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RATINGS: 458   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43   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.


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3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
MattH (659) - California, USA - FEB 24, 2013
Bottle. Medium to dark brown pour. Light to medium body. Flavor of toasted malts and caramel.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
chinchill (2551) - South Carolina, USA - MAR 24, 2015
12 oz can marked with a BB date of May 2015. Huge, foamy tan head over a nearly opaque, dark brown body. Rich, malty and complex. This drinks like an ale. Creamy smooth mouthfeel mimics a nitro tap origin. Lasting aftertaste of dark malts and earthy/herbal hops. O: closer to a stout than any black lager I’ve had, this also may be the best.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
drpimento (2343) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 22, 2015
Very good. Appearance is a thick light tan, long lasting head with lots of lace and an almost opaque, but clear black brown color. Aroma is roast up front then dark leather, meat, coffee, malt. cocoa. Flavor’s like nose, dryish at first, then with the other qualities including tang, there’s a bit of sweet in the finish. Body is good, tho perhaps a bit thin. Very quaff-able. I’d like to have another right away.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dukeandduke (87) - Illinois, USA - MAR 21, 2015
3/19/15 (Can) - Dark black pour, roasted malt and coffee scents were very strong and desirable. Taste was even better, excellent roasted malt and chocolate. Very smooth to drink, minimal carbonation, light in both texture and ABV. Nice paring with desert. Overall very good offering!

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kdm1984 (758) - Missouri, USA - MAR 19, 2015
Not much of an aroma - cardboard malts and something like old split pea and ham soup. A little weird. Flavor is where it shines more - lots of tasty malt roast, something vaguely bacon-ish, and more roast hitting in the finish. Salty. Some bread notes. I’ve stated my love before of a well-done schwarzbier, and while this isn’t among the tops of the style, IMO, it’s got the main elements that make it drinkable, flavorful, and yet light enough to quaff.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tightslice (260) - Redwood City, California, USA - MAR 11, 2015
Bottle from Whole Foods in Redwood City, CA. Aroma is some roasted malts. Taste is mild dark malts with some dry ashiness. A sleepy soda of a beer.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
unclemike (2393) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - MAR 9, 2015
Aroma roasted malts and small hint of chocolate. Taste is grainy. Roasted malts, chocolate, milk, caramel and some spice. Thin but good flavor. Smooth and light. Some cardboard taste at end. Overall decent

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
theisti (3377) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - MAR 9, 2015
12 oz can purchased as part of a mix a six at K-7 Liquors in Shawnee, Kansas. Best Before 07/09/15 printed on the bottom of the can. The pour is black brown with a bit of golden on the pour with a well formed ½ inch light tan head. The aroma is softly sweet bread like malt, along with a whisper of roast. Fresh nose. The taste is dry roast cracker malt, soft sweet caramel bread, then moves to a dry mineral grassy finish. Nice transition of flavors. The palate is light bodied with soft carbonation and the clean dry finish. Easy drinking, tasty beer.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
swoopjones (6558) - Buffalo, New York, USA - FEB 28, 2015
bottle, medium to lighter bodied black pour, dark roasted malts, mild bitterness, light mouthfeel. OK schwarzbier

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
EtTuCthulhu (1235) - Columbia, Missouri, USA - FEB 25, 2015
The beer pours a clear reddish brown with a huge khaki head that fades slowly. The aroma blends roasted malts and lager yeast, and the taste is mildly umami and a touch sour with a malty aftertaste that is slightly roasty. The palate fuses a medium body, slick texture, and a soft carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
vyvvy (4467) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - FEB 24, 2015
Pours quite reddish dark with a soapy beige head. The aroma has smooth roasted malt, dark chocolate, light apple, a bit of spice and some English earthy yeastiness. Pretty nice. It has a fairly light body with a mild amount of somewhat sharp carbonation. The taste is a bit of a toned down version of the aroma with more of a dryness, sharper cocoa presence and some woodiness. The finish has a bit more of the woody earthy hops. Pretty good schwartz.


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