superspak (3992) - Michigan, USA - NOV 28, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
16 ounce bottle into imperial pint glass, bottled 3/29/2012. Pours crystal clear extremely dark reddish brown color with a nice 1-2 finger fairly dense khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of chocolate, caramel, roasted malt, molasses, toffee, raisin, toast, nuttiness, and light herbal. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity. Taste of chocolate, caramel, toast, toffee, molasses, raisin, roasted malt, nuttiness, light coffee, biscuit, earthiness, and herbal spiciness. Light herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, toffee, molasses, roasted malt, toast, raisin, nuttiness, and herbal on the finish for a good bit. Nice balance and complexity of flavors; nicely robust with zero cloying after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy and lightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice schwarzbier! Nicely robust with good balance and complexity of flavors; very smooth to drink. Really enjoyed this one.
commonmac (821) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 23, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Saturday Shirt. Served in a pint glass. Dark brown to black in color. Tannish head. Strong roasted malt aroma. Some espresso and chocolate notes as well. Taste has some bittersweet chocolate elements and roasty, nutty characteristics. It has a pleasant, fuller mouthfeel. Very enjoyable beer overall. Probably a shining example of the style.
Beastwhite315 (27) - - DEC 22, 2015
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
I found this beer to be a little smokey for my liking. Well balance of chocolate and roasted flavor.
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markas101 (2175) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - DEC 20, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap, restaurant, Wisconsin Dells. Opaque brown. Sweet aroma, molasses and chocolate. Balanced flavour. More chocolate and mild hops. Very drinkable.
ads135 (3789) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - DEC 13, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A pretty solid Schwartz. Dark and superbly roasty. More bitterness than I was expecting but with a smooth mouthfeel.
raymow (1232) - Bensalem, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 22, 2015
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
on tap at Craftyís Taproom in Northeast Phila - aroma is very sweet. Flavor not as sweet. Nice dark reddish color. Slight chocolate flavor.
climberbob (335) - Virginia, USA - NOV 3, 2015
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle into tulip. Black w tan head that does not last. Caramel aroma. Domineering bitter caramel malt taste. Faint anise. Not much else comes through. Caramel is almost syrupy. Lacks balance. A bit disappointing.
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JDBaker11058 (1696) - Maryland, USA - OCT 25, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
appearance: deep dark brown, glowing clear ruby when backlit; creamy light tan head that starts at a fingerís worth then shrinks to a thin cap; tons of persistent lace cling; looks just like it should. aroma: primarily roasty, dry, bittersweet dark chocolate; a bit of chicory, leather, earth, and grass, maybe a whisper of spearmint. taste: roasty coffee and dark chocolate, light molasses, fresh grass, a hint of pepper or smoke. finish: is there a hint of metal in the finish? Maybe, but there seems to be a bit of earthy, mellow hops added to the grassy notes, plus lingering general roasty malts; palate is dry like talc, a bit of smoke too. notes: The two best American schwarzbiers Iíve had are from Uinta and Devilís Backbone. This isnít far off. Itís not quite as good as either, but itís still very, very good. To me, just a tad too dry and thereís that barest hint of metal on the very back end that I canít seem to shake.
Cybercat (4442) - Georgia, USA - OCT 4, 2015
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Comes out of tap warm coffee brown with a fine-bubbled and persistent tan head that leaves generous lacing. Aroma presents notes of roast malt and coffee, not strong but enough to make you go Pavlovís Dog. Bold flavor sends roast malt, molasses and mocha tones rolling across the palate; these leave a smoky note in their wake. Firm body, good fizz, and a smoky malt finish round out a great schwarzbier.
jbuskirk (1028) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - SEP 28, 2015
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Itís not often you get to have an American-made Schwarzbier. Itís even less often you get to have one thatís so good. Black Bavarian looks lovely in any Lager-appropriate glass you pour it into. Near-black body and almost tan head. Aroma of roasted malts and subtle cocoa. Flavor has coffee, cocoa, a hint of smoke, and sweet malts (to me, redolent of corn syrup). This bittersweet brew is quite rich for its 6% ABV and approachable despite its dark color. Easy to see why this Sprecher brew continues to be a favorite.
HuskerTan (1278) - Kearney, Nebraska, USA - AUG 9, 2015
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
A- Smoke, roasty, burnt caramel.
A- Black color, black liquid, brown head.
T- Smoke, roasty, dry, slightly bitter, cocoa, coffee, malty.
P- Medium body, average texture, average carbonation, dry roasty finish.
O- Looks nice, but isnít up there taste wise. Quite bitter and roasty and a dry finish. Didnít get much of the flavors the label said I would.