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RATINGS: 1879   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!


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAY 24, 2005
The after its extraction from the 12-ounce brown bottle sets in the class a very deep ruby color with a substantial frothy light tan head and lots of sticky lace to cover the glass. Hints of caramel, malt sweet, somewhat coffee like, with the start nicely malted and a bit sweet, top is moderate in its feel. Finish is sternly acidic with the hops delightfully spicy, quite dry and somewhat tart aftertaste, a drinkable beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 24, 2005
i liked it, not my favorite sam adams beer worth drinking, nice dark color.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2641) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - MAY 23, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2008 The Brewmasters Series from SA is usually a pretty good bet, and this is one of the best I’ve had in that line. But I love Schwarzbiers too! Pours with a tight foaming head, an attractive glowing purplish brown in the light, nearly opaque. Aroma of clean and well integrated dark malts, some caramel, some bittersweet chocolate. Flavor much the same, leading to a well crafted dry finish, although a slightly iron like bitter finish lingers for awhile. Quite drinkable, if less complex than of the great schwarzbiers.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cigarsnbeer (146) - Valley City, North Dakota, USA - MAY 21, 2005
This one surprised me a bit, I was thinking since its from Sam, I figured it would be typical of their regular stuff. But this on isn’t bad at all, If you like dark beer and this is all you can find, it could be a lot worse...it could be Mic amber bock

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - MAY 20, 2005
Pours with a thick head that disappears a little too sudden, leaving no lace. Aroma is chocolate, roasted malt, and a nice red wine. Flavor is a rush of roasted malt that is gently tapered by a nice infusion of light hops. Palate is silky smooth and allows the flavors to linger on the tongue. A very good brew.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - MAY 19, 2005
Bottle: Pours dark brown with a full fluffy tan head. Aroma is of nuts, malt, light wine scents. Maybe a hint of vinegar. Flavor is lightly roasty but mostly nutty with a touch of chocolate. Smooth, slightly sour finish with some bitterness. Good.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mybrainhurts (375) - North Dakota, USA - MAY 19, 2005
Dark ruby pour with a short lasting head. Some lace along the glass. Dark malts give it a light roasty nose. Caramel, lightly roasted flavors. Short, quick finish. The overall experience feels a bit rushed, but it’s not bad.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BrockLanders (780) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAY 16, 2005
Dark brown in color; nearly opaque. Small, off white head. Nose is actually roasty...caramelish with a note of hop bitterness. Flavor is similar...roasted malts, some light choco-toffees. I’m mildly impressed. Light to medium bodied, decent balance toward the end...medium carbonation, bittersweet finish. Hmmm...not too shabby...beats the hell out of a triple bock.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
nick76 (4314) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 16, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2007 This is a wonderful beer. The aroma is toasty and chocolate. The is actually very dark and close to black. Nice head and nice lacing. Taste is also very good. It is reminiscent of chocolate and caramel just like it says on the bottle. Hops are subtle but perfectly balanced with the toasty malts. Sweet chocolate aftertaste. Yummy.

2.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
TheBeerCollector (633) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAY 15, 2005
Looks and smells like a great beer. However, the taste is a profound letdown. Sickly sweet watery chocolate with a good dose of sour bread.


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