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RATINGS: 26   MEAN: 3.56/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 147   ABV: 4.9%
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3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUL 1, 2005
On-tap at the brewpub: Dark cola black with a thinning red hue around the edges. Thin and stable off-tanned rocky head of froth sits atop and hardly ever moves, even while consumed by hungry, thirsty, desparate beasts such as myself on this day. Lacing seems to stick in a precarious leaf-like fashion. Aroma is not much to speak (or smell) of, but is pretty clean and respectful with a solid showing of a black malt base. Tender and sweet with a simple little roast hint. Baked red apples dart across with some noting. Flavors are good with the black malt taking full control allowing a light frothy body and simple sweetened edge to play under the medium roasted blackened malt. Not super tangy nor chocolatey. But it does have a bit of both emerging in different areas as it sits. Chocolate/cocoa tends to win out more towards the finish with a soft lingering dryness. The tangyness is whats left behind late. Feel is adequate, if not all together, in harmony with the flavors, at first, it seemed a bit empty and plain with just a nudge of malt and roast, but as it warmed this truly entered into its own bringing a more substantiated character. Surely it should not have been served in a frosted/chilled pint glass. Smooth and easy, with just the right amount of everything (once it warmed) to make this a pretty solid offering as a Schwarzbier; and damn drinkable too.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheDean (786) - MIlwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 27, 2004
Interesting beer that taste a lot like soda (or as they call it in these parts, pop). not bad, but nothing overly good.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
maxwellplum (54) - USA - NOV 15, 2004
It goes down good, before the grill, during the grill, and well after the grill. Nice mix of hops and malt. It just goes down good.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Andrew196 (1091) - Katy, Texas, USA - JUN 20, 2004
Well done, Im not too familiar with the style, but I feel like this one hit it on the nose. Excellent roasted malt, with a nice hoppy zip towards the end.....a bit on the thin side, but it went down well.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ElGaucho (2200) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - JUN 8, 2004
Heavy roasted sweet malt aroma. Small, light brown head that is diminishing. Excellent lace. Dark reddish black in color. Moderately sweet and bitter. Medium bodied with average carbonation level. Has a hint of the nice hoppy finish that the Town Hall Altbier has. Very nice.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
jewedekind (450) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 5, 2004
large, smoky, dry lager. Deep brown (not black)with a slight white head. Huge malt character in nose and flavor. Nice lingering dry finish. Nice job.


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