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RATINGS: 118   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.95   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
Don't let its looks deceive you. Though it may resemble a porter or a stout, this is a light bodied ale with a pleasant hint of molasses. Don't be afraid of the dark.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
vomit (207) - Michigan, USA - OCT 7, 2009
OK, this stuff is good. Not great. Much lighter taste than the hue would imply. But I would definitely slam some of these if I had some in front of me right now. I don’t so I can’t. In these troubled times our age-old friend Blatz is always there for you, so if I were you (I’m not) that’s what I would stick to. Think about it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 1, 2009
Dark brown with a thin tan head. Aroma of dark malts, light nuts and grains. Taste of dark malt, light toffee and nuts. So-so.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
skoll (420) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - SEP 19, 2009
Pours black to a very dark brown, Tan head goes fast. the aroma of yeast hits me first with a slight nuttyness not much aroma. Very light taste but the commecial description already knows it is light tasting. it seems that I like the appearance of all beers.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
dmschefke (576) - Macomb, Michigan, USA - SEP 11, 2009
Can. Pours a black with brown hue, thick creamy tane head, lots of lacing, very thin head is retained for most of drink. Aroma is of roasted malt, smoke, grain, molasses, caramel, and dried dark slightly tart fruit. First few sips were very pleasant and originally I had this rated higher, but as I finished this beer, it started to wear on me quickly. Drinkable, but just something is a bit off. Not bad, but good would be an overstatement.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JPDIPSO (5124) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 11, 2009
Dark brown color with a moderate, stable, tight bubbled light tan head. Nice lace. Light aromas of toasted malt, grain, and mollasses. Light and crisp feel. Nearly too clean in the flavors. The start has a hint of pale malt that seems to evaporate into a light, very light roasted and toasted malt liquid. This is definately a dark brew that does not intimidate in flavor. Very easy to drink. If anything perhaps a bit too simple. I certainly can not find any brewing faults in this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - SEP 10, 2009
Can from siciliano’s. Dark brown, almost opaque black with creamy beige head. Aroma is dry roast, nuttiness and light smoke. Flavor is a little bit sweeter roast, some purple fruit, tobacco, some smoke, nice. Light and watery with light carbonation. Nice but body detracts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MrBunn (2588) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 10, 2009
Can with thanks to coyotehunter. Pours a dark brown with a thin, yet dense tan head. Aromas of nuts, topsoil, roasted malt with a little light chocolate. Flavor is pretty ragged... a bit of a sourness to this pushes the roastiness around a bit. Lots of nuts and a little leather or something along those lines. It’s not awful, but with the way the nose hit me I was hoping for a little more to captivate my interest.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - SEP 2, 2009
Pour very dark brown to black with a beige head. Nice roasted notes to the aroma. This has a thick body and tastes great. In fact, it might be one of the better schwarzbiers made in the uS. I think it is superior to 1554. Great roasted flavor in a mild palate that is by no means watery. Super balance. Ugly packaging.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Silphium (3188) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUL 18, 2009
From the can. Murky, opaque brown body, thin buff head. Dry toasty, nutty nose, bitter with a slightly tangy note. Tangy, cutting body, thin, with roasted malts and coffee. More robust caramely malts become apparent as the beer warms. Some metallic notes. The acidity is distracting and makes drinking the entire beer difficult.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
demitriustown (1138) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - JUL 10, 2009
12 oz can: Aroma is dark almost roasty malts, brown sugar, somewhat nutty, and just the slightest bit of chocolate intermingled. Appearance is a very dark brown almost black pour with a thick lightly tan head that lingers around for quite a while. Taste is roasted malts, nutty, smoke, brown sugar, and caramel notes throughout. Palate had got a malty, bubbly texture on the tongue and an aftertaste of a lingering malt and somewhat alcohol. Overall, Pretty decent Schwartzbier. would I buy it again probably not, but if offered and was the only good thing at the bar. Yes. Cheers!

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