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RATINGS: 36   MEAN: 3.33/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.24   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 25   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
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Schwarzbier (black beer) originated in medieval Germany, and though Upland isn’t quite that old, we strive to bring you an authentic version of this historic beer. Our take on this ancient lager delivers hints of chocolate and coffee, courtesy of its dark malts, with a strong nose and a clean finish, striking the right balance of robust and crisp, with enough bitterness to accentuate but, not overpower, its many subtle flavors.

Don’t be fooled by Schwarz’s dark color! This beer may look ferocious, but it’s as smooth as any golden lager. Schwarz is a great beer to enjoy when the days get cold.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (11225) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 14, 2011
Draft. Poured a dark clear black color with an average frothy off-white head that was mostly lasting and produced good lacing. Moderate toasted malt aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium roasted bittersweet flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration. Solid drinkable brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ratman197 (10320) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 16, 2012
Bottle poured a clear dark reddish brown with a small lasting tan head. Aromas of dark chocolate, smoke, dark fruit, carmel and light earthiness. Palate was light to medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of bitter chocolate, earthiness, smoke and light dark fruit with a smooth lingering smokey finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Drake (9261) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - DEC 22, 2012
12 ounce bottle courtesy of queenholly. Thanks! Glad to get to try another Upland beer. Now THERE’S a glass full of foam. Pours a dark brown color with a foamy, frothy brown head. As CrellMoset would say, fascinating bubble structure. Aroma of chocolate, green apple, herbal hops. The taste is chocolate, green apple, mild roast and a solvent note. Medium bodied. Sad, but this is off.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
shrubber85 (8103) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - SEP 1, 2011
Bottle. Woody chocolate malt aroma. Opaque black-brown color with moderate head. Wood, light smoke and chocolate malt flavor. Lightly bitter herbal hops finish. Very good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrSilverworm (7221) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 26, 2012
12oz bottle from Party Source. Bottled 10/12. Black color. Some bubbles on the side of the glass. Decent light brown / grayish head that fades a bit. Interesting nose smell, what is that? Tobacco? Chocolate? Flavor definitely has some chocolate, bit of herb and spice. Some earthy hop. Good smooth and crisp lighter carbonation. Lighter body. More dry texture. Good light bitter taste. Pretty respectable schwarzbier.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ughsmash (7203) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 4, 2011
Bottled. Poured deep cola brown with a nice lookin’ beige head on top. The aroma picked up sweet vanilla, cocoa, and chocolate, with hints of dry coffee roast around.. some hints that it might be a tad sour.. not bad. The flavor found dry-roasted coffee and chocolates with accents of vanilla.. the roast was quite heavy, and stuck along with fresh earthy bitterness on the finish.. very faint metallic sourness on the back.. I really enjoyed it, and it was close to an 8. Lighter-bodied, roasty, and bitter on the palate.. the roast worked well.. this was a very solid brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Suttree (5289) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 11, 2012
Black, as one might expect. Loose, spongy head. Smells oddly tart and winey, plus some coffee notes. Flavor is also winey, with solid coffee flavors in the background. Not sure if this intentional, but I kinda liked it. Thanks to queenholly for the trade!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
EithCubes (5104) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 3, 2007
Draught at the brewpub. Aroma of nuts and berry, coriander-lemon in the Leipzig style (!!!), light roast and yeast. Near-black appearance with a soapy tanned head. Taste of nuts and red berry, dry with faint roast and strong wood, a touch of citrus (orange rind) and coriander underneath, seems to turn dryer and dryer as you go along. Nice bit of funk underneath, has something in common with their wit and weizen, I’d assume it was the yeast but it can’t be (ale vs. lager). House character? Mouthfeel is not flat, just prickly enough to make it interesting. Medium body. Overall, tastes extremely (East) German, and that’s a big compliment. Judging by this, the Maerzen, and the Oktoberfest, Caleb really should try his hand at lagers more often!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nuplastikk (4745) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 12, 2011
12oz bottle...looks to be about a year and a half old. Still pours with a thick head...eventually settles into an oily beige layer on top of brown-black body. Brown sugar and chocolate aroma, quite rich and nice. Holds up quite well overall. Creamy, medium bodied, this is a really great Schwarz. A touch of cocoa bitterness, maybe a little soured with age, maybe not. Doughy and rich, this is really a quality beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Patrickctenchi (4252) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - FEB 19, 2012
Bottle jan ’12...pours a deep brown, nearly black with ruby tones, pillowy tan head. Aroma is slight roast coffee and smoke. Taste is bitter chocolate, a little cola, and a stronger edge of smoke. Drinks a bit thin, but still pretty decent overall.

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