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RATINGS: 873   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.12   IBU: 20   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
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Brewed to pay homage to our founder’s homeland, our German-Style Schwarzbier is brewed true to style with a deliciously sweet malty flavor. It may be dark in color but it’s not heavy on roasted flavor like most people expect in a dark beer. BEER STYLE: Bavarian Black Beer MALT: Two-Row, Caramel HOPS: Mt Hood, Hallertauer ABV: 5.3%

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Gregory (357) - Pullman, Washington, USA - MAR 6, 2002
Although I liked the body,there wasn’t much flavor to back it up. Flavors, of malt and caramel in the finish, but not much more than that, I’d like to see more flavor in this beer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Merc (313) - Pullman, Washington, USA - MAR 6, 2002
Wonderful black colour and creamy head. Carmely malty aroma and tatse throughout. Thats about all there is to it thouh. Who knew something so dark could be so flavourless? Nice finish though. So close to something good, just way too bland.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - MAR 6, 2002
as i work my way through the nice 12 saranac sampler, i generally find them respectable but underpowered; like carrying a load of logs in your minivan, you wish there was more umph. the black forest for example is very attractive to a thirsty individual such as myself. deep mahogany with a garnet glint. fig or raisin leads the aroma, some warm aunt jemima syrup perhaps. moderate sweetness, enough body to preclude a watery finish. overall quite good, but even more malt would make it better still.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Drinkingdan (375) - East Norriton, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 28, 2002
What is the differance between this and the saranac black and tan? I couldn’t find it.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
kilgore41599 (98) - Rochester, New York, USA - FEB 20, 2002
Another decent Saranac product, but nothing great. Still drink it from time to time.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jagerphish99 (33) - USA - FEB 17, 2002

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
21iceman40 (1732) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 14, 2002
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2003 A very nice bavarian brew. Nice and dark, the color did resemble a black forest. This one definetely needs to be enjoyed with a nice big slice of chocolate cake.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NJBeerman013 (1052) - Hamilton Twp., New Jersey, USA - FEB 6, 2002
Hmm... the description says it has a creamy head, but when I poured it, mine was without one. That would have added a point to my appearance rating. All in all a good dark beer, smooth body without being bitter like a lot of dark beers tend to be. Good malt/hop balance. I’d get it again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
darkvibe (68) - Rochester, New York, USA - FEB 1, 2002
Too dark for my liking. Goes great with a big meal, though.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ron (2689) - Rochester, New York, USA - JAN 29, 2002
I thought I would not like this, but was surprised with the smoothness and decent aftertaste.

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