Brewed by Meantime (SAB Miller)
Style: Schwarzbier
Greenwich, England


on tap


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RATINGS: 148   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.16   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 162   ABV: 5.4%
Bottle - cold filtered. Seasonal - Winter. Cold fermented and lagered.
"Winter Warmer". "Bottle Conditioned Ale".

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Fin (8536) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 23, 2007
Bottle from Sainsbury, Heyford Hill, Oxford Poured looking every inch like a glass of coca cola, dark brown, bubbly and with beige head. Aroma a bit coppery like copper coins held in ones hand for a while, also I got a whiff of shandy bass. Tasted a bit smokey and sweetish but the coke similarities I mentioned earlier were in a way back again albeit another soft drink, as I got Dr Pepper, or sasparilla. I’m going against the grain I think with my review as beers go ok, as soft drinks go this is fine and a soft drink is all I thought about when I drank this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
olio (8059) - Tampere, FINLAND - FEB 24, 2013
33 cl bottle.
Originally rated on 20101111.
Pours dark copper color with a small head. Aroma of smoke, malts, faint licorice and caramel. Flavor of mild fruits, dark malts, licorice and some caramel notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Skinnyviking (7936) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 14, 2008
Bottle. High creamy good looking light brown head. Very dark red almost black body. Roasted barley malt aroma with coffee notes. Coffee also dominates the flavor which does not have much hops bitterness and feels creamy in the mouth and has vineous notes. Low carbonation, long coffee aftertaste.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Hansen (7803) - Assentoft, DENMARK - JAN 20, 2008
Dark brown and clear. Has a real fine head, off-white and lasting. Aroma is sweet with notes of some acidity. Caramel. Flavor is heavy sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DruncanVeasey (7768) - NUNEATON, 3rd, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - JAN 9, 2009
Bottle back to back with the London Stout. Dirty beige on clear ruby. Nice sweet roasted ashy aroma with espresso, oaky and bramble notes. Some raisin there. Faint oily hop presence, softer and fruitier than the stout but solid with roasty malts as before. Raisin and plum fruit, coffee. Feels like the same malt base as the stout. Nice roasted beer, but the body needs some plumping up. No alcohol. Pretty good.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
laiti (7694) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAY 19, 2012
50 cl bottle @ Home. Rated on 21.01.2011
Aroma is somewhat malty with roastiness, some coffee and chocolate. Flavour is also somewhat malty with coffee, chocolate and hints of nuts. The bottle says that this is ale. A porter or a schwartzbier? I cannot tell.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
lusikka (7594) - Tampere, FINLAND - NOV 13, 2010
500 ml bottle. BBE 27.10.2011.
Pours a dark reddish brown colour with a small white head. Aroam of syrup and chocolate malts. Flavour of chocolate malts, mild coffee and a huge amount of salt. Not very pleasant. Medium bodied with a thin mouthfeel and a dry finish. Yet another average brew from Meantime.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
chriso (7513) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 26, 2009
Bottle, from Sainsburys, May 2008. Dark brown. Very lively. Madly overcarbonated on the palate. Consequently rather acidic mouthfeel. Some spices. All rather hidden by the fizz. Maybe a bit vinous. Perhaps a dodgy batch. Re-rate when possible.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mabel (7455) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 23, 2012
[4184-20111210] 500mL bottle. Mild wintery toasted grains aroma. Clear, dark amber body with a long-lasting creamy off-white head. Mild bandaid grains flavour has a lot of peaty leaf mould. Medium body. Tasty, mild English feel to it. (7/3/6/4/14) 3.4
(c/o tuqueboy, w/ him, jerc, others)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
downender (7140) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - NOV 19, 2007
Bottle from Sainsburys. Near black with a short-lived tan head. Roasted coffee aroma with a dark fruit flavours and a slightly dry finish. Easy, smooth drinking but a bit lacking in character.

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