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RATINGS: 789   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.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MaltOne (288) - Wisconsin, USA - FEB 2, 2013
Aroma is sweet, malty, creamy, and bit of barnyard. Pours near opaque, dark, dark reddish brown. Ample tan head that recedes to a thin lace-cap. Flavor is decidedly malty, with a moderate hop finish. Deep roasted notes like a stout. A nice fizz to the tongue with a long creamy finish. medium to full body. Overall, a substantial beer with more in common with a porter then a lager.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
raymow (1166) - Bensalem, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 22, 2015
on tap at Craftyís Taproom in Northeast Phila - aroma is very sweet. Flavor not as sweet. Nice dark reddish color. Slight chocolate flavor.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
climberbob (314) - Virginia, USA - NOV 3, 2015
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. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JDBaker11058 (1647) - Maryland, USA - OCT 25, 2015
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cybercat (4272) - Georgia, USA - OCT 4, 2015
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jbuskirk (925) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - SEP 28, 2015
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
HuskerTan (1160) - Kearney, Nebraska, USA - AUG 9, 2015
Bottle. 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
arnold931 (1007) - Iowa, USA - AUG 5, 2015
Draft at Sprechers. Pours black with no head. Nose is chocolate, caramel and a little roast. Taste is nice and creamy with a little bitterness in the aftertaste. Good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nsanders (831) - St Paul, Minnesota, USA - JUL 23, 2015
Tap at Marsí Cheese Castle. Black with a lasting foamy tan head. Smokey, charred wood, roasted malts, stone and milk. Has a dry sweetness that has a burnt overtone. Body is medium with feel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RRistow12 (503) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - JUL 16, 2015
Tasted from bottle. Pours black with a beige head. Nice roasted malt aroma of coffee, caramel, and chocolate. Taste is very smooth like most lagers. Medium bodied. Flavors of chocolate, toffee, caramel, nuts, earthy flavors. Excellent swartzbier. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
shanoknowsfood (71) - Hawaii, USA - JUN 11, 2015
Bottle @ The Butcherís Block, Sarasota, FL. Dark brown. Nice beige head. Lots of lacing. Aroma of coffee and chocolate. Tastes of dark roasted malt, and of coffee & chocolate. Mouth feel is light, despite the rich flavor. Itís creamy, yet oily. Very good.

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