anders37 (26641) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 26, 2010
Bottle. Pours a dark reddish/brown almost black color with a small off-white head. Has a sweetish malty grainy bready chocolate aroma. Slightly roasted malty bready chocolate flavor with some hints of caramel. Has a roasted malty bready caramel finish with hints of chocolate in the aftertaste. riversideAK (6261) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - DEC 19, 2009
Nose of coffee and roast with a hint of sweet/bitterness as well. Pours cola brown, thin ring on top. Coffee and roast, some dark fruity malts, some earthy bitterness, dry bready malts as well. Roasted malts linger, but clean out eventually due to lager status. Medium carbonation, drinkable, but stronger than most schwarz I am used to. drewbeerme (3920) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 11, 2009
Bottle, pours reddish brown with off white head. Nose grainy, malty, flavor has mild roast and sweet biscuity notes. Clean finish, thin body. HonkeyBra (4044) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - DEC 5, 2009
Dark brown pour with little head. Aroma of chocolate, light roasted malt. Flavor is chocolaty and bitter, a bit of coffee. Mouthfeel is a bit watery, but the flavor more than makes up for it. Nice carbonation. Good to see chicago breweries being awesome. holdenn (2116) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 22, 2009
On tap at the Hopleaf. They had the alcohol listed as 7.9% Pours a brown black with a beige head. I wasn’t expecting too much here, as most schwarzbiers end up disappointing. Touch of roasted malts, nuts, brown sugar, and bakers chocolate. Flavors were similar with herbal hops that give it a fresh bite. This is what I want most schwarzbiers to taste like. I think I’m underestimating this brewery too much based on a few bad batches of over ale, everything else has been surprisingly solid. The hops that are subtle but tasty can be quickly lost in a short amount of time with their brews. That said, pick up a bottle of this soon.
nbutler11 (1267) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - NOV 21, 2009
Bomber from Sams/Binnys in Clybourn. Pours a dark shade of amber with a creamy tan head. Smells of toasted malt and licorice. Tastes of further malt, faint hops, baker’s cocoa, caramel, and vanilla. Are these house characteristics? Nice. User29624 (1683) - - NOV 15, 2009
22 oz bottle of this that I picked up @ Binny’s next to Goose. Pours dark brown with tan head. Aroma of roast with slight hops. Roasted malt with chocolate flavor, decent brew. I still need to get to their place. satan165 (1020) - River Grove, Illinois, USA - NOV 14, 2009
aroma is of licorice, light java and general roast. appearance is opaque center with caramelized edges. flavor is of licorice, strong vanilla that even overwhelms the present cocoa. touch of bitterness lingers on the center of the palate. lightly oily mouthfeel. pleasant beer with very well hidden ABV. 17thfloor (2443) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 12, 2009
22oz bottle. Pours a clear but very dark reddish dark brown with a medium foamy slightly creamy beige head. Aroma is fruity, lager yeast, some cookie dough, light roast, hint of hops, smells somewhat English. Flavor follows, off-dry, weird mix of cookie dough, fruity sweetness, bit of ashy roast, quicker finish leaving some ashiness behind with a vacant aftertaste. Doesn’t seem like 7%. Actually, as I drink the alcohol numbs the flavors a bit. Medium bodied, glassy, larger carbonation, thin feeling. NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 30, 2009
Draft at Half Acre. Pours a deep brown/black, fairly clarified. Nose is roasty and pretty clean with some nice herbal noble hops present. On taste, rich and roasty with a chocolate backing and noticable bitterness from hops, though not much hop flavor. Pretty decent Schwarzbier. Nice.