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RATINGS: 1882   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 147   ABV: 4.9%
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!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Holdwine (1135) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 26, 2005
Nice, a deep dark lager style with a heavy dose of chocolate malt and taste. Slight oily mouthfeel doesn’t take away from drinkability. Drink while chilled, as it does not warm up well.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 23, 2005
Pours with a dark brown to black body with red tinting topped by a medium thick head with little lacing. It’s slightly sweet and malty with a subtle caramel note and a touch of roast...a little weak in the aroma, however the flavor is full and rather impressive. Medium bodied, smooth and a touch warming.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - JUN 22, 2005
Poured dark brown with a creamy tan head. The aroma was weak compared to other Schwartzbiers I’ve had. There was chocolate, licorice and fruits. The taste at the beginning reminded me of a blueberry yogurt. As it went down the chocolate became more pronounced along with the licorice. Other beers of this style have a coffee taste. I was lacking that here but this was still a good beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcwattsrugger (11670) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 21, 2005
12 oz bottle-pours a tan creamy head. Color is a clear black with tint of red. Aroma-light licorice. Flavor threw me a curve, I expected a licorice, dark flavor and it tastes like a standard lager with a nice blend of malt and light hops. OK, as I get futher through, it’s taste of chocolate is becoming more pronounced. A good beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 19, 2005
Bottle. Pours dark brown - almost black - with a moderate tannish head that lingers fairly well. Aroma is pretty typically lagerish, with sweet malts and soap plus a little roastiness, coffee and some bold floral hops. Flavor is sweetish, roasty malts with a bit of rice syrup, soy and clover. Light to medium body and gentle carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ehhdayton (1188) - USA - JUN 16, 2005
Very little aroma to the beer but there was a small hint of malt after the initial pour. The beer has a dark color with a hint of red. Nice flavor with a touch of roasted malt.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
can8ianben (1423) - State College, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 15, 2005
Interesting. Dark and malty just like the deScription says. I don’t have much to go on for this style, it may be my first. I like the fact that it wows me and it is labled a lager. Great dark colour, nice spice on the malt, perfect hop touch. I feel like it is lacking something, but I’m not sure what...

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jon112981 (327) - Bristow, Virginia, USA - JUN 12, 2005
Bottle. Very dark color. Nice malty aroma. Very strong flavor with a slightly different finish. A quite good beer. Better than their regular lager.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - JUN 11, 2005
Pours a dark, almost opaque black with ruby highlights and a thin, off-white head. Roasted malt aroma with a touch of hops. Flavor is fairly rich and smooth: sweet, roasted malt with a slight nuttiness and a crisp finish. An interesting sour smokiness. Very good.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JK (5331) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - JUN 9, 2005
Surprisingly good for a Sam Adams. Almost black with ruby coloring. Lacing, and a fairly large head that never quite disappears. Coffee and raspberry aroma. Flavor is complex, coffee and chocolate, and lying underneath is smoke and light fruit. Heavy body.

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