JesSayan (9) - USA - JAN 18, 2007 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This beer is one of the best examples of the balance and refinement present in German brewing. It pours a deep, deep ruby. In the broad part of the glass it’s black in narrower parts it’s reddish brown. The head is a tan sticky beauty. Nose is of soft, clean malts, a nice chocolate roastiness and a fair smattering of noble hops. It smells so good, yet so refined. This is not a big beer, not at all, but it’s still so deep. It’s dry, but somehow still has a malty sweetness rounded out with a refreshing bitterness coming from the roast and the perfect level of hopping. Finish is smoth and clean with a subtle lingering bitterness. It’s so nice. Round and smooth, but still dry and refreshing. There’s a faint, metalic tang of the water in here as well. That’s right you can taste the water. What’s wrong with that? Soft and subtle yet flavorful and deep. Perfect. What craftsmanship.
Braudog (5376) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - JUN 24, 2005
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Ruby red with a solid rock head. Caramel, nutty aroma. Smooth character and nice flavors: roasty malt, hint of java, relaxed bitter finish. Awesome.
gizmo_ber (147) - - FEB 5, 2012
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
a delicious brew that goes down very easily. Great flavor makes it hard to believe that it’s alcohol.
micronaut129 (143) - chalfontborotowntonbergville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 21, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
A super deep brown color with flickering ruby high lights. A tan and tall and fluffy cloud of a foam topper. Great lacing and well carbonated. Aroma has a rich and velvetty feel. Lots of roasted malts and molasses in the scent. Richly malted with roasted malts and molasses. As an added bonus there is also a sutle smokiness in the taste...excellent. Has a medium feel thats quite smooth going down.
An easy drinking smooth flowing killer of a beer.
Definitely one of my favorites.
Bamaboy1975 (194) - Suffolk, Virginia, USA - MAR 9, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wonderful, dark, rich, warm, everything you want in a dark beer. Nothing heavy or cloying -- smell, taste and finish are all clean, almost crisp if that makes sense with such a rich brew. Just delicious. Sip on its own or pair with strong tasting foods -- I tried it with Huntsman cheese (stilton and gruyere) and roasted brussels sprouts and although it sounds odd, it was a superb match.
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beeracoon (377) - - AUG 22, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black colour, huge dark brown head. Gorgeous roast aroma. Mild taste and a lasting caramelly roast palate. An excellent Schwarzbier.
TheBeerLover (1019) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 25, 2006
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Schwarzbier or "black beer" is a German beers style, that I enjoy quite a bit. This beer style, made popular in Eastern Germany, is a very dark, slighty roasty lager, very similar to Munich Dunkles. There really isn’t a whole lot of examples of this style being brewed today, and even in its native Germany, schwarzbier, is very much a regional speciality. So, I was very happy while beer shopping this weekend, to find that Kulmbacher Monchsof Schwarzbier was back on the shelf of my local good beer store. This is a smooth, delicious dark lager with lots of clean malty flavors, and just a touch of coffee and roast. It is marketed in beautiful 1/2 liter swing top bottles retailing for $2.95 a bottle.
Kulmbacher Monchsof Schwarzbier pours to a beautiful, bright, black color with a bubbly white head, and a good bit of carbonation. When held to the light, you will see that this beer is actually a beautiful, deep chestnut brown color. The nose on this beer is wonderful with aromas of toast, nuts, sweet malt, and just a touch of roast. The body is very smooth and round, with flavors of dark malt, coffee, toast, nuts, and undertones of roast. Monchsof finishes with more sweet malty, toasty, and nutty flavors, and ends with just a touch more roasty bitterness that slightly lingers.
This is a delicious, smooth, drinkable dark lager with lots of flavor and character. I love this beer style, and Monchsof is a stellar example. Schwarzbier is a very food friendly beer that works will with a number of dishes, especially roasted, grilled, and smoked meats. Match this beer with barbecued chicken and hot German potato salad. Kulmbacher markets this beer as "Black Pils" which is somewhat confusing for a novice. This beer doesn’t resemble German pils, and hop character in this beer is only present to balance. This is a very malt accented brew, with a signature roasty note. If this beer is in your market, seek it out. If not ask your retailer to get you some, its that good.
RochefortChris (8) - Taylors, South Carolina, USA - OCT 2, 2012 does not count
4.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Poured black into a weizen glass with a nice creamy off white head. Nice roasted aroma and full mouth feel. Taste consisted of coffee notes with roasted chocolate and slight licorice. The best part was it was not overly heavy making it a great session beer. Overall a very delightful beer and one I will definitely have again.
Beerbarella (308) - - AUG 22, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
500 ml bottle. Pours dark chocolate/coffee brown with a high, brown head. Roasty, sweet caramel aroma. Mildly bitter, roasty taste. Not heavy. Likewise roasty palate. Exquisite.
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 13, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This was a great schwarzbier and possible the best I have ever tried, even though I only had a small sample. Dark brown, almost black in color with roasty flavors dominating the taste. Outstanding.