RATINGS: 152   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38/5   IBU: 18   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A German-style black lager. Hints of caramel and coffee blend in this light to medium dark lager. Do not let the color fool you, this beer goes down very easy. May the schwartz be with you!

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3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
eRock_2013 (457) - South Carolina, USA - FEB 21, 2017
UPDATED: MAY 19, 2017 Sampled this under the label "Black Lager" at the Columbia World of Beer Festival 2017, appears to be one-and-the-same beer based on the label art and description. Regardless, I was excited to try another Devils Backbone brew, and I was quite pleased with their classic rendition of this style. On tap, this poured a simple dark brown, with a toasty dark malt aroma. Toastiness proceeds to a warmer roastiness in the flavor, which is dark chocolate and coffee malt. Some roasty bitterness present from the dark chocolate notes. Smooth with a medium body, would be very drinkable i imagine, with a simple clean finish of milk chocolate. True to the style as it doesnt have much hops to speak of and relies entirely on a complex malty profile to distinguish itself, and succeeds in doing so! Would love to have a full pint of this some day.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
brownaler (634) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - FEB 7, 2017
Has a syrupy coca flavor with ground coffee like malt. Finish is a bit milky.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Panzuriel (2138) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - FEB 3, 2017
Appearance: Medium to darker brown. Finger of tan foam. Nose: Sweeter roasted caramel malt. Touches of roasted nuts and wheat toast Taste: medium bittersweet caramel malt. Touch earthy, touch roasty. Finishes cleanly Body: Thinner with soft carbonation Parting thoughts: A pretty decent example of the style. Nice find.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
woodychevy (874) - - DEC 9, 2016
Shared bottle. Decent. Great style- a lighter bodied and less sweet dark beer. Medium bodied. Notes of chocolate, coffee, caramel but with the crisp finish and bitterness of a lager. Perfect fall-ish beer. Thoroughly enjoyed this one.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tmongoose (2475) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - NOV 26, 2016
draft that poured a medium brown the aroma had hints of coffee and caramel in this lager. nice body and flavor throughout. very surprised at how good this one was. body was mild to med easy to drink and good flavor start to finish.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TEJA (2972) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 13, 2016
Sampled at SBWF 2016. Nice roaste malty aroma. Fine roasted malty taste with a bit too sweet finnish. Medium bitterness and a good body.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
njnut (486) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - NOV 2, 2016
Poured a dark brown with off white head that quickly disappeared to the glass edges. Aroma of lite milked coffee, some chocolate and caramel. Taste was Med roast coffee, coca, the coca gaining in strength in the finish to aftertaste. Also seems to get a bit of a bitter ting in the finish as it warms.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
olsvammel (7139) - rebro, SWEDEN - OCT 7, 2016
Sample at SBWF 2016. Dark malty and bready smell with a light farty aroma. Similar taste. Light toasted and roasted.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
fluffy (2472) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - SEP 29, 2016
this is a very well done schwarbier if ever ive had one. i really like this one a lot, dont care who owns it.

2.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
ChadPolenz (1787) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - AUG 17, 2016
2015 BJCP Category: 8B Schwarzbier

AROMA: Dark roasty malt; slight coffee notes. Clean yeast character. 10/12

APPEARANCE: Dark brown with ruby highlights. Mostly clear, visible steady CO2. Average tan foam. 2/3

FLAVOR: Moderate dark malt flavor, though not especially sweet. Dry bitterness throughout; slight burnt toast flavor. A bit of a musty background note. Husky grain flavor with astringent aftertaste. 11/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium light body; moderate to low CO2. Smooth, but not refreshing. 3/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Unimpressive, below average black lager. Probably an old bottle. 4/10

TOTAL SCORE: 28/50

DISCLAIMER: The author is not a certified BJCP judge; therefore, this score sheet is not necessarily indicative of proper BJCP judging techniques and protocol. The author is grading to 2015 BJCP Guidelines in order to prepare for examination.


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