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RATINGS: 793   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 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 I’ve had a beer from this magnificent brewery.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
thedm (5282) - Fort Wayne, USA - AUG 23, 2003
This brew poured a large head of light brown mostly lasting bubbles that left a semi-transparent brown colored body with no apparent carbonation behind. It had a mild malt aroma and an initially smooth palatethat finished with a mild hop afterbite. Its flavor was lightly malted.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 22, 2003
Nose is sweet lager, earthy. Taste has a great balanced mouthfeel. Flavor is slightly sour with a dominating roasty presence that clings to the mouth. An enjoyable beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - AUG 9, 2003
Color pours brown out of the stubbie brown pint bottle, settles nearly black, has a definate deep brown tone up to the light with ruby highlights. An inch high tan head of loose bubbly spongyness grew fast but faded nearly just as fast to a thin ring and minimal spotty lace. Nose is roasty malts, slightly tangy of dark fruits and molasses with a touch of chocolate and light mustyness. Has a complex mix of malts with alot of roastyness, has a bit of caramel and molasses, a very light touch of chocolate and very mild bitterness, quite smooth the whole way through. Some slight dark fruity tangyness and a smokey burntness pokes through close to the finish. Very subtle and well layered in its complexity. Feel is solid medium body smoothness picks up some fullness in the middle and finishes smooth, lightly crisp with a mellow tangy smokey lingering dryness. An incredibly drinkable, yummy showing of the style; well rounded and smooth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jaymobrown (1792) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 4, 2003
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoeM500 (1908) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - JUL 23, 2003
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!!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Frank (3718) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 5, 2003
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.

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