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RATINGS: 1872   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
twindadplus2 (624) - Wisconsin, USA - JUN 9, 2005
Bottle. Dark brown/red with a good tan head. Caramel nose with some hops present in the aroma as well. Creamy medium body with flavors of caramel, roasted malt and bread dough. Slight spicy bitterness at the finish. A real ace from Sam Adams this time!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fuyajo (229) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 8, 2005
Pours to a small/medium head, very dark, very lacy. Roasty with hint of chocolate and coffee. NIce malty long aftertaste, just the way I like it. Another good Sam Adams beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUN 4, 2005
Deep opaque brown in the glass with hints of ruby around the edges. A frothy cappuccino colored head, Man is this beer lacy. Lots of fine lace. Sweet roasted malt in the nose. Lightly bitter. Like cappuccino, milky and lightly bitter. Taste is alternately sweet and bitter. Milky with a light coffee bitterness. Very well balanced. Lightly nutty. Very creamy in the mouth with a long sticky aftertaste. Really drinkable. Not all their beers are mindblowing but Sam Adams beer are always extremely well crafted. It is appreciated.

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 (5462) - 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 (4562) - 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 (1459) - 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.


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