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RATINGS: 44   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59   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)


4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
brewolf (169) - Wilderness, WA, USA, - MAR 25, 2012
UPDATED: MAR 26, 2012 Deep mahogany, translucent at the edges, with a creamy tan head. Nose is fresh roast, black bread, bitter cocoa, and a touch of smoke. Flavor also has a rich and earthy umami quality. Body is thin, carb is soft, and abundant roasted dryness leads toward a lightly bitter, smoke-kissed finish. The light body, ample roast, and smoky dryness stunningly complements something like a rich chocolate ganache dessert. At 4.8%, you CAN have it with dessert because it is not already one in itself. My favorite schwarz.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
deyholla (6514) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - MAR 10, 2012
Big thanks to Tom for this one! Pours a hazy brown with a slight copper hue and a brown head that dissipates nearly completely. Aroma has a good amount of espresso with some roasted malt and bread notes with a hint chocolate. Flavor has a good amount of roast and a hint of smoke with a bit of bitter chocolate and coffee in the finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GJF (1237) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - JAN 12, 2012
Very black pour, brownish head. Malty, smoky aroma. Lots of roasted malt flavor. Starts out more like a stout in flavor profile, but flavor doesn’t last--a clean finish more like a lager. Well done.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
madvike (2682) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 31, 2011
Bottle - Pours rich mahogany, dark with a big foamy tan head. Nose is big rich malt, nutty with a hint of dark chocolate, coffee, and just a touch of smoke. A nice milkiness covers the whole thing. Taste is bold nutty dark bread, coffee grounds, and a thin milkiness. It’s bold, but extremely smooth--a little dry, but not astringent. The carbonation tingles a bit on the finish, but it’s not overbearing. Very nice stuff.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
3fourths (7887) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 26, 2011
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2013 bottles. deep cola brown with a lasting dark tan head. toasted and scorched and blackened baked cracker malt with abundant soy / plum cola / char. frothy carbonation and smooth texture with delicious toastiness dryness. lingering charred biscuit and cracker malt finish. lovely.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SrSilligoose (3226) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - DEC 3, 2011
fresh bottle. aroma of fresh roasted coffee with a pleasant dry chocolate cocoa truffle note. a nice subtle meaty smokiness adds complexity. Taste is a pleasant bright roasted coffee and walnuts. great beer. heater allen might be the best brewery in the world.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
5000 (6211) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - NOV 26, 2011
Bottle:   Cola in color, perhaps a bit darker, large beige head, froamy, with nice lacing.   Soft roasted malt nose, a little ash and charred wood.   Smooth malt base, not heavy, but fairly silky.   Mild sweetness, roasty but not acrid or bitter.   I had my doubts when I opened it, but glad I did!   Body and mouthfeel are moderate.   Clean roasty finish.   This one is straight forward and simple, but very clean and appealing.   Not my favorite style of beer, from the few that I have had I can say this one is pretty damn smooth.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Reid (1860) - Salem,Oregon, Oregon, USA - APR 20, 2011
22 oz. bottle from Roth’s Sunnyside Market, S.Salem. $4.29 black beer, with an excellent tan head, that seems so thick and creamy. Malty chocolate milk aromas, with a subtle hazlenut back ground. Taste is of mild esspresso coffee, semi-sweet chocolate and gooey caramel. Nice. Ok on the palate..has low carbonation, which i liked. Overall a very nice easy going beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (6782) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - AUG 27, 2010
Courtesy of sebletitje. Pours clear striking mahogany with thin off white head. The aroma is pretty bold with pleasing levels of earthiness, smooth smoke, chocolate and roasty malts. The taste is smooth and nearly creamy yet with a fairly thin body pushing up notes of roasty malts, chocolate, earthiness, bitter chocolate, a touch of spicy hops and faint smoke. The malts dry it out a bit into the finish. Smooth tasty sessionable solid brew.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sebletitje (6594) - Enghien, BELGIUM - AUG 15, 2010
cheers to googzoid10 for the trade. Heater Allen has the talent of nailing down basic beer styles and this one is another good example of their craftmanship. Dark brown, light tan head. Aroma, chocolate malts, cocoa powder, earthly nose, mild touch of smoke. Flavors, nice roasted malts, chocolate and cocoa with touch of molasses and smoked malts. Solid as per usual, light palate with a mild touch of hop bitterness. Dry with a mild spicy finish.


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