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RATINGS: 326   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57/5   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
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This is a traditional German style dark lager beer. Flavors of chocolate or coffee are common, but usually subtle. Just because the beer is dark, doesn’t mean that the flavors are. Expect the beer to be opaque and black, as the name would imply.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
checkmatei1 (765) - Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 2, 2009
Bottle: Poured a dark black with a faint tan head. The aroma was roasted malts and a light smoke. The flavor was lightly smoked malts, roasted nuts, and dark chocolate. Definitely had a porter like feel. Overall, another VERY tasty beer.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nejhleader (1444) - Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 1, 2009
nice dark color, taste is like a dark lager, elements of roast malts, smokey,

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tjthresh (1867) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - OCT 29, 2009
12 ounce bottle from JCB. The pour is opaque black with a very light brown head. The nose is clean. I guess that may just be a nice way of saying that there’s not much there. Maybe a light scent of roasted malt and noble hops. The flavor has a little bit more going on. Yes, there is a nice blend of roast and chocolate to go with the slight herbal layer. The problem I’m having is, how is this beer so different from a porter or stout? I know that it is supposed to be a lager, but the flavors here do not say that to me.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MaltOMeal (1093) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - OCT 27, 2009
bottle thanks to ericandersnavy or cavie. Shared at the Houston RB Tasting in October. Pours dark with an off-white head. Nose of roast malt and smoke. Taste is of smoke and tobacco. Mouthfeel is medium-thin and dry.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
travita (4834) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 26, 2009
Bottle thanks to blutt59. The smell is malts, roasty, slight smoke, ok. The look is brown in color with a beige colored head. The taste is smoke, malts, and roastiness.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - OCT 22, 2009
bottle thanks to blutt59. poured dark brown with a beige head. aroma was coffee, dark roast, and caramel. flavor was grains, dark roasts, coffee. light body with medium carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cavie (4302) - Arlington, Texas, USA - OCT 18, 2009
Bottle courtesy of emacgee. Dark brownish red pour. Aroma of sweet chocolate and darker malts. Taste has lots of roasted malts. Some old coffee flavor. Interesting and quite to style.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
LinusStick (3223) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 13, 2009
A delicious schwarzbier..probably the best I’ve had. Aroma was good. Dark malt and a hint of coffee. Pour was a perfect dark black with a puffy tan head sitting on top. Taste was like a stout...very strong for a schwarzbier. Dark chocolate and bitter coffee with a thick mouth feel and bitter dry aftertaste. Nice carbonation also.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jeremytoni (3029) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - OCT 13, 2009
From a bottle poured dark brown with a small head. Nice sweet malty flavor with a lasting finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
CelticBrew (912) - The Crystal Coast, North Carolina, USA - OCT 11, 2009
Compliments of doboy (thanks Ed), poured from 12 oz bottle a black, thin swampy mass. Aroma of milk chocolates, malts, grass and such. Flavour much of the same, exceptioably smooth, robust coffee and lactid acids abound. Nice beer from our friends in eastern NC.


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