arminjewell (9144) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JAN 4, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour out of 12 oz bottle, dark black pour with tan head, aroma brought notes of roast, coffee, some toffee, caramel, hints of earth into a bit of dark fruit, slight toasted bread, hints of grain. Taste is a mix of caramel, toast, coffee, nice smoke into a bit of roasted malt, slight earth, finishing bitter, dry. This is well made.
johnnymusky (746) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 4, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This one to me tastes like a porter so i rated as one.....nice smoke smell and flavor...again a solid showing.
blackisle (1519) - IJburg, NETHERLANDS - NOV 23, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle 12 fl.oz. Clear but almost opaque deep brown with a red hue, small frothy tan head, disappears quickly, not that much lacing; aroma roasted malts, cocoa, hint of licorice, subdued smokiness; taste is roasted and light smoky moderate sweet, light bitters; medium body, oily to creamy texture, average carbonation, finish is mild bittersweet, smokedness most present in the aftertaste; overall quite a nice schwarz especially because of the subtle smokiness all the way through.
felsenpils (147) - Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 7, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2016 12 oz. bottle. Pours very dark with off-white foam. Good clarity, subtle smoky aroma. Full malty taste with a perceptible smokiness. This beer has gotten better. It now tastes like a Bamberger Rauchbier as it should. It should not be categorized as a Schwerzbier, but as a Rauchbier. Schell´s is brewing authentic European styles right here in Minnesota. Once again, well done.
weitz15 (493) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 8, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Drinking from a 12 oz. bottle purchased in Madison. Light feeling in the body, hops are modestly present, and the smokiness is somewhat present.
WisconsinBeer (716) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - JAN 23, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Deep reddish brown, slightly foamy head. Decent lacing. Flavor is rich roasted malts, dark chocolate, a hint of smoke, balanced sweetness. Just a nice little bit of hops at the end to wrap it up. Medium bodied. Well balanced.
dlbeer (845) - Wisconsin, USA - JAN 11, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Dark pour with tan head. Smells of toasted malts and smoke. Tastes of the same with slight hops. Pretty decent
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drpimento (2770) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 11, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I think this beer is misclassified; it should be a smoked beer. To me there’s nothing "subtle" about the smokiness. Poured at a good temperature with a modest light tan head that soon settled to a large island, ring, and some lace. Color is a clear mahogany with some tiny bubble trails. Aroma is smoke dominated and then malt and a bit of spice. Flavor’s like nose plus has some tart. Fairly dry. Body is slightly thin, carbonation ok. Finish is like flavor, some change to medicinal, gradual taper, not really for me. Wish it had been a traditional schwarzbier.
UkrainPubCrawler (109) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 7, 2013
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark beautiful color. However, the head doesn’t last long and the beer falls flat quickly. I did enjoy the delicious smoky flavor of this beer.
camborne (656) - Hopkins, Minnesota, USA - NOV 30, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Roast and smoke on nose. Smoke is hidden well, hops are kind of subdued as malts overpower. Solid offering