Brewed by Garrison Brewing Company
Style: Schwarzbier
Halifax, Canada


on tap


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RATINGS: 33   MEAN: 3.89/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 249   ABV: 8.3%
A German style Imperial Schwarzbier with hints of sweet chocolate, dark caramel and smoky roasted malts. This black lager will embrace you with its velvety mouth feel and cozy warming finish, a testament to its alcoholic strength. The perfect match with a double chocolate torte on a cold winter’s night. Nirvana.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - JUL 14, 2008
Courtesy dchmela. Pours a dark brown, with a small off white head. Smells of roasty dark malt, and tons ofdark fruits found in most schwarzbiers. Really dug that nose. The flavor is seemingly more on the roasty side, with touches of dark fruit, and hints of mild chocolate. Maybe not quite as good as the nose, but more than competent. This was a pleasant surprise.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blankboy (7273) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 14, 2008
Bottle courtesy of OKBeer -- thanks man, I owe you a beer! Pours a deep dark brown, almost black, with a large lasting creamy tan head -- nice! Aroma has lots of roast and smoke along with some chocolate, light hops, molasses and coffee -- smells great. Flavour of roasted caramel malt, peat, dark chocolate, green hops and alcohol. Long roasty bitter finish. Creamy mouthfeel. Medium bodied (+). Simply fantastic -- well done Garrison!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CheesedMan (555) - Saint Cloud, Florida, USA - JUL 13, 2008
Pours a deep opaque black. Aroma is roasted and warm. Hints of coccoa and some licorice. Flavor is a bit weak, almost boring.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
IrishBoy (4112) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUL 7, 2008
500ml bottle from mullet2007! Thanks!! Nose of bigtime coffee, roastiness, and chocolate; clear very dark brown with a small tan head; flavor is coffee, rich creamy chocolate, and a very light background bitterness. Finish has a very light bitterness combined with some chocolate. Mouthfeel is very creamy. As good as most Impy stouts

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Enniskillen (2045) - Salinas, California, USA - JUL 7, 2008
Black with a thin tan head. Aroma is roasty with chocolate, cream, caramel. Taste is coffee, toffee, an oak like character, faint alcohol. Really a great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
robinvboyer (4184) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 23, 2008
botle from mullet2007, thanks!! jet black pour, nice big foamy beige head. Aroma is quite roasty, and full of chocolate, and coffee. Wow, if i didnt know this was a lager, i would bet the farm on it being a stout. Excellent lager, easily the most flavourful lager i have ever tried, very roasty, and full of stout like flavours, nice stuff!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
albert007 (415) - Penobsquis, New Brunswick, CANADA - MAY 3, 2008
Bottle. Nearly black dark brown color with small, tan-colored head and some thick lacing. Aromas of mild hops, tangy molasses and toast. Feels very nice on the tongue leaving a nice smoky aftertaste. Slightly warming due to the extra alcohol. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HogTownHarry (6376) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - APR 14, 2008
Bottle (500ml). Shared with garthicus, bottle courtesy of tupalev. Black-ruby pour, solid tan head. Milky, deep roast aroma - coffee and dark chocolate - with herbal/mint hop bitteness, some light molasses. Taste - drier, more cocoa and dry bitterness, hint of tart persimmon. Fairly thick and silky mouthfeel, lightly astringent, long deep roast bitter-smooth finish. Solid, excellent schwarz. Thanks, Jeff!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
garthicus (2912) - Dublin, IRELAND - APR 14, 2008
Shared with HogTownHarry - Harrys bottle, thanks!: Jet black/brown - tiny caramel coloured head. Tan leather, shoe polish aroma, spicy too, some dark fruit. Flavour: Smooth as silk, spicy, milky too, such flavour, zero alcohol burn, so well hidden. Just a super little beer and only my second Schwarbier. Mmmmm

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
HopDevil (16) - CANADA - APR 8, 2008
Very unique beer, dark brown with a small head. Carbonation is low, creamy mouthfeel, really smooth. Smoke, chocolate, licorice, warming alcohol and a little coffee. Phenomenal beer all around, thumbs up on this one.

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