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RATINGS: 782   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72   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.


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4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
steelers (35) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 27, 2012
I have drunk this beer many times and never wrote a review, so now itís time to do so. I poured this beer out of a 16 oz bottle into a glass. Pours black with a thin tan head, the aroma has a ton of chocolate and malt and the flavor is much of the same. Nice caramel and malty front end with a finish of chocolate and a hint of coffee. Great beer! If you havenít had this beer before youíre missing out.


3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nsanders (737) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RRistow12 (437) - 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

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
shanoknowsfood (68) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Doghair (295) - Illinois, USA - JUN 6, 2015
Malty aroma with some milk chocolate. Smooth malty flavor, slightly sweet. Very easy drinking. Great beer.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
S_Side_Smitty (594) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - MAY 22, 2015
Pours nice deep cola in color with a medium light tan head. Aroma is like the color - deep molasses and malts. Taste is rich roasty malts that slowly give way to a medium hop bitterness. Thereís a bitter cacao flavor mixed in somewhere. Truly a substantial schwarzbier.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beer_rookie (136) - Arkansas, USA - MAY 7, 2015
Pours a dark brown/black brown. Decent beige head. Tons of lacing.

Aroma is of coffee and chocolate. Itís really inviting. I can smell some caramel in there too.

Taste is certainly of dark roasted malt. I taste coffee and chocolate. It almost tastes like an espresso.

Mouthfeel is light, despite the rich flavor. Itís creamy, yet oily. Itís really good!

Overall, itís really good. Thatís about all I can say about it. Totally worthy a try!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hayduke (3767) - Eureka, California, USA - FEB 11, 2015
Shared with Strykzone on Facebook Chat. Pours very dark brown being near black with a sticky tan head that leaves good lacing. Nose of roasted malts with coffee first, then chocolate. Full in body. Creamy and smooth in the mouth . Flavor is mix of chocolate and coffee with something grassy hiding. Finish is somewhat bitter. Darn nice overall.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
HonusWagner (1702) - Florida, USA - DEC 7, 2014
Defining American Schwarz. Roasty, chocolatey, lightly bitter coffee. Easily drinkable. A strangely incredible beer to come from such a confusing brewery. Sprecher alternates between the great and the godawful like no other brewery I can think of save Shortís.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Travlr (15912) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 5, 2014
Draft. Completely black color, tan head. Aroma of chocolate and coffee. Taste has roasted coffee grounds. Nice.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ttoadee (973) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 25, 2014
Black pour, creamy tan head. Nose is dark roasted malt. Bittersweet. Middle is chocolate, coco, and blackened grain. Finish is sweet and somewhat bitter. Nice beer.


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