megawill (14) - Iowa, USA - JAN 18, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz Bottle. Aroma: Malt sweetness, slightly bready with a hint of nutmeg / spice. Appearance: pours black. Nice head that lingers, good lacing. Taste: malty, hops are more subtle than you may expect from the description, faint note anise. Palate: well rounded, malt adds a bit of syrupy feel, not a bad note just a bit ’heavier’ / thicker than you’d expect from a lager. Overall: Solid effort. An enjoyable beer.
johnnymusky (299) - 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 (856) - 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 (117) - Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 7, 2014
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 10, 2014 12 oz. bottle. Pours very dark with off-white foam. Good clarity, subtle smoked aroma. Full malty taste with a subdued smoky flavor. I am from Lower Franconia and have drunk plenty of smoked lagers. This one tastes like an American dark lager/Schwarzbier with a slightly smoky taste. It has that typical cocoa flavor found in so many American micro beers created by the overuse of black patent and chocolate malts. Pretty good beer nonetheless, but I would prefer less darkness and more smoked malt.
weitz15 (382) - 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 (711) - 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 (841) - 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 (2293) - 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 (105) - 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
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 26, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear mahogany with a creamy tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, coffee, smoked meats, anise/licorice and bready malts. A tad thin with light chocolate, licorice, peppery yeast, smoke and some light molasses. Finishes up spicy and yeasty.