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RATINGS: 57   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 138   ABV: 4.6%
We recently changed this recipe to drop the smoked malt component to 5% from 8%, and like it even better than the last version. We think we’re back in real Schwarzbier territory now, especially after reading more about the dark beers of old Eastern Europe. The beer’s aroma is malty/espresso, with a hint of smoke. On the palate, malt, chocolate and espresso flavors take center stage, along with a hint of smoke. The sweet smokiness just offsets the more bitter/roasty notes, producing a smooth, rich brew. The hops provide balance, but virtually nothing to the aroma. This is the perfect beer to serve with a barbecued steak or tri-tip. It’s also excellent with just about any chocolate dessert! (1.013 BG, 4.6%, 30 IBU, 28 SRM)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Capa (2628) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - AUG 30, 2016
Black with tab head. Medium thin body. Light roast, coffee, smoke, dark malt. Quick finish. Really nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Marheb (4806) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 20, 2016
(Bouteille provenant de Bottlecraft Little Italy): Espresso, chocolat noir et grains fumés principalement. Relativement moelleux, très sec et légèrement ferreux.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
nealblind (1674) - Seattle, Alabama, USA - FEB 17, 2016
red brwon pour some foam not dark enough. Aroma nutty, caramel, firm smoke. Tastes ashtray fireplace, dry oaky smoke. some astringency. this much smoke is not necessary, but it’s pugent. mouthfeel is watery.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brentv (646) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 31, 2015
From bottle. Pours black with a reddish tint when held to the light. Dense creamy beige head that leaves sticky rings on the glass. Sweet chocolate coffee aroma. Chocolate and coffee flavors, sweetness balanced by the bitter. Creamy mouthfeel. Bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bacterial (2811) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUN 26, 2015
Brown pour with an off white head. Roasted malt and slightly smoked nose. Again in the taste, sweet toasty malt and a hint of smoke in the finish. Really nice. Having this with a pizza with bacon, pulled pork and smoked sausage with a white sauce and damn it’s nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
conway (2210) - - JUN 5, 2015
Bottle. Dark cola with tan head. Tons of chocolate, coffee, pretzel and a tiny bit of smoke. Really delicious.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
John25 (1291) - Middletown, New Jersey, USA - JUN 4, 2015
Bottle. Dark cola. A lot of roasty cocoa. Very drinkable and flavorful. Awesome. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sarlacc83 (1893) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 24, 2015
Bottle from Whole Foods. A: Pure black with a wispy cappuccino head. Lacing. N: Cocoa, coffee, bark dust, touch of smoke, doughiness, peppercorn, earth and leafiness, T: Sweet and bitter in medium portions and in a yin-yang balance. M: Light body, creamy carbonation, no alcohol. Falls swiftly down the throat. O: Fantastic beer. The tasty flavors of a roasty stout with the easy drinking aspect of a lager. I buy this periodically just to remind myself how good it is.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bytemesis (6614) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAR 21, 2015
Bottle. Pours clear dark ruby black, medium creamy tan head, dissipates slowly, nice lacing. Aroma is roasty, smoky, ashtray. Flavor is light sweet, very light bitter, roasty, tobacco notes. Medium body, low acidity.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
umich03jm (3466) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - MAR 17, 2015
Bottle dark brown pour with a messy film. Aroma is a mix of cream, cocoa and ash. Tastes similar but the ash stands out a bit. Thin to medium body. Solid easy to drink schwarz.

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