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RATINGS: 50   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 138   ABV: 4.6%
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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bb (7306) - Alamo, California, USA - MAR 30, 2014
Bottle. Dark brown/black beer with a tan head. Light smoke and light caramel aroma. Caramel and light roast flavor with light smoke, light citrus, and light chocolate. Medium bodied. Caramel and light roast lingers with light citrus and light coffee.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
joeneugs (3980) - Livermore, California, USA - MAR 23, 2014
On tap at Mikkeller Bar. It pours black with a one finger, tight khaki head. The aroma is roasted and dry with chocolate, coffee and a hint of Dr. Pepper. The flavor is velvety and full bodied with a bright minty hop character and cocoa, coffee and subtle Dr. Pepper cherry spice. Lightly minty florals and chocolate in the finish. A spectacular beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hopped_Silly (418) - California, USA - FEB 26, 2014
22oz bottle. No date. I assume fresh, because it was from the first round of distribution to SF. Served chilled and let come up in temp. Guinness glass. Deep, dark brown pour, with a thin khaki head. Focused aromas of chocolate, roasted nuts and roasted grain, with a hint of sweet, smoky, charr. Mouthfeel is smooth, creamy, full and round, with a medium-light lager weight. Very friendly, with a very slight, dusty bitterness. Flavors of dark chocolate, subtle raisins, mild sweet smoke, ash and roasted grain. Great lingering flavors of dark chocolate, roasted grain and mildly sweet smoke. Overall, wonderful balance and mouthfeel, with good balanced flavors of mainly chocolate and sweet smoke. While I don't have much experience with Schwarz style lagers, this was very enjoyable. Light smoke is very well integrated. While it drinks fine chilled, I enjoyed it more near 60-65 degrees. I can only imagine this will go well with the right foods. --- tasted while on a long journey to understand the world around me...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
daknole (10112) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 23, 2013
Dark brown pour, brown head. Nice chocolate up front, some ashy notes, asphalt, hints of smoke, tar, roast. Great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Prufrockstar (1388) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 15, 2013
Bottle shared with friends. Pours medium brown, no real head: aroma is malty - dark fruit, caramel, roasty, chocolate. Taste: nice and sweet, with nice short dry finish. Palate: light body, good carbonation, slick texture. Overall: I really like this beer, and want to find more of this style. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (6955) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 27, 2013
Bomber from Beermongers. Pours a dark mahogany color with a large beige head. A sweet nose of light smoke, some leather, chocolate. The flavor is excellent: fruity hops, smoke, tobacco, light bitter chocolate. Light bitterness throughout, mixed with smoky malts and berries. Very damn good. Easy and hell.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
adnielsen (10028) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 15, 2013
Bottle with MJ. Thanks bro! Pours a deep brown appearance with a creamy lasting brown head. Fairly roasty, chocolate, light coffee, light smoke, a bit bready aroma. Silky mouthfeel. Delicious roasted malt, light mineral, light caramel, chocolate, dry herbal flavor. There’s just a touch of smoke in the nose and in the flavor, but apparently they don’t add any smoked malt. Maybe the best Schwarzbier I’ve ever had. FUCK YEAH.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 9, 2013
In short: A very soft black lager. Clean and well-made but without ‘oomph’.
How: Bottle 22oz, consumed approximately one month after purchase, bottle sent to me by mcberko, thanks a lot Matt.
The look: Near black body with ruby highlights topped by a beige ring of foam.
In long: Nose is soft roast, herbal and green grass sensation. Taste has milk chocolate (really milky sensation here), medium roast, whole-wheat bread, soft black liquorice candy, fresh tobacco leafs. Very mild bitterness. This is a very smooth beer, very good but maybe a little too smooth even for the session beer lover that I am. Lacks that ‘something-special’ that most other Heater Allen beers have. A bit of a disappointment coming from the USA lager masters, but I liked it, because I love beer, most of my days are spent either obsessing about all the beers I want to drink or wondering what color of scarf Johnny Depp is wearing, and my therapist is not sure which of these two problems we should address first.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 4, 2013
Bottle from Corvallis. Pours a deep brown, lightly hazed with an offwhite head. Nose is toast and cocoa, some charcoal notes and nuts. On tasting, it is a bit too roast forward and nutty. Really clean and crisp, balanced bitterness overall, just a bit too much dark malt character, imo. Really nice beer, though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
craftycarl21 (2295) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 23, 2013
Bottle thanks to GT2! Cola colored pour. Really great roasted malt, bitter chocolate, espresso, and touches of sweet caramel, though with a crisp and ultra clean mouthfeel. Damn good.

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