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RATINGS: 1878   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!


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 27, 2005
Pours a dark mahogany brown with a thick, but short-lived frothy tan head. Aroma is semi-sweet and malty with a touch of candy corn and lager yeast. Body starts with a nice caramel malty sweetness, turning slightly more dry before the crisp, authentic, lager yeasty finish. Palate has a strange, almost artificial thickness to it and, I don’t say this often, but would probably be better and more authentic if it were a little thinner. Overall, a fairly decent schwarzbier though.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - MAR 25, 2005
Say what you will, but it is very nice to see a national brewer try a Schwarzbier. Imagine that happening 15 years ago. This is a very good beer with a nice rocky head. The flavors are what I expect, a little chocolate and a lot of good basic malt flavors. There is nothing not to like here. I cannot help but voice my disappointment that it was not a Dunkel that they released. I shouldn’t let that enter into my decision as to how to rate it, but I do.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Lizabeth (360) - east falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 25, 2005
Bottle. Deep reddish-brown with a small light tan head that lingered for a while and left some lacing. The smell of this beer reminded me very much of a porter, with raisons, hazelnuts, chocolate and pipe tobacco the dominant aromas. The flavor is smooth and a little subdued, and tastes of chocolate, coffee, walnuts and nutmeg. The aftertaste reminded me of slightly overdone wheat toast with butter.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lubiere (11155) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 24, 2005
Dark reddish brown lager with a nice compact moka head. Light roasted malt aroma, with chocolate note. Sweet chocolate taste with some roasted notes, not very hopped but very pleasing. Decent medium bodied black lager. From a SA selection pack bought in upstate NY.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jine (900) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - MAR 22, 2005
bottle. Ah, a schwarzbier. Yum. Can’t see the kitchen light through the glass. Perfect. Smells roasty. Kind of tastes like a watery porter, which would be bad if this were a porter, but good here. I hope that makes sense. Loads better than Anheuser World Select, but isn’t everything?

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAR 22, 2005
bottle. Dark, ruby color with medium off-white head. Burnt caramel and chocolate malt in aroma. Flavor is immediatley sugary sweet, with a malty taste. Not as dry as the aroma would suggest. Not bad, but there are much better.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Juelze (1141) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 20, 2005
Dark brown and fast diminishing tan head. Flavor is more chocolate and then a light roasted coffee flavor. Finishes slightly bitter. Not a bad brew from Sam Adams.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Darkover (1528) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 20, 2005
UPDATED: APR 24, 2007 Dark brown with a big tan head. Aroma of roast, coffee and some chocolate. Flavor is malty, nutty with a slight roastyness. Pretty good.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JMerritt (1890) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - MAR 20, 2005
Dark red-brown with a medium-sized light brown head that is mostly diminishing. Chocolate malts most prevalent in the aroma, with a touch of orange peel and coffee grounds. Brown sugar, chocolate, coffee, and roasted pecans in the flavor. Finish has some sour grain flavors (wet wheat). Moderately carbonated, giving a nice tingle as you swallow. A tad thin on the palate, but this is a pretty tasty brew.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - MAR 20, 2005
Bottle (HWC): Black in color (actually ruby when held up to bright light) with a small mocha head. Aroma is nutty with a little cocoa. Flavor is malty with a little smoke and a light bitterness. Smooth, but thin palate. Kinda tasty.


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