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RATINGS: 156   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 17   EST. CALORIES: 291   ABV: 9.7%
"Combining jet black color with incredibly smooth texture and decadent coffee flavor, BREWTALITY breaks the expectations of both rich espresso and dark beer to create a whole ínuther beast. While brutal in alcoholic strength, this biggie beautifully showcases its roasted malt and coffee flavors without bringing on bitterness and bite. This is the first of two lagers in the series."
Re-released as part of "Alaskaís Most Wanted" Series

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (5572) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - JUN 10, 2014
from the 22 once bottle. Light chocolate and coffee. Lager? Surprise surprise. Hides ABV well. tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (3984) - Michigan, USA - JUN 7, 2014
22 ounce bottle into snifter, no bottle dating. Pours pitch black color with a 2 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big roasted espresso, dark chocolate, roasted malt, cocoa, toast, molasses, light char, licorice, raisin, light alcohol, and roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of big roasted espresso, dark/roasted malt, and light yeast ester notes; with great strength. Taste of big roasted espresso, dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, toast, molasses, light char, raisin, light smoke, herbal, and roasted earthiness. Fair amount of roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark roasted espresso, dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, toast, molasses, light char, raisin, light smoke, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity and balance of roasted espresso, dark/roasted malts, and light fruitiness; with a great roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a smooth and moderately creamy/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome coffee infused Baltic porter. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of espresso, dark/roasted malt, and light fruitiness; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mackRIS (37) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - MAY 30, 2014
Pours deep a deep black reddish color. Aroma is strong coffee roast and chocolate and roast. Smooth with a lot of coffee and chocolate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cstuartj (1020) - Washington, USA - MAY 30, 2014
Pours, deep black with a small thin tan head, some lacing. Nice nose, coffee is huge, hint of malt, burnt grains. Deep thick taste, sweet on tongue, finish is big roast/espresso/coffee. very good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
maxwelldeux (4270) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - MAY 14, 2014
Bottle. Pours a near-black color with a very small tan head on there. Nose is definitely coffee forward, with a very dark roast coming off this one. Taste is very smooth, and has a lot of coffee in there, with a bit of chocolate, and none of the sour elements I often associate with a Baltic. porter. Really nice and easy drink.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JFParnell (57) - Washington, USA - MAY 8, 2014
This is a really great coffee beer. The lager seems to bring out the coffee taste in the beer without adding to the bitterness of the beer. Very satisfying.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bulk_Carrier (3166) - 1st Republic, Vermont, USA - APR 27, 2014
Reviewed from notes. The appearance well, all I have to say youíll never see any Schwarzbier that pours a smoother jet black color than this beer, holy smoothness - pure black, awesome one finger white to off white - maybe somewhat of a tan colored head, no lacing whatsoever. The smell had a dark and very roasty espresso up front, some light milky chocolate does come out eventually. The taste was smooth espresso and milk chocolate flavoring that pierces the taste buds in a fine sort of way; smooth espresso aftertaste, dry espresso/chocolate finish. On the palate, this wants to be somewhat light, but due to the ABV and the darkness of it - I wanna say it actually sits pretty "medium" on the mouth. I say awesome try to Midnight Sun to try to make a somewhat sessionable Schwarzbier of that ABV, but this does hit ya after a while - this beast does show its strength - donít think this is any "kitten." Carbonation - wow exceptionally smooth - boy oh boy, personally I donít think Iíve ever tried any Schwarzbier this smooth if I ever find any Schwarzbier so smooth I will definitely seek this one just to compare. Overall, Schwarzbier, this is a Schwarzbier (I wish someone could actually hear my tone right now), ok, Schwarzbier really? I need an emoticon in this review, but I donít know how else to say it, but this is one odd Schwarzbier to rate to style, though I absolutely love it for me as the espresso just overpowers everything else for the most part and the smoothness of a normal Schwarzbier comes out, the ABV does "bite" just enough to say "go easy with this" - its a beast in disguise that really says "donít take me for granted." However, Iím trying to figure out why this is labeled a "doppelbock" on this website. Oh well, not my problem. Its a schwarzbier which is nowhere close to a true doppelbock.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
monk191 (1548) - California, USA - APR 19, 2014
An interesting dark lager. Pours a deep black with a white head. Lots and lots of espresso in the smell and taste. Must enjoy coffee. Had on tap at taps.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
umich03jm (3102) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - APR 17, 2014
Bomber. Pours black with a small creamy head that fades to a thick ring. Aroma has an awesome chocolaty espresso beer with some butter, nuts, and roast. Taste is sweet up front with some chocolate, caramel and espresso and finishes with roast, bitter coffee, and a little booze. Thin to medium body. Oily mouthfeel and a little creamy too. Pretty great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bule (1525) - California, USA - APR 15, 2014
On tap at Taps in Petaluma. Pours a thick black color with a bit of head. Sharp intense coffee flavor with the coffee bitterness lingering.

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