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Sierra Nevada Schwarzbier



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RATINGS: 88   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.29   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Our schwarzbier (black beer) is a traditional German style lager beer. The use of roasted chocolate malt gives this dark colored, medium bodied beer a wonderful sweet maltiness. This beer was brewed in Sierra Nevada's new 10 barrel pilot brewery.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 17/20
joeneugs (4453) - Livermore, California, USA - DEC 3, 2011
On draft at the brewpub. It pours black with some roasted malt and lager yeast esters. The flavor has hints of coffee and some sulfer with a softer carbonation. Very dry and true to style. Enjoyable, just not a stand out.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
MattH (660) - California, USA - OCT 19, 2011
Tap. Dark brown/black pour. Very pronounced and very nice aroma and flavor of smoke. Best smoke flavor I have encountered in a beer. Also present in the flavor are dark sweet malts.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Velkyal (314) - Gordonsville, Virginia, USA - SEP 29, 2011
The Schwarzbier was, um, schwarz, and roasty, full of flavour and just bursting with goodness and with a nice clean finish. Amongst like a bottom fermented stout, it was lovely.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
emacgee (4427) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - SEP 17, 2011
Dark black pour with nice rich ruby copper hues in the light. Generous billowing sandstone tan head. Good lace and retention. Nose is lightly sweet with caramel and light coffee roast, some toasted grain. Lightly roasty flavor with some coffee and toasted bread. Lightly spicy hop profile. Dry and light bodied with a slightly roasty finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drake (10850) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - SEP 17, 2011
Growler from Beer Run in Charlottesville, VA. Pours a very dark brown color with a medium tan creamy head. Good head retention and a bit of lacing. Aroma of chocolate, roasted malts and a nutty note. The taste is roasted malts, chocolate, bitter hops, and a faint bit of coffee and smoke. Thin-medium bodied.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
marcus (7819) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUL 29, 2011
On tap at The Trappist. Pours jet black with a nice beige head and treacle aroma. There is a smooth dark molasses flavor that is a little watery with a slightly piney hop finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 16, 2011
Draft. Dark pour with light able to peak through, thin wispy head. Soft somewhat malty nose with a hint of roasty and a hint of crisp hopping. Flavors subtle but clean...nothing peaks out too much though, not overly roasty or malty though..just kind of easy drinking and plain. Subtle hints of diluted licorice possibly...doesn’t jump out as an overly flavorful schwarzbier, probably legitimately traditional but I’m used to the american versions that take that shizzy to the next level. Unoffensive though, so its got that going for it, which is nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MadIndian (2634) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 3, 2011
Brown pour with a nose of sweet malt and roast. The taste matched the aroma , but with the addition of bread and chocolate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
joergen (23987) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 31, 2010
Draught at Bishops Arms, Malmö. Clear orange red coloured with a huge off-white head. Malty aroma of hay and caramel with roasted notes. Malty and light roasted flavour of caramel with fruity notes and notes of liquorice and hops. Hoppy finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nickls (2023) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - APR 27, 2010
(Old BA rate - tap) Jet black color, with a sticky off-white head. Aroma has plum/pruney aroma, with hints of bitter chocolate. Bitter chocolate maltiness with additional coffee flavors. Pruney flavors of the style kick in at the end. Smooth, creamy, but delicate body. A tad thin, but this has been my experience with the style. This is a lot of fun to drink as it incorporates a lot of flavors into an highly drinkable format. Overall, this is a great take on the style although it does not stray too far

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