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RATINGS: 47   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61   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)


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JUL 26, 2009
Shared by ygtbsm94. Respectable schwarzbier. Lots of cola and dark chocolate, just a bit of chalkiness from the yeast to detract.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
markwise (4564) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 13, 2010
Thanks sebletitje for the share. Pours dark brown with a khaki head. Nose is slight smoke, malt, herbs, and light coffee. Flavor is similar with malt, slight coffee, some smoke, and some herbs. Medium bodied and pretty nicely mild overall.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
argo0 (11818) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 26, 2009
(22oz bottle, thanks ygtbsm94) Medium beige head atop cola black body. Aroma is moderately sweet, cocoa, coffee, caramel, some molasses, smoke. Taste is moderately sweet, coffee, bittersweet chocolate/cocoa, caramel, some earthy, light smoke. Sticky medium body.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Reid (1989) - Salem, 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.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
boFNjackson (4184) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 3, 2009
Bottle... Poured a deep ruby-almost black with with a beige head. Aroma was very toasty with grains and dark fruits. A good carbonation the palate. Lots of roasted malts with dark, brown sugars with a chocolate influence. The finish was dry.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - OCT 4, 2009
Bottle shared by ygtbsm94 on 7/26/09: Pours a barely transparent dark mahogany with a thin wispy-lacing light tan head. Aroma of smoky roasted dark malt and a touch of graininess. Starts with good fullness and rich dark caramel and chocolate flavor with a nice smoky finish. A well-balanced and enjoyable brew.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (7212) - 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 (7027) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
bitbucket (2159) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - MAY 25, 2009
22. Thanks, BVC! Pours translucent blackish brown, no head. Just a little chocolate and bread in the nose. Light, watery body and carbonation. Chocolate citrus taste. Dry finish. Could use a few more bubbles.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 18, 2009
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2009 Updated Rating 11/30/09: bomber from John’s Market - thin, cola brown pour with trade head to the edges; toffee, cookies, lager yeast sweetness and faint smokiness; texture is quite light with sweet malt and light toffee, caramel and nutty flavors; get some smoke again that wasn’t noticeable when first sampled; thin overall, but quite nice with the touch of smoke being what stands out this time IMO

Original Rating 2/18/09 (3.4 overall): 22 oz. bottle - thanks bvc! light brown with thin off-white head; very mild compared to the shorts that we tasted at the same time; roasted caramel, chocolate, malt and quite dry; thin texture


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