AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - NOV 3, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very nice pour: Opaque, with a very long-lasting and smooth head. Lots of chocolate and caramel maltiness with a bit of coffee flavor as well. It’s sort of like a combination of a bock and a stout. Quite sweet and nice, smooth finish.
badgerben (4608) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - OCT 23, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2007 Re-rate on 3/6/07. I’m glad I finally have a chance to re-rate this after so many years. And now I’m in my kitchen, not an Old Chicago! Totally black color with a... no, no the head is now gone. Sweet malt yet smoky aroma. Can something smell salty? Beautiful taste of slightly roasted malt, a pinch of burned malt, chocolate, caramel, smoke and earth. It’s like a lagered dry stout. Freakin sweet! Well, it’s pretty dry, but... yeah, you understand. Right?
Original Rating on 10/23/02; 6-5-7-3-15. Use the Schwartz! Not too shabby, has a faint chocolate flavor I think. Recommendation: Sprecher seems to have issues with their bottles. Everything I have ever tried from them is rancid in the bottle, fine out of it. Always pour it in a glass.
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 (3347) - 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 (1909) - 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 (949) - 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 (157) - 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.