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RATINGS: 44   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
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This black lager combines a big roasted malt character with plentiful additions of aromatic hops. Magnum, Cascade, Columbus, Centennial and Cluster in the kettle, hopback and dry hop additions add a piney, resinous and light citrusy flavor and aroma. A bitter finish contrasts the full malty body. OG 16 Plato. March release.


2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Glouglouburp (5929) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 21, 2013
In short: A scented-coniferous hop orgy over chocolaty malts. A Schwarzbier for the Black IPA lover. Awkward perfumy hop profile that didnít work for me.
How: Bottle 500ml, consumed super-fresh a few days after purchase, bottle from lushawn but donít worry I disinfected the bottle.
The look: Clear dark ruby body topped by a large dark-beige head with good retention.
In long: The hop-forward nose is very coniferous, highly scented, a bit floral, and it all came together as almost perfume-like to me. Body is medium, plenty of soft bubbles, pillowy mouthfeel. In mouth the malts contribute a bit of flavor (slice of chocolate cake) but this beer is mainly a scented-coniferous hops orgy. Again that perfumy character. In a blind tasting, with the aroma and taste I would not have guessed this is a lager, this beer is so monstrously hoppy and with a hop bill that is so assertive that hops is pretty much all you taste. Very tasty but this was just not a type of hop bill that works for me. Can a beer like this be too fresh?!? I much prefer Jack Abbyís more restrained creations. Given how much I usually love Jack Abby I was as disappointed as that time I thought I bought a ticket to see the greatest movie ever but it was a triple bill showing Transformers - Blow - GI Joe.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pailhead (4414) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - JUL 28, 2013
Bottle: The aroma consists of chocolate, caramel, roast, and a touch of pine. It pours a dark brown with some orange highlights and a small khaki head that quickly fades to a thin film outlined by a soapy ring. The flavor starts with a quick dose of dark chocolate and faint caramel. The finish has moderate pine and light roast. Itís light-medium bodied light-moderate carbonation.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mikem409 (1462) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - JUL 28, 2013
Bottle. Thanks Jeff!! Pours black with off white head. Hop and slight toasted aroma. Taste is very grass bitter lots of roasted malts. Slightly sweet.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexsdad06 (4532) - Ohio, USA - JUL 2, 2013
500 ml bottle shared by DrSilverworm. Pours a dark cola brown color with a medium sized beige head. The aroma had roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, a splash of vanilla, with piney and earthy hops. The flavor opened with a big roasted malt and coffee burst; some earth and dark chocolate entered mid palate; the pine resiny notes were around throughout. Decent bitterness. This is a solid schwarzbier.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jkwood04 (3408) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 24, 2013
500ml bottle in a lager glass. Pours dark brown with a lacy, beige head. Aroma of citrusy and floral hops, roasted malts, and some dough. Flavor the same with a nice blend of everything. Average texture. The dark malts work well with the hops in this lager style beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (6998) - The íSham, Surrey, ENGLAND - JUN 13, 2013
Bottle, from the Beer Shop LTD, split at Tonys house - 19/05/13. Mahogony brown with a light tan head. Nose is dark malt, light soap, background hops, dark fruit. Taste comprises dark malts, sugars, light smoke, dark toffee fudge, hoppy backnotes. Medium bodied, fine carbonation, dryish finish. A very good Schwarzbier!

0.5
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
ejh8 (55) - - MAY 23, 2013
This is awful. Even for an IPA itís bad. The after taste lingers in the very worse way. Itís dark but gross. Hoppy but not happy. Itís growing hair on the back of our tongues like felt. Take away: donít buy beer from Framingham. F-

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
NielsenRatings (8273) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 18, 2013
Bottle @ home via trade with Ernesto987. Huge thanks! I just had two of the worst beers of my life and Iím going to try to not let that influence this rating. Pours a deep brown/black appearance with a spidery, dark brown head and nice retention. An amazing huge and potent, coffee, roasty malty aroma with some piney, burnt malty, a touch smoky, light citrusy aroma. Chocolate, uber roasty, burnt/smoky malty, spicy, very potent, piney hoppy flavor that finishes quite dry. Over the top, American-style version of a German classic, but quite tasty. Sure, I really like this but fucken a bro, it ainít the best Schwarzbier in the world, bros.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrSilverworm (5025) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 18, 2013
16.9oz bottle, thanks to Mike L. Shared with alexsdad06 and AndyReynolds. ABV labeled as 7%. Labeled "Cascadian Schwarzbier". Bottled March 2013. Dark brown color, nearly black, slightly clear around the edges. Good thin off-white slightly tan head. Nice lace. Nice big roasty malt flavor. Big piney, lightly earthy, herbal hop. Nice big spicy bitter taste. Medium to bigger body. Lighter, smooth carbonation. More dry texture. Nice long roasty piney herbal hop aftertaste. Some coffee in the aroma, light hint of chocolate. This stuff is awesome. Puts a lot of Black IPAs to shame. Love it. My kind of aggressive, assertive schwarzbier, never had one like this. Double version please?

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AndyReynolds (818) - Wilder, Kentucky, USA - MAY 18, 2013
Bottle thanks to DrSilverworm. Odd for certain, complex. Smokey and coffee in the aroma, but after it hits the taste buds it brings out the hops.


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