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RATINGS: 1856   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
guzzler67 (1503) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - FEB 12, 2005
Bit of a red edge to the dark brown appearance. A small head yields little lacing. Nice aroma of coffee from the roasted malts. Noticed more of the chocolate malts in the taste, especially after the second bottle. Lingering bitterness with a dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopdog (8940) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 12, 2005
Poured a dark ruby red color with an averaged sized tan head. Aromas and tastes of roasted chocolate and coffee. Some caramel lurking in the background Nice light bitter bite. Not a bad beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (7861) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 12, 2005
Say what you want about Sam Adams and Jim Koch, but I’ve never had a bad beer from them. This one pours deep ruby with aroma of malt, chocolate, corn flakes, some toffee. Tastes malty, with a solid chocolate syrup element and brown sugar. Nice complexity and balance. I like Schwarzbiers, and I like this.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Silphium (3167) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - FEB 6, 2005
Deep sanguine red body, medium creamy light tan head. Bready, toasty aroma with notes of chocolate and earthy hops. Grainy, toasty body with chocolate and cheerios. A bit bockish, but on the lighter side, with no discernible alcohol. Creamy, soft body. This is a real success, and, dare I say it, could be a staple it my beerfridge (if I had one).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
richlikebeer (838) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 5, 2005
Pours a deep brown color, not as thick as a stout or porter, but nearly solid, thin tan head faded fast. Nice aroma of chocolates and roasted malts. Flavor was full bodied and complex, mixing the chocolates and malts with a little bit of hops. That added just a tad of bitterness to the aftertaste. The entire beer seemed to improve a little and become even more smooth as it warmed a little. Got this at Flood’s in Stroudsburg, Pa...they have a great selection there, but so far, I can’t find it in a store.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jus10cider82 (67) - Wichita, Kansas, USA - FEB 4, 2005
nice dark pour with decent looking lace coming from very little head...roasty aroma and flavor....much better when warm....not bad at all (12 oz bottle)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thegreenrooster (3215) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 3, 2005
Pour is a almost black, more of a deep red. A huge foamy head is the first experience of this beer. Aroma is a roasted chocolate. Flavor is deep and roasty with a nice coffee aftertaste. I must say this is quite enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 13, 2005
This was a very good beer for the style. Nice and roasty, and really pretty close to German counterparts. Well done.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
NDM84 (20) - Street, Maryland, USA - JAN 13, 2005
Just got these at work the other day, so I’m guessing they are pretty fresh. Brown/Ruby body, foamy tan head. Aroma of coffee, chocolate. Medium body. Slightly bitter. Although very enjoyable, just doesn’t excite me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
hopscotch (9163) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 13, 2005
Bottle. Clear, mahogany lager with a medium-sized, khaki head. Good retention. Dark, roasted mash aroma with chocolate, coffee and buttermilk notes. Well-balanced flavor, but a bit thin. Lightly tart and very lightly bitter. Light-bodied and fizzy. Short, crisp, clean finish.

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