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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 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
3fourths (9146) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
adnielsen (10490) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SrSilliGose (3328) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
daknole (10883) - 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 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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
joeneugs (5814) - 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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Capa (2758) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - AUG 30, 2016
Black with tab head. Medium thin body. Light roast, coffee, smoke, dark malt. Quick finish. Really nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (8206) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wedgie9 (2638) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - APR 25, 2012
Tasted on 4/25/12 from a 650mL capped bomber bottle sent to me by hannont. Pours nearly black dark brown, with a thin beige head that leaves average lace. The nose is nutty with dark and milk chocolate, and a nice note of coffee. The flavor is much lighter up front, moving to the darker chocolate, cocoa nib, and coffee notes, with just a touch of nuttiness. The body is light with average carbonation and a long nutty coffee with milk and dark chocolate, and cocoa nib finish. This beer is awesome.

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