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RATINGS: 35   MEAN: 3.38/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
This German-style black lager has a rich aroma of coffee, chocolate, caramel, and toasted malt, medium-full body, and a roasty yet smooth finish. Bronze medalist in the Great American Beer Festival.
2011 vintage: 5.5% abv

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Skyview (5696) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - JUL 2, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2009 On tap at the Titletown brewpub, this beer pours an opaque dark brown brew with a thick, off-white head that dissolves slowly. Aroma of thick molasses, dark chocolate and toffee. Taste is that of toasted dark malt, a little lactic acidy with some flowery hop flavor. Finish is slightly bitter and a touch of tartness. As Mel Brooks may be proud to see as it was written on the brewery menu chalkboard, "May the Schawrz be with you."

The flavor has appears to be slightly different each year.

2007: Toasted dark malt with some tart berry character

2008: Toasted dark malt with some dry hop and smoked character

2009: Toasted dark malt with some chocolate and a very smooth finish

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JPDIPSO (5604) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 20, 2016
Dark brown body with a tall, lasting light beige head. Scents of roasted malt and just a hint of biscuit and herbal hops. Flavors follow scents. Thinner flavors in the finish that I’m not sure if I want more or less.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
esjaygee (3904) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 23, 2009
On tap at Titletown Brewing Company. Black with a thin tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, caramel and very light chocolate. Taste of dark roasted malts, dark chocolate and mild caramel. Fairly smooth with minor malt bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tmoreau (3714) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - OCT 21, 2010
On tap at the brewpub bar, and chose a czech-pils glass serving. The color was clear, dark brown, almost black/brown, with some garnet tones showing through the liquid. The head was off white, modest, and reduced rather quickly to a ring and film, but left some wavey lacing. The aroma was roasted coffee and some baker’s cocoa in a lesser degree. The flavor exposed smooth malt, just a hint of sweetness, and low+ hop bitterness that teamed up with some roasty dryness to persist into the finish. A flavorful "black Pils".

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrnkMcDermott (3003) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - AUG 21, 2009
Beer #23 at GTMW ’09. They called it "Dark Helmet #3" when poured. Dark beer, head starts brown at point of beer contact, but is quite white at the top. After a note of root beer to start, the taste tends more toward a stout in taste, with dark roasts, but no chocolate or coffee. Goes down very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ElGaucho (2391) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - JUN 16, 2007
Sampler draft at brewpub. Smoke aspect in the nose. Almost fully opaque with dark reddish hues evident when held to light. Not much lace. Thin flavor; does not deliver on the promise the aroma provided. Smooth. Not a drain pour by any stretch. Would probably be better if served a little colder, although a beer of this style should actually be better a little warmer. An ok beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
arkurzynski (2244) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 1, 2011
On tap at the Old Fashioned. Dark brown/black. Light coffee/roasted malt, soft Munich-type malts, brown sugar, and toffee. Flavor is a slightly acidic roast-type flavor that doesn’t round out well. Fairly light on the palate with trailing mild roast finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
phishpond417 (2088) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 29, 2008
An excellent summer time brew. Poured a clear dark brown colour with a reddish hue. Head was large and creamy. Aroma was noticeably nutty. Taste was soft and creamy with hints of milk chocolate and almonds.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dfonorow (2039) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 19, 2014
On tap at Milwaukee Brew Fest 2013. Pour is close to black with a small tan head. Coffee grounds, chocolate, roasted malt, sweet. Finish is a bit acidic mixed with roast.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Danyel (1606) - Colorado, USA - JUN 23, 2014
Tap. Pours black with tan head. Aroma is very roasty, lots of chocolate and caramel. Taste is very roasty, medium bodied, lots of chocolate and caramel. Really good.

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