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This intensely dark Kulmbacher style lager has a superb malt complexity with the distinctive flavors and aromas of coffee, caramel and chocolate. A renowned smoothness and a creamy, tan head make it an all-time brewery favorite.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mrjaxson (340) - .08 Junction, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 31, 2013
Have enjoyed this before from a bottle but waited until having it on tap before rating it. It was definitely worth the wait. The smoothness is distinct indeed and the nutty roastiness revealing both coffee and chocolate scents. Quite delicious.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
WillRunForBeer (1240) - Massachusetts, USA - AUG 26, 2013
Bottle (extra) from umich43jm. Thanks! Pours deep mahogany with a medium beige head. Aromas of dark roasted malts, coffee. Taste is coffee, dark chocolate and a bit of piney hop. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ronaldtheriot (1466) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - AUG 8, 2013
Sprecher Black Bavarian has a very thick, creamy, beige head, a dark brown (ruby, under light) appearance, and lots of thick, cream-like lacing left behind on the glass. The aroma is of dark-roasted, almost burnt, barley malt, sweetness, and brown bread crust, and the flavor is of creamy, dark-roasted malt, charcoal, dark coffee, chocolate powder, black cherries, slight licorice, underlying, soft bitterness, and brown bread crust. Mouthfeel is medium and slick, and Sprecher Black Bavarian finishes fairly crisp, rich, and quite drinkable. Overall, this is most excellent, and I highly recommend it! RJT

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jkwalking05 (4155) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JUL 23, 2013
Black in color with a decent sized off-white head. Aroma is of oasted malts, toast, coffee, and driftwood. Taste is of roasted malts and coffee.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JHeath99 (1345) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - JUL 18, 2013
Bottle. Pours opaque brown with a slight amount of toffee colored head. Aroma of coffee and roasted malts. Taste of caramel and malts with a nice coffee aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
magsinva (950) - Virginia, USA - JUL 13, 2013
Bottle from App. Vintner - I had this one a couple weeks ago and what I remember most was the beef jerkiness. Solid, though, not my style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JStax (3535) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - JUL 12, 2013
16 oz bottle thanks to umich03jm. Thanks! Pours a bubbly dark ruby color with a beige head of foam that dissipates quickly. Aroma has notes of oak, burnt toast, and caramel. That char really comes through in the taste. Starts fairly bitter, but finishes on the sweet side.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
deadCATAtlanta (60) - Georgia, USA - JUL 10, 2013
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2013 Had this one out of a bottle from Eric Teusinkís stash. Poured deep brown witha nice tan head. Tastes of chocolate coffee, I found this to be very similar to a stout. A very smooth easy drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - JUN 30, 2013
16 oz bottle into a pint glass. A: Pours a very dark ruby color. It only shows hints of opacity when put against a moderately strong light. The head is a three finger mocha shade that doesnít retain particularly well, as expected. Having said that, I love the soft creaminess of the texture, with just a hint of rockiness to suggest itís well hopped. Lacing left on the glass is quite plentiful, also. S: I get some dark fruit esters, roasted malts, cream, chocolate, caramel, noble hops, and brown sugar on the aroma. Not terribly groundbreaking on its own, but quite impressive given the style. I could certainly compare it to a good porter/stout aromatically. T: An initial wave of dry chocolate soon gives way to a combination of roasted malts and grassy hops on the back end. While itís simplistic and straightforward, itís also enjoyably balanced and easy to drink. M: Itís crisp and dry like a good lager should be. On the other end of the spectrum, it actually does a good job of feeling somewhat substantial. At times, the general feel is more reminiscent of a porter than a dinky-ass schwarzbier. O: I wasnít sure what to expect from this one - itís a schwarzbier, yet one of the top examples of the style according to BA. Luckily, Iím finding this one pretty damn good. Probably the best schwarz Iíve had yet, in fact.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
illiniphil (135) - Nashotah, Illinois, USA - JUN 26, 2013
Pours black as coal with a creamy tan head. Intense flavors of coffee, malt and chocolate with a dry and crisp finish. Excellent appearance and flavor in this top 50 beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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