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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 (6089) - 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 (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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
spikester (603) - 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 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 (5591) - 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 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Nikiel (875) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 27, 2012
Bottle from Portland Bottle Shop. Pours dark brown/black with tan foam. Smells mildly roasty with a nice sweetness. Tastes light and lightly roasty with sweet malts.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7834) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 13, 2012
Bottle. Pours with a deep cola brown hued body with a medium sized tan head with good lace and retention. Aromas are nutty, medium melanoidin, cola, anise, espresso. Seems like their is a bit of a fruity hop character to it. Molasses. Flavors are dry, roasted grain, nutty, medium leather, grainy, chocolate, dry coffee grounds. A bit overly roasty, malt flavor is slightly muddled. Clean. Very dry. Medium carbonation, slightly thinner body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Glouglouburp (5956) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 9, 2013
In short: A very soft black lager. Clean and well-made but without ‘oomph’.
How: Bottle 22oz, consumed approximately one month after purchase, bottle sent to me by mcberko, thanks a lot Matt.
The look: Near black body with ruby highlights topped by a beige ring of foam.
In long: Nose is soft roast, herbal and green grass sensation. Taste has milk chocolate (really milky sensation here), medium roast, whole-wheat bread, soft black liquorice candy, fresh tobacco leafs. Very mild bitterness. This is a very smooth beer, very good but maybe a little too smooth even for the session beer lover that I am. Lacks that ‘something-special’ that most other Heater Allen beers have. A bit of a disappointment coming from the USA lager masters, but I liked it, because I love beer, most of my days are spent either obsessing about all the beers I want to drink or wondering what color of scarf Johnny Depp is wearing, and my therapist is not sure which of these two problems we should address first.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bb (6784) - Alamo, California, USA - MAR 30, 2014
Bottle. Dark brown/black beer with a tan head. Light smoke and light caramel aroma. Caramel and light roast flavor with light smoke, light citrus, and light chocolate. Medium bodied. Caramel and light roast lingers with light citrus and light coffee.

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