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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 won’t let the lights go dark.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (13609) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 22, 2011
Bottle. Poured a dark clear reddish black color with an average frothy off-white head that was mostly lasting and produced good lacing. Moderate toasted malt and earthy hop aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium toasted sweet flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration. Solid drinkable brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrnkMcDermott (3008) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JAN 28, 2012
22 oz. bottle, $7 at Binny’s. 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 I’ve 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 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
yespr (40840) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - MAR 20, 2012
22 fl oz bottle. Pours hazy dark brown to black with a small tan head. Aroma is smooth roasted dark malty, caramelish and light tarish. Bitter, dark malty and roasted. Ends dry and crisp hoppy. Smooth chocolate malty finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
HonkeyBra (4036) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - APR 7, 2011
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheAlum (6991) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2011
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 it’s a solid fuller Schwarz. And it’s exactly what it’s supposed to be.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pailhead (6426) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - MAY 11, 2011
On tap: The aroma is s light combination of chocolate and faint roasted grains. It’s a dark brown with some faint orange highlights and a two finger khaki head with good retention and leaves some nice laced rings behind. The flavor starts with light-moderate chocolate. There is a hint of fruitiness in the background. The finish has done light roasted grains and a hint of smoke and pine.

   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
boFNjackson (4200) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 8, 2011
Bottle shared with RB/BA folk... Poure dark brown, near black with a khaki head. Light body, some moderate yeast flavors with a decent amount of roast, and nutty malt tones. Cocoa, dark sugars and caramel, hazelnuts, and a moderate hop character.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
dragonlady1010 (30) - Illinois, USA - JUN 23, 2011
Served at a beer dinner in Plainfield IL. Deep amber brown but light enough to be clear. Beige head that dissipates slowly to a light lace. Aroma has notes of chocolate, nuts, coffee, and slightly spicy hops. Flavor has notes of chocolate, nuts, with more spicy hops than the aroma advertised with an appropriate amount of bitterness. Body is medium backed by good carbonation. Finish is balanced and nutty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bseribeer (128) - Illinois, USA - SEP 16, 2011
Enjoyable brew from Two Brothers. Pours a dark brown with a thick, tan head. Aroma light coffee and faint berries. Taste is sweet with an easy finish. Faint hops. Reminds me of plums. Very light on the palate, deceiving with the dark tint and thick head. Overall, very easy drinking lager from Two Brothers. I wouldn’t go out of my way to get this but if it is around, I would drink plenty of it.

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