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RATINGS: 782   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - NOV 3, 2002
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. Its sort of like a combination of a bock and a stout. Quite sweet and nice, smooth finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
badgerben (4608) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - OCT 23, 2002
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2007 Re-rate on 3/6/07. Im glad I finally have a chance to re-rate this after so many years. And now Im 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. Its like a lagered dry stout. Freakin sweet! Well, its 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jedimasternick (96) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 16, 2002
I had my first taste at the Sprecher Tour. A delicious dark that brings out the quality of a finely made dark lager.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Terminus (3347) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - OCT 10, 2002
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.

   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 (1909) - 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 (949) - 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 (157) - Glen Ellyn, 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.

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