Bulk_Carrier (3407) - Lake Champlain, Vermont, USA - NOV 24, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This was poured into a pilsener glass.
The appearance was a dark brown close to black color with a one and a half foamy off-white to tan head. Light foamy lacing stuck around the sides of the glass nicely.
The smell started with a delicate amount of sweet milk chocolate sliding into a graceful smokiness. Light roasty edges balance it out.
The taste was semi-sweet and roasty initially bringing in the smoke to balance. Light bready/yeastiness flows nicely into the grand scheme of things.
On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium with a nice score of level maltiness sliding over my tongue.
Overall, really nice schwarzbier ranging close to the "rauchbier" style.
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - APR 18, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the brewpub in Stowe, VT. Pours a clear dark brown colored body with some mahogany highlights. Finger-width, dense and creamy, light brown head that dissipates slowly and leaves a solid lacing throughout. Aroma is nice with some bready malts, lightly sweetened caramel, a touch of smokiness, a light roast, and some floral fruits. Flavor is similar. A bit smoky up front with some soft bready malts and a light caramel. A bit of a floral fruitiness in the middle with a light roast before this finishes smooth, clean, and nicely dry from the roasts and a light hopping that give this a light bitterness. Lengthy aftertaste following medium-thin body and a soft, moderate carbonation. Overall, a pretty solid schwarzbier. The smokiness is pretty cool and this still has a nice, lightly sweetened bready maltiness that is all balanced with a clean, dry finish. Feels a tad thin at times, but drinks nicely. Good beer.
Reynolds314 (3236) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 26, 2012
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
On draft at Resevoir. The beer that nobody needed just wasnt very good. really tasted to me like burnt leaves smells. Just grainy, earthy, leaves, roast, and a little astringent.
tgncc (3076) - Bellmore, New York, USA - AUG 7, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
The aroma is roasty, smoky, chocolate. The appearance is deep brown/black, reddish hue, off-white head. The flavor is chocolate, roast, brown sugar. The finish is chocolate, roast, molasses. The flavor and finish are sweeter than the aroma. Medium in body, slightly thick. Pretty nice.
Maverick34 (2870) - New York, USA - FEB 28, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught from Blind Tiger. Poured dark etc. Almost more Portery than schwarzbier - kind of thick.
MadRobin (2682) - Silver Spring, Alabama, USA - FEB 9, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap in the lounge at the Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, VT.
Opaque mahogany with small khaki head and good lacing.
Aroma of roasted malt, dark fruit, smoke, toffee and caramel.
Taste of roasted malt, smoke, dark fruit, toffee & caramel. The flavors starts off with roasted malt, but the smokey flavor quickly comes in strong.
Medium body and high carbonation.
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malrubius (2446) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - NOV 14, 2015
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled from Meditrina. Black with ring head. Smoky caramel aroma and hint of herbs. Sweet burnt caramel coffee chocolate brown sugar maple syrup with ashy woody smoky finish. Medium light body. Could use a hint more carbonation. A lot like Jacks Abby Smoke and Dagger but not as good. I was hoping this wouldd be a Bamberger rauchbier and not a black lager. Anyhow, pretty good, but I’ll continue to drink Great Northern Smokin Rauchbier as my regular. And I’m especially glad I didn’t rate it last night when I poured it into a glass I had not properly cleaned and it sucked. Yes, clean glasses matter.
craftycarl21 (2338) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 21, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Bluebird Tavern in Burlington. Reddish cola colored pour with a small film of a head. Aroma brings wheat and sourdough breadiness to the forefront. Secondary notes include caramel, molasses, smoke, and rye. The flavor holds increased smoke presence and continued sweetbread and caramel. The mouthfeel is a touch thin, but really pretty tasty overall.
Fred82 (2131) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 21, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Burlington Flatbread.
Appearance : Deep clear dark amber with a small head. Nice lacing.
Aroma : Roasted malt with nice raisins and great malt. Light hops. Nice fruits.
Taste : Light caramel with malt and raisins. Great malt. LIght carbonation, very nice mouthfeel. Long finish with a nice bitterness.
Overall : Very nice brew. Very light and drinkable but with a nice complexity. Nice carbonation level. Very clean. Great notes of caramel and raisins. Very drinkable. Nice stuff.
italarican (1539) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - APR 13, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at Farmhouse. Pours black. Aroma is primarily fig with some mild raisin notes. Pleasant flavor of fig, coffee, and some chocolate malt. Light body. I didn’t get any smokiness. I actually got more dark fruit than anything.