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RATINGS: 323   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.


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3.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheShepherds (54) - chapel hill, North Carolina, USA - AUG 17, 2013
May the Swartz beer be with you. Pleasant surprise. We like dark beers but tend to not like a "black" beer. This was not necessarily one we’d do again but it had very complex flavors. Many tastes in each sip and a pleasant aftertaste as well. Another mighty fine above average beer from Duck-Rabbit.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
wombat23 (131) - Texas, USA - DEC 25, 2015
Shared 12 oz. bottle. Pours almost black with tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, with mild chocolate and coffee notes. Similar tastes, with a hint of smoke and nuts. Some creaminess, but perhaps a little thin-bodied overall. Mild bitterness. Nicely done.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
darbeer75 (117) - Round Rock, Texas, USA - DEC 25, 2015
Aroma: malty, sweet, coffee tones; Appearance: midnight black; opaque; tan head that dissipates quickly; little lacing; Taste: while it looks and smells like an imperial stout, taste is tangy and a little bitter like a lager; definitely better than a lager but still not my favorite; Palate: medium body with sweet finish; Overall: interesting mix of malt and lager; might buy again

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerathon (1679) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 25, 2015
Wow, that’s good. Creamy cocoa colored head with black pour. Coffee, chocolate, roasted malts, and mild bitterness. Medium bodied. The lager version of a robust porter.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MadRobin (2540) - Silver Spring, USA - NOV 11, 2015
Poured from 12 oz. bottle. Opaque, near black with a thin tan head and fair to sparse lacing. Aroma of roasted coffee, chocolate, toffee and toasted malt. Taste of roasted malt, roasted coffee, burnt toffee, dark toast and milk chocolate. Medium/full body and medium/high carbonization. A very roasty schwarzbier. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
lobosaintori (89) - - OCT 17, 2015
one of the best from one of my favorite! Pours a rich dark black with a moderately carbonated tan thin head, that disappears quickly. Aroma is nice not overpowering. flavors of licorice, burnt toast and amaretto. a bit sweet but not excessively so. has a nice dry finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
chinchill (3588) - South Carolina, USA - SEP 24, 2015
12 oz bottle served in a snifter. BB date notch of 9/2015. A: Pours a clear but very dark brown color, looking nearly opaque in the glass. The beer has a half finger of sudsy light tan head that quickly reduces to a partial thin film. Some lacing is seen, nonetheless. Aroma: Initially disappointing but some off-odors quickly dispersed leaving behind attractive mix of toffee, faint coffee and dark roasted grains. Moderate strength. Flavor: Dark roasted malts with toffee and chocolate dominate up front but some roasted coffee. There’s also a a bit of molasses and a light hint of anise. Lightly bitter overall. M: Medium bodied with medium-light carbonation. O: A fine schwarzbier that’s brewed to style. Definitely worth trying.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
tsd08460 (504) - Marshall, Virginia, USA - SEP 17, 2015
Aroma: coffee, roasty, chocolate, Appearance: black, brown head Taste: light sweetness, medium bitterness, Palate: light body, slick feel, soft carbonation, abrupt finish Nice schwarzbier

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CH-303 (1818) - Fribourg, SWITZERLAND - SEP 14, 2015
Appearance: Dark brown, some light tan head.
Aroma: Dark malt, coffee, roasted.
Taste: Dark malt, roasted, burnt. Some smoke.
Bought: Total Wine (Sterling), 355 ml, $2.29
Info: 14/9-2015, BB: 30/9-2015

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jcnielsen (2854) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - SEP 14, 2015
Bottle. Pours a black color with off white head. Roasty, charcoal, burnt aromas. Roasty, burnt, slight smoky, creamy flavors. Medium bodied, creamy yet slightly bitter mouthfeel. Overall, great product!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NikkTwist (2235) - 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.


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