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RATINGS: 50   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66   IBU: 30   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)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (6563) - 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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kmweaver (3207) - 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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
spikester (604) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
boFNjackson (4187) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sebletitje (7473) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GJF (1351) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - JAN 12, 2012
Very black pour, brownish head. Malty, smoky aroma. Lots of roasted malt flavor. Starts out more like a stout in flavor profile, but flavor doesn’t last--a clean finish more like a lager. Well done.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brokensail (12498) - Orange County, California, USA - JAN 7, 2013
Dark brown pour with a khaki head. Nose is roasted malt, dark chocolate, coffee, and earthy hops. A light acididty, slight toffee sweetness, and some toasted bread. Nice roasted malt and coffee flavor. Mild toffee sweetness, earthy hops, coffee grounds, and a light bitterness. A slight acidity on the finish. A bit of chocolate to it as well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - SEP 8, 2008
From the bottle. Pours black with a tall tan head. Roasty dark chocolate nose, more of a coffee note coming through in the finish. Quite a bit of hops come through in the finish. Palate is fairly smooth, but feels a bit thin. Some of the Czech tmavy schwarzbier’s that I’ve had built up more of a warm caramel flavor to them, I really enjoy that character, but this didn’t seem to find that, siding more towards the porter realm with a roasty chocolate dominate flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
riversideAK (5738) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bytemesis (4254) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAR 21, 2015
Bottle. Pours clear dark ruby black, medium creamy tan head, dissipates slowly, nice lacing. Aroma is roasty, smoky, ashtray. Flavor is light sweet, very light bitter, roasty, tobacco notes. Medium body, low acidity.

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