ronaldtheriot (1448) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - AUG 8, 2013
4.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
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
jkwalking05 (4132) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JUL 23, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
JHeath99 (1313) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - JUL 18, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
magsinva (947) - Virginia, USA - JUL 13, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
JStax (3446) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - JUL 12, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
deadCATAtlanta (60) - Georgia, USA - JUL 10, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - JUN 30, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
illiniphil (134) - Nashotah, Illinois, USA - JUN 26, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
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jhgrantjr (440) - Tennessee, USA - JUN 24, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from a bottle picked up at BW due to the reputation of Sprecher. Pours a deep, dark color with a good tan head. Looks good after the pour. Aroma smells similar to a stout: chocolate, roasted malts, some coffee hints, as it warms has a burnt hickory smell. And the taste is very good, smooth and slightly sweet up front, and then a warm and light bitterness at the end. This is a good beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
mikedevilsfan (223) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 22, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
faint smell of mushrooms and must on the nose. Dark lager tastes smooth and has hints of coffee.