Brewed by Klosterbräu Bamberg (Kaiserdom)
Style: Schwarzbier
Bamberg, Germany


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RATINGS: 165   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38/5   EST. CALORIES: 147   ABV: 4.9%
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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mads Langtved (2244) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - JUN 10, 2003
As joss, I tend to compare it to a Schwarzbier. In this particular style this is one of the best. Slightly burned (It is from Bamberg of course!). Very complex and roasted. Has elements of a porter with smoked coffee notes and toffee. This is very unusual in a German classic Scharzbier. This is by the way maked in Bamberg and not from Thüringen area like most other German Scharzbiers. The owner (Herrn Robert) told me that they use 3 diffenrent malt types instead of one like the Gold Pilsener.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
diabel (1680) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - AUG 1, 2006
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cuso (7828) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - AUG 1, 2011
On tap at brewery. Almost black color with huge white head. Aroma of caramel, sweet malt, chocolate. Taste, starts sweet with milk chocolate, continues wit caramel and milk coffee and ends up with strong coffee bitter finish. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chopper925 (465) - Gross Gerau, GERMANY - DEC 11, 2015
Bottle. Clear red brown color, fine white head. Delightful nutty toffee aroma. Taste is balanced light sweet and medium bitter. Sweet chocolate aftertaste, roasted nuts. Thin texture, low carbonation. Great Schwarzbier!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thedm (5800) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - OCT 18, 2004
The DM & Hotstuff’s European Honeymoon trip beer number 108. This bottled brew poured a small sized head of foamy finely sized light brown colored bubbles that left behind a fair lacing. The body contained unnoted carbonation, was nearly opaque and dark ruby red brown in color. Its aroma contained notes of strong dark malt molasses roasted malts and was very nice. Its mouth feel is smooth and malty with a lingering smoky aftertaste. Its flavor contained smooth malty smoky notes and was tasty. All-in-all very nice brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (9411) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 23, 2006
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ladnewton (1815) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 30, 2011
LIVE RATING: 500ml bottle at home, gift from friend. Pours deep brown with a handsome pale brown head that disappears with only a little lace. Rich malt and grain in aroma. Then rich blend of malts, oats, herbs, smoky touches and some berry sweetness harmonise in-the-mouth to give a not-too-sweet blend - aftertaste is somewhat drier, and a zingy mouthfeel is afforded by the medium-bodied liquid. Very pleasant, would make a good ’finisher’ pint.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
gunnar (8031) - Sandnes, NORWAY - APR 24, 2012
Bottle from Frankische Botschaft, Berlin. Pours almost pitch black with a big creamy tanned head. Aroma is weak roasted, lots of liquorice and dark caramel. Taste is good roasted malts, heavy without overdoing it, smooth and creamy mouthfeel.Lingering malty/roasty goodness, liquorice and caramel, pretty good schwarz.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BlackHaddock (6396) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - NOV 21, 2012
5.2%ABV Flip-top, half-litre bottleBBD 19 Jan 2013: poured into an Abbot Ale glass tankard @ home on 21 Nov 2012. Large pop as I opened the bottle, the beer wanted to get out: the glass filled with tanned foam and only half the actual beer left the bottle before my glass almost overflowed with the huge head I’d produced. Once everything had calmed down a bit I poured the remaining beer into my glass and had a good sniff: toasted/roasted bread/biscuity malt esters in the smell. The taste was also mostly of malts, I found some toffee flavours before stronger dark chocolate and mildly hoppy finish rounded off each sip. This is one of the better brews I’ve had in this style: more depth of flavour and body strength from start to finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JK (5809) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - MAY 12, 2013
Tap at the brewery, while sitting in the sun in their outdoor area on the slopped street. Black. Thick, lacing head. Aroma of uncut forest, dirt, and moss. Roasted malt with some sweetness. Great palate. Maybe the best schwarzbier I have had.

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