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Pennichuck Feuerwehrmann Schwarzbier (Firefighter Black Lager)

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RATINGS: 123   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Schwarzbier (shvahrts-beer) is German for "black-beer". Brewed to be a light bodied dark beer with a clean, crisp, refreshing finish. Its well balanced malt character is complimented with a touch of roastiness. Brewed using imported black patent malt and noble hops. Pairs with chunky dark breads, marinated meats such as brisket or German Sauerbraten. Not recommended for cellaring. Serve in a flute or pilsner glass at 45-50deg

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
notalush (5727) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 6, 2008
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jgb9348 (5674) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JUN 19, 2009
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Soonah (1120) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 16, 2010
From mcox90 via trade. Poured super dark brown, kind of black. The head was short and tan with spotty lacing. The aroma was a nice blend of smoky malts and some brown sugar sweetness. The flavor was fairly sweet, with a nice but not overpowering compliment of smoke on the backside. The mouthfeel was almost medium in body and it finished clean. Enjoyable. Sad to see they’re closed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - MAR 29, 2010
bottle shared by nick butler on 2/5/2010. dark woody brown pour with a lasting hot cocoa colored head. big whiff of cocoa puffs followed by more chocolate, nutty caramel, earthy woody notes and possibly some coffee. mix molasses to those characteristics and you get the flavor. the body is thicker/richer than i’m used to in a schwarz but it gives it some depth... neat. 7/4/7/4/16/3.8

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
coldbrewky (1687) - Hippetown East, New York, USA - MAY 1, 2008
Bomber from mcox90 in trade. Dunkels and Schwarzbiers are fast becoming my favorite styles. I jumped at the chance to gather this beauty up. Pours a lovely slate black with some brown tones coming thru when held up to a strong light. Another lunch without food complete with bottlecap. MMMM. Oily light tan head is very active and I must say a bit noisy even in the basement. To elaborate on this point I was minding my own business adjusting a new handle on my 16# sledgehammer and I was continuously distracted by the fizzyness of this beer. I was also pretty thirsty. the nutty malty nose is whispy and not super strong. Steady carbonation but not a complete cover of ead after the dwindle. ringed and center pillars. Nice. body is sweet medium lager but infused with the crisp dark malts, like the char after a fire. lacing is concentrated and wavy but not everywher round the glass. Hops tingle about the body as the malts take over and finish it all out. A highly drinkable and solid beer. Mike...many thanks yet again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - AUG 31, 2008
22 oiz bottle. Almost black in color with some ruby highlights. Aroma is moderately roasty, some dry chocolate, a touch of noble hops. Taste is roasty for the style, with some chocolate, and a moderate malty sweetness. Light bodied, with a light to moderate hop bitterness in the finish. nice, clean profile. This one may be a touch roastier than other shwarzbier’s I’ve had but it was enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 9, 2008
In short: A very hoppy Schwarzbier. Very good.
How: Tap at Vermont Brewers Festival 2008
The look: Black body topped by a small tan ring
In long: Malt and yeast profile is smooth and round reminded me a lot of Czech Republic Tmavys. Roastiness kept to a minimum, light burnt toast flavour, hints of chocolate, raisins, light molasses. But where this one stood out is in the hopping department. Dry grassy noble hops and fruity American style hops. Some lemony touches too. Long bitter finish with a light tartness. Not a very tasty beer but man could I drink pint after pint of this thing. This is an above average Schwarzbier adapted for the hop-loving American. The day of hoppy double cheeseburger is coming.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GregClow (3183) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 17, 2009
Bottle shared with blankboy, HogTownHarry & garthicus - blankboy’s bottle. Deep ruby-brown with a small tan head. Aroma of charred malt, light smoke, and a slight & odd sourness. Flavour is very nice, with notes of fresh roasted coffee beans, cocoa, heavy cream, and mild smoke, with a moderately dry finish. Interesting beer that gives more than the aroma suggests.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
CheersMate (1340) - Portland (Sellhood), Oregon, USA - MAY 18, 2009
Very black in color. Not much of a head on this one, but a very nice looking black lager. Had a decent viscous pour. Smoke and roast dominate. As the beer warms the beer becomes more pungent. Very crisp, but I wish it were a bit more silky/creamy. Very nice roast, and subtle smoke flavor. Overall, this beer just has an awesome roast and smoke flavor. As the description says, "crisp". I just wish it had a better palate; that is my main complaint. Picked up at Greens on Buford Highway.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Acknud (1081) - Morganfield, Kentucky, USA - MAY 22, 2009
Dark roasted brew. Aroma of roasted nuts, coffee, roasted malt. Taste is very nutty, smoky roasted coffee.

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