Thorpe429 (5035) - , Illinois, USA - APR 21, 2011
On tap at the Clybourn location.
Pours a very dark brown color, bordering on black. Pretty good tan head that recedes somewhat quickly and leaves a bit of a cap. The nose brings quite a bit of roasted character as well as some slight smoke and peaty characteristics. Light chocolate there as well. The taste is slightly roasted with a bit of smoke. Well done, but a bit plain and doesn’t stand out among its peers. Good body with a nice amount of roast. Drank quite well in the end and was nice on a cool December afternoon.
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 01-02-2011 deyholla (11605) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 10, 2011
Sampled from the tap at the Clybourn location. Poured dark brown with a smokey white head that dissipated slowly to the edges. Aroma was smokey with roasted malts, biscuit and earthy grains backing. Flavor had smoked and roasted notes with a bit of a thin finish. pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 8, 2011
Sampled at goose cly... Pours a deep dark toffee brown with deeper brown hues and a thin light beige head... Somewhat smokey and pre-dominantly roasty aroma, chocolate notes in the background... More roasty than smoke in the flavor with an adequately chocolate malt backbone. Thin to medium mouthfeel with average carbonation... Liked the aroma most. troyc (2869) - Illinois, USA - DEC 21, 2010
[Tap] Pours an opaque black color with a small amount of brown head. Aroma of cocoa powder, vanilla and roasted dark malts. Some coffee along with charred malt and astringent grainy taste. Light chocolate lingers in the finish. Mouthfeel was a bit chalky, but the palate was pretty decent. Easy to drink and well made. TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - NOV 26, 2010
Draft at the brewpub (Chicago, IL). Pours roasty blackish hue with brownish bottom, lighter, near opaque, but the bottom is murky, a decent khaki head that dies to a small film, laces ok. Aromas are riasted malts, biscuits, aa touch of anise, vanilla, coffee. Pretty big bite of toasty biscuits. Initial is lighter bodied, some decent toasty bread, toasted biscuits, touches of roasted malts, cocoa, smoothed on vanilla, creaminess. Aa bit harsh, touches of roasty grains really stick to the palate, burnt toast, cocoa, coffee. Very nice, I get a weird anise vibe jumping in and out lightly, that I’m not a huge fan of. But overall, it’s a tasty light bodied roasty lager, with touches of cocoa, anise, and vanilla, some coffee, and a lot of toast and biscuits. Mild bitterness, really tries to emphasize it’s roast despite it’s light body
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 1, 2010
Brown-black in color, she sports slivers of amber and garnet when held up to light while soft khakis adorn her head. No lace, though she does have a lingering penchant for khaki fluff. Her nose is a pleasant mix of coffee, licorice, prunes, burnt wood, caramel, bakers chocolate, and raisins. There is an afterthought of smoke in her roasty banquet which is just the way I like my Schwarze beers: roasty, dark, dry, and replete with burnt sweetness. Wasting no time at all, I dive thirstily into her awaiting depths to discover a medium-light body. Immediately roasty and smoky, her finish is bitter with coffee and espresso crema which also highlights burnt caramel sweetness. Bakers chocolate and dry European chocolates permeate her palate while dark fruits are found lounging in the middle with plums, raisins, and prunes. Wood crackles in the fireplace while toast browns in the oven, and I am right back where I started. Quaff and repeat. Amazing sessionability along with great flavors that both quench my thirst and induce it. A solid Schwarzbier from Goose Island Clybourn. BVery (10510) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - DEC 28, 2009
Tap. Dark brown-to-black pour. Malty / roasty nose. Taste is mild roast, a little sweetness, and somewhat dry. Decent brew. JoeMcPhee (9427) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 13, 2009
Tap at the Clybourne location. Deep black/brown pour. Nose is lightly roasty with some unusual sort of vegetal character. A little bit of cocoa and a bit of earthiness. Sort of an herbal root beer/cola sort of flavour. Quite unusual. It’s not bad, but it’s nothing to write home about either. NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 11, 2009
Draft at Clybourn. Pours a deep chestnut/black. Nose is rich, slightly burnt and roasty. Taste is very close to a porter, though a little lighter bodied and cleaner. Nice roastiness to it without the acrid notes. Finish is clean and dry. Nice example. Block (2727) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - AUG 30, 2009
Tap from Goose Island pub in Wrigleyville. Dark brown to black pour with minimal tan head. A nice balance between roasted and pale malts make this beer easy to drink, dark and not too heavy.