tfontana (1134) - Fremont, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 21, 2016
Bottle pour into pint glass from Friar Tuck. Appearance is dark brown, almost opaque black, with active sparkle at sides of glass, 1/2 finger-width light brown creamy head, with fair retention. Aroma is anise, roasted malt, European hops, toffee. Taste is roasted malt just shy of ash, balance between sweet and bitter. Palate is medium bodied with light, frothy texture, foamy average carbonation, with mild rye noticeable with roasted/ashy dry finish. Overall, enjoyable with the roast going a little too far to the ashy side. theisti (4206) - Kansas, USA - MAY 5, 2016
12 oz bottle purchased as part of a mix a six from Friar Tuck in O’Fallon, Missouri. The date is laser printed just below the cap though was difficult to read, 044 maybe? The pour is a dark brown with a bit of Burgundy and a one inch khaki head that falls slow with big carbonation bubbles. The aroma is soft roast along with some spice rye. The taste is clean Schwarzbier flavor, with toast roast and the rye spice carrying the finish. The palate is medium bodied with soft carbonation with mineral roast and soft char in the finish. Residual rye. Nice one, well made. wlajwl (7076) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - FEB 15, 2016
Aroma is dark malts, light coffee and a hint of rye. The flavor is dark malts, coffee, chocolate, mild fruit and spicy rye in the finish. AbbeyRoade (562) - Missouri, USA - FEB 9, 2016
Very smooth with nice foam head. Dark beer with good mix of carbonation and mild dark chocolate cereal notes. Crisp on the palate. Excellent refresher. vyvvy (6739) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 29, 2016
The beer pours brown with a tan head. The aroma has some chocolate, rye spice, lager smoothness and kinda crisp. It has a medium crisp body with a modest amount of carbonation. The flavor starts with smooth roasty malt, rye spice, crackers and pepper. The finish is clean and dry. Very nice.
csaso (2322) - Missouri, USA - JAN 21, 2016
Bottle - big tan thick head, very dark brown/almost black color, big roasty and mildly smokey malt aroma and flavor, some mild sweet chocolate helps balance it out a little, pretty smooth finish, pretty good overall
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An interesting take on a German Schwartzbier, this one had prominent roast and chocolate flavors with spicy rye sprinkled throughout the aroma and flavor. Poured dark clear brown with reddish highlights. Well balanced with a very clean malty profile. Nice spicy rye finish with some residual smokiness. Bif (2348) - St. Charles, Missouri, USA - SEP 18, 2015
Bottle. Pours a deep brown color with a thick tan head and some lacing. Aroma of roasted malt, rye grain and dark chocolate. Taste follows with roasted malt dark chocolate and grain. Subtle bitterness and a dry finish. Medium body, smooth and creamy with a robust feel. Enjoyable beer that goes down easy. Frank (4236) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 7, 2015
I’d probably call this a porter if you you didn’t tell me otherwise but I suppose that is reasonable given the style. This is a dark brown beer w/ a foamy and long-lasting head. It’s got a nice, mild roast character to the nose w/ a bit of dark chocolate as well. This has a nice creamy but fairly light texture and just a bit of a bitter bite to round things out in the finish. This is a really tasty dark beer and I can see myself getting a couple sixers of this over the course of the fall. JPDIPSO (6287) - Wauwatosa, USA - AUG 24, 2015
Dark brown with a taller, slowly diminishing dark tan head and just a small amount of lace. Very dry smelling with lightly roasted malt and a bit of cacao nibs. Dry and somewhat nutty. A bit of rye flavor and spice detected. A slight amount of the feel characteristics are present. A Schwartz with a bit more depth and character. Finish is clean with hints of spice and roasted malts in the linger.