DrnkMcDermott (2856) - 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 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.
hayduke (3534) - 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 (1666) - 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 Short’s.
Travlr (14212) - 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 (787) - 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 (136) - 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 (302) - 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 (705) - 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.
teromous (114) - - AUG 19, 2014
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Appearance: Black body with a gorgeous creamy light tan head. It leaves some lacing on the glass.
Aroma: Earthy and but predominantly spicy noble hop scent. I pick up a hint of caramel in the background as well. The scent of this beer isn’t that strong, so I really have to get my nose close to it to draw out the aromas.
Taste: Light roasted flavor, a bit of charcoal but only a light bitterness at the back of the tongue. The bitterness does linger though. Some of the hops come through as a bit spicy and it does a good job of increasing the richness of the beer.
Palate: The beer has a fairly strong presence on the palate without being heavy. It’s like eating a piece of steak with a well-crusted exterior. It finishes medium-dry leaving just a touch of softness after a sip. It does have a bit more of a sweeter mouthfeel than I would want.
Overall: I think this is a good beer. It has a good balance of roasted flavor and hop spice to make it well worth drinking. It is a very clean beer, having only flavors that I would expect.
cards04 (2032) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - AUG 10, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice beer. Aromas are bubblegum and coffee. Flavors are toasty and coffee driven. A nice schwarzbier.