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RATINGS: 31   MEAN: 3.72/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Late Fall into winter seasonal. More malt, more malt, more malt. Dark malt and the fact that light can't pass through gave this beer its name. Hearty in flavor, great in taste.

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3.6
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 16, 2004
Very dark brown, somewhat black, w/ light brown foam. Toasty, slightly smoky aroma of dark chocolate & coffee w/ an earthy, meatiness. Full-bodied, slightly chewy feel. Flavour shows roastiness, dark chocolate, coffee (espresso) w/ a very mild, appetizing sourness.

3.6
Kevin (2199) - Montana, USA - MAY 2, 2006
light see through black with a minimal head. sweet nose of light roast. a bit of roast and coffee with a sugar sweetness taste. light chocolate in the finish.

3.5
Sammy (12210) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 13, 2004
Appearance from likely generous American at Doug Shoemaker Party. Very sweet with chocolate malts and who knows what to sweeten the smoke, but also bitterness at the finish.

3.5
qdog (201) - Cleveland, Mississippi, USA - JAN 30, 2005
Toronto Christmas ’04, Growler, dark brown, nice beige head, minimal lacing, aroma is smoky and coffee, nice taste of chocolate, coffee malt, leaves aftertaste of fruit, slightly thin.

3.5
JK (6162) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - NOV 29, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2007 Shared by Skyview. A good schwarzbier. Simple but good roasted aroma. Flavor is like an oatmeal stout, with the roasted flavor the dominant character. Rich malt, and oak in the aftertaste.

3.4
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 22, 2004
Doug’s, Christmas 2004. Dark brown colour, nice tan head. Sour coffee aroma. The taste is nice than the smell - reminded me of a sour old style porter with slight coffee notes. A little watery. Not bad.

3.4
tennisjoel (1460) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - DEC 1, 2007
Beer tasting at Cellars Lex/Larpenteur. Thanks Bob (Skyview) for this treat! Roasty notes and a nice flavor here. Unfortunately the sample was served too cold and from a growler it was undercarbonated, which lessened the experience. I think this would be a nice beer with the right conditions. Glad I was able to sample.

3.3
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - DEC 12, 2004
Growler at DougShoemaker’s. Considering that this spent considerable time out of the keg this was a pretty decent beer. Deep black color with a light brown head. Coffee aromas. Slightly bitter. Light to medium bodied. Flavors were coffee and roasted malt.

3.3
rudolf (2360) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 12, 2004
Thanks to whoever brought this to the Toronto Christmas Party ’04. Admittedly older growler but still in great shape. Very dark mahogony, nice tan head. Nose is smoky, dark roasted malts. Rich smoky bitterness, chocolaty finish.

2.7
jercraigs (10374) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 12, 2004
Pours a dark black body, big fluffy beige head. Touch of sourness hops and dark malt in the aroma. Roasty, slightly dry astringent (?) sour bitterness and some malt. Average palate, touch light. Growler @ Toronto Christmas Party 2004.


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