RATINGS: 543   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45/5   IBU: 32   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
Robust and smooth, this full-flavored lager is exceptionably drinkable and pitch black in color.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JDBaker11058 (2008) - Maryland, USA - OCT 8, 2012
Appearance: near black, (ruby highlights when held to the light) with two-fingers of creamy light tan head shrinking to a thick collar and leaving generous lace rings. Aroma: dark chocolate, cacao, coffee, pumpernickel, a hint of smoke. Taste: predominantly bitter dark chocolate, a bit of roast coffee beans, slightly burnt toast, mellow, earthy hops. Finish: smooth, clean, with lingering dark malts balancing against earthy hops. Notes: A written description cannot do this beer justice. Simply the best schwarzbier Ive ever had, better than traditional German versions, better than any American attempt. Beautiful pour, attractive nose, delicious, balanced flavors, creamy-but-refreshingly-drinkable palate, and a sessionable 4% abv. Near perfect. Im very sad that I only grabbed a single bottle, and will be on the lookout for more.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
john44 (1334) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 3, 2017
Bottle. Bottled July 2012; BBE undated; Drank Dec 2012 - Opaque Black in colour. Malty; roast malts, dark chocolate, coffee, caramel and smoke, hint of nuts. Hoppy; lightly bitter earthy hops. Bittersweet roast malty throughout. Dry roast finish. Very drinkable. Decent. (2012-12-28)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Braastad (459) - FINLAND - DEC 31, 2016
Black color with small foamy head. Aroma has roasted malts. Flavor is roasted and sweet with dried fruit Little bland.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RexTalionis (3608) - FINLAND - DEC 30, 2016
Bottle. Black in color with a tan head. Roasted malts, dark chocolate and slightly burnt bready notes in aroma. Quite dry mouthfeel. Dark bready maltyness, some sweetness and chocolatey notes in taste. Soft and smooth with nice, slightly burnt flavors in the end.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
OnTheTrail (416) - Virginia, USA - DEC 29, 2016
Pours black, big brown head. Aromantic of toast, toffee, dark fruit. Taste has an interesting bitterness over the sweet malt and a dark fruitiness, some coffee. Mouthful is light.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
FatPhil (14896) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - DEC 26, 2016
355ml bottle (Pien, Helsinki)
Pleasant sweetish roasty aroma, a bit of burnt toast, but saying more dunkel than schwarz. Dar red, brief tan head. Thinnish palate, some burnt dryness. Some lactic aspect, also some hop pungency, but these things are fleet, and non-reproduceable. Bit messy. Dullish cerne, Id prefer almost any czech one, but certainly drinkable. (And now I imagine Beer House Dunkles, from just round the corner, which nukes even the czech ones off the map.)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Marduk (6765) - Reval, ESTONIA - DEC 26, 2016
355ml bottle (thanks FatPhil). Very dark brown, chestnut color. Medium size, beige-brownish head, stays. Nutty, sweet, roast, caramel, bit buttery in aroma. Roast, old wet carpet, nutty, husky, grainy in taste. Sharp, large bubble type of carbonation. Nutty, barley roast in aftertaste. Oily / buttery mouthfeel. Solid brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ThirstyBird (2676) - Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 18, 2016
Can from my old buddy Brian. Pours a super dark cola color with a tan head. The smell is roasted dark malt, some molasses, coffee. The taste is as it smells with some dark fruit lingering as well then a dry roasty ending. The body is light with about average carbonation. Pretty decent overall and at 4% its a sessionable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ogre71 (332) - Utah, USA - DEC 11, 2016
Not a big fan of dark beers. But this one was very drinkable. Lots of malty sweetness smooth easy drinking. Would recommend.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ozzy70 (925) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - NOV 27, 2016
12 oz. can. Pour was black with a off white head. Aroma was sweet coffee, roasted malts. Taste was sweeter, fresh coffee, chocolate, malty, roasted grain.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ordybill (1519) - Douglasville, Georgia, USA - NOV 8, 2016
Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass at the Taco Mac in Atlanta, GA. The appearance is a pitch black color with a medium sized tan head. The aroma is chocolate and coffee. The taste matches the nose. An excellent beer.

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