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RATINGS: 227   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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A very dark yet surprisingly light-bodied Lager beer, crisp and refreshing with no heaviness.


2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
slowrunner77 (5977) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 1, 2014
"not super impressed with this one. got it by mistake (next to the mirror mirror tap) so the potential for a nice surprise was there, but it was a bit of a bastard. too hoppy and bitter for the style. nothing offensive, and nothing that stood out."

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
baraciisch (1920) - USA - SEP 6, 2014
Enjoyed at FWIBF 2014... Dark brown in color... Nutty aroma... Flavor is nutty malts, caramel... Boring brown lager ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beertholomeus (825) - California, USA - AUG 27, 2014
Pours black with a tan head. Chocolate, roasted malt, caramel and toffee aroma and flavors. Medium body and carbonation with a chocolate and roasted finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AirForceHops (3295) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 15, 2014
Draft at Toroando, SF. Pitch black color, thin head in a 6/oz. Glass. Aroma is dark charred malt with a big earthy hop note. Nice flavor of charred malt, hints of coffee and a lingering "over hopped" bitterness. Well, over hopped for the style. More hoppy than the true German style but still, tasty and well made.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
adnielsen (9279) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 11, 2014
On tap in Santa Rosa. Dark brown appearance with a light brown head. Roasty nose with some light smoke and coffee. Hint of diacetyl. Kind of nutty, caramel, roasty flavor. Light butterscotch. This batch seemed a little dirty but I’m sure it could be a good beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dfroms (289) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JUN 5, 2014
Draft. Pours coffee color with small tan head. Aroma is smoke, coffee, roast, mellow bitter chocolate, orange zest. Taste is toasted grain, cocoa, light coffee notes, earthy hops, light sourness, lingering hop bitterness. Big fan.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
thome50 (1049) - Boringville aka Irvine, California, USA - JUN 2, 2014
Tap at FWIBF. Pours a deep brown with pink/red/brown lacing head. Aroma is scotch, brownie and some ash. Taste is slightly smokey with hints of chocolate and candy corn. Light mouth feel which detracts though this is only 5%.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (9131) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - MAY 24, 2014
Keg at the Hopmonk Tavern, Sonoma, 28/04/14. Black with a moderate tan swirl and edgework. Nose is light roast, liqourice, charred wood tones, dark malt, spice. Taste comprises dark malt, dark toffee fudge, liqourice stick, light spice, faint herbals, treacle toffee, earthy tones. Medium bodied, fine carbonation, crisp close. A most decent schwarz, can see why this is at the top of the style list!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Lothore (555) - California, USA - MAR 29, 2014
A- Deep black with little to no head. S- Roasted malt, coffee, hints of vanilla. T- Tastes very rich, burnt toast, coffee, deep roasted notes. M- Medium bodied with medium-low carbonation. D- I get this whenever I see it on tap. It was listed as 4.2% alcohol on the menu and I can’t think of another 4.2% beer with this much flavor or character. Highly recommended.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
forkwhy (1) - - MAR 16, 2014 does not count
Pours pitch black with a brown head. Smell is very roasty chocolate coffee with smoke, not to be confused with smoke in a smoked beer. Mouthfeel is nice and light like what you would expect from a clean lager or as clean as you can get with this style of beer. Although I would say technically this is a schwartzbier I would rather call it an American black lager. The flavor profile is way more intense than a german black beer, tastes just like it smells. To me this is my go to beer in the Bay Area.


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