wolnzacher Brauhaus tall handled tumbler type tankard (so slightly out of date).
Darker than I remember the draught version: this was a deep Mahogany browny red colour with a full cream coloured head. Looked good it the glass I’d choosen.
The nose was fruity, slightly hoppy and grainy with hints of malty molasses.
Taste wise it favoured malts, with fruity notes to the fore, bittering towards the end of each sip.
You don’t see beers from this brewery very often in the UK, so when I saw this I had to buy it and re-live the last visit I had to Bamberg, some 6 years ago.
djoeye (3233) - Tromsø, NORWAY - JUL 30, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Look; fawn head and clear copper body. Aroma; brown malts, malted candies, plum bowl, prune notes, leafy hops, caramel, dough, bread. Taste; dark caramel, malts, plum peel, grassy notes, grainy bread, and goes into a oily malty finish. Normal body and soft carbonation. Quite tasty fruity, as a good polotmawy. [50cl brown bottle 6.0%abv BB08-09-2015 T@Ferie2015]
Leighton (18074) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 15, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared on the train during day 2 of the Bamberg Jolly of January 2014. Pours clear amber-gold with a foamy white head. Toasted bread, dry caramel. Very tasty stuff. Light to medium bodied with fine carbonation. Pretty crisp on the finish with crunchy toasted cereal, moderate caramel. Lovely beer. Very drinkable.
RAUCHFEST (122) - PROSPECT PARK, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 16, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
nice amber malty brew kind of a fest
Indra (2711) - Suburbia, Kansas, USA - NOV 1, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draught at Fässla. Freshly-picked hop aroma, leafy, green and lightly citric, with a moderate amount of sweet, caramel-toffee malts. Deep reddish copper color, clear, with a fine creamy head. Flavor profile is likewise surprisingly dominated by hops, flavorful and juicy, with the maltiness providing a very nice balance, sweet and bodifying but certainly not overly so. Lingering, light sugary sweetness late. The mouthfeel is lively, body is medium-full. Seemed somehow reminsicent of a dark German IPA(?). A nice change of pace, though, to be sure, and quite intriguing. My batch received a bit more hops than some others’ here, it would seem.
TimE (4886) - Tokyo, JAPAN - DEC 20, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very dark, roasty on the verge of being smokey character. Much more smoke than any other Schwarz I’ve had. Takeaway bottle at the brewery.
adnielsen (10445) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 30, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap @ Fassla. Deep brown/orange, clear appearance with a tan head. Grassy, floral hoppy, a bit toasty malty aroma. The flavor has notes of light caramel, nuts, grass, and earth. Quite nobel hoppy.
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - MAY 31, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle (from Fassla): Amber, light carbonation with a white head. Caramel notes. Balanced creamy mouthfeel. Nice nutty malts, spicey hops. Suprisingly good!
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 5, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
In bottle at home with Sev. Pours an amber colour with a thin beige head. Malty aroma is a little smoky and also quite nutty. Again a little smoky flavour with caramel, plums and chocolate. Mild carbonation and a foamy mouth-feel. Quite subtle for a Bamberg beer.