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RATINGS: 87   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 38   EST. CALORIES: 228   ABV: 7.6%
We have taken the traditional Schwarzbier, intended to be a "session beer" with typically moderate alcohol, and almost doubled its strength to 7.6% alcohol by volume. We brewed our version with a fine balance of crystal and roasted malts and spiced it with noble hops. We fermented 5 O’Clock Shadow at cold temperatures with a select German lager yeast and cold-conditioned it for over four months to create a velvety smooth, easy-drinking springtime brew.

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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerenberger (1591) - Fischer, Texas, USA - NOV 26, 2012
Aroma roasted malts, nuttiness, and a hint of smoke. Pours a deep brown/black with a mostly diminishing tan head and minimal lacing. Taste is much like nose - rich in taste - roasty flavors, smoke, and a nice bitter finish. A lingering nutty aftertaste is present. Full bodied with minimal carbonation. Overall, this is a VERY good beer that just keeps giving from a flavor standpoint. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nealblind (1602) - Seattle, Alabama, USA - MAR 31, 2016
dark brown long lasting cream head. aroma wheat smoke chocolate, wood. Tastes smoke wood, caramel, cocoa power. silky mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
onceblind (6676) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 10, 2016
2012 verson, aged 4, maybe 4.5 years. Black pour with a thin khaki head. Meaty licorice and dry cocoa on the nose, smokey roast, and something like clove. Big full flavor with some gentle smoke, gentle roasted cocoa, a touch of licorice, and finishes semi dry with some dark cocoa and light smoke.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
asedzie (785) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 27, 2015
Bottle. Pours black with beige head. Nose has spice, herbs, a yeasty edge, just a touch of roasted malt. Flavor is deep and rich - predominantly cocoa, some roasted nuts, with a pleasant residual sugar sweetness in the finish. Just a bit of palate cleansing bitter lager hops in the aftertaste. Great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nickd717 (4041) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 21, 2015
750ml bottle, all fancy-like. Pours darkest brown with garnet hues when held up to the light. The motherf***ing head is tan, enormous, and never goes away, like a jacked up Jersey Shore guido such as myself. Deal with it, bro. The aroma is nice, toasty with spicy, peppery noble hops. Somewhat sweet flavor with a touch of sugar coming through alongside the roast, ash, and bitter coffee. Dry and bitter finish. Medium-plus body with a dry and carbonated feel. Deece.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
commonshawn (986) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 13, 2015
Tap at bulldog ne. Nearly black with frothy white head. Malty toffee nose. Coffee, toffee, high malt. Creamy and thick. Small hop bite and bitterness. High alcohol taste. Full beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
hayduke (4460) - Eureka, California, USA - NOV 8, 2015
Sampled at GABF 2015. Ib the tasting glass this was black with a tan head. Nose of roasted malts with chocolate and coffee. Touch of citrus. Medium body. Flavor has the chocolate and coffee but some smoke as well Finishes bitter but not too bitter. Very good

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JohnGalt1 (1434) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 26, 2015
pours deep dark walnut brown.... when held to a light the stem end of my glass glows a deep ruby.... Dark tan head sticks around for a bit leaving nice drapes of crusty lacing. The nose is roasty.... a bit coffee like... some dark toast is rounded out by hints of malty sweetness.... smells pretty clean. Flavor mirrors the aromas.... very clean... no fruity esters... just nice malty goodness. The body is a solid medium... carbonation is good small bubble... everpresent. Interesting brew... I would drink it sooner than later... I doubt cellaring will do anything to help an already fresh clean brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
That1Guy (2191) - Colorado, USA - SEP 24, 2015
750 oz bottle on 01/27/15. Surprisingly, no real signs of oxidation. Pleasantly surprised. Pours pitch black with a huge tan head with great retention. This is one good looking beer. Great roast character on the nose with plenty of dark chocolate. Lots of chocolate in the flavor and a nice bitter finish. Finishes incredibly clean. Excellent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bill Becker (729) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - SEP 13, 2015
It pours the complete opposite of white, lol. Nice offwhite head of foam that’s not a stayer but it makes up for it with the lacing. I get smoke, chocolate, and an overall very malty nose With a mild hop bitterness in the smell. I dig the smell so.... Plenty of that ^ in the taste as well. Nice level of smoke with a very malty backbone that does not get overly sweet thanks to the ample amount of hop bitterness. It does finish decidedly on the malty side though and I am loving it. I notice some toffee as well. The abv is higher than I normally like for the style but it isn’t intrusive by any means. Fairly light bodied overall, the mouthfeel is still quite good. This is yet another very enjoyable Lager in a series of Lagers that I have tried recently. If you see it around your neck of the woods, give it a try!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
miyauchi38 (1086) - chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 10, 2015
Double black lager. 一口目の一瞬&

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