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RATINGS: 803   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 7, 2003
This dark brown to black brew is topped by a medium thick to thick tan head with a decent amount of lacing left on the glass. The aroma is slightly sweet and malty with a very slight smokiness and an odd grainy(?) note. Something just doesn't fit right in the nose. The flavor is slightly sweet, roasty and malty. Thankfully, whatever put the nose off, wasn't in the flavor. A slight hoppy bitterness is also observed. Medium bodied and smooth.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JK (5733) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - NOV 1, 2003
Mild aroma of roasted malt. Aroma seems to have an "off" chemical element. Black of course, with some red. Large head. Flavors of medium bodied roasted malt with some sweetness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tallmatt67 (99) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - OCT 29, 2003
(bottled) Black with a light tan head. Toasted malt & molasses aroma. Creamy medium-full bodied beer with black patent malt dominating the palette. Molasses, chocolate, caramel (in decreasing amounts) underlying flavor: is the bitterness from hops or black malt astringency? Spicy hop finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 20, 2003
Bottle pours a deep dark ruby color that is seen only with bright back lighting. The head is a tan to off white rocky froth that sustains for some time. The aroma is subtle, but toasty and dark. The flavor is quite nice and roasted with just a hint of toasted malt and some chocolate and a slight hop finish. The palate is rich and smooth with some nice carbonation to provide a cleansing of the mouth. Overall, I like this and my introduction to the Schwarzbier category.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Kinz (3737) - 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. It’s 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 it’s 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. There’s 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 (1532) - 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 (5681) - 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.

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