hopscotch (10147) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 18, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft... DLD’08... Very dark (almost black), clear ruby red with a large, frothy, white head. Creamy, tight retention. A merger of cocoa, vanilla and cinnamon comprise the aroma. Medium-bodied with a skim-milk mouthfeel and bristly carbonation. Well-balanced, nicely roasted and very drinkable. Good bitterness prevents overwhelming sweetness. Roasty, nutty finish.
swoopjones (6986) - Buffalo, New York, USA - OCT 24, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap @ Coles. Buffalo, NY. My 1st Schwarzbier that I can remember & a pretty enjoyable one @ that. Medium bodied easy to drink beer. Good one to start with : Gold medal @ GABF
blankboy (6634) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 8, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at Cole’s in Buffalo, NY. Pours black with red hues and an average size diminishing tan head. Aroma is roasty and nutty with some chocolate, hops and a hint of smoke. Flavour of roasted malt, nuts, chocolate, a nice amount of smoke and a bitter finish -- this is a pleasant surprise. Medium bodied. Not mind-blowing but it’s easy to drink, quite tasty and a good version of the style.
BBB63 (6475) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - OCT 27, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Chi-town gathering at Flossmoor: Deep brown hue with reddish highlights and a small fizzy head. The aroma was smoky, chocolate, caramel, raisin, walnut, and earthy yeast esters. The taste has a nice smooth malt character with a surprising hint of bitterness. Smoky and woody finish added depth. The mouth feel is smooth and medium bodied. A nice refreshing black bier that is not cloy or chalky like many.
TheAlum (6373) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAR 28, 2008
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled from the full sampler at Flossmoor Station. Poured a dark syrupy brown with a prominent off white head that stuck around. Faint malty aromas that leave little intimidation. Flavors are of nice toasted darker malts with some sweet undertones. A very pleasant and refreshing brew with a smooth finish. It’s all about the taste.
HogTownHarry (6303) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - OCT 4, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught. At Cole’s in Buffalo NY, shared with blankboy. Mostly opaque reddish-black with an average beige creamy head. Very dry and bitter aroma, nutshells, coffee grounds, baker’s chocolate and bitter hops. Tastes the same, but the bitterness is ameliorated some by hints of raisins and vanilla - it finishes surprisingly quick, nice balance (no cola taste here). I was impressed with the solid body, for a schwartzbier, lightly astringent, mildly carbonated and no aftertaste - really one of the best of the style I’ve ever had, really malty and not too sweet at all like most seem to be.
Rastacouere (6161) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 8, 2008
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
A brown lager that lacks the usual house confidence.
Not very tasty at all, rather pale coloured. Very light bodied. limited roastiness. Clean, but mostly dull.
Mostly sweet palate, but never really choosing a direction, avoiding fruitiness and wandering into the cerealic side of things. Not much lager character, no crispiness.
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - AUG 30, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black bodied with a tall, rocky tan head that does some serious lacing as it settles down in chunks, this schwarzbier has a lightly roasted, sweet malt aroma with a hint of smoke. Perhaps a bit thin for the style, it nevertherless delivers a smooth taste of roasted malts, a daub of chocolate, and a light bitterness of Hallertau hops in the finish. A good sessionable lager from Matt and Andrew.
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heemer77 (5187) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - MAY 6, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the brewpub with a dark brown body and light tan head. The aroma was sweet pancakes with some coffee. The taste was coffee with some cola. There was also some fresh bitter green beans. A decent Schwarzbier.
DrnkMcDermott (2914) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - SEP 6, 2006
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Spongy brown head that disappears quickly, over a deep brown body. Basic lager smell with just a hint of dark roast grains. Taste has a bit of pizza dough aspect to it, but barely, and it helps here. The dark malts add mostly to the bitterness underlying the decent lager taste. Toward the end I get a bit of coffee and somehow, a suggestion of whiskey.