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RATINGS: 54   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bacterial (2454) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUN 26, 2015
Brown pour with an off white head. Roasted malt and slightly smoked nose. Again in the taste, sweet toasty malt and a hint of smoke in the finish. Really nice. Having this with a pizza with bacon, pulled pork and smoked sausage with a white sauce and damn it’s nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brentv (533) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 31, 2015
From bottle. Pours black with a reddish tint when held to the light. Dense creamy beige head that leaves sticky rings on the glass. Sweet chocolate coffee aroma. Chocolate and coffee flavors, sweetness balanced by the bitter. Creamy mouthfeel. Bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Reid (2138) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
marcus (8001) - Sacramento, California, USA - AUG 11, 2014
Bottle from Capitol Beer & Tap Room. Pours dark brown with a thick beige head and a chocolate and treacle aroma. There is a smoky chocolate and dark molasses flavor with a slightly bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sarlacc83 (1540) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 24, 2015
Bottle from Whole Foods. A: Pure black with a wispy cappuccino head. Lacing. N: Cocoa, coffee, bark dust, touch of smoke, doughiness, peppercorn, earth and leafiness, T: Sweet and bitter in medium portions and in a yin-yang balance. M: Light body, creamy carbonation, no alcohol. Falls swiftly down the throat. O: Fantastic beer. The tasty flavors of a roasty stout with the easy drinking aspect of a lager. I buy this periodically just to remind myself how good it is.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
conway (2171) - - JUN 5, 2015
Bottle. Dark cola with tan head. Tons of chocolate, coffee, pretzel and a tiny bit of smoke. Really delicious.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
theisti (3588) - 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!

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
5000 (6600) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
madvike (3135) - 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.

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