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RATINGS: 61   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66/5   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 138   ABV: 4.6%
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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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3.8
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 18, 2009
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2009 Updated Rating 11/30/09: bomber from John’s Market - thin, cola brown pour with trade head to the edges; toffee, cookies, lager yeast sweetness and faint smokiness; texture is quite light with sweet malt and light toffee, caramel and nutty flavors; get some smoke again that wasn’t noticeable when first sampled; thin overall, but quite nice with the touch of smoke being what stands out this time IMO

Original Rating 2/18/09 (3.4 overall): 22 oz. bottle - thanks bvc! light brown with thin off-white head; very mild compared to the shorts that we tasted at the same time; roasted caramel, chocolate, malt and quite dry; thin texture

3.8
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - OCT 4, 2009
Bottle shared by ygtbsm94 on 7/26/09: Pours a barely transparent dark mahogany with a thin wispy-lacing light tan head. Aroma of smoky roasted dark malt and a touch of graininess. Starts with good fullness and rich dark caramel and chocolate flavor with a nice smoky finish. A well-balanced and enjoyable brew.

3.8
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - NOV 26, 2011
Bottle:   Cola in color, perhaps a bit darker, large beige head, froamy, with nice lacing.   Soft roasted malt nose, a little ash and charred wood.   Smooth malt base, not heavy, but fairly silky.   Mild sweetness, roasty but not acrid or bitter.   I had my doubts when I opened it, but glad I did!   Body and mouthfeel are moderate.   Clean roasty finish.   This one is straight forward and simple, but very clean and appealing.   Not my favorite style of beer, from the few that I have had I can say this one is pretty damn smooth.


3.8
craftycarl21 (2338) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 23, 2013
Bottle thanks to GT2! Cola colored pour. Really great roasted malt, bitter chocolate, espresso, and touches of sweet caramel, though with a crisp and ultra clean mouthfeel. Damn good.

3.8
douglas88 (9425) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 27, 2013
Bomber from Beermongers. Pours a dark mahogany color with a large beige head. A sweet nose of light smoke, some leather, chocolate. The flavor is excellent: fruity hops, smoke, tobacco, light bitter chocolate. Light bitterness throughout, mixed with smoky malts and berries. Very damn good. Easy and hell.

3.8
bhensonb (15355) - 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.

3.8
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
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

3.7
argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 26, 2009
(22oz bottle, thanks ygtbsm94) Medium beige head atop cola black body. Aroma is moderately sweet, cocoa, coffee, caramel, some molasses, smoke. Taste is moderately sweet, coffee, bittersweet chocolate/cocoa, caramel, some earthy, light smoke. Sticky medium body.

3.7
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JUL 26, 2009
Shared by ygtbsm94. Respectable schwarzbier. Lots of cola and dark chocolate, just a bit of chalkiness from the yeast to detract.


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