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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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
deyholla (9997) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
NobleSquirrel (3439) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 4, 2013
Bottle from Corvallis. Pours a deep brown, lightly hazed with an offwhite head. Nose is toast and cocoa, some charcoal notes and nuts. On tasting, it is a bit too roast forward and nutty. Really clean and crisp, balanced bitterness overall, just a bit too much dark malt character, imo. Really nice beer, though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Prufrockstar (1980) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 15, 2013
Bottle shared with friends. Pours medium brown, no real head: aroma is malty - dark fruit, caramel, roasty, chocolate. Taste: nice and sweet, with nice short dry finish. Palate: light body, good carbonation, slick texture. Overall: I really like this beer, and want to find more of this style. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 3, 2014
22 oz bottle. Dark brown with beige froth. Nose is coffee bean, black walnut, caramel and hay. Silky medium body with a clean, crisp tang. Taste is mocha, black licorice and quinine with a hint of sweetness. Simple beer, perfect execution. Another "best in style" from these folks.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
skoisirius (1908) - Earth, Washington, USA - MAY 31, 2014
Another almost perfect replication of the style from HA. Nice and nutty, malty, and a bit roasty towards the finish. Great brew.

   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 (606) - 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 (4200) - 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 (9263) - 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 (1510) - 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.

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