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RATINGS: 256   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.19   EST. CALORIES: 126   ABV: 4.2%
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Although literally meaning "black beer" in German, Schwarzbier has a light body with a dry, roasted finish, Gold Medal winner at the 2006 World Beer Cup and the 2007 Great American Beer Festival.
OG: 11.2 P


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
puzzl (3251) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 19, 2008
Tap at the DC brewpub. Mild smoke and caramel aroma. Light tobacco and roast flavor. Vegetal, thin, dull. Light banana. Phenolic.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JoeMcPhee (8466) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 14, 2008
Tap at the DC location. Dark black beer, thick brown head. Aroma is quite nice and molasses-laden. Earthy herbal chocolate with a soft roasty toastiness. Herbal and a little bit toasty. Softly lagered malts and a nice roasty dryness. Pretty nice schwartz.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Oakes (12633) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 11, 2008
Dark brown. Very toasty nose with hints of roast and nutty complexity. A little bit watery and thin. The roast is cheap coffee with chocolate overtones.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kflorence (93) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 28, 2008
On tap at Gordon Biersch. Pours a very dark brown with a nice bit of foamy head. Smells of roasts, malts and grains. Tastes much the same with hints of chocolate, burnt grain, malts and a nice smooth, dry, roasted finished. Very easy to drink, although fairly simple and forgettable.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BOLTZ7555 (2822) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAY 14, 2008
Dark brown with burnt/toasted oat notes...a little coffee, hint of chocolate, biscuit. A descent beer (probably the best of the night).

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Indra (2621) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - MAY 13, 2008
500ml draft at Kansas City location. Malty, spicy aroma, grainy and roasty with suggestions of pumpernickel and rye breads. Shows hints of doughy yeast and mild hop as well. Mostly clear dark brown in color, head is subsiding and sparse thereafter. Flavor is lightly roasty, malty, spicy and mildly bitter, with further notes of dark bread, mildly peppery spice, traces of burnt grain and showing some mild coffee on the finish. Palate is effervescent and dry, body is light-medium. Lingering earthy tones late. Not a bad interpretation.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - MAY 12, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 8, 2008 Draught, Miami. Deep dark brown with inch-thick even foam. Smells like toasted grain husks, tree bark. Malty body includes lots of apples. Not bad; the only clean pour of the night unfortunately.

rich velvet black with small white head, opaque. Mild, malty aromas, chocolate syrup, some dark berries, and licorice. Thin. Nice malt. Clean. Licorice, chicory, and cocoa. Abrupt finish but for some lingering malts. Not bad.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sparky (2243) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAY 10, 2008
On tap at N. Scottsdale location. Pours a cloudy dark brown with one finger light tan head. Decent lacing. Nose is light coffee, chocolate and roasted malts. Palate is light coffee, hints of chocalate and a roasty malt dry finish. Not bad. Thinner mouth feel than I anticipated. Easy drinker.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAY 5, 2008
At the brewpub in D.C. Deep red, almsot brown body with a white head. Light smoke aroma with some hint of honey and roasted malts. Sweet and dry taste with a hint of light grass. Ending is somewhat bland and dry.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ToadMan (559) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 17, 2008
Dark black color with a smallish head. Aroma is moderately strong malts with some roastedness. Flavor is much the same, lots of black patent malt, some chalkiness, a toch of bitterness in the finish, thin, zero complexity, moderately roasted, not bad but boring.


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