kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
black with ruby edges, fine beige head,
sweet dark chocolate aroma with light bitterness,
sweet caramel and chocolate flavor, hint of roasted adds the only balance to the sweet malts,
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 12/20
Sammy (10783) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 14, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Substantial roasty and malty aroma. Touch of lace, not completely black. Very fresh and creamy medioum mouthfeel. Some chocolate and a hin of coffee. A very nice beverage and good for its style.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 18, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the Wausau brewpub on 6/24/07: Pours a mostly opaque with dark brown edges and a small, frothy light tan head. Aroma of lightly sweet dark caramel and toasty roasted German malt with a light noble hoppiness. Body starts full and toasty dark malty sweet with good authenticity and bitter balance toward an enjoyable roasty bittersweet dark chocolate finish. A great Schwarzbier!
FROTHINGSLOSH (6484) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 5, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2007 Sampled on draft at the Cranberry Twp PA location this beer poured a black color with a small tan head. The aroma is light coffee, roasty malts and a hint of chocolate. The flavor is bitter with a subdued roastiness and light coffee. There is a hint of floral hops on the finish. The body is smooth. Tastes more like a porter than a schwartzbeer to me.
Rastacouere (6174) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 10, 2005
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Absolutely lovely roasted malt aroma wastes no time pointing out its vast chocolate and coffee range of flavours, but on the way procuring warming brown sugar and blackberry sensations. The body is dark brown, covered by a forever lasting rocky pale brown head. Eminently light bodied and easy to drink, but flavour focused and creamy, the engaging and cleasing carbonation makes you enjoy it all the most, it is almost crisp. One of the many exciting American schwazbiers.
Skyview (5464) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - DEC 27, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On draught at the brewpub in Wausau, Wisconsin. Pours a dark cola brown brew with a creamy off-white head that has some good retention and thick lacing. Aroma of dark black malt, some flowery hops, a touch of chocolate and coffee. taste is medium bodied, light carbonation with flavors of dark roasted black malt, flowery hops with little bitterness and a touch of smoked wood. Finish is semi-sweet, with a toasted dark malt aftertaste that quickly disappears.
cheap (5152) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 5, 2007
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2007 On tap at the H&H in Cranberry township PA near Pittsburgh. As you’d expect a dark rather opague brew. However, held against the sunlight I can see an ever so dim shade of reddish brown in there. Aroma of coffee and raostyness is ever apparent and preasant. Tannish head fades to a ring around the edge of the glass. All that remains is a froth on top. Oh yes, your schwartzbeer flavors are there. I think this may taste better than some of the other schartzbeers I’ve had from the bottle. A little bitterness in there that lets you know it has personality, but it is not offensive. The finish does have a linger hang that lasts for a while, but again it is not terribly offensive. Easy to enjoy dark beer. Good example of a dark beer. Tastes quite abit like their stout.
tiggmtl (4544) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 10, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Lightly roasty aroma is quite sweet with notes of chocolate, soy and grain. Clear mahogany brown coloured body with ruby highlights is topped by a dense and lasting fine bubbled tan head. Chewy, sweet malts up front with a fairly roasty back end. Medium light body with soft, lively carbonation. Sampled at GABF 2005.
muzzlehatch (4420) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - SEP 16, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draught sample at the brewpub, late July 2006. Jet, thick body, near-opaque with lots of lace and a bit of remaining snowy head....huge, I mean huge roastiness in the nose, it’s blackened malts and bitter coffee and chocolate exploding all over with anise showing up for even more interest....creamy, silky mouthfeel is just gorgeous to sip or chug, but loads of roasty-burnt grains throughout let you know what you’re drinking....touches of dry molasses and perhaps a bit of oaky-whisky character....a stunner, an absolute stunner and more proof that this brewpub is one of the best-kept secrets of the midwest.
Nate (3998) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 28, 2007
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
On tap. Chocolatey with toasted grain notes and mild coffee. A bit of fruity hops. Smells quite a bit like a porter. Dark brown-black clear with a thin tan head. Medium body with light carbonation. Starts with some mild DMS, Twizzlers, and mild coffee grainy character. Papery stale hoppiness with light tangy finish. Very little bittrness. Could be drier.