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RATINGS: 38   MEAN: 3.42/5.0   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

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
boozedude (2166) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - FEB 14, 2013
Bomber into glass..nutty burnt coffe aroma..refreshing.. taste is coffe and dairy..goid stuff

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
ChainGangGuy (4489) - 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!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
michaelinwa (627) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
after4ever (6500) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BillKismet (3412) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 2, 2012
Pitch black with thinnish head. Wonderful coffee-chocolate nose. Intense carafa body. Powdery coffee flavors with crisp, earthy hops. Well put together and thoroughly enjoyable stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAY 19, 2012
Bottle:   Nearly pitch black, cola hues, moderate to large frothy sandy head, fairly nice lacing.   Very soft roasted malt nose, smidgen of lactose and sugar cubes.   Smooth on the tongue, soft roasted malts, and the aformentioned lactose and sugar cubes.   I guess that makes for a hint of cold coffee with cream.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate and very smooth.   Clean finish, and much better than the Navigator I had from them the other day.   Not a strong Scwharzbier, and many more are stronger in their roastiness and black malt profile, but this one was clean, soft, and well constructed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Shink (177) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 5, 2012
Very dark pour with a creamy head. Roasted aroma and flavor make this a great dark lager. Better in front of the fire than in a lawn chair.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tone77 (256) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 25, 2012
Has a black color. Smell is of malts and coffee. Taste is rich, roasted malts, some coffee. Overall a pretty good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
riversideAK (5734) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - FEB 18, 2012
Tenth rating on this bitch. What’s up shit now heads? Label says schwarzbier, whys it listed as adl? Roasty nose some dark bread fruity esters. Pours black great tan head and lace. Flavors of roast fruity sweetness earth and a crisp dry finish. Well carbonated good drinker.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
killjoy966 (677) - Washington, USA - FEB 5, 2012
22 oz. from Chuck’s $3.99. Smells roasty but also a little like Dubble Bubble as well. Is that the yeast? Tastes fine I suppose but something off about it keeps it from rising above middling (kind of like most Leavenworth beers).

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