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RATINGS: 28   MEAN: 3.45/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 25   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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Alpine-style Seasonal Schwarzbier
Very refreshing and soul lifting, Bakke Hill Black Lager is ideal choice for a Winter seasonal…especially if you are looking for a lighter beer, but one with depth of color and taste.

Bakke Hill Black Lager has an opaque, black color and a full, chocolaty or coffee flavor with a hint of vanilla. Although it shares some similar flavors, this German style is milder tasting and less bitter than British stouts or porters.

It is a light to medium-bodied, malt-accented dark brew, very opaque and deep-sepia in color, with a chewy texture and a firm, creamy, long-lasting head. In spite of its dark color, it comes across as a soft and elegant brew that is rich, mild, and surprisingly balanced.

Warm up with a cold one from Leavenworth…winters have never tasted so good.

5% alc/vol 12.6° Plato OG 25 IBUs

Available October - December


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ibrew2or3 (6768) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - FEB 16, 2014
22oz bottle pours with a mahogany colored body that supports a nice looking full mocha head. The aroma offers up a mix of earthy chocolate and coffee as well as dark roasted malts. The taste is on the roasty side with dark roasted coffee and dark roasted malts that have a bit of an ashy char feeling to them. Underneath the dark roastiness is a murmur of chocolate. Into the finish and then lingering in the after taste are dark roasted coffee and near burnt malt notes. Seems a bit big on the burnt malts but not by much. Decent enough.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
maxwelldeux (3466) - Everett, Washington, USA - FEB 9, 2014
Draught at the brewpub. Pours a near black color with a small tan head on it. Nose is slightly roasty and rather bitter. Taste is slightly bitter as well, and reminds me of cheap coffee. Some roasting to it. Meh.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
chinchill (1617) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 21, 2014
22 oz bottle served in a Belgian snifter. Pours verydark mahogany, clear but nearly black in the glass. The head is small but partially durable and leaves some spotty lacing. This is an American style Schwarzbier: less sweet and more flavorful and hoppy than the standard German version. Some smoke and expresson but only the slightest hint of burnt grain. Feel: medium-light body with well-matched medium carbonation. O: recopmmended

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
brenn79 (1471) - Idaho, USA - NOV 1, 2013
22 oz bottle- Pours black with a one finger tan head that reduces to a ring and blanket with nice cobwebby lace. Aroma is roasted malts, peanut butter, mellow hops, charcoal. The taste is smooth and creamy, mellow roasted malts, this is really tasty, a subtle smokiness, light bitterness and a light sweet to dry finish. I wasn’t really looking forward to this, but I enjoyed it.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dogbrick (7586) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 16, 2013
Sample at Seattle Taproom at the airport. Brownish-black color with a medium tan head that recedes steadily. Small patches of lacing on the glass. The aroma is malty with some hops behind it. Light-bodied with flavors of chocolate malt, hops and grain. The finish is malty with a burnt grain aftertaste. Decent overall.

3.8
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
romulusnr (11) - Washington, USA - AUG 13, 2013
Thick meaty dark head. Strong flavor, low bitterness, leather and woody. Well-offset hops. Lightly tangy afterbite.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ben4321 (3765) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAY 23, 2013
Location: 22 oz bottle from Buy Rite, 5/23/13

Aroma: The nose is roasted/burnt malts, with light notes of chocolate, earth, and fruit
Appearance: It pours a brown-black color with a small light brown head and spotty lace
Flavor: It is lightly sweet, with a roasted malt flavor that turns more burnt and bitter in the end palate
Palate: The body is on the thinner side, with average carbonation, and a slightly dry finish
Overall Impression: I thought this was a solid Schwarz, but it is also a little thin. Still though, it is a very easy to drink beer with a good rosted/burnt flavor profile. It may not be a standout, but this is a very solid beer.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrinkEmUpJones (1062) - Georgia, USA - MAY 20, 2013
Pours black with light brown lacing. Almost no nose. Palate is medium-bodied. Flavors of chocolate, roasted malt and coffee. My favorite at this bar.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RobertDale (3306) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - MAY 18, 2013
22 ounce bottle. Pours almost black with a small tan head. Aroma of malt, coffee, and chocolate. Taste is roasted malt, chocolate, caramel, coffee, and spice. Pretty good.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
superspak (2419) - Michigan, USA - MAR 26, 2013
22 ounce bottle into lager glass; October notched, no year (probably 2011). Pours fairly clear very dark brown color with a small fairly dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass; with plenty of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of roasted malt, dark chocolate, caramel, toast, coffee, dark bread, floral, light pepper, and roasted earthiness; with some subtle pear and apple. Very nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark malt notes with hardly any yeast fruitiness surprisingly. Taste of dark chocolate, roasted malt, cocoa, caramel, toast, coffee, dark bread, floral, light pepper, light pear, apple, and roasted earthiness. Lingering notes of dark chocolate, roasted malt, cocoa, caramel, toast, dark bread, coffee, floral, light pear, apple, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a bit. Very nice balance and robustness of roasted flavors; with good complexity and zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy, smooth, and crisp mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with almost zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice schwarzbier! Great balance and robustness of roasted flavors with minimal yeast esters; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyably offering.


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