McWorta (1595) - LUXEMBOURG - JUL 27, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 10, 2015 Mahagony brown ruby-black colour with a light tan head. Aromas of subtle roast nalt, bitter chocolate and coffee traces. Tangy, savoury and delicate. Mouthwatering dry bitter roasted malts. Starts off a bit bitter and develops some sweetness but which is quickly overlayed by more yet subtle malty bitterness. This is making it all pretty well balanced. Bit thin and touches of oliyness. Got a dryness to it and leaves a mouth watering finish. This is simple and simply ace! A beer for all occasions from important ones to not so important ones. Goes good with many foods as well and can be used for cooking. Versatile and very enjoyable.
BigBen2120 (688) - Derry, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 5, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
11.2oz green bottle from The Lighthouse in Manchester. Pours a dark copper brown with ruby-red highlights and a thin light tan head. Smells strongly of caramel with coffee and chocolate playing strong supporting roles. Tastes very roasty with chocolate and coffee at the fore. Caramel and hints of continental hops are also present. Flavors are a bit more subtle than expected but mesh rather well. On the lighter side of medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. Not the most robust Schwarzbier I’ve tried, but there’s nothing wrong with this one. It’s tasty and very drinkable. A solid Schwarzbier.
legion242 (2344) - Richardson, Texas, USA - FEB 2, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep ruby color; Thick and rocky head; Good dry Saaz hops mixed with coffee in the aroma. I liked this beer much more then any of the other raters. Very cool little bottle that it comes in. Very full mouthfeel. Chocolate malt/ clean and crisp finish. Very tight. Bubbly mouthfeel. I think this is a fine example of the style.
haukur (1878) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - JAN 29, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottled at home in Hannover ; aroma is faint, of nuts, hops and malt, maybe the strongest hint is roasted malt, compared with some nuts. Taste is more complex than I expected, the same dunkel character is in any other brew of this style but with a stronger palate and complexity. Again roasted malt is obvious. Nice brew and surprising
BrotherBenny (9) - Alabama, USA - JAN 13, 2009 does not count
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from an Einbecker Schwartzbier bottle, very dark brown with ruby highlights when held to a bright light. A beautiful beer in presentation, the bouquet of malt aromas as well as the complex flavors brought about by the grain bill, hops and underlying water chemistry. Bitter but not harsh, roasted or toasty but not scorched. The body overall closely matches the flavor and aroma so no expectations are lost although the body could be a little beefier and not hurt this beer. The DMS and honey (minor) that was picked up on tasting this beer could easily be from storage of this one year old beer. An excellent example of the style and well worth seeking out.
SanfordBrewer (1528) - Sanford, Florida, USA - DEC 3, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2012 Translucent mahogany, thin beige head, smooth medium body, medium-high carbonation.
Aroma: caramel malt, herbal lemon hop bitterness, fruity, and some dark astringent malt.
Taste: nutmeg, roast malt, lemony leafy hops, and a touch of minerality.
Aroma is briming with sweet caramel malt and rich bready goodness.
Taste leads with caramel malt and follows with roasted grain. Some fruity yeast and alcohol esters add a little complexity. There is a subtle note of blackened malt as well. Finish is mostly sweet, but has a bit of grain-husk dryness.
Inbreak (5160) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - SEP 1, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Old rating rerated 29.07.2014, 0,33l bottle @ Artemis, Celle:
Big creamy mediumlasting head. Aroma is slightly rich and sweet, caramel malts, nuts, "knekk", hay, grass, hops, hints of chocolate. Taste is slightly dry roasted, caramel malts, hay, burnt caramel, soy sauce, coffee, grass hops. Medium bitterness, slightly dry mouthfeel. Nice.
Bill Becker (908) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - OCT 5, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
It pours a very dark brown with reddish hues shining through.
Roasted malt in the smell along with a distinct hoppy bitterness.
Roasted malt bitterness up front with a biscuit malt and grain kick backing that up.
Light bodied with medium carbonation.
A very good Schwarzbier.
PsychoGunnar (200) - Bergen, NORWAY - OCT 12, 2014
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark lager with thick, creamy foam. Feels like silk on the tongue until a bitter brussel sprouts/ruccola-like aftertaste kicks in. The main taste is creamy, soft and sweet, in the middle between pilseners and red ales.
superspak (5129) - Michigan, USA - APR 12, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
330 ml bottle into lager glass, no bottle dating. Pours crystal clear deep ruby red/brownish color with a 1 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of caramel, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, nuttiness, light cocoa/coffee, herbal, light pepper, and roast/toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt and light earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of caramel, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, nuttiness, light cocoa/coffee, herbal, light pepper, and roast/toasted earthiness. Light herbal/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, nuttiness, light cocoa/coffee, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and light earthy hop flavors; with a great roast/hop bitter/sweet balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from hop/roast notes as well. Very clean on lager flavors with zero yeast notes present. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready, and slightly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 4.9%. Overall this is a very nice Munich dunkel style. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and light earthy hop flavors; and very smooth, clean, and easy to drink. A very enjoyable offering.