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RATINGS: 1875   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!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - APR 25, 2005
Shadowy dark tarnished brown with a big billowing light cocoa hued head of foam; lightly fluffing and spongyness ensues as it grows up fast from a heavy pour. Fades off moderately to a good solid skimming and lacing of all kinds lightly grab the glass. Nice aroma of dry black malts with a mild touch of chocolate sweetness and vanilla cookies. Very aromatic and appetizing to wiff in. Flavors are just as nice, a bit more sweetness intersedes the front end with some black and chocolate malt, middle is seemingly like Oreo cookies, finishes with a nice leveling of moderate dry bite of slight roast, chocolate powder, and light Noble-like hopping. Very nice finish, did I just eat an Oreo? Feel is fluffy, carrying a sweet front, drying most ways across from there, slight crispness to its body as well. Body is about medium to medium/light with a favorably low carbonation making for some kicked-back, sliding-down-the-Ol’-gullet, easy goin’ drinkability. A big time session beer that actually has a different taste then most other session types. A nice version of a hard to pin down style. This may be close to rivaling Black Bavarian. Way to go BBC! Nice brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ElJefe (553) - Rochester, New York, USA - APR 24, 2005
Pours dark mahogany with a medium brown head. Aroma of caramel and cocoa, with a slight sourness. Flavor is sweet roastiness and caramel with a sourness in the middle, leaving a lasting cocoa flavor in the finish. Very drinkable and smooth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
zach8270 (3832) - Henrietta, New York, USA - APR 18, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2008 [12 oz. bottle] Clear black color that looks red when held up to the light. Very decent and creamy looking tan head. Slightly fruity and sweet smell with hints of roasted caramel and malts throughout. Very rich taste of sweetness, probably from the roasted caramel malt, and a nice roasted and smoky finish. I think I’m a pretty big fan of this one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ruggedman (647) - Portland, Maine, USA - APR 18, 2005
I really like this offering from Sammy A. Probably one of their better common beers, if not the best. Distinct roast chocolate and coffee caramel taste. Has a nice enough nose, but lacks a good head.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Aurelius (4637) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - APR 18, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2005 Sweet, yeasty cocoa nut aroma. Sweetish, hazelnutty, grassy, roasty. Quite good and drinkable. Medium-light body. Medium cola and chocolate finish. Rerate Hmm. Not sure what I loved about this orignially. It is drinkable, but it’s a little simpler than I originally thought.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - APR 18, 2005
04.16.05 Brewtopia ’05. Finally, a schwarzbier that reminds me why I don’t like the style. Black pour, medium head. Chocolate notes (dark) and old coffee. Grassy, German hops. Cardboard. Watery body that just doesn’t match the color OR aromas. Abrupt finish except for a lingering oxidation. Blech.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
nchoward (24) - Iowa, USA - APR 17, 2005
This is a promising beer. It pours a dark dark ruby and smells like cocoa and roasted barley. There is a light Tettnang or Hallertau nose. No head remains even after an aggessive pour. Tastes like a sweet malt, caramel, and slight hops, however, these give out to the watery taste of a beer that should be higher in strength. Overall, this is a good beer, but where can you find it other than in a sampler box??

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
SSSteve (3934) - - APR 16, 2005
black and opaque. tan head. roasted aroma. i really enjoyed the medium body with such a full flavored beer. very good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
IMtheOptimator (1162) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - APR 16, 2005
Sampled at Brewtopia 2005. Poured black with a creamy off-whtie head, very attractive. Fanit aroma of chocolate notes. Tastes of roasted chocolate, but feels somewhat watered down, typical Samuel Adams mediocrity.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SDalkoholic (2223) - Linda Vista, California, USA - APR 15, 2005
Tanned medium sized head with black color beer resting in the glass( reddish/ brown against light) Roasted malt aroma along with a chocolate olfaction. Flavor is mild and has traces of milk and chocolate with the roast malt over dominating the two. A mighty fine dark lager to sit at home and watch some baseball with.

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