jaymobrown (1703) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 4, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Some reddish tints around the edge of the glass for this otherwise black beer. Dark malt, dust, earth and grit nose. Same in flavors with grain, malt and slightly roasted flavors. It's like an earthenware pot. Smooth.
JoeM500 (1906) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - JUL 23, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rich, thick, and malty like they tried stuffing a few beers into just one. So creamy and filling with tons of chocolate and coffee and hints of smokiness and marshmellow sweetness. One of the finest beers in all of Brewerland!!!
Frank (3135) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 5, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
An wonderful schwarzbier. Rich and malty with some tasty chocolate and coffee notes. A touch of hops in the finish. I find I like this best served a bit cold.
Indra (2676) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - JUL 2, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled on draught. Very malty aroma, Pumpernickel bread, roasty and grainy, some slight, spicy hop and faint toffee. Deep, dark, clear mahogany color with a creamy, ivory head. Flavor is likewise very grainy and roasty, but with some caramel/toffee sweetness and spice. Finishes dry and with a flourish of Hallertau hops. Smooth, creamy texture. Great stuff, I never thought a Schwarz could be this tasty.
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 1, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: MAY 2, 2004 Ruby brown with a medium creamy tan head. Not much aroma, but what is there is lightly sweet, very smooth mouthfeel. Ends sweet. I found this beer to be boring without much going on.
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JUN 13, 2003
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
It poured into the glass a very dark brown color w/ some reddish bricking. It was translucent. The head was a tightly bubbled tan color that started out quite large and diminished slowly. The nose had some heavy, sweet, malty tones in it. The flavor has a touchy of smokiness along w/ some hoppy notes. Very enjoyable, very drinkable. Thanks CaptainCouger
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - JUN 8, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The epitome of Schwarz (says the man who has tried one or two others?- Hah!) Incredibly smooth and creamy with a thin lasting small bubbled head. Smoke plus caramel plus a bit of rock salt in the flavor - almost milky in the palate - gorgeous dark dark ruby color - mellow and delightful - perfect bitterness closes this gem - wow, what a surprise - this is a phenomenal middle-sized (I presume) brewery.
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 6, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Strong coffee flavor and aroma with a nice balance of bitterness and dark chocolate. Very creamy and roasty - a nice brew. Leaves a nice pleasant cocoa essence in the mouth. Very dark reddish brown with a little, but lasting head. My only complaint is that the flavor is not quite as robust as it could be.
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - JUN 4, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured out of bottle, bought at Sam's Wine & Spirits in Chicago, 6/3/03. Light tan, tight head dissipates quickly. Very dark reddish-brown color-- almost totally opaque, but nice-looking. Nose is of a dark roasted malt, with some scent of springy berries-- almost like a sweet or even an imperial stout. First taste is a dark roast, again malty with some tingly fruitiness. Pleasant undertaste of caramel too, with all of the chocolate and dark coffee of, again, a fine imperial stout. Medium-light body, surprisingly thin for as strong as the nose and flavor are, but surprisingly long finish (roast all the way, almost burnt flavor, with some nice nuttiness that creeps through) for as thin as it feels in the mouth. This stuff goes down extremely smooth, but somehow lingers for a very long time. Alcohol flavor is there a bit, but is not off-putting. Flavor brightens up strongly as you work through a bottle (and as it warms up a bit). Very welcome addition to the lager canon.
notalush (5124) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 27, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
I would have guessed this to be a stout or a porter, but a dark lager? Never. The head is tan and frothy, and the aroma is roasty and chocolately. The flavor is quite malty and complex, with intense roasted/smoke flavors, caramel, coffee, licorice, and some others I can't quite identify. If all schwarzbeirs were like this, I'd be trying them a lot more often.