Brewed by Silversmith Brewing Company
Style: Schwarzbier
Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada


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RATINGS: 37   MEAN: 3.45/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Krypes (7) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 12, 2012 does not count
Little mocha colored head. Very faint nose of coffee/malt. On trading coffee dominates, not add much roasted malt as expected. Flavors also linger but still crisp, not overbearing at all. Just enough carbonation to add a refreshing quality. Excellent summer beer in a style hard to find in Ontario.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cyrenaica (968) - Milton, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 18, 2012
550ml draught
5.0% ABV
C’est What? (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)
October 25, 2012
The beer was poured a solid blackish-brown with a creamy light brown head which shrank to a ring. The aroma was roasted malt, coffee, and vanilla. The mouthfeel was medium bodied with medium carbonation. The flavour was roasted malt, coffee, and some sweet notes. Not as dry and bitter as a Kostritzer, and quite tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cantabrian (816) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 27, 2013
Schwarzbier would be at least a misnomer, as this is much more exciting than anything I have seen in the style. I had a taster from the brewery, after the devastating news that I would not be finding the Oyster Stout anywhere in Niagara-on-lhe-Lake during my very brief visit. I can’t say much about a head, as this was a taster, but the colour was oily black, beautiful. Chocolate, plums and berries in the aroma, and just a very feeble, but very very feeble, metallic whiff of a lager. Flavour is nice and full of cocoa powder, with tobacco, vanilla and tart berries, with no ashes or roasted chars, so typical of black lagers. It makes a lovely creamy palate, in spite of the rather thin <-> medium body. The finish is nice and bitter, without a hint of roasts. Considering that we have a dark lager that tastes like a porter, I’d say this is a damn farking good Baltic Porter. Loved it – and taking back a bottle to New Zealand to share with Ratebeer friends.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mrtemperature (4) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 10, 2014 does not count
It is very similar to a Genius. It is full bodied. It was very enjoyable. This is a beer I would offer to my friends.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GuillaumeCL (343) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 12, 2012
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2013 On tap at wvrst. Pours a dark black with a bit of brown head. Smell is malty with a typical lager smell. Palate is medium bodied and quite smooth. Taste both sweet and bitter at the same time and gives way to a long bitter aftertaste. Delicious! Definitely a go-to beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jimmay (807) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 30, 2013
On tap at Imbibe. Pours deep black, tan head. Nice rich malty taste, with some delicious hops. Very drinkable!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tessic (842) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 15, 2013
This lager poured a deep black colour with a short living, tan colour head. To the nose there are scents of molassass, burnt malts, earth and a little chocolate and coffee. First sip was roasty and delicious with flavours of roasty malts, coffee and very light hint of cocoa. Finish is burnt and flavourful.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
LarryBeast (515) - - AUG 4, 2013
Sampled at the Forest City Beer Fest. Bitter coffee, green herb, smoked ham and southern BBQ buried in a well-constructed dark lager. Liked it a lot.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gilvanblight (775) - Windsor, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 18, 2012
Well it’s most definitely black with a light tan head. Raisin and earthy nose. Oh nice. That is good. Rich yet refreshing. Thick and just a little sticky. Sweet at first but swapping to a nice raisin and coffee mellowness. Going down very easily. Malts in the aftertaste. If there weren’t other beers I wanted to try before leaving I would be ordering more of this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
VeloVampire (625) - Parkdale, Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 16, 2012
On tap at Volo - came near black with a one finger tan head that lasted for most of the pint. Aromas of espresso, dark chocolate, roasted grains. Roast dominates the flavour, but the body is beautifully (and surprisingly) light and snappy. Quite a lovely brew; could/will drink lots of this as it becomes more widely available.

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