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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.


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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - AUG 12, 2010
Pours black, almost opaque, medium off-white head. Aroma is roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, little sweet. Flavor is bitter from roasted malts up front. Similar taste to aroma, little caramel in there too. It’s a bit overly sweet on the finish. Pretty decent though.


3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Westchesterco (1113) - 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 (3652) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
generallee08 (717) - New York, USA - NOV 7, 2014
Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. The label has a freshness date but no abv. Appearance: The body has a very dark reddish brown color which appears almost black in the glass. The head on top is tan in color, thick and long lasting. The glass is left with thick lacing. Smell: It has a very roasted and malty aroma. Dark bready and sweet notes jump right out of the glass. Taste / Palate: It starts with sweet dark bready maltiness and then it adds mild coffee and molasses notes. The finish brings some earthy hops flavor and mild bitterness.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerman6686 (4713) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 2, 2014
This one poured a darker brown with a beige head. Aroma was of toasted malt, light peat, grassy hips and mild dark chocolate. Flavor was similar, very tasty stuff, well rounded and soft.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
orangesol (918) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 7, 2014
Yet another bottle from Deuane and his bucket of bad luck. I have no idea how old this one is...

A - Pours very dark brown, bordering on black, with a nice one and a half finger tall off-white head leaving spotty lace down the glass.

S - Smells of lots of dark roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, and the faintest hint of citric hops. I am pretty sure that if this was a bit fresher I would have liked this one even more.

T - Starts off with a big dose of dark roasted malt slowly giving way to hints of coffee, chocolate, dark fruits, and the faintest of hints of hop bitterness. The finish is a mix of dark roast and light sweetness, lingering for some time.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Dark, toasty, feel with plenty of it sticking around through the finish. A bit stale and one dimensional. It could have used a bit of that hop bitterness I detected in the nose.

O - Not too bad. I enjoyed it for what it was I just think it was a bit too old. I may have to seek out a fresher bottle of this one in the future.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
SpongeRuiner (778) - Michigan, USA - AUG 26, 2014
Got a bottle from a trade. Pours a dark almost root beer color with a fluffy light brown head. A dark malty hopped aroma with some mixed spices. At first sip a carbonated light chocolate flavor washes through. A cinnamon background. The light carbonated mouthfeel goes all the way through. Also at first seems a little thinner in texture then starts to get a little more creamy as it goes along. A bit airy. Actually reminds me of root beer all around with a tad of chocolate mixed in. Almost black IPA genre a little less hoppy and more malty. Pretty interesting.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
MPA (838) - Amager (form. Nørrebro&Aalborg), DENMARK - AUG 23, 2014
Bottle. Black with beige head. Coffee, cocoa, roasted malts and notes of prunes in aroma. Rather high carbonation. Burned caramel and roasted malts giving it some sweetness with a bitter finish as in a cup of coffee. Pretty decent scwarzbier.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
edgallow (2363) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 16, 2014
16 oz draft pours brown with a off white head. Aroma of roasted malts, caramel, raisins and coffee. Taste is malts, coffee and a hint of chocolate.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kinz (3365) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - AUG 10, 2014
Growler from Whole Foods. Pours a deep brown, going into black, good head. Light aroma, faintly of milk chocolate and bread. Flavor matches, but with a good bit of floral hop on the finish. Very enjoyable brew. Probably a bit better than this score indicates.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
scotchzombie (367) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - AUG 3, 2014
Pours black as you might expect, with a touch of cherry in the light. Creamy tan head that fades to a coating. Minimal wet lacing. Aroma is pleasant earthy chocolate roasted malt and caramel. Molasses and a touch of raisin. Taste is also earthy; coffee, chocolate, roasted malt. A bit nutty and sour. Decent bitterness as well to close. Roasty and bitter notes dominate but are balanced by some sweetness. Very good.


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