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RATINGS: 1859   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 147   ABV: 4.9%
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This traditional lager is medium in body with a deep roasted character. Its dark color and rich malty flavor come from specially roasted caramel and chocolate malts. This brew is lightly hopped with Noble Bavarian hops for a soft spiciness and a smooth clean finish. Cheers!


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cvillebeer (134) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JUN 2, 2005
Pours a deep red/bown with a creamy tan head leaving thick lines of lacing. The aroma is of malt and chocolate malt, with a faint hop presence. The mouthfeel is full and finishes relatively dry. I have had 3 or 4 examples of this style, so I am not all that experienced with it, but this is a good beer. The chocolate range of roastiness is stronger than in other examples and the finish is relatively full and dry. Similar to a stout, but not as rich or as fruity.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
djones27 (5) - USA - JUN 1, 2005 does not count
Deep Malt Flavor, yet not overly complex. Deliciously clean drink. Enjoyed thoroughly.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Grandpa (327) - Verona, New York, USA - JUN 1, 2005
Surprisingly light bodied. I expected a robust impact from the dark ruby pour with the thick, light tan head. Lightly hopped, it lacked the anticipated roasted grain anddeep malt flavor. Pleasantly bland.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheBeerGod (5315) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - MAY 30, 2005
Bottle. Opaque blackness residing underneath mocha colored foam. Nose is chocolaty with roasted malts, light coffee, caramel, sugary sweetness and light bittersweet notes. Taste is sweeter than expected. Big chocolate, caramel, light roasty notes, sweet malts, light bittersweet notes and traces of sweetened coffee. Body is light-medium with mild carbonation feel and at times is extremely creamy. Finish is dark chocolate, chocolate milk, creamy malts, light roastiness, sweetened coffee and caramel. More a sweet stout than schwarbier, I think, but still very drinkable.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
badgerben (4492) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAY 29, 2005
Dark ruby color with a thin head. Strong coffee aroma with some sour overtones. More coffee and caramel in the flavor with slightly burned, roasted, goodness. Damn tasty brew!

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jefcon (1419) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - MAY 28, 2005
A dark, rich brown beer with apparent carbonation. Aromas are toast, chocolate and grains, with a spicy background. Spicing is more apparent in the taste with a mellow flavor that rounds out the chocolate with a malty smoothness. For schwarzbeir, I still prefer the German versions, but this has a unique American pedigree and is an appealing beer for summer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
eve (240) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAY 28, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 13, 2006 Slight creamy head, garnet-black color, and a nice forward roasty malty smoky coffee flavor with some chocoalte on the finish, gentle hops in the background.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Enniskillen (2029) - Salinas, California, USA - MAY 27, 2005
Aroma is roasty, with chocolate malt. Body is a dark ruby with a cream head. Taste chocolate, caramel, and a hint of smoke. A pretty good beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - MAY 26, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 19, 2010 Black, beige head, nice lacing. Aroma rather subdued. Light roast and chocolate. Flavor much the same. Roast, chocolate, toast/cereal, faint hop character. Clean. Medium carbonation. Not bad.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 24, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 18, 2005 This was much better than I thought it was going to taste. Its full bodied, with a subtle roasty chocolate quality that was very impressive. A very good Schwarzbier.


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