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RATINGS: 61   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SirADNielsen (8949) - 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 I’m 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 ain’t the best Schwarzbier in the world, bros.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopscotch (8893) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 4, 2014
Bottle... Pours black with a small, creamy, mushroom-colored head. Terrific retention. Chocolate really stands out in the bouquet. Medium-bodied and lightly creamy with airy carbonation. The flavor is burnt, chocolaty, roasty and bitter. Charcoal and unsweetened black chocolate in the aftertaste. Muchos gracias to biggsbowler for sharing his bottle!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (8406) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 21, 2014
Great shwartz, fresh bottle from Premier Gourmet. Black, above average mouthfeel. Nice hopping. Lovely, seems bigger beer than it is, that’s cool.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jtclockwork (8026) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 31, 2014
Bottle. Pours dark reddish brown with tan head. Nose/taste of grassy hops, light smoke, pine, resin, citrus peel, coffee and slightly burnt toast. Medium body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (7944) - The ’Sham, 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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrSilverworm (6027) - 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?

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Glouglouburp (5956) - 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 didn’t work for me.
How: Bottle 500ml, consumed super-fresh a few days after purchase, bottle from lushawn but don’t 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 Abby’s 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
swoopjones (5666) - Buffalo, New York, USA - APR 6, 2014
draft at Blue Monk, great beer, medium to fuller bodied, big roastiness with a load of piney hops. Would favorably match up with any Black IPA

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexsdad06 (5338) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Thorpe429 (5012) - , Illinois, USA - APR 22, 2012
Big thanks to myspoonistoobig for getting me out a bottle of this one. Served in a Mikasa pilsner glass. Pours near black with a thick tan head. Great retention and plenty of sticking lacing as it eventually falls to a thin cap. The nose carries a bit of light Cascade and orange with some nice roasted malt in the background. The flavor follows suit, but the hops come more to the front, melding quite well with the roast. Roast with a touch of coffee plus orange peel and citrus. There’s a bit of light earth and pine in the background. Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation and a nice combo between the roast and bitterness through the finish. Nice concept and well-executed. I think this could use a touch more in the nose, but other than that this is a really nice brew.

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