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RATINGS: 60   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 138   ABV: 4.6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
We recently changed this recipe to drop the smoked malt component to 5% from 8%, and like it even better than the last version. We think we’re back in real Schwarzbier territory now, especially after reading more about the dark beers of old Eastern Europe. The beer’s aroma is malty/espresso, with a hint of smoke. On the palate, malt, chocolate and espresso flavors take center stage, along with a hint of smoke. The sweet smokiness just offsets the more bitter/roasty notes, producing a smooth, rich brew. The hops provide balance, but virtually nothing to the aroma. This is the perfect beer to serve with a barbecued steak or tri-tip. It’s also excellent with just about any chocolate dessert! (1.013 BG, 4.6%, 30 IBU, 28 SRM)

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3.4
luttonm (6274) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 23, 2017
Bottle in Seattle. Nice offsetting head on dark brown black body. Heavy malty aroma, a burnt edge. Smooth body, a little empty, but with lots of dark malt. Simple, pretty tasty, a burnt edge, a little plastic. I wish it had a little more punch, but flavors are solid.

3.5
drpimento (3639) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 14, 2017
Aroma’s nice, roasty. Flavor’s not as good, roasty as well, a bit metallic, a hint putrid. Good body and clean finish.

4
jackl (8071) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 14, 2017
Bottle directly from Heater Allen. Deep brown pour with a luxuriously rich tan head. Nose is engaging - roasted malt. Dark chocolate. A hint of peppered grass. Harmonious balance of roast malt, sweet chocolate, toasted grain flavor. Finishes dry and lightly hoppy. medium body. Perfect, buoyant carbonation. Lovely.

4.1
Capa (3299) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - AUG 30, 2016
Black with tab head. Medium thin body. Light roast, coffee, smoke, dark malt. Quick finish. Really nice.

3.6
Marheb (5773) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 20, 2016
(Bouteille provenant de Bottlecraft Little Italy): Espresso, chocolat noir et grains fumés principalement. Relativement moelleux, très sec et légèrement ferreux.

3
nealblind (1865) - Seattle, Alabama, USA - FEB 17, 2016
red brwon pour some foam not dark enough. Aroma nutty, caramel, firm smoke. Tastes ashtray fireplace, dry oaky smoke. some astringency. this much smoke is not necessary, but it’s pugent. mouthfeel is watery.

4
Brentv (672) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 31, 2015
From bottle. Pours black with a reddish tint when held to the light. Dense creamy beige head that leaves sticky rings on the glass. Sweet chocolate coffee aroma. Chocolate and coffee flavors, sweetness balanced by the bitter. Creamy mouthfeel. Bitter finish.

4
Bacterial (2999) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUN 26, 2015
Brown pour with an off white head. Roasted malt and slightly smoked nose. Again in the taste, sweet toasty malt and a hint of smoke in the finish. Really nice. Having this with a pizza with bacon, pulled pork and smoked sausage with a white sauce and damn it’s nice.

3.9
conway (2210) - - JUN 5, 2015
Bottle. Dark cola with tan head. Tons of chocolate, coffee, pretzel and a tiny bit of smoke. Really delicious.

3.8
John25 (1291) - Middletown, New Jersey, USA - JUN 4, 2015
Bottle. Dark cola. A lot of roasty cocoa. Very drinkable and flavorful. Awesome. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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