edwardbass (790) - Illinois, USA - APR 22, 2011
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is my first schwarzbier, unless black ales qualify. Kind of like a porter with less of that what I call "sour" bite. A nice bitterness at the end preceeded by dark roasted malt. Iím not a big fan of this style, but I am a fan of Two Brothers, so I usually try each new one they release to maintain my loyalty.
JAF737300 (1291) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 17, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very dark pour (Bomber Bottle) with a medium head. The malt are very dominant showing the grains right up front. You get some nice background notes of hops which stay long into the finish.
chibuck (3510) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 16, 2011
1.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 3/20
dark brown with a blood red hue, a big tan head, good retention... nose is just wrong, peanut butter and smoke, a little caramel too, plain weird... taste is utter garbage, skunky smoke, ash, bitter coffee, gross... wateresque mouthfeel... this is a total fail, no surprise being another Two Brothers
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle. Pours a black body with a slight ruby tint. Finger-width, dense, creamy, frothy, light brown head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice, clingy lacing. Aroma is pretty solid. Some roast, licorice, medium sweet caramels, cocoa, lager yeast, a touch of bread, and a light grassy citrus hop. Flavor is similar. A good amount of roasts up front with a medium caramel and cocoa sweetness. Some coffee, toffee, licorice spice, and a touch of bread. Finishes very dry, but balanced with a nice mix of roasts and grassy hops that give this a medium bitterness with a distinct chocolate and just a slight malt sweetness. Very lengthy aftertaste following a smooth, medium body and soft, moderately lively carbonation. Overall, Iím a big fan of a well made schwarzbier and this is definitely a solid example. Balanced towards the dry roasts and grass making this very flavorful with a solid finish and really nice chocolate with just enough malt sweetness to balance. Good one.
TheAlum (6944) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft on tap at Twisted Spoke (Chicago, IL). Newest Two Bros. offering. Pours a near pitchblack hue with some ruby edges, lightens up with the light to reveal a blackish ruby hue, can see through, with a moderate cakey light brown head, like nougat atop. Laces well. Aromas are roasted and sweet clashing, roasted barley and cocoa clash with some sweet caramel, toffee, sweetened chocolate, bread and biscuits. Some touches of coffee, sweet chocolate, toast, a hint of anise. Initial is medium bodied, full thick biscuits and toffee upfront move into cocoa, decent roasted barley, some coffee. Sweeter, with touches of light bitterness, faint anise, and some roastiness into the finish. Nothing overdone in this beer, thicker and lasting on the palate with sweet toffee, biscuits moving into decent roast, toast, light cocoa, and some dry bitterness into the finish. Lingering sweet and roasty malts, a touch of bitter anise and floral dryness. Not bad, lacks some life, but itís a solid fuller Schwarz. And itís exactly what itís supposed to be.
HonkeyBra (4036) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - APR 7, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very dark brown, almost black, pour with cream colored, thick head. Aroma of chocolate, roast, oreo cookies, cocoa. Light hop presence. Flavor is mildly sweet, slight roast, good chocolate presence. Very mild hop bitterness, maybe a touch of lactic sweetness. The hop character in this beer falls towards grassy and leafy, slightly earthy. Sweetness gets a bit distracting. Wish it were drier. Mouthfeel is nice, full, with nice lively carbonation. FInishes with a mild grassy hop note.