RATINGS: 16   MEAN: 3.12/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.02/5   ABV: -
Old world German style Munich Helles Lager. A smooth, perfectly balanced, deep golden lager brewed with Munich and Vienna malts, Saaz and Hallertau Hops. A tribute to the original Black Forest Lager which was brewed in Cleveland, Ohio in 1887 through the late 1940s.

Note: Brewed by Crooked River until the eary 2000s, brewing started again at Black Box Brewing in 2010.

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   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
TheOrange (479) - Kent, Ohio, USA - APR 22, 2012
In a crooked River Sampler Pack from the holiday season. The beer pours orange hued with a about half inch of white-ish head. The aroma is like a sweet wine. The pears, is realy what I smell the most. The beer is very light, sweet. There is an almost sour note in there that makes the whole beer a beer I dont think I will look for in the future. The flavor is simple, sweet, not much in the way of hops. Very fruity.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
uvajed (184) - Ravenna, Ohio, USA - MAR 29, 2012
I thought the Crooked River name was dead, and now I find this beer brewed (under contract) right in the Cleveland area, as it should be! Pours slightly cloudy, nice color, small creamy head. Caramel malt defines the flavor profile, which has a little sweetness and a very good, mildly hoppy finish. Tasty! Now I must see what else Black Box Brewing can do.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Tmoney99 (14203) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 4, 2011
Draft sample. Poured clear dark pale color with an average frothy white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Medium balancecd floral aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium balanced sweet flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of short to moderate duration. Soft drinkable beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dogbrick (12633) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 7, 2011
Sample at Ale Wine & Spirits in Powell on 09/02/2011. This beer is a slightly cloudy orange-amber color with a medium thin white head that recedes steadily. Top ring of lacing on the glass with spots underneath. Aroma of bready malt, caramel and hops. Medium body with flavors of sweet malt and caramel, mildly spicy hops and toasted bread. The finish is lightly hoppy and short. Just average overall.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pottygok (548) - Ohio, USA - APR 14, 2011
Aroma: Lots of bread malts with hints of hoppiness underneath. Appearance: Clear dark gold with a thick white head. Taste: Medium sweetness, all the way through. Palate: Medium-Light body, creamy texture, soft carbonation, minimal finish. Overall: Its a quaffable brew, and certainly something that I could see served at a cookout, but its very one dimensional and Im not blown away at all.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
hypn0toad (267) - Maryland, USA - FEB 13, 2011
I like black forest ham, and respect cleveland, but dont like this beer as much. Its okay but not great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
scottw86 (1175) - Maryland, USA - JAN 22, 2011
Poured a slightly orange amber with a thin white head. Aroma has some sweet cherries with caramel malts. There are some interesting slightly sweet fruity notes as well. The taste is a little bit skunky, and it stays in the aftertaste as well. The balance is a little bit off I think but overall its drinkable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Brigadier (3635) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - OCT 19, 2010
12 oz bottle
Another single from a local brewery which just reopened this seemed like a good introduction to what else they could do. I may eventually get around to some of the other beers in time. For now I have a large number of other things to get to so it might be a while. If they are anything like this I wont feel much regret. This isnt bad but at the same time it is not great.

Aroma / Appearance - Semi-opaque and bubbly the carbonated brown body developed a weak head which soon faded away. Left behind was a nose of waxy chocolate, malt balls, light flavors, and hints of noble hops. It smells like a black forest cake converted to liquid form.

Flavor / Palate - Malt and black cherry mix in a relatively mundane blend. Lingering warm hops give it some character. Ultimately though this is unremarkable and plain. There are no huge flaws but it plays it so safe that anything would be more interesting. Right now I would drink many of the Mad Brewer and Rocky River offerings before these.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nephilium (1782) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - APR 27, 2010
Slight caramel and roast aroma. Pours a clear amber, with a small cap of head. Very drinkable beer, slight sweet flavor with a good roast character in the back end. Glad to have this beer back...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BlackForestCO (978) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - MAR 5, 2010
Bottle from miketd, thanks man! Poured a clear golden-copper color with a 3/4 inch, fluffy off-white head that slowly settled to a layer. Sweet, malty aroma with some light caramel, vanilla, a faint hoppiness, and some light alcohol. Smooth, sweet entry with a moderate caramel and toasted grain sweetness that transitions into a lightly bitter, oxidized hoppiness with a light sour twang on the finish. Low carbonation and smooth, full mouth feel. From the looks of it, this beer is really old. Thats ok, because it is bad ass either way. Just look at the name. Thanks again Mike!

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