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RATINGS: 80   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   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 (1576) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
That1Guy (2085) - Greeley, 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 (582) - 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 (896) - chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 10, 2015
Double black lager. 一口目の一瞬&

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Iphonephan (4765) - McLean, Virginia, USA - JUN 15, 2015
From a 75 cl bottle. Pours a murky cola with a very thick tan head with staying power. Chocolatey nose. Flavors o burnt toast, leather and figs. Smooth velvety finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (6801) - Brier, Washington, USA - JUN 4, 2015
750, capped and taped, with a little necker that includes instructions. Pours a near-opaque dark ebony with dark brown highlights at the edges. Dense and creamy tan mousse on top; this goes away fairly quickly. Big roasty nose, beautiful toasty dark malts and toasted black bread crusts with black walnuts and a sweet cola or maybe Dr Pepper note in the background. Creamy thick body with lively carb. A couple people at the table were positive it couldn’t be a lager due to the heavy body. Toasty malts, black walnuts, and soft lightly sweet cola on the mid palate. Oats come through toward the finish. Long toasty nutty finish, slightly sweet. Probably worth repeats, especially at the price.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
stevoj (3023) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 24, 2015
Bottle from Albertsons, poured into my Kostritzer chalice. Pours out inky black with soft tan head. Big aroma of roasted malts, taste follows with lots of toast grain bitterness. This is right on the zone and could proudly stand with any German Schwarz.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
hman43 (693) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - APR 25, 2015
It pours with a big head that is brown with lacing. It is dark brown with little light coming through the glass. It has aromas of chocolate and roasted malts. It also has a bit of a smell of herbs. The roasted malts come through heavily in the flavor with moderate bitterness and smooth.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JMCtime (80) - Washington, USA - APR 18, 2015
Dark and rich. Lots of flavors. Some malt, some chocolate and a little sweetness. Overall very good.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
IndianaRed (3042) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 7, 2015
On Tap dark brown, mahogany edges. Thin wispy light tan head. Roasted earthy aroma and flavor. Strange musty notes, a bit off, or maybe I just dont get it. Big for a Shwarz and Im not sure I love it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
crossovert (9721) - Illinois, USA - MAR 14, 2015
Draft. Dark pour. This is a stout-like schwarzbier, i feel bad giving it a super god rating because it is not to style whatsoever. Huge cocoa notes and a smoothness that is lacking in many other imperial lagers of this type.

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