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RATINGS: 91   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31/5   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.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Doctormirk (100) - USA - APR 17, 2007
On tap at the Graduate. Dark pour with a small head. Served almost frozen into a frozen pint glass. After spending 10 minutes trying to warm it up, I began to notice some toasted maltyness, light chocolate and crisp hops. Body was lighter than I was hoping but no less than average.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
TylerGreenDC (792) - - JAN 23, 2016
Draft. Served at least 10-12 degrees too cold at Mills River. Once it warmed it comes across as a mild version of the style: Not much chocolate or coffee, just some chewy dark maltiness. Not Sierra Nevada’s best beer, alas.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
jbruner (3996) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - NOV 24, 2015
Pours a clear brownish black on tap with fluffy khaki head that leaves moderate lace. Aroma and taste of clean lager fruitiness and light chocolate malt. Nice and balanced, bubbly carbonation, solid for the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
slowrunner77 (10112) - Reno, Nevada, USA - NOV 9, 2015
On tap in Chico. Not exactly retired. Lightly Smokey, caramel, toffee, light roast. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 17/20
joeneugs (5751) - 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 (781) - 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 (320) - 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 (4611) - 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 (11781) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 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 (9133) - 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.

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