rudolf (2360) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 15, 2006
On tap @ Cole’s. Slight brown light shines throughh, nice tan head. Nose is dry roasty malt, maybe some chocolate. Flavor is amazing - cocoa, very slight burnt but still sweet maltiness. Some cherry in the slightly caramel finish. Amazing body - light but not too thin. Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 23, 2008
Pour is ruby amber/brown with a thin tan head...toasty sweet caramel aroma...some chocolatey molasses flavor things going on...nice malty toasty flavos throughout... sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 31, 2007
On tap @ the Brew pub: Pours a dark brown with a light tan head. Aroma, dark fruits, roasted malts, burnt notes. Flavor, roasty, wheat, dark fruits, and some earthy notes. Pretty solid. hopscotch (11420) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 18, 2008
Draft... DLD’08... Very dark (almost black), clear ruby red with a large, frothy, white head. Creamy, tight retention. A merger of cocoa, vanilla and cinnamon comprise the aroma. Medium-bodied with a skim-milk mouthfeel and bristly carbonation. Well-balanced, nicely roasted and very drinkable. Good bitterness prevents overwhelming sweetness. Roasty, nutty finish. HogTownHarry (7085) - Toronto (Harbourfront), CANADA - OCT 4, 2006
Draught. At Cole’s in Buffalo NY, shared with blankboy. Mostly opaque reddish-black with an average beige creamy head. Very dry and bitter aroma, nutshells, coffee grounds, baker’s chocolate and bitter hops. Tastes the same, but the bitterness is ameliorated some by hints of raisins and vanilla - it finishes surprisingly quick, nice balance (no cola taste here). I was impressed with the solid body, for a schwartzbier, lightly astringent, mildly carbonated and no aftertaste - really one of the best of the style I’ve ever had, really malty and not too sweet at all like most seem to be.
ElGaucho (2401) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - OCT 22, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 10, 2007 9/10/07 re-rate. On draught at Rayboy01’s Cajun Fais Do Do. Dry at 1st whiff; settles down. Dark, mostly opaque creamy tan head. Some lace. Nice Schwarz; moderate sweetness. Low carbonation. Subdued flavor. Very nice flavorful and drinkable beer. I kept the old ratings since this was the 1st beer of the night and I was parched. Ar 7, Ap 4, Fl 8, Pal 5, Ov 16. 10/22/06: Draught at brewpub. Not much aroma. Dry and malty. Excellent lace. Very nice brew; roasted malt with some sweetness and hop undertones. Rivals Hereford and Hops’ Schwazbier, which I think may be slightly better. Enjoyable. Underrated. Proof? Gold medal at the 2006 GABF. swoopjones (7020) - Buffalo, New York, USA - OCT 24, 2006
On tap @ Coles. Buffalo, NY. My 1st Schwarzbier that I can remember & a pretty enjoyable one @ that. Medium bodied easy to drink beer. Good one to start with : Gold medal @ GABF MoDog (928) - Griffith, Indiana, USA - SEP 8, 2007
On tap at Flossmoor Station, and served in a shaker. This beer poured a dark black with a thin, quickly fading, light grayish/tan head. Very little lace was left behind. The aroma of the beer was made up of cocoa, light roasted malts, and also some light yeast. The flavor was mainly light roasted malts, with some caramel and chocolate at the finish. The mouthfeel was medium-bodied with minimal carbonation. Another winner from Flossmoor. illinismitty (2377) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 6, 2007
Draft at Radio Maria in Champaign, IL. Pours black with a nice thick tan head. Faint aroma of dry roast and lager yeast. Initial flavor of dark caramel that transitions to dry roasty middle, with some accents of chocolate and nuts. This an interesting take on a Schwarzbier. Sort of like brown lager/ dry stout blend.