Northernbrewer (147) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - JUL 13, 2002
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
beerlovinman99 (124) - USA - JUL 9, 2002
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Malty, rich, and bitter, Black Bavarian is a very unique beer -- you think it should be sweet, but itís not at all. The aftertaste is unusual.
greystreet80 (191) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 5, 2002
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I am not a big stout beer fan and that is what this stuff atsed like. But it was good, donít get me wrong.
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - JUN 25, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Has a mild, malty aroma wafting off its pitch black body. Flavor is light but complex, dominated by roasty, chocolatey malt flavors and the flavors of good pumpernickel bread.
tourette (210) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 17, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Excellent black beer. I really love this style, though its hard to come across good examples of it. I would certainly recommend this one.
proc (342) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - MAY 11, 2002
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Lager, porter, stout, beer of some sort. I know its a lager, but it had me confused. Very porter-like in appearance and taste. Coffee taste is prevelent but not overwhelming. Lots of malt in this one. I liked it.
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 8, 2002
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Overrated. Has anyone actually tasted this beer? Itís way too malty to drink more than one.
NDmullet (208) - South Bend, Indiana, USA - MAY 2, 2002
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Strong mocha/coffee aroma, slightly hoppy. Flavors are a touch artificial to me, and moderately cloying. Nonetheless, very drinkable.
MikeF (538) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - APR 28, 2002
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I really like the malty flavor in this one. Distinctly German tasting. The mixture of chocolate and caramel flavors is superb. Very drinkable.
kmeves (1098) - Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, USA - APR 24, 2002
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAY 23, 2008 Big frothy head, strong malt taste and aftertaste. Very smooth and drinkable for a dark thick beer.
Re-rate 5-23-08: This beer is sadly a shadow of its former self. Much thinner and less flavorful than I remember. Too bad they had to ruin such a good thing. I am actually afraid to try the Special Amber again!