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RATINGS: 866   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.12   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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Caramel malt sweetness and trademark rich, creamy head. A fitting homage to our Grandfather’s apprenticeship at the Duke of Baden’s brewery in Germany’s Black Forest region.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
nuplastikk (4321) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 15, 2013
12oz bottle. This is one of the first few beers I really liked. I imagine it has changed considerably in ingredient quality and character in the decade since then...but maybe I’m mistaken. Deepish brown-amber body. Thin but steady beige head. Kind of weak on the chocolate malt, you almost get amber tones. I used to really enjoy this beer, but it just a medium bodied mediocrity these days.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
revolution2718 (219) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 19, 2013
Pours very dark. Well balanced tending malty, not overly complex but not unpalatable. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mtdewa1 (294) - rome, New York, USA - AUG 31, 2013
Dark black pour, medium head. Little lacing. Earthy malted aroma. Taste of roasted malts, caramel and pine. Easy to drink, watery mouthful.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
shigadeyo (3006) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - AUG 2, 2013

6/24/2011: Saranac Black Forest (Bavarian Style Black Beer)... Aroma: Caramel notes, bread crust, earthy hops evident. Appearance: Beautiful auburn (red-brown) color with a motled dark beige head that slowly collapses. Flavor: European maltiness with a good balance between some dark maple syrup sweetness and a mild spicy and earthy hop flavor and bitterness; dry Pils-like quality with more malty sweetness and caramel notes behind it. Palate: Medium-bodied; smooth mellow; nice weight in the mouth; almost creamy texture. Overall: Pleasantly palatable beer with some sessionability to it.

12 fl. oz. bottle from Kroger in Harrison, Ohio. Rating #843 for this beer.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
j12601 (6584) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUL 19, 2013
Bottle. Pours a deep black with a medium sized beige head. Sweet plum and a bit of oxidization on the nose over some dusty cocoa and roast. A touch thin, roast and cocoa, oxidization and papery malt. Just empty into the finish. Not a lot going on.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
adamhorror (83) - USA - JUL 10, 2013
Deep black appearance with a one finger off white thick head. Aroma is a balance of light malt and hops. Taste is slightly sweet malt with a touch of bitter hops whichever balanced. Palate is light and a bit champagne like from the carbonation. A very easy to drink Schwarzbier. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Mora2000 (5650) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JUL 9, 2013
Thanks to blutt59 for sharing this bottle. Reddish-brown pour with an off-white head. The aroma and flavor have a lot of toffee and dark fruit notes, as well as some caramel and nuttiness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Vballnbeer (158) - Gorham, Maine, USA - JUL 7, 2013
This is a pretty good black beer. It is dark in color as it should be, lacking in head a bit, and has a mild nose. The flavor is sweet, but mild and smooth with a subtle hop flavor. Worth a taste.

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
OKplus (787) - Oklahoma, USA - JUN 19, 2013
12oz served in a Sam Adams Perfect Pint. A - Pours a clear dark russet brown with a 1 finger mocha head that forms a tight bubbled cap. One long streak of horizontal lacing that looked like a skinny dinosaur. S - Dark caramel malt, dried grain, cherry and berry fruit, lager yeast, fruit bread. T - Roasted caramel malts, tangy sweetness, dried grass, chalky lager yeast, matches the nose, the cherry fruit is mixed in with the malt creating a fruit bread flavor, some hops wick away some of the sweetness. Finishes semi dry with compliments of fruit and slightly bitter and roasted malts. M - Moderate carbonation, fuller body for the style, somewhat velvety but sticky at times, wet upfront but finishes semi dry. Very fruity for the style. Had a nice roundness of roast and bitter to battle the sweetness. Decent mouthfeel too. Not bad. Not something I would seek out but I’m glad I had a chance to try this out. Serving type: bottle 09-28-2012

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
czar (4261) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 17, 2013
pours clear light brown with a light beige head, some retention. caramel, fruitiness, spices, bit of nuts, hint of sweetness, some coffee berries, dried molasses, treacled caramel. average carbonation, light body - never watery, short grassy-peppery finish. not reinventing - true to style - well executed. nice balance and dry crisp mouthfeel. quenching.


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