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RATINGS: 46   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.27/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 28   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
We spent a long night of brainstorming, around a few pints, to create a beer suitable to big our good friends adieu. We found that Reprieve Schwarzbier is the Artisan lager for the job. This black beer is a Bohemian Pilsner gone dark. German malts, noble hops, and lager yeast combine for our take on this traditional beer style. Though they may be moving on, we wonít let the lights go dark.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2011
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JanLaursen (3227) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 20, 2012
Bottle, 66 cl. Dark brown with a reddish hue. Small beige head. Aroma is roasted malts and caramel. Flavor is medium sweet and light bitter with notes of dried dark fruits. Medium bodied, ok take on the style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jeremytoni (3029) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - JUL 21, 2011
From a bottle poured a dark brown color with a small amount of head. Sweet toasted malty flavor with a lingering aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrnkMcDermott (3009) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JAN 28, 2012
22 oz. bottle, $7 at Binnyís. Got this in October, and it got stacked up while re-painting the beer cellar. Pours a big black body under a light brown head, just a tad lighter than a stout. Has a more stouty smell than the few other black lagers Iíve had. Much more roasty malt. Has some alcohol in the nose, too. Taste has the roasty roughness of a stout at first, but settles down to let some dry lager character in. Once you get used to the dark roast, it does suggest a heartier Dortmunder or altbier. Definite German noble hops making a bit of peppery spice. Light texture on the tongue, yet a bit heavy in the nose. An interesting combination.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wedgie9 (2639) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 15, 2011
Tasted on 5/15/11 from a 650 mL bottle bomber bottle at Lush Roscoe. Pours clear but very dark amber with just a bit of light able to pass through with a thick beige head that slowly recedes to an even collar of lace. The nose is a bit nutty with hints of chocolate, coffee, along with somewhat herbal and spicy hops. The flavor is much lighter than the nose with a hint of chocolate, a bit of a nutty taste, and more spicy herbal hops than I expected with a nice amount of bitterness. The body is medium minus with average carbonation and a medium bitter and lightly nutty finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 26, 2011
(22oz bottle from jcnd9803!). Its about time I open this thing up. Pours a clear dark brown (cola color when held up to the light) with a nice creamy, pillow-top khaki head. Nice carbonation. Aroma has lots of cocoa and caramel. Taste is sweet with a bit of roast. Medium bodied with a creamy texture. Pretty nice beer. Almost stout-like.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jstraw (1965) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 22, 2011
Dark mahogany with decent, creamy, tan head / Light nose of roast barley and sour malt / Light to medium body, dry, lively carbonation, crisp with some chewiness on the fair finish / Modest flavors of roast barley and chocolate / Not remarkable, but good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 26, 2012
Poured into a snifter. 3.5 A: Black color. Two fingers of cramy tan head. Retention is average and a honeycomb pattern of lacing is left behind. 3.5 S: Clean roastiness, herbal and earthy hops. Grainy with undertones of caramel and chocolate. Good, but could use some more power. Not particularly sweet, but not dry at all. 3.5 T: Taste is more assertive. Big earthy hoppiness, light roast, moderate chocolate, light caramel. More doughy than grainy. 3.5 M: Medium to heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Could use a bit more creaminess, but I do like how thick this is. 3.5 D: Good, solid schwarzbier. This one is a lot less dry than most of that Iíve had of the style. Definitely worth a buy if black lagers are your thing. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 02-16-2012 02:40:13

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 7, 2011
Bottle. Pours clear dark brown with a thin tan head. Aroma of grain, smoke, roasted malt. A little light - decent beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JAF737300 (1291) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 17, 2011
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.

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