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RATINGS: 38   MEAN: 3.15/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.13/5   IBU: 33   EST. CALORIES: 147   ABV: 4.9%
We are pleased to share our innovative black Pilsner, Pils-Noir. Made from Pearl (Winter) barley, malted for us by Muntonís, CaraMalt and Crystal malts, prepared using our unique, husk-free milling process. We then naturally darken the beer using the classic Czech technique of decoction mashing. Hopped with Oregon Willamette, Mt. Hood and Washington hops, and finished with noble Czech Saaz for a fine aroma.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ratman197 (13248) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - SEP 3, 2014
Bottle poured a clear reddish brown with a small lasting tan head. Aromas of roasted malt, earthiness and light licorice. Palate was medium bodied and crisp with a smooth finish. Flavors of roasted malt and cocoa with a smooth lingering cocoa finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
hopdog (11459) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2012
12oz bottle. Poured a deep amber, almost brown with a small sized off white head. Aromas of grains, roast, and earthy. Tastes of roast, grains, some chocolate, and earthy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (9982) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 21, 2012
Squat bottle from Caponeís. Pours translucent burnt sienna with 1-finger off-white head. Nose is Munich and caramel malts, complex hops, earthy notes. Tastes Munich malty, earthy, dry, with an overall nut brown aley flavor, backup hops, and a malty finish. A novel concept, this one, but as I said before, it comes off more like a nut brown ale than a pils.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Strykzone (6717) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - NOV 18, 2013
12 ounce bottle that came in a trade with jdb288. This is dark amber with a beige head. A lot of carbonation rises up. I smell earthy malts but little else. Those are tasted, too along with some interesting hops that include noble varieties. The malts lead and are quite rich. This is a Pilsner? The hops have some grass and mild bitterness. A little cocoa and that defines the finish. A pils? Whatever it is it is interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Braudog (6341) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - OCT 2, 2014
Bottle. Interesting chocolate color, with a tan head. Thereís almost a little bit of chocolate in the aroma, too. Despite the preamble, this drinks with a tight character, indeed a bit pilsner-y. There is a lurking schwarz-like thing in the the initial whiff and then again in the background, but its a light quaffable thing in the end. Interesting. (#5766, 10/2/2014)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
AirForceHops (6164) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 9, 2015
Draft in Newtown, PA. Black color, thin white head. Aroma is mild chocolate, burnt grain and Saaz hops. Flavor shows an abundance of lingering Saaz hop bitterness that gives a dry texture. Simple and easy to drink and tries to be like the better German examples but... Really isnít.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
riversideAK (6140) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - SEP 14, 2013
Nose of toasted brown bread some sweet notes a little roast sweet grass. Dark brown thin off white head. Flavors of toast light roast sweet grass dry roast mild bitterness. Not unpleasant. "Meh" (Jon, 2006).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kramer (5826) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 13, 2012
Bottle. Pours a clear mahogany brown body with a small fizzy off-white head that faded to a wispy partial film. The nose is lightly hoppy with an underlying base of lightly roasted and chocolate malt. Not sure how this differs from a Schwarzbier, but I guess they can call it anything they want. The flavor is pretty smooth and clean with a nice restrained dry roastiness. Not quite as sweet as I would expect a Schwarzbier to be, so maybe thatís the difference? Pretty crisp with a nice dry finish and fine fizzy carbonation. Not too bad, first beer that Iíve had from these guys.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
joeneugs (5744) - Livermore, California, USA - OCT 5, 2014
12 oz. bottle. It pours a dark brown color with ruby highlights and a khaki head. The aroma is malty with some black cherry, hints of sweet cocoa and root beer. The flavor is dark toasted bread, spicy hops and more hints of caramel and black cherry. Nice dry finish. This seems like a pretty good example of a Schwarzbier to me. Another good beer from these guys.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
dmac (5587) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - NOV 1, 2014
12oz bottle from Xroads. Poured a deep dark blackish/brown center with super deep reddish/brown edges under a larger foamy super light beige head. Aroma is sort of weak, light dusty chocolate, touch of grains, dry grassy hops. Thinner almost watery body with average carbonation, quicker fading aftertaste. Flavof of dark breads, medium toast, light earthiness, touch of dirty orange rind. Meh, okay but nothing to write home about.

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