seymour (1749) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - MAY 11, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasted on tap at their brewpub in a dimple pint mug. It poured a nice, clear, nearly black colour, reddish at the corners when held to the light, with creamy, long-lasting beige foam. Aromas and flavours of grains, pilsener and roasted malts, toast. Faintly flowery, fruity and perfumey hops. Light body, moderate carbonation, with that distinctive crisp mouthfeel Civil Life manages. Extremely balanced and drinkable. Nice smooth, bittersweet aftertaste. I could drink pint after pint of this stuff.
gregwilsonstl (1554) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 6, 2012
2.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Sweet malty. Black. Very smooth. Tiny head. No lacing. Low ibu. Roast. Tastes like chocolate malt added.
Braudog (6066) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 28, 2012
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
I did a side by side shared tasting of the black lager, black ale, and dunkel at the brew pub, each of which were quite similar, but displayed enough distinction to make for a interesting exercise of the palate. I thought I’d post combined comments of all three for each. Visually, the dunkel is a dark brown with a reddish tinge, a bit of a challenge to discern from the black hues of the black lager and ale. The ale and lager can be distinguished only by a half shade of tan in the head. Flavor and aroma-wise, the dunkel carries a traditional chalky, roasted dunkel character, enjoyable enough on a cold afternoon. The black ale and lager are a bit harder to differentiate -- both with a chocolate malt base, and smooth mouthfeel. The lager has that clear "lagery-ness" to it, finishing with a grassy maltiness, whereas the ale ends with a subtle bitterness that even the less seasoned amongst us could call out. In the end, the ale was the favored pick among sturdy small batch brews. (#4495, 2/25/2012)
vyvvy (5008) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - FEB 11, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The pour is quite dark with a dense sturdy tan head. The aroma has dry cocoa, roast and smooth schwartz lager malt. Medium / thin body that is quite smooth with minimal carbonation. The flavor start with lots of dry cocoa and extra roasty malt for a schwartz. There are some spicy hops in there as well. The finish has a bit of nuttiness , smooth malt and an extra hop kick. Really enjoyable beer from Civil Life once again.
phaleslu (8006) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 8, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour from a growler that Ashley got at The Civil Life- thanks for bringing this out, Ashley, and thanks for the ride home! Pours a deep, dark cloudy brown color with amber highlights and a fairly large off-white head. Aroma of roasted malts, toasted sugar, some sweet and spicy cola or root beer notes, nuts, and earth. The flavor follows suit, with a malty, roasty, sweet, and spicy balance. Dry finish. Medium-bodied, with medium, sharp carbonation that gives it a bite. I thought this was an excellent schwarzbier. Others said a true example of the style is not as roasty; I’m not so sure. Doesn’t matter either way, I liked it.