RATINGS: 21   MEAN: 3.14/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.11/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 198   ABV: 6.6%
The dark beer with the blond soul. It is a winter beer with mild malt flavor and aroma, moderate in body, and medium hop presence. A tasteful beer.

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deyholla (12021) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 28, 2017
Sampled from the tap at the brewery. Pours a clear amber brown with a tan head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has lots of sweet grains with bread and light roast supporting. Flavor has earthy dark grains with straw and a hint of roast supporting.

jackl (8286) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 28, 2017
Keg @ Bull Falls. Brown pour with a small head. Nose has some soft toasted grain. But, croissant. Cocoa. Flavor is sweet, malt-forward. Nice earthy accents. Creamy mouthfeel. Decent.

madvike (3286) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 23, 2016
Can - Pours like a hazy cola. Nose is toasted dark bread and metal, light herbal hops, and a bit of nuttiness. That nuttiness manifests itself in some peanut butter notes in the taste, along with the toasted dark bread. It’s a little sweet, pretty smooth, but a limp approximation of what I want from a Schwarzbier. Take out the nuttiness and this could be something.

arkurzynski (2456) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 12, 2016
Brown pour. Brown sugar and faint roast. Flavor is light nutty roast with molasses, brown sugar, and caramel. Some lager feel, but a bit too sweet and choppy to be smooth.

crossovert (13724) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 27, 2015
473ml can. Brown rubyish pour, amero-schwarzbier, more roast and body making this nowhere near as drinkable as the style should be.

unclemike (3170) - Junction City Kansas, Kansas, USA - OCT 8, 2015
Medium roasted malt flavor. Lager yeast flavor. Black with a short, thick head. It does have good palate, very smooth and a surprisingly thick mouthfeel

GuenSmith (28) - Wisconsin, USA - AUG 16, 2015
Tap, part of sampler. Pours dark red to amber color with a slight white clinging head. Very light chocolate/caramel notes. Taste is slightly malty with a light beer crispness with slight notes of chocolate and caramel coming through. Starts as a dark beer beer and finishes light and clean, for some reason I have the word "Decepticon" written in my notes...

Travlr (25747) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - AUG 9, 2015
Draft at GTMW 2015. Dark brown color, almost black, off tan head. Aroma of light roast. Taste has bitter roast. OK.

JPDIPSO (6262) - Wauwatosa, USA - JUN 29, 2015
Dark chestnut color with a smaller light tan head. Faint aromas of lightly toasted malt, mocha and caramel. Not much to complain about, just not much there. Light sweetness, with some more caramel and cocoa. Very simple. Again, nothing to complain about, except for a things its lacking.

felsenpils (183) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAR 25, 2015
16oz. can purchased in Menomonie, WI. Pours very dark brown with a nice, long lasting off-white head. The aroma is very clean, the beer is quite clear. The taste is exactly what it should be: malty dark with a slight hint of coffee from the black patent malt. This tastes very much like a true German Schwarzbier and does not have that prune / licorice flavor found in so many dark American craft beers. My only criticism is the alcohol content which here says 6.6% and on their webstie says 6.0%. In either case, it is much too high and makes this a black Bockbier. Compare this to Köstritzer Schwarzbier at 4.8% alcohol by volume. Cut back a bit on the overall malt bill and you would have a real winner.

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