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RATINGS: 3   MEAN: 3.5/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
notalush (4962) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 2, 2012
Tap at Great Divide - labelled as "scharzbier" - dark ruby beer - thick, soapy lace - nose is dry and roasty, with a light mineral bite - flavor is similar - quite dry - medium roast and a light mineral note - dry cocoa, hints of smoke, and mild hop bitterness arrive late - some estery notes in the finish - pretty good, really - breaks the streak of crappy lagers from this brewery, as far as I am concerned.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
markwise (4524) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 16, 2012
On draft at Great Divide. Pours a light porter brown color with a white head. Nose is some earthy malts, slight sweet chocolate, and a hint of bitter dark chocolate. Flavor is similar to the nose with roasted malts, some sweet and some dark chocolate, and some earth. All told, a nice schwarz.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - MAY 22, 2012
On tap at the brewery in Denver, CO. Pours a black body with an inch thick, dense and creamy, light chocolate milk brown head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is crisp lager yeasts with some light fruit notes, a nice mix of dark and milky chocolates, a light roast, and a touch of earth. Flavor is bigger chocolates up front with more dark, but some milky notes offering a light sweetness. Some clean lager yeast behind the chocolate and a light fruit note. Some earth towards the end as the chocolate increases and this finishes dry with a light bitterness from the earth and the addition of a light roast. Light sweetness to balance before leaving a lengthy aftertaste with the roast really coming out. Light-medium, soft, smooth body and a creamy, moderate carbonation. Overall, not quite true to style, but I like the take on this. Lots of chocolate and some roasts that help this dry cleanly with a light earth. Kind of like a lagered stout.


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