jedimasternick (96) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 16, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I had my first taste at the Sprecher Tour. A delicious dark that brings out the quality of a finely made dark lager.
Terminus (3342) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - OCT 10, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2005 rerate-another one of my old ratings that i just had to redo. pours black like a porter-92% black with a beige head. dark malt aroma-not very complex. flavors of smoke, chocolate, roast and burnt malt. this is still the only schwarz i have had to date. I still think this is a great beer, but maybe not as good as i remembered it the first time. a bit oxidized in the finish. chocolate notes come out more as it warmed. somewhat thin body.
TheDean (786) - MIlwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 3, 2002
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
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.
JFGrind (1906) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 24, 2002
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
ravidesai (947) - Bombay, INDIA - SEP 22, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
seuinoz (156) - Glen Ellyn, Illinois, USA - SEP 10, 2002
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
very good in flavor and in taste.
not enough words to describe this awesome tasting beer
muzzlehatch (4420) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - AUG 31, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - AUG 24, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Richly opaque with a nice maltiness and creamy tan head. Good hop bitterness as well.
duece (103) - Waterford, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 25, 2002
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Not one of Sprecher’s best. Aroma is rich, but taste is very sharp and quickly gone.
SETANTA (582) - Bangor, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 18, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very good dark lager. Malt depth only achieved by true decoction mash. Almost like a hard pretzel character.