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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
argo0 (11181) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
boFNjackson (4026) - 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.

   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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
troopie (2292) - Munchen an der Willamette, Oregon, USA - FEB 15, 2009
Bottle. Poured black with thin fast disappearing beige head. Aroma of malt, coffee and caramel. Malty flavour, with more coffee and caramel. Thin finish, with a bit of hop. A good workaday swartbier.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
riversideAK (5560) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - FEB 11, 2009
Nice clean aroma of dark malts with a light underlying sweetness. Pours very dark brown with a light tan head. The flavor is also very clean with light roast, and a touch of underlying sweetness, chocolate, caramel. Medium body, clean crisp lager finish. Not amazing, but well made and clean.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
spikester (602) - Salem, Oregon, USA - JAN 15, 2009
A bomber from Market of Choice in West Linn, Oregon. Pours almost black with one finger tan head and plentiful lacings. Aroma was mild floral hops and caramel. Taste is blended dark cocoa malt flavor with the earthy bitter hops. Palate is silky smooth with mild carbonation. Overall not a Wow beer but super drinkable and very tasty. Am looking forward to visiting the brewer and having it on tap.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kmweaver (3206) - Petaluma, California, USA - NOV 17, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2013 22oz bottle, courtesy of bvc. Thanks, Brandon! Pours a very dark, cherry-wooden color; light-tan head with fine-bubbled lacing. Lots of roasted malts, coffee, and basic nougat in the aroma; chocolatey and balanced. Medium mouthfeel: solid carbonation, dark bitter chocolate, cocoa, and some chewy nougat / caramel; some cola at the perimeter. Medium finish: cocoa, cola, and toasty malts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (5937) - Brier, Washington, USA - NOV 2, 2008
22. Thanks, BVC! Crystal clear ruddied dark amber with loose, sudsy tan head. Nice mild black bread and roast nose. Mild, almost watery body. Cookieish, black bready, slightly molassesy mid-palate. Mild finish. Nice little schwarz.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
theisti (3093) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - OCT 17, 2008
22 oz bottle courtesy of DA. Pour is black ruby darkness, with a firm one inch tan head. Nice cascading settling. Aroma of roasted smoky maltiness and some sugar cherry sweetness. Both are pretty muted, though it comes across as soft and nicely melded. Taste roasted malt and the bright cherryish sweetness from the nose. The smokiness lingers nicely through the aftertaste. Some cocoa in the taste as well. It has a lighter side of medium unfiltered palate which really nicely accents and brings out the roastiness. Well made and super drinkable. Thanks for sending this my way Derek!

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