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RATINGS: 43   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58   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 weíre back in real Schwarzbier territory now, especially after reading more about the dark beers of old Eastern Europe. The beerís 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. Itís also excellent with just about any chocolate dessert! (1.013 BG, 4.6%, 30 IBU, 28 SRM)


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
theisti (3175) - 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!

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 Johnís 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 wasnít 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

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7129) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
5000 (6180) - 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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
madvike (2658) - 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. Itís bold, but extremely smooth--a little dry, but not astringent. The carbonation tingles a bit on the finish, but itís not overbearing. Very nice stuff.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
craftycarl21 (2205) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (5789) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
argo0 (11317) - 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.

3.7
   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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
deyholla (6486) - 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.


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