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RATINGS: 34   MEAN: 3.43/5.0   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dogbrick (8681) - 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 (4097) - 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 (1069) - 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 (3710) - 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 (2840) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
boozedude (1998) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - FEB 14, 2013
Bomber into glass..nutty burnt coffe aroma..refreshing.. taste is coffe and dairy..goid stuff

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
ChainGangGuy (4422) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JAN 11, 2013
Appearance: Pours a dark brown, near black body with a Whopper-interior, sudsy head.

Smell: Modest accounts of chalkiness and roast, with increasingly lighter notes of chocolate, yeast, and herb.

Taste: Lightly ashen, chalky roastiness. Slight sweetness. The merest hint of chocolate. Quick herbal hops, lightly bitter. Thins out tremendously, both in body and flavor, approaching the finish, making for a very bland end to the beer.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium-light carbonation.

Overall: The two previous Leavenworth beers were embarrassingly dismal, so expectations were set very low. Expectations: met. I want 2013 to be the year Leavenworth Beers gets something right. C’mon, guys. 354 days to go. You GOT THIS!

2.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
michaelinwa (612) - Bothell, Washington, USA - JAN 11, 2013
Black pour, sort of stout like, with a light tan, thin disappearing head, with good lacing. Aroma is oddly spice-like and slightly roast. Flavor resembles the aroma with the primary flavor being mild roasted malt. Mouthfeel is thin, complexity is low. Finish is thin, and uninteresting. I wasn’t really expecting much from this beer, and it met my low expectations.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
after4ever (6265) - Brier, Washington, USA - AUG 13, 2012
22. Pours jet black with a sudsy, creamy tan head. Light drippy lace. Big roasty nose, maybe a bit of baking chocolate. Creamy medium body with lively carb. Roasty, toasty mid palate with dry chocolate and some ashy chalk. Dry finish. Nice beer.


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