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RATINGS: 799   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72/5   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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 18/20
Kinz (3709) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - OCT 8, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 25, 2014 Black, hints of ruby and deep brown creep through the sunlight at the edges, nice creamy head that slowly fades. Aroma is actually a bit on the hoppy side, hint of vegetation over malt sweetness. Itís been far too many years since I tasted one of these. Flavor is of smooth chocoaltes, a hint of caramel, and a drying hoppy finish, a bit spicy and earthy. Quaffable and wonderful. Why does Sprecher taunt me by sending root beer to Virginia but not their high octane stuff? RERATE: Slightly stunned to find this on tap at Commercial. Tasting notes the same! Rating the same! Hops just more floral than I had recalled. Still a sentimental favorite.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beloved Beer (278) - California, USA - OCT 1, 2003
Great dark beer. Reminds me of the type of beer which turned me on to beer. Thick head. Nice malty dark taste. Good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MarkR (68) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 30, 2003
Bottle What appears to be black is actually dark brown with garnet highlights. Clarity is about as good as itís going to get with a brew this dark. Creamy tan head that leaves good lacing. The aroma is quite subdued, but I detect some coffee, caramel, and earthiness. The flavor is extremely smooth, with more earthy flavor than anything else. Thereís some coffee, chocolate, caramel, and faint hop, but they take a backseat to the rustic malt richness. Finishes like it began, along with a hint of licorice. Medium in body, with a soothing dryness and slight acidity on the tail end. A top-notch Schwarzbier!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
igneous1 (1530) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - SEP 23, 2003
black with some ruby/garnet shining through. thick head (light brown). aroma is quite grainy...i really wish i could put my finger exactly on what is the cause of the scent..i'd love to pinpoint that bastard exactly. fairly sour yeasty effect in the mouth..finish is a combo of the mild hop bitterness, and the caramel finally shows up.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jgb9348 (5529) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - SEP 20, 2003
Dark brown colour with ruby highlights and a think light brown head. Nice powerful aroma of a crazy complxity: hops, grapes, roasted malt, yeast & bread. Light-bodied; Strong roasted malt flavours, hints of coffee with the yeastiness & slight sweetnesspicked up in the nose. Aftertaste bittered from the roasted malt & coffee flavour. Overall, an odd beer that turns out to be nicely complex, but still be on for the style! Definately one to try! I got this in a trade from CaptainCougar in sixteen ounce form. Thanks again Tom!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 19, 2003
This was actually pretty cool. I typically am not a fan of this style of beer but this was pretty good. Black as night with a thick frothy head that leavs a good amount of lacing on the glass. Malts in the nose and flavor with a smoothe texture and medium bodied mouth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
steview (1037) - Petaluma, California, USA - SEP 7, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 24, 2004 Reminds me more of a creme soda than a beer. Otherwise, this is my first Schwarzbier and I really liked it - although, I haven't developed a sense that will explain why this is so special. light in flavor yet dark, but good. i need to re-rate. UPDATE 9/24/04: i finally am trying this again! this black beer is refreshing! immediately i'm within an onslaught of flavor: mint chocolate and coffee with a little saltiness (bacon!) as it warms... it's creamy, smooth, and delicious. definitely uprated... this is shiznizzlicous.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - AUG 31, 2003
Wow. This is one tasty lager. Deep ruby/black color with a minimal tan head. Rich caramel malt flavor with strong chocolate malt flavor. Slight bitterness. Very well crafted and enjoyable. Deduct a point for the twist off cap.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 29, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 4, 2005 Had at Sprecherfest 2003. Its most noticeable component is its chocolately flavor; give it a try. 7/4/05 - A smooth roasty, choclatey beer. The savior of summerfest!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 24, 2003
The color a deep incarnadine with a resplendent head that is a winsome light tan, the texture that of whipped cream and as it disintegrates a glutinous sheet of lace welds itself to the glass. Nose is deeply malt with hints of toasted grain, somewhat sweet a real treat to the senses. The start is malt-laden and ambrosial with the top intermediate in its feel to the palate. Finish is prickly in its acidity, the hops purposeful in their spiciness, quite dry and lingering aftertaste. A real treat for me as its been years since Iíve had a beer from this magnificent brewery.

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