DrnkMcDermott (2879) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - DEC 10, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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 thatís 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.
S_Side_Smitty (571) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - MAY 22, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
beer_rookie (90) - Arkansas, USA - MAY 7, 2015
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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!
hayduke (3576) - Eureka, California, USA - FEB 11, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
HonusWagner (1694) - Florida, USA - DEC 7, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
Travlr (15065) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 5, 2014
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Completely black color, tan head. Aroma of chocolate and coffee. Taste has roasted coffee grounds. Nice.
ttoadee (850) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 25, 2014
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
Carlisle (197) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 26, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. Black color with some deep ruby color. Dark tan head with some lacing. Roasted malt aroma with hints of chocolate and coffee notes. Toasted malt with caramel and chocolate notes with hint of coffee and some bitterness Smooth, rich mouthfeel. Lingering roasted malt and chocolatey finish.
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BadgerSid (2) - Alabama, USA - OCT 16, 2014 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
I think this is the Best beer brewed in Wisconsin, a Caramel/Coffee mix with chocolate Maltness, great with a steak and creamy like a great dessert!
N3lson1 (404) - Long Valley, New Jersey, USA - SEP 5, 2014
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Drank from a twelve ounce bottle. Aroma smells of beer water. Little to no carbonation. Nice dark malt flavor with very little hop flavor.
sturmthis (853) - Ohio, USA - AUG 30, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample. Very dark brown with off white head. Roast aroma. Roast and slight coffee taste. Very very good beer.