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RATINGS: 314   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57   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.


Murrow's rating

1.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
Murrow (87) - North Carolina, USA - SEP 16, 2012
Bottled. Pours black, tan head. Smoky aroma of toasted malt and sour grape. Tart green apple flavor dominates up front, with roasted malt underneath. Thin mouthfeel, low alcohol and carbonation. Odd beer. Not very enjoyable. Bad bottle?


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NikkTwist (2048) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 28, 2015
Draft at Strangeloves. Fairly thick opaque black pour with soft tan foam. Spots of lace. Nice aroma. Mildly smokey Schwartzbier. Dark chocolate/carob toffees. Charcoal grill. Coffee liquorice. Burnt toast. Flavorful but not overpowering. Darkly sweet but has a nice dry finish. Quite good.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GenDV138 (3535) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JUL 20, 2015
4 oz pour on draft at ChurchKey. Dark brown with light tan head. Aromas of smoke, dark chocolate. Tastes of dark chocolate, vanilla, light smoke, roast, caramel, coffee. Light body with a dry finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mike67 (939) - , New Jersey, USA - JUL 17, 2015
12 oz bottle. Pours black with tall, long lasting, fluffy, beige head and nice lacing. Aroma is of grassy hops and bready malt. Body is medium and smooth. Chocolate, toasted malt and herbal hops are nicely balanced on the palate. Finish is long and semi-dry. Delicious brew.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HourGlass13 (334) - North Carolina, USA - JUL 11, 2015
Pours a dark murky brown with a medium off white head. Aroma is smoky, earthy, dark roasted malt, coffee and light chocolate. Medium body with soft carbonation. Nice semi sweet smoky taste with dark malt and coffee, and a hint of chocolate. Dry bitter coffee like finish.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
freekyp (1673) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - JUL 11, 2015
UPDATED: JUL 19, 2015 A crisp dark lager with ample smokiness and herby hops. Crisp finish that leaves a bit of coffee and some metallic tartness behind. Noble twang features prominently. Pours a pretty deep auburn with a hint of light lacing.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
aumentm (452) - North Carolina, USA - FEB 22, 2015
This is a serious black lager. You can take in the chocolate and coffee in the first pull. It is very dark with a nice head.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (10130) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 17, 2015
Bottle... Pours mostly clear and brown with mahogany highlights and a small, creamy, off-white head. Decent retention. Rock solid, rich and decadent, mocha nose. Medium-bodied with soft carbonation. The flavor is a bold marriage of singed espresso and toasted nuts. Finishes deeply roasted and moderately bitter. Bottle courtesy of darkguardian!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
keanex (1629) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - JAN 1, 2015
On tap at Barcade Philly.
Appearance: Deep opaque chestnut body with a creamy tan head.
Aroma: Mild but highly enjoyable. Nutty and toasty with bits of chocolate. Slightly sweet leaning.
Taste: Easy to drink. Cracker malts, roast, chocolate and a light nuttiness.
Palate: Medium to full-bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: Drinks like a well done porter. Very balanced and approachable. Well done.

3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Westchesterco (1439) - mclean, Virginia, USA - NOV 18, 2014
Poured from a bottle it is a dark brown color it is very effervescent and has a size able head. The aroma is subtle chocolate with a hint of citrus. The taste is a strong bitter coffee that lingers on the palate. Really nice bitter finish

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Iphonephan (4625) - McLean, Virginia, USA - NOV 18, 2014
From a 12 oz bottle shared at home. Pours a clear dark cola brown with a massive gushing tan head. Aroma of roasted nuts. Flavors of smoke, tobacco and caramel notes. Medium bodied. Effervescent.


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