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RATINGS: 104   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7/5   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
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.

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   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
ejh8 (110) - - MAY 23, 2013
This is awful. Even for an IPA it’s bad. The after taste lingers in the very worse way. It’s dark but gross. Hoppy but not happy. It’s growing hair on the back of our tongues like felt. Take away: don’t buy beer from Framingham. F-

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hanoi (768) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - MAR 10, 2016
Bottle. Nose is already much bigger than I was expecting, coffee, roast malts, hint of cream, hints of latte, touch of dark chocolate. Taste is roast, malty, hint of honey, toast, smoke, slight citrus and pine hoppiness in the finish. Mouthfeel is rich. I’m very fond of a good German Schwarz, but I’ve never really loved one before, this is a properly brilliant example, with subtlety and depth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (17473) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 9, 2016
Bottle at home in CT. Pours rich brown with a frothy khaki head. Rich roasted malts in the nose, some cocoa, earth. Medium sweet flavor with hearty baking cocoa, dried tobacco, nicely rounded roasted malts, milk chocolate, a bit of scorched earth. Light to medium bodied with lively, massaging carbonation. Finishes with a richly dynamic chocolate character, more well roasted malts, cocoa, earth, leather, subtle dried berries, a little espresso. Excellent stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
canary dog (727) - Rutland, Vermont, USA - SEP 10, 2015
Nice sexy presentation with solid black stoutiness and rich foamy head. Taste is very roasty and stout-like. Bitterness is entrenched in the beer like a stout would be-- I’m not getting a pilsner type of hoppiness here. I don’t drink many stouts anymore, so my interpretation might be off; but I just don’t see the difference between this offering of Schwarzbier and a high quality craft-brewed stout. Maybe head to head I would notice the difference, as this beer would have less body. But when I see some call Schwarzbier the "black pilsner," I’m just not getting it here. This beer is not merely a black pilsner, but rather a light stout. There is still something to be said for successfully lagering a beer of this richness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
colui72 (564) - HONG KONG - JUN 28, 2015
Dark brown, big fluffy head. Aroma of roasted malt, taste is medium bitter, roasty and hoppy, but the taste vanishes quickly without leaving after taste. Decent, expected better after reading the ratings.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Koelschtrinker (15819) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - MAY 25, 2015
Würzig hopfiger Beginn mit angenehmer, später schwächelnder Röstigkeit. Vollmundig, sehr süffig. Röstig herber Nachgeschmack, hopfig. 10/12/11/11/10/11

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jredmond (7183) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 5, 2015
Bottle from VT shared with Paul. Pours a deep brown body with light tan lacing. Mouthfeel is light to medium with notes of soft roast, dirt, sweet earthy malt, light fruit and grain.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beersiveknown (4854) - NORTHERN IRELAND - APR 7, 2015
Bottle at home from alesela
dark brown-black, fluffy pale tan head, herbal piney bitterness with some roasty notes. Little hoppy character left but probably fairly decrepit at one year old. Nice enough if it were a stout but a tad disappointing as a CD lager.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bebum (688) - - MAR 8, 2015
Deep copper (SRM 23), clear coca-cola color, Medium body, intense flavor, moderate alcohol heat but high carbonation, lingering aftertaste. Moderately bitter and dry to the finish, sharp and mineral. Intense roast flavors, coffee, slightly smoky, hint of sweet malt. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Joel (114) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 20, 2015
Pours dark brown with a generous tan head. Nose is hoppy-- citrus, herbal, grassy. Tastes caramel, mild notes of chocolate. Big malty backbone with balanced with citrusy hops. Complex, not heavy, finishes mildly bitter. Very nice!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - DEC 28, 2014
Bottle: Thanks, Jeff. Pours black-hole black with only the darkest of rubies shining through the very edges. A foamy, beige head settles & fizzles quickly to a collar. Up front nose brings pungent, piney hops overshadowing a bold, roasty backbone. Criss-cross of herbal hops, ash, roast, leaves, grass, & a mild kiss of black pepper. Smells almost more like a "Black IPL" than a true Schwarzbier. Taste further confirms that notion. Brash, piney hops collide with your tongue first, over top a heavily roasted malt bill. Notes of bitter citrus peel, grapefruit pith, cocoa powder, ashy roast, burnt bread, a touch of roasted caramel, & herbal leaves. Sharp mouth feel, high carbonation. Like I said, this seems more like the lager version of a Black IPA, but either way, good stuff.

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