RATINGS: 90   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 38   EST. CALORIES: 228   ABV: 7.6%
We have taken the traditional Schwarzbier, intended to be a "session beer" with typically moderate alcohol, and almost doubled its strength to 7.6% alcohol by volume. We brewed our version with a fine balance of crystal and roasted malts and spiced it with noble hops. We fermented 5 O’Clock Shadow at cold temperatures with a select German lager yeast and cold-conditioned it for over four months to create a velvety smooth, easy-drinking springtime brew.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jamesthebrit (421) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 1, 2013
My first beer that I aged in a cellar.... Bottled Jan 2012, so... about 1.25 years old. Poured into a tulip... A: For what this is, the beer looks amazing. Pitch black, somewhat thick. Head is tan and creamy. Great lacing. Best looking lager I have ever seen. S: Pretty complex on the smell which, again, for the style is impressive. Roasty, acidic, a tinge of sour, malt. Pretty much no hops. Chocolate... citrus. T: Tastes pretty amazing. The difference in flavor notes between the acidity and the roast is interesting. A yeasty note as well. Finish is very lager like being extremely clean. Alcohol cuts though a bit. Drinks a lot like a porter. P: Sits pretty smooth but the alcohol begins to cut through as does the acidity. A little light on the mouthfeel. Overall this is a pretty amazing beer and hopefully a success at cellaring. I was only able to get one bottle so I guess I’ll never know. Otherwise as this is, for a lager this beer is killer. Great flavor notes. Very complex. Great finish. Only a couple downfalls being the acidity that cuts though and the alcohol is a bit excessive. Otherwise a very impressive beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BlackBeerPG (534) - Darien, Illinois, USA - NOV 28, 2016
Taste: deep roasted malts, chocolate, big peppery finish with complex hops throughout. Robust solid spiced nose. Brownish Black in color, mostly clear, Nice foamy head and webbed lace. Full body. Tasty Black Lager with some hops to balance to malty backbone.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beerandhockey8 (386) - Three Forks, Montana, USA - OCT 10, 2016
Pour is a nice black, thick tan head. Nose is malty, dry, dark fruit. Taste is medium bodied, bitter. Silky finish, nice beer

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Enwiebe (317) - - JUL 28, 2016
7/28/16. Bomber from early 2015. Pours black mahogany with a large tan head. Nose and mouth dominated by very dark roasted notes. Mouth has more of a tang than bitterness. Definitely could have used even more aging to continue to develop its depth. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nealblind (1811) - Seattle, Alabama, USA - MAR 31, 2016
dark brown long lasting cream head. aroma wheat smoke chocolate, wood. Tastes smoke wood, caramel, cocoa power. silky mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
onceblind (8920) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 10, 2016
2012 verson, aged 4, maybe 4.5 years. Black pour with a thin khaki head. Meaty licorice and dry cocoa on the nose, smokey roast, and something like clove. Big full flavor with some gentle smoke, gentle roasted cocoa, a touch of licorice, and finishes semi dry with some dark cocoa and light smoke.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
asedzie (819) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 27, 2015
Bottle. Pours black with beige head. Nose has spice, herbs, a yeasty edge, just a touch of roasted malt. Flavor is deep and rich - predominantly cocoa, some roasted nuts, with a pleasant residual sugar sweetness in the finish. Just a bit of palate cleansing bitter lager hops in the aftertaste. Great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nickd717 (4557) - Sofia, BULGARIA - DEC 21, 2015
750ml bottle, all fancy-like. Pours darkest brown with garnet hues when held up to the light. The motherf***ing head is tan, enormous, and never goes away, like a jacked up Jersey Shore guido such as myself. Deal with it, bro. The aroma is nice, toasty with spicy, peppery noble hops. Somewhat sweet flavor with a touch of sugar coming through alongside the roast, ash, and bitter coffee. Dry and bitter finish. Medium-plus body with a dry and carbonated feel. Deece.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
commonshawn (1174) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 13, 2015
Tap at bulldog ne. Nearly black with frothy white head. Malty toffee nose. Coffee, toffee, high malt. Creamy and thick. Small hop bite and bitterness. High alcohol taste. Full beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
hayduke (5138) - Eureka, California, USA - NOV 8, 2015
Sampled at GABF 2015. Ib the tasting glass this was black with a tan head. Nose of roasted malts with chocolate and coffee. Touch of citrus. Medium body. Flavor has the chocolate and coffee but some smoke as well Finishes bitter but not too bitter. Very good

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JohnGalt1 (1721) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 26, 2015
pours deep dark walnut brown.... when held to a light the stem end of my glass glows a deep ruby.... Dark tan head sticks around for a bit leaving nice drapes of crusty lacing. The nose is roasty.... a bit coffee like... some dark toast is rounded out by hints of malty sweetness.... smells pretty clean. Flavor mirrors the aromas.... very clean... no fruity esters... just nice malty goodness. The body is a solid medium... carbonation is good small bubble... everpresent. Interesting brew... I would drink it sooner than later... I doubt cellaring will do anything to help an already fresh clean brew.

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