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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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrnkMcDermott (2776) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - DEC 10, 2003
Draft. Among the pale pilseners at the downtown Chicago Kristkindl market is a keg of pale pilsener's evil twin. Pours with a hearty brown head over a body that looks solid black in a plastic cup, then shows brown highlights as I drink it. Kind of a black bread smell that’s not as prominent as a stout. Definite dark roast malts against a German hop profile. Leaves a taste at the back of the palate where bitterness and astingency are detected. Roast coffee taste, perhaps a note of pear, subdued by its "clean" lager finish. Brings up a bit of a burnt toast taste toward the end that may not be to everyone's liking, but I like its complexity.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tricyclist (657) - Florida, USA - JUN 30, 2014
As far as schwarzbiers go, this is pretty decent. Fully roasted nose as expected with moderate burnt coffee notes. Drinks similar with a slight sweetness to the finish. I dig it for sure. Lighter medium body but totally drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bigben873 (132) - Virginia, USA - JUN 22, 2014
Pitch black, medium head, ultra smooth with malty coffee backdrop. The beer is a couple years old and very nicely aged.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RussianDragon (280) - - JUN 20, 2014
12 oz bottle. Pours a dark brown/near black with light passing as light brown hues. Head leaves slight lacing. Aroma is malt and cereal, and a hint of roast complexity. Flavor is slightly bitter chocolate, with a touch of molasses. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Beerenberger (1364) - Fischer, Texas, USA - MAR 18, 2014
Roasted meat, sweet fruit, with hints of chocolate and carmel fill the nose. A mostly black pour with a quickly disappearing tan head and no lacing. The palate finds roasted malts, pears, smokey notes, and hints of grain and coffee in the finish. Medium body and moderate carbonation. In conclusion, a very nice and tasty Schwarzbier.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bierkrug (2131) - Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Bavaria, GERMANY - MAR 13, 2014
500 ml bottle in Pompano Beach FL. Pours a Black color with a ruby hue. Has a fine dark tan head. Aroma is coal, coffee and bread. Taste is mellow and clear but like the aroma. Palate is smooth. If you were to tell be that this was a new beer in Franken Germany I would have believed you. But to see a US brewery make one like this is unheard of. Fantastic effort and a Great Schwarzbier!!!!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
boxofrane (2045) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 13, 2014
Draft at liberty union. Pours deep mahogany with a medium sized brown head. The aroma has a big caramel and coffee blend. The taste is sweet coffee, a bit of caramel and a bit of chocolate. Very nice lager.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
574deadzone (980) - North Central, Indiana, USA - MAR 9, 2014
Pours black with ruby edging and a thick mocha head that settles to a thick ring leaving some soapy lace. Nose involves coffee, chocolate, clean roast, earthy and minty hops. Fairly sweet, decently bitter. Medium bodied, fairly active, toasty, lightly oily, finishing dry. Good brew, substantial and tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MarinEvelyn (524) - Wisconsin, USA - FEB 2, 2014
very dark, rich aroma. Malt, chocolate, coffee, toffee. Taste is similar, strong chocolate, malty, smooth, roasty. Smooth, rich, and delicious.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
csaso (1291) - Missouri, USA - JAN 22, 2014
Tap - fair size thick tan head, black color, strong roasted malt aroma and flavor with some coffee and chocolate, smooth finish ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
merc7186 (1957) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - DEC 30, 2013
Aroma: Dark Roasted Malts, Coffee, Semi Smokey Appearance: Dark Brown Hue, Passes Almost No Light, Thin Off White Head Ring, Minimal Lacing Taste: Dark Malts, Chocolate, Coffee Mouthfeel: Mediocre Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Mildly Smokey

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