TheBeerLover (1025) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 28, 2006
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Schwarzla is unlike any beer you will find in Bamberg. It is a schwarzbockbier or "black bock beer" by style, and it is absolutely delicious. You will find no rauch or "smoked" malt in this beer. A point the owner made to me, when I ordered one in broken German, and he stated, "there is no smoke in this beer" in broken English. He could tell that I was a tourist, and people must come in looking for rauchbier. You will not find rauchbier at Klosterbrau, but what you will find, is a very delicious and flavorful beer with lots of dark malt, and sweet malt aromas and flavors.
Schwarzla pours vom fass to a beautiful, bright, deep ebony color with a thick and creamy white head, and a moderate amount of carbonation. This beer is pitch black in color, with hints of ruby red peaking out of the bottom of the glass if held to the light. The nose on this beer is fantastic, with lots of dark chocolate, and nutty aromas, paired with hints of mild roasted malt. The palate is firm with good sweet and dark malt flavors, paired with a touch of roast, on a very round and smooth body. Swarzla finishes with more good dark, nutty, and roasty flavors up front then ends slightly roasty, bitter, and a touch warming.
This was a truly wonderful beer. It was so flavorful, yet so drinkable. It would match well with a number of the hearty dishes on the Klosterbrau menu, and it was a perfect beer to sit and relax with on a cold day at one of the cozy pine topped tables of the restaurant at the brewery. A very memorable beer, from a very memorable brewery. Bamberg has so many places to chose from, so sadly you won’t get to them all unless you spent at least a week there. Klosterbrau is a place that should not be missed, and if you go in the winter, you must try Schwarzla.
JonMoore (1848) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - NOV 25, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 27, 2005 Bottle. Great looking beer, very dark brown with a large beige head. Roasted notes in the aroma with some caramel. Roasted and quite sweet flavour with some caramel and possibly licorice. Nicely balanced sweet and bitter. Light mouthfeel, very drinkable. A very good schwarz beer.
pilsnerrogge (2468) - Finspång, SWEDEN - NOV 18, 2005
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Dark brown with a thick head. Soapy and roasty aroma. Roasted and somewhat smoked flavour. Quite thin. One dimensional and simple.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - OCT 19, 2005
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
In the 0.5L bottle at the Huber Haus German Bier tasting. Extremely dark brown to black color with no head at all. Roasted aroma. Mild sweetness, but not much body. Fairly watery. Looks tough, though. The label on the bottle was orange and yellow colored, not black.
JorisPPattyn (7817) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - SEP 19, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught Black beer with some red highlights, dark coloured head, not very stable. Liquorice, jap nose, sweet, but not disturbingly so. Dry black grains taste, a bit of liquorice, but virtually no sweetness. A bit of carbonised flavour. A bit light and watery in MF, but no cloying or unrefined slickness. A real Bamberg speciality, well worh looking for.
joergen (20580) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - AUG 29, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught at the brewpub.
Dark brown coloured with a beige head.
Sweet and roasted aroma with notes of bread and caramel.
Sweet flavour with notes of caramel and bread.
Ungstrup (29170) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUL 23, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
A red-brown beer with a huge brown head. The aroma is sweet with some notes of licorice, but also some notes of caramel and straw. The flavor is sweet with notes of caramel as well as slightly roasted notes and hints of licorice, but the body is thin.
pivnizub (8750) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - JUN 15, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Almost black, big fluffy brownish head; different malts in the aroma. caramel, roasted, smoked, only very shy notes of floral hoppiness; "thick" taste: coffee, chocolate, malts, quite complex; bitter-sweet aftertaste; very smooth and mellow and not too sweet; a very good one !
Jukkabro (3484) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUN 9, 2005
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Almost black color, little beige head. Sweet, caramel, chocolate and mildly spicy aroma. Medium bodied. Roasted flavor with coffee tones, somehow watery. Aftertaste is long with mildly roasted, dry and some alcohol tones.
AndersR (195) - Århus, DENMARK - MAR 19, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black brown with small tan head. Smokey roasted grain aroma with hints of coffee. Flavor gives more roasted notes and coffee too, but in a pleasent balanced way. A very dry finish. A very descent schwarz.