phaleslu (9019) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 20, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at the brewpub, served in a half-liter dimpled mug. Pours a deep hazy brown, nearly opaque, with amber highlights around the edges and a finger of tan head that forms a lasting cap atop the liquid while lacing the glass. Roasted and toasted malts, chocolate, tobacco, cream, burnt sugar, and earth. Light-medium bodied, with moderate to medium carbonation and a toasty, roasty, earthy, slightly sweet mouthfeel. Good schwarzbier. I’d give it the slight edge over the doppelbock.
Chudwick (2734) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - JAN 14, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at brewery - April 1st used to start the new year or so I’m told. This is January and the April beer is already available. Coincidence or convenience or both or neither. Slight roast nose. Caramel and dark malts. Light to medium body. Short finish. Sessionable.
b3shine (7862) - Indiana, USA - APR 7, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft to taster at HB. Looks good; a semi-transparent dark brown with foamy beige head that steadily dissipates into lacing. Smells of dark malt. Tastes of dark malt too, only better, and with some caramel and chocolate. Average on the palate. Solid beer.
Daytonbeer (726) - Ohio, USA - APR 24, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Liter at Newport Hofbrauhaus. Almost jet black with big tan head. Aroma of hard chocolate candy. Taste is the same with coffee and a touch of hops on the backend. Overall a very enjoyable beer.
DrSilverworm (9672) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 7, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the Hofbrauhaus in Newport, in a liter-mug. Black color. Thin khaki head. Some lace. Lighter, crisp carbonation, good dry texture. I think the bartender said that this batch was hoppier than usual... It is indeed hoppy. Nice, dark roasty malts, some chocolate. Good flavor. Good, robust rich light bitter taste. Great schwarzbier.
JaBier (6657) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - APR 6, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Liter at Hofbrauhaus Newport. Clear darkest brown pour with a big tan head. Aroma of malt, bread, roast and lager yeast. Malty and roasty flavor with some noble hops before a bready finish. Solid schwarzbier.
Tmoney99 (13161) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 8, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft. Poured dark brown color with medium off-white fizzy head that mostly lasted with fair lacing. Medium roasted dark malt aroma. Medium body with a sticky and soft carbonation. Medium flavor of roasted malt with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration. Interesting solid brew.
antzman (316) - Clarksville, Indiana, USA - APR 6, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at the Newport Hofbrauhaus. Pours a deep dark brown with very little head by the time it made it to my table. The aroma was full of roasted malts, chocolate. The flavor was spot on for a Schwarzbier. Roasted malts, coffee. Very balanced, and light on the palate.
3fourths (9016) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 21, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at the brewery. Dark brown color with a dark brown ale colored body. Clear. Head is dark burgundy and tan colored. Good rich chocolate notes in the nose. Biscuits and chocolate flavors dominate. Dry, oaky wood flavors as well. Well-made.
shigadeyo (3612) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 27, 2006
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 31, 2006 Draught only from the Hofbrauhaus in Newport, KY. This one was just made and very fresh! Very dark, almost black with a creamy off-white head that lingers. Very good roasted chocolate, almost coffee-like flavor. Well balanced, not too heavy on the palatte. A nice lingering, slightly bitter coffee-type finish. A good Newport Hofbrauhaus seasonal, but probably not really worth the $5.19 per half liter!