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RATINGS: 803   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JCW (1278) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 10, 2003
Smooth silky mouth feel. Oh and its black in color - looks like a stout and taste like stout, with much coffee favor. Good Beer

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
JMerritt (1941) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - MAR 8, 2003
Sampled at Peoria International Beer Festival. Very dark in color with flecks of red. Head is large with nice lacing. Medium bitterness in the flavor, some roasted malt. Somewhat syrupy, yet light on the palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
redlem (1306) - Ohio, USA - FEB 15, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 14, 2003 Deep dark ruby color with a big frothy head. A very unusual aroma of earthy toasted hay with coffee suggestions. There is and initial bitterness that is quite forceful, more of an ESB bitter than an overhopped bitter as this retains its creaminess throughout. Very seductive, the aroma keeps begging you to identify it by giving you a different scent with each sip. Stout like flavors but not as heavy. The micros in Wisconsin make excellent lagers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
WabashMan (1024) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - FEB 11, 2003
This beer had nice aroma and color. The flavor was fairly complex and delicious, though not QUITE as much depth of body as I had hoped for. A fine beer, nevertheless.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerguy101 (5359) - Newark, California, USA - JAN 30, 2003
Dark black color. Medium head. Aroma is roasted coffee. Medium bodied. Deeply roasted malts. Chocolate is the predominate flavor, but there is a touch of coffee and nuts. Somewhat earthy tones as well. Slightly sweet. Somewhat porter like. Nice beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - JAN 29, 2003
This is inviting. Lots of charcoal grill flavor with restrained sweetness at the beginning. As I work my way through the glass, I get some nice vegetal notes, finishing grainy dry. Very nice light fruit and hop flavor show up at the end. Complex dark malt and spice hop aroma throughout. Excellent. Huge thanks to Howie.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DallasBryan (111) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 23, 2003

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jfishback13 (273) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - JAN 23, 2003
Very dark lager.. nice, rich lager... the darkest I've ever had. Great mouthfeel, darn near like that of a stout, but even smoother. yum

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 16, 2003
Dark, Dark brown. . .just kidding, it's black. Strange hoppy aroma, sort of sugary and chocolatey. . . lingering bitter taste, slightly spicy . . .a most interesting selection.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 11, 2003
Draught. Surprize, it’s black. There’s also a touch of red and no head. Sweet chocolate, anise, coffee and nut. The lightest touch of hops in the finish to round this beer out.

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