doublebock (489) - California, USA - JUN 14, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Immediate and pleasant scent of toffee and cappuccino. Black color with foamy tan head. Texture and flavor is like a draught Guiness. Nice smooth roasted malt taste with cocoa and some tobacco.
DeadGirl (478) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 19, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On draught at Hamiltonís Tavern (San Diego, CA): This is my first beer on my first night as a new resident of California (moved from West Palm Beach, FL). And oh, what a good one to start off my west coast beer journey with, considering Iíve never rated a Schwarzbier. Pours dark brown with a thick tan head. Aroma of bittersweet burnt chocolate, some coffee, smoke, and citrus. Smooth and soft mouthfeel. Noticable hops in the flavor along with roasted malts, licorice, wood, and faint coffee. A little thin. Drinkability: Bittersweet, with a clean, soft roastiness. Pairing: Spicy barbeque; hearty roast meat. Rebuy: Yes. #279 on 19022010, DG.
chronictonic (471) - Oreland, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 29, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap @ Craft Ale House Limerick PA - didnít take notes while I was there, but from memory a delicious robust almost porter like (but not as much body or the sweetness of ale yeast) flavor. I could drink a bunch of this and be very happy.
scoth (464) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 26, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours clear dark brown, inky in the glass, cherry brown around the edges, with a two-finger tan head, very good and lasting lacing. Aromas of dark chocolate, coffee, toasted rye bread, and grass. Medium-thin body, lively, crisp, lightly dry. Lightly sweet flavor, a touch savory, more coffee, rye bread, and some citrus. Well balanced and very drinkable.
HomeBrewHawk (464) - De Soto, Kansas, USA - APR 5, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz. bomber served in a SA Perfect Pint glass. Poured a deep brown/black with a finger of tan head. Bottle conditioned. Chocolate malt with some noble hops in the aroma. Medium bodied. Lots of chocolate malt in the flavor. Porterish flavor profile. Roasty and malty with a long lingering chocolate malt finish. Different take on a schwarzbier.
KieferUGA (461) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 29, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle, courtesy of golubj. Dark black pour with a thin, light tan head. Aroma of sweet malt, chocolate, dark fruit. Nice roasty flavor, with sweet chocolate and nutty hints. Crisp, clean and wonderful treat. Thanks again golubj for the bottle.
msojka (457) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 6, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pour is a very deep shade of brown, nearing black with almost no head at all. Nose is very roasty, almost like that or a porter. Taste is deep malty, and roasty, almost like a smoked porter again. Rather thin on the tongue.
cakanator (452) - South Hadley, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 5, 2011
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle. This one was so underwhelming. Poured out nice however, pitch black dark, decent off white head. Iím not sure how this is a swarz, however some decently smoke, but really this is just a black lager that underwhelms. Smooth and silky, but thats about it, no discerable attributes that really make this one stand out. Bland.
dhunter151 (450) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - FEB 13, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours jet black with a thick brown head. Smells of roasted malt and coffee. The coffee flavor and bitterness lingers for a little bit. Pretty good.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
timsilvia32 (449) - from Michigan now in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - AUG 25, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. Very nice dark brown pour, beige head. Frothy head lasting quite a while and really sticking to the glass. Aroma is very roasty, surprising amount of coffee. Also a good amount of chocolate and some roast malt. Flavors are quite strong for such a low abv brew. Dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt and coffee, char. A little ashy at first, but it smoothes out as it warms. Creamy mouthfeel, this also improves with temp. Finishes like a fine stout, lots of roast and coffee. Drinkability through the roof. Would love to have this for my daily drinker. Could definetely argue this was not exactly to style, but at the end of the day, I canít help but rate it for what it is, a real good beer.
Side note, more brewers need to focus on a quality Schwarz, it is the session beer for the dark beer folks.