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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
TheDean (786) - MIlwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 3, 2002
This beer is the epitome of the perfect pour. Dark color with a great head. Once you take the first sip, it gets even better. Easily one of my top 5 beers.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JFGrind (1894) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 24, 2002
A fine dark lager that can be drank a session beer. Definite "porter-esque" aroma and taste. I would take this beer over a Black & Tan any day.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ravidesai (947) - Bombay, INDIA - SEP 22, 2002
nice schwarz. dark brown with a thin head, malty nose. taste is full of malt and caramel. hasa hoppy finish witha fruit aftertaste. complex and light simultaneously.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
seuinoz (148) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 10, 2002
very good in flavor and in taste. not enough words to describe this awesome tasting beer

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
muzzlehatch (4420) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - AUG 31, 2002
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2004 August 2002: Perfect large, creamy head (medium-diminishing) atop a coal-black medium-thick body. Chocolate-espresso nose, very malty, little grainy lager smell. Flavor earthy, chocolaty, but somewhat on the sour/rancid side. Bad bottle? Really not all that good tasting, though it improves a bit in the finish. 7/4/5/2/11 2.9

Dec 2004, Swedish dregs, Alts etc tasting w/MartinT, tiggmtl and Rastacouere #16. 16 oz bottle. Dark walnut-black, nearly opaque...sweet molasses an wonderful smoke in the nose...sugar in the mouth dies quickly, replaced by strong but restrained roastiness...much better than before, either a better bottle or a better handle on the style by me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - AUG 24, 2002
Richly opaque with a nice maltiness and creamy tan head. Good hop bitterness as well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
duece (103) - Waterford, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 25, 2002
Not one of Sprecher’s best. Aroma is rich, but taste is very sharp and quickly gone.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SETANTA (582) - Bangor, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 18, 2002
Very good dark lager. Malt depth only achieved by true decoction mash. Almost like a hard pretzel character.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
howie (549) - DeForest, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 17, 2002
UPDATED: JUL 30, 2004 Big and malty. High, lasting tan head. Hugely malty: roasty and chocolatey. Manages to remain smooth and drinkable despite quite a bit of caramel-malt sweetness. Porterish malt profile, but definitely a lager.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Northernbrewer (147) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - JUL 13, 2002
Sprecher is a good brewery with a few sanitation problems. This beer is great in a fresh keg, but i have had too many bottles with floaties and rancid sour character to buy it that way again. Still, when it is good, it is very good and not a common style to find in the USA. Smooth Black and lightly sweet. I base my rating on getting in on draft down on State Street in Madison.

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