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RATINGS: 526   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45/5   IBU: 32   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
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Robust and smooth, this full-flavored lager is exceptionably drinkable and pitch black in color.


TheCrowsNest's rating

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
TheCrowsNest (76) - Redondo Beach, California, USA - DEC 5, 2012
Black with a tan head. Aromas of iced coffee, chocolate, and crisp, clean lager yeast. Lots of roasted barley flavors with coffee and a hint of smoke. Medium-bodied with a clean finish. The dark flavors don’t compromise the crisp characters of a schwarzbier. Really well done.


4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
polo_marco (301) - milton, Vermont, USA - JUN 12, 2016
Smells of sweet roasted malts little bit of dark fruit. Rich dark black in color with thick three finger brownish head that slowly dissipates. Rich sweet malt Flavor with huge coffee and sweet milk chocolate coming through as the star of this brew. Full creamy body with a quick carbonation that turns to flat very fast but smooth. Very nice body and flavor one of my favorite schwarzbier thus far in my great exploration to find the world’s best beer. Nice work!

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerbomb (222) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 15, 2016
outstanding - aroma of dark caramel, wood, cocoa, and grass---flavor is chocolate syrup. fresh ground coffee, bread, cream, light smoke, earthy hops - smooth creamy palate - very flavorful and light - one of my favorite dark beers

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
books_n_brews (48) - Baltimore-ish, Maryland, USA - MAY 13, 2016
This is my kind of beer. Dark, rich, sweet and that bitter end. Sounds a bit like a relationship... Strong chocolate smooth taste with roasty finish. If you like stouts or darks, it’s a very solid drinkable favorite

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
oldrtybastrd (4951) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 8, 2016
Pours a nice dark brown (almost black) with a small tan head. Aromas of sweet roast malts, chocolate, and hints of fruit (cherries?). Flavor is almost to sweet, I can detect little trace amounts of licorice. Felt a little watery to me on the finish.

3.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
TapsnCaps (5) - Washington, USA - MAY 4, 2016 does not count
This beer pours great. Dark Brown in color. Nice Head that dissipates quickly though. Taste is surprising for a dark lager, coffee and toasty caramel notes really come through. Overall enjoyed this beer, solid schwarzbier.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
djd07 (9533) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 31, 2016
Bottle thanks to Will. Pours a cloudy brown with beige head. Aroma is roast, raisin and caramel. Light roast nuttiness and sweet finish. Good.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sebilinz (1685) - Linz, AUSTRIA - MAR 10, 2016
Bottle. Black body with nice tan head. Aroma is roasted malts with chocolate and also some sourness. Taste is also rroasted malts with molasses and spices. Aftertaste is nice bitter. Great for the ABV.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
peponi (1373) - Mainz, GERMANY - FEB 28, 2016
Aroma: roasted malts and roasted caramel. Appearance: deep brown color and creamy head. Taste: roasted notes, low herbal bitterness, caramel, semi-dry. Palate: medium body and medium carbonation, roasted finish. Overall: Really decent schwarzbier, seems to be a little bit too sweet, but that’s fine.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerhunter111 (15451) - Hasborn, GERMANY - FEB 28, 2016
Klare dunkel orange braune Farbe, mittelgroße leicht beige Schaumkrone. Geruch schokoladig, mild röstmalzig, Vanille. Geschmack röstmalzig süß, Kaffee, Vanille, lecker!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ChadPolenz (1653) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - FEB 24, 2016
BJCP Category 8B: Schwarzbier

AROMA: Plenty of roasty malt like a stout. Light chocolate/coffee. Clean fermentation; no apparent esters. 10/12

APPEARANCE: Black proper hue; dark ruby highlights. Seems filtered. Large tan foamy head - great retention and lacing. 3/3

FLAVOR: Malt-forward with dark malt and some roastiness and coffee in the background. Dry bitterness at the apex with slight floral/pine hops. Sweet, but far from cloying. Not wonderfully delicious, but Absolutely to-spec on all points! 17/20

MOUTHFEEL: Surprisingly thick for such a light beer. Medium body. Slightly dry, but easily tolerable aftertaste. Not refreshing, but fun and easy to drink. 5/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Almost a perfect beer and probably the best example of the style I can recall having. A fresh bottle might score a perfect 50! 9/10

TOTAL SCORE: 44/50


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