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RATINGS: 799   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72/5   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerguy101 (5355) - 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.

4.2
   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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DallasBryan (111) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 23, 2003

3.9
   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

3.5
   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.

3.4
   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.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Pjones6738 (500) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 10, 2003
Black color, as you probably would have guessed. Nice sized head, with a cream color to it. Kind of a roasted coffeeish smell. The taste doesn’t have as much coffee in it as I’d expected, although it is certainly present. I’m tasting quite a bit of smoke, and a little caramel/chocolate too. A good blend of flavors, without being too complex. Nice creamy body. Very enjoyable beer.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Merc (313) - Pullman, Washington, USA - JAN 7, 2003
Very interesting - very vegetative, as in mushrooms and fermenting corn. Lots of peanut too. Things I have never tasted in a beer before, thats for sure. Coffee, yeast as well. Unique, I liked it.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dflip (27) - USA - JAN 5, 2003
Nice, dark color. Flavors of coffee & roasted malts with hints of chocolate. Very Good.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 1, 2003
Very nice malt profile: roasted grains, bitter chocolate, coffee. Very bold and solid beer--enjoyable.


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