shrubber85 (11506) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - SEP 17, 2011
Tap at brewpub. Lightly smokey molasses and chocolate malt aroma. Dark black color with small head. Slightly sweet molasses, chocolate malt and moderately bitter grassy hops flavor. Very good. wheninhell (488) - chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 26, 2007
Black with dark brown edges disappearing light brown head. interesting aroma....mocha and hay. bitter coffee flavor with sweet honey hay undertones. bitter dry grassy finish. light body moderate carbonation. nice. based on the other ratings im gonna have to go back and give this one another try......maybe i didnt dig deep enough. Tmoney99 (14747) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 28, 2007
Draft at St. Matthews brewpub. Dark brown color with medium off-white fizzy head that diminished slowly with fair lacing. Medium roasted malt aroma with a sweet tone. Medium body. Medium flavor of roasted malt with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration. Interesting solid brew. JiminKY (2) - USA - OCT 17, 2005 does not count
This was a great session beer that I drank all afternoon watching football at the BBC brew-pub. It’s not often that I’ll stick to a single variety while at a good brew-pub, but this beer was so delicious and drinkable that I just had to.
The appearance was somewhat darker than other Schwarzbiers I’ve had, but still had the clarity that sets this style’s appearance apart from stouts and porters. Very nice dark ruby brown.
Smell was mild but tempting. It was enough to draw me in and desire a taste, but not something that was a joy in and of itself.
The taste was where it was at. And, to me, that is the most important part. This was everything that a schwarzbier is supposed to be. I have loved Kozstriker and Sam Adams Black, and I loved this just as much or more. I imagine the freshness was what gave it that extra edge.
Top notch beer. I wish they would bottle it.
Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 6, 2005
Diminishing light brown head tops the dark cola brown hue. A true definition of the style meets the nosrils. Middle of the way toasted to burn bready malts procure coffee and powdered cocoa flavours that are accompanied by a faint molasses whisper which made me think of bear paws cookies. Talkative blackberry hints, also a bit grapey, but defying the lager complexity spectrum. Light oily body, soft carbonation, no acidity, noteworthy balance. A demonstration of craftsmanship.
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 26, 2005
Tap: The was talking too much with the locals to take a lot of notes, so this will be brief...again served too cold and had to let warm. Opaque with a nice beige frothy head and good lace. The nose detected mocha, smoke, apple and minor yeast esters. The taste had a lot of chocolate malt over a light fruity twang followed by a smoky bitterness on the finish. The feel was fizzy and watery, bone dry finish. A darn nice bier, malty without being sticky. Drank way too quickly. Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - NOV 20, 2004
Hand bottled from TAR, this pours with a consistent lovely head on top of a still, very black medium body. Roastiness is everywhere, toasted, a bit burnt, not bitter. Some schwarzes are a bit watery; this is not - it’s assertive in every way. Grainy huskiness, and with a good spice to the smoke, this is the best Swarzbier I can imagine. Crisper than any version I’ve had - this takes it slightly afield of style perhaps. cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - OCT 26, 2004
Strong, malty smoked aroma. Not overpowering but definitely assertive. Bold, sweet yet bittersweet. Toasty. Develops fully in finish, moves slowly from sweet to dry. Slightly sour, somehow, maybe a little licorice? Better on cask. TAR (2776) - Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina, USA - OCT 21, 2004
Draft: Black with a ruby tint. Sandy/creamy mocha foam becomes rocky and leaves sticky lace. Gorgeous nose of roasted malt and minerals with hints of char, black licorice, coffee, cinnamon, and molasses. Creamy, densely packed bubbles. Mellow, yet captivatingly flavorsome, feathery malt frame anchors notes of roasted wood and black licorice. Hints of vanilla and anise give way to a soft stream of grainy malt textures. Gritty cocoa and charred malts deepen the savory mocha smoothness. Heightening malt richness is underpinned with smoke, burnt matchsticks, and understated char, but the ease of the body quickly beckons you to take another sip. Tangy mineral underlay persists throughout and balances the sweetness while accentuating the spicy black licorice snap. Interplay of bittersweet chocolate and chalky-tinged malts. Dabs of husky malts arise late. Roasted barley discharges more acidity and bitterness toward the finish, replacing the muted hop presence, which also helps offset the richness of the lingering array of rich maltiness. Quintessential session black lager and textbook to style. belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - JAN 6, 2004
Good roasted/smoked aroma. Hint of smoke comes through in the nicely balanced slightly malty body. I wish I had an empty growler with me.