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RATINGS: 306   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56   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.


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheJvd (914) - NETHERLANDS - MAR 24, 2013
Bottle. Pours black with a tan head. Aroma is roasted malts and some sweetness and vanilla. Taste is sweet with roasted malts and not much bitterness, probably because it is an old bottle. Medium body, high carbo. Decent schwarz, but I would like to try it more fresh.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jkwood04 (4125) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 18, 2013
12oz bottle in a lager glass. Pours brown with a lacy, light beige head. Aroma of darker malts with some bread/toasted notes plus hints of chocolate and light hops. Flavor the same. Average texture. Not a bad beer but not the best.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RobertDale (3663) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - FEB 21, 2013
12 ounce bottle. Pours a very dark brown with a nice tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee. Taste is very similar. Not very complex, but very drinkable.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jgb9348 (4818) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - FEB 3, 2013
Nice crisp deep brown coloured body with a ruby and cola coloured tint at the bottom, and a nice two centimetre tall tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, nuts, caramel, light milk and a hint of smoked peat (not much). Light-bodied; Sharp roasted malt flavour with not much body, a hint of toffee and peanuts, some earthiness afterwards, and a solid tannic finish. Aftertaste shows mainly dry malt, a little earthiness and a hint of sugars. Overall, a good schwarz, but missing some on the body and a bit of complexity and depth of flavours, but the flavours that are there are very nice, and its much easier to drink than I had anticipated. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Total Wine in McLean, Virginia on 24-October-2012 for US$1.99 sampled at home in Washington on 03-February-2013.

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
artmcd8 (1718) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 26, 2013
Aroma of chocolate and coffee. Pours brown but black in a glass. Little head leaves quickly. Tastes a bit off. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
burg326 (3840) - Florida, USA - DEC 29, 2012
12 ounce bottle pours a dark black color,a romas of coffee, light earth, some smoke, and malt. Flavors are the same, decent beer overall, just not a style that I love.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - DEC 27, 2012
12oz bottle. Dark reddish brown with a thick, foamy, light tan head. Aroma of dark roasted malt, bread, minerals and some earthy coffee. Flavor is dry black malt, bitter roast and toasted bread. Medium body with average carbonation. Pretty nice beer for the style.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JDBaker11058 (1334) - Maryland, USA - DEC 24, 2012
Appearance: very dark brown, with rich caramel edges and a thick, creamy khaki head that leaves full lacing. Aroma: coffee, dark chocolate, and a hint of wet stone. Taste: bittersweet very dark chocolate, espresso, with a hint of charred oak and granite. Finish: surprisingly crisp, with a bit of sharp minerality lingering. Notes: This was a delicious dark lager with a great roasty dark flavor. Only downside was a bit of sharp mineral flavoring (almost like Perrier) on the tail end, and the palate was just a tad too zingy. Still very good.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
demmbonz (578) - Erin, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 13, 2012
12oz trade freebie. Nice roasted malt flavor. Huge pillowy head. Sticks around forever. Would have given it higher rating bit there was an odd sour/tartness to the aroma and taste up front. The palate and finish was nice but I think I got a bad one.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
PhillyCraft (3393) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 13, 2012
Brownish-black pour with a huge light brown head and ample lacing. Aromas and taste of toast, hazelnut coffee, vanilla, burnt sugar and plenty of malts. Corny lager notes came out also. Medium to fuller bodied for this style.


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