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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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3.9
Sarlacc83 (2287) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 24, 2015
Bottle from Whole Foods. A: Pure black with a wispy cappuccino head. Lacing. N: Cocoa, coffee, bark dust, touch of smoke, doughiness, peppercorn, earth and leafiness, T: Sweet and bitter in medium portions and in a yin-yang balance. M: Light body, creamy carbonation, no alcohol. Falls swiftly down the throat. O: Fantastic beer. The tasty flavors of a roasty stout with the easy drinking aspect of a lager. I buy this periodically just to remind myself how good it is.

3.5
bytemesis (8236) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAR 21, 2015
Bottle. Pours clear dark ruby black, medium creamy tan head, dissipates slowly, nice lacing. Aroma is roasty, smoky, ashtray. Flavor is light sweet, very light bitter, roasty, tobacco notes. Medium body, low acidity.

3.4
umich03jm (3513) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - MAR 17, 2015
Bottle dark brown pour with a messy film. Aroma is a mix of cream, cocoa and ash. Tastes similar but the ash stands out a bit. Thin to medium body. Solid easy to drink schwarz.

3.8
Ontape (471) - Valley Village, California, USA - AUG 28, 2014
Bomber. Pours like a stout, though some light just passes through at the right angle. Really pretty in the glass. Delicate carb around the edges. Roasty nose with hints of coffee, dark chocolate, smoke. Drinks much the same, I get a slight touch of hops somewhere in there. Light to medium body. Gets even better as it warms.

3.8
bhensonb (15093) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 11, 2014
Bomber shared by Marcus. Pours brown with a beige/tan head. Malty, near cola, aroma. med body. Flavor seems a bit smokey, smooth burnt malt, a little bitter. The Schwartz is with us.

3.9
marcus (10147) - Sacramento, California, USA - AUG 11, 2014
Bottle from Capitol Beer & Tap Room. Pours dark brown with a thick beige head and a chocolate and treacle aroma. There is a smoky chocolate and dark molasses flavor with a slightly bitter finish.

4
Steve_0 (3745) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 18, 2014
Bottle at home picked up at Belmont Station in Portland. Pour is deep brown with a big tan head and great lacing. Big cocoa, roasty, light marshmallows, toasted bread, caramel, grainy, and brown sugar in the aroma. Taste is roasted dark chocolate, caramelized sugars, husky, somewhat bready, brown sugar, and doughy. Medium body with soft carbonation. One of the better Schwarzbiers I’ve had.

3.1
Ernest (7661) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 4, 2014
Bottle. Head is initially average sized, frothy, light brown, mostly lasting. Body is dark brown. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (roasted grain, burnt popcorn, cocoa powder), lightly hoppy (herbs). Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter, slightly husky. Light to medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. Mild nose that’s a bit popcorny but otherwise nicely roasted. Decent balance in the mouth, but a bit vegetal/husky. Good potential here, but rough around the edges.

3.7
skoisirius (1909) - Earth, Washington, USA - MAY 31, 2014
Another almost perfect replication of the style from HA. Nice and nutty, malty, and a bit roasty towards the finish. Great brew.

3.7
TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 3, 2014
22 oz bottle. Dark brown with beige froth. Nose is coffee bean, black walnut, caramel and hay. Silky medium body with a clean, crisp tang. Taste is mocha, black licorice and quinine with a hint of sweetness. Simple beer, perfect execution. Another "best in style" from these folks.


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