maeib (8750) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - AUG 13, 2006
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottled. A black coloured beer with a decent but short-lived off white head. The aroma has some sour milk, a little coffee and a touch of cocoa powder. The taste is tainted by sour milk also. A lightly roasted malt background saves it from being nasty, together with some dusty chocolate. Maybe a little infected?
MoritzF (8676) - GERMANY - AUG 4, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(swing top bottle, 5,2 % ABV) Clear, dark reddish brown colour with a big and slowly lacing off-white foam. Slightly sweet and aromatic oroma of dark, toasted malt with liquorice and milk chocolate, also a delicate hoppy background. Light-sweet flavour, slightly roasted malty taste with chocolate and caramel; very smooth carbonation, creamy mouthfeelwith a light to medium body; dry and bittersweet finish with liquorice. Well-rounded and almost complex.
diabel (1630) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - AUG 1, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught at the brewey tap Frothy, very lightly brown head which disappears fastly. Fair lace. Clear, black body. Aroma of mild cofee, roasted malts, spices, ... Not a very intense flavour, but it has a very subtle spiciness in it’s roasted malts, which gives this beer a very pleasant and complex flavour. Lightly sweet, lightly bitter in the beginning, lightly bitter in the end. Lightly bodied. Lively carbonation.
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 20, 2006
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Dark brown colour with a big brown head. light roasted malty, light chocolate, dark fruits aroma and taste. Medium body with a sweet finish.
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 17, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Reddish, brown colour with a small tan head. Roasted, light smoky aroma. Malty, light roasted flavor with a vague smoky finish.
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - MAY 31, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught (at Klosterbrau): Very dark black with a light brown large head. Sweetish choc, nice clean malts. A little thin but refreshing and tasty.
MartinT (8550) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 23, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 2, 2011 Impressions from the Gaststätte:
-Plenty of foam tops the blackness and its brown and amber highlights.
-Roasted maltiness and raisins tingle in the nose.
-Roastiness mingles with the caramel sweetness, as figs and raisins communicate healthily.
-Carbonation isn’t overdone, letting the malts express themselves.
-Herbal, spicy hops join in, creating complexity.
-Aftertaste is quietly roasty, and dark chocolate expresses humble origins.
-This is a well-built schwarzbier, simple and straight to the point.
On tap at the brewery.
Papsoe (25073) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 12, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Bottle 50 cl) Pours a dark mahogany with a reddish glow and a creamy, off-white head. Malty, roasted nose. Medium-bodied with lots of hard roasted malt and a lightly smoked edge. Burned, bitter finish. 060605
TheBeerLover (1026) - 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 (2018) - 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.