noncaloric (684) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 6, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap, just as Schwarzbier. Pours a nearly black brown with a bit of off-white head, only temporary lace. Modest malt aroma. First impression on flavor is a generous dose of chocolate malt, which I really appreciate. As it opens up, the tart fruit elements of roasted malt emerge. Tasty. Medium to full body, only slightly carbonated.
Skyview (5023) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - MAY 4, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draught at the Great Dane downtown Madison location as simply Great Dane Schwarzbier. Pours an opaque dark brown colored brew with a thick tan head that has some nice retention but minimal lacing. Aroma of toasted dark malt, a hint of chocolate and some mild coffee. Taste is medium bodied, flavors of toasted dark malt, some flowery hops and a touch of chocolate. Finish is smooth and a nice aftertaste of toasted dark malt chocolate and some roasted nuts.
phishpond417 (2089) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 3, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap today at the Great Dane, downtown location: Poured a dark black colour with a big tan head. Aroma is super rich with heavily roasted malts, burned coffee and noticeable smokiness. Taste is firm malty and pleasent although there is something about even the darkest of beers brewed by the Great Dane that they always end up with this thin finish. Not sure what it is. Anyway, good beer overall.
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JAN 1, 2008
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draft at the brewpub. Poured a dark brown color. Clear red light shone through when held up to the window. The head was khaki with good retention and lacing. Not much in the way of aroma other than subdued chocolate. Slightly sweet on the tongue with ample carbonation. Chocolate dominated the flavor, but thee were also cola, coffee, and nut accents. Like most scwartzbiers, this one doesnít have much to be excited about.
DavidP (1745) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 3, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black body under a large light tan head. Mild roasty chocolate aroma with a touch of lactic acidity. Thereís a strong dark chocolate/patent flavor with some dark malt astringency; roast acidity in the finish. Unbalanced in favor or roasty astringency.
jewedekind (450) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 12, 2006
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Back on tap for the cooler months. A rich blood red/black in the glass with a generous head. Slight coffee and roastiness and dark chocolate. Full in the mouth, but clean as a lager should be. Well crafted.
Ughsmash (6666) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 19, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2005 On tap at the Madison brewpub. Clear deep mahogany pour with wisps of beige head. Intricate lacing followed it down. Aroma picked up sweet, roasted milk chocolate and some fresh coffee. Fresh coffee, roasted grains, smooth caramel, and heaps of smooth milk chocolate in the flavor, as well as some bittering hoppage. Lighter-bodied, but smooth on the palate... almost like cola. Sweet, roasty milk chocolate finish with a hint of caramel. Flavors moved across the palate well. Enjoyed it.
1FastSTi (3150) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 14, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours to a really dense khaki head atop a black body. Nice lacing. The aroma has roasted malts, molasses, and that typical Schwarzbier aroma like Sprecherís. The flavor has milk chocolate and coffee. Black malt. Light bitterness. This is almost a porter + stout mix. The palate is creamy yet a little thin. It is easy drinking, however.
badgerben (4253) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - NOV 21, 2004
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black color with a very thin head. The aroma is a barely existent whiff of barley. The taste makes up for it with a nice hit of thick molasses and malt. Moderately bitter.
GermanBrews76 (675) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 5, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
somewhat ruby hued, but mostly black. thin, brown head. somewhat raostey, chocolatey, a bit earthy and caramely. smooth, chocolatey, and a bit of effervescence to cleanse the mouth.