notalush (5626) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 6, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark ruby, with a frothy head that shrinks to a foamy, thick lace - aroma of roasted, nearly smoked malts, a little bit of doughy character, hazelnut, chocolate - medium-bodied - smooth, with a somewhat creamy mouthfeel - quite dry, roasty, and kind of smoky up front, coupled with moderate bitterness - cocoa arrives afterwards, and the beer slowly develops a creamy sweetness - this is short-lived, as noble hop bitterness becomes stronger at the finish, and a fruity, berry-like character rounds things out - this is a very nice schwarz - we need more commercial examples of this style.
JK (5571) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - FEB 15, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black of course. Roasted malt and lager yeast, in the flavor and the aroma. Lots of yeast really. A little oak as well.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - JUN 26, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at JoeMcphee’s. Pours a black body with ruby hues and a tan head. A/F sweet malt, chocolate, liquorish, and toffee. Good.
jgb9348 (5437) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JUN 19, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep dark brown coloured body with a cola glow when held to the light and a nice one centimetre tall light brown head. Aroma of sour grapes, metal, malt, nuts, coffee and a bit of light hops as well - nice and complex. Medium-bodied; Roasted malt flavours up front with some light smoke, a bit of nuts and coffee in the taste and some subtle pit fruits to round out the flavour. Aftertaste shows some sour grapes, light sweetness and a potent malt that keeps hitting. Overall, a pretty well crafted beer, definitely one of the easier Schwarz’s I’ve had and pretty complex, considering it doesn’t stay harshly in the palate at all! I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Half Time in Poughkeepsie, New York on 11-June-2009, sampled at home in Washington on 18-June-2009.
Skyview (5424) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - JAN 23, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled from 22-oz bomber during MN Gathering II in Maplewood, MN and shared by beastiefan2k, pours an opaque dark brown brew with a thin off-white head that quickly dissipates. Aroma of some dark caramel malt, a hint of chocolate and roasted nuts. Taste is medium bodied, with flavors of roasted dark malt, light chocolate, bread crust and some roasted nuts. Finish is mildly light compared to most other schwarzbiers but still a solid dark lager overall.
thornecb (5281) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 16, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours mahogany-tinged black into a shaker. Mocha head with good retention leaves slight sheets. Roasted chocolate and toast aromas. Crisp chocolate upfront with a lasting, slightly sour smoke finish.
Beershine (5219) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - AUG 20, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 25, 2009 At Vero. thanks Backus for setting this aside. Dark black-brown, semi-clear. Husky aroma. Mellows into a sweeter and finely structured malt body. Excellent level of sweetness. Smooth, with a gorgeous body.
re-rate...totally black with thick tan head. Good-looking brew. Some spice in the aromas. Ginger? Some cola. Very authentic aromas. clean, good. Delicious, Perfect mouthfeel, creamy but light at the same time. The flavors are spot on for the style, not too much roast, not too much chocolate, but has both. Subtle and very good!
dmac (5167) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - FEB 20, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bomber. Pours a medium chocolate brown with a small/average bubbly beige head. Strong chocolate notes on the aroma with some grassy hops and biscuit. Thin watery body with soft carbonation. Chocolate and toast on the flavor. Not very complex but good stuff.
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - FEB 25, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber thanks to dmac for sharing. Pours a nice deep dark brown with a creamy diminishing head. Aroma is a dark full chocolate with some fruits mixed in and nutty as well- light roast and a slight drying nutty char with some yeastiness to muck it up a bit. Flavor is also a mix of yeasty dough and chocolate malts, light roast and a big nutty toasted malt character- slight herbal and grassy hops in the end. Could be a good schwartz but it is a bit too murky and messed up - too much going on and not refined.
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 25, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz. Bottle: Aroma of dark malts, nuts, light roasting, and a hint of bitter coffee. Poured very dark brown/ruby in color with a small, tan head that greatly diminished but lasted throughout as a film on top of the beer. Clear. Lightly sparkling. Good to very good lacing. Flavor is lightly sweet. Tastes of malts, nuts, light smoke, black bread, roasting, slight chocolate, and some nuts. Medium body. Dry texture. Average carbonation. Lightly sweet, dry, malt, slight smoke, and slight chocolate finish.