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RATINGS: 793   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.


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4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bender (293) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - MAR 6, 2004
Dark, dark body with a frothy tan head. Nice lacing.
Huge chocolate, roast and coffee aromas dominate.
Wonderful full malty flavors. Slightly fruity.
The smoothest beer I've ever had. Ever!


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
commonmac (821) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 23, 2016
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.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Beastwhite315 (27) - - DEC 22, 2015
I found this beer to be a little smokey for my liking. Well balance of chocolate and roasted flavor. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
markas101 (2175) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - DEC 20, 2015
Tap, restaurant, Wisconsin Dells. Opaque brown. Sweet aroma, molasses and chocolate. Balanced flavour. More chocolate and mild hops. Very drinkable.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ads135 (3789) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - DEC 13, 2015
A pretty solid Schwartz. Dark and superbly roasty. More bitterness than I was expecting but with a smooth mouthfeel.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
raymow (1232) - Bensalem, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 22, 2015
on tap at Crafty’s Taproom in Northeast Phila - aroma is very sweet. Flavor not as sweet. Nice dark reddish color. Slight chocolate flavor.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
climberbob (335) - 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

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JDBaker11058 (1696) - Maryland, USA - OCT 25, 2015
appearance: deep dark brown, glowing clear ruby when backlit; creamy light tan head that starts at a finger’s 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 I’ve had are from Uinta and Devil’s Backbone. This isn’t far off. It’s not quite as good as either, but it’s still very, very good. To me, just a tad too dry and there’s that barest hint of metal on the very back end that I can’t seem to shake.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cybercat (4442) - 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 Pavlov’s 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.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jbuskirk (1028) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - SEP 28, 2015
It’s not often you get to have an American-made Schwarzbier. It’s even less often you get to have one that’s 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.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
HuskerTan (1278) - 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 isn’t up there taste wise. Quite bitter and roasty and a dry finish. Didn’t get much of the flavors the label said I would.


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