muzzlehatch (4975) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 16, 2006
Draught sample at the brewpub, late July 2006. Jet, thick body, near-opaque with lots of lace and a bit of remaining snowy head....huge, I mean huge roastiness in the nose, it’s blackened malts and bitter coffee and chocolate exploding all over with anise showing up for even more interest....creamy, silky mouthfeel is just gorgeous to sip or chug, but loads of roasty-burnt grains throughout let you know what you’re drinking....touches of dry molasses and perhaps a bit of oaky-whisky character....a stunner, an absolute stunner and more proof that this brewpub is one of the best-kept secrets of the midwest. tiggmtl (4543) - East York, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 10, 2005
Lightly roasty aroma is quite sweet with notes of chocolate, soy and grain. Clear mahogany brown coloured body with ruby highlights is topped by a dense and lasting fine bubbled tan head. Chewy, sweet malts up front with a fairly roasty back end. Medium light body with soft, lively carbonation. Sampled at GABF 2005. Nate (4296) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 28, 2007
On tap. Chocolatey with toasted grain notes and mild coffee. A bit of fruity hops. Smells quite a bit like a porter. Dark brown-black clear with a thin tan head. Medium body with light carbonation. Starts with some mild DMS, Twizzlers, and mild coffee grainy character. Papery stale hoppiness with light tangy finish. Very little bittrness. Could be drier. LinusStick (3532) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 16, 2008
A very nice and toasty schwarzbier. Aroma was ok. A nice blend of roasted malt and a hint of coffee. Pour was a nice deep dark brown with a pinky sized near tan head. Taste was a little thin in the front but all roasted malt and coffee in the middle and aftertaste. The finish didn’t carry it through, but had a nice warm toasted malt backbone. Not bad. auerbrau (3206) - Ithaca, New York, USA - MAY 28, 2008
On tap at the Escanaba brewpub. aroma is a faint flow of roasted malt. Pours a deep brown with off-white rim. Flavor is ashy, salty and sea-like. Flavors develop some dry chocolate character, a bit of oaky and some nice sweet caramel. This isn’t bad. Deep and sustaining. Somewhat complex and developing. A bit of soda-like flavor, but nothing sugary. Very dry actually, and I can appreciate that. A bit of pepper and herring meld with the roast and salt. Nice. Good examples of this beer are starting to grow on me. There’s room for complexity and good style done subtly here.
BDR (2535) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - SEP 4, 2007
Dark black with faint head. Roasted malt nose with faint chocolate hintsd. More bitter than I expected but still plenty of burnt malt flavor. ElGaucho (2401) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - JUN 8, 2004
Heavy roasted sweet malt aroma. Small, light brown head that is diminishing. Excellent lace. Dark reddish black in color. Moderately sweet and bitter. Medium bodied with average carbonation level. Has a hint of the nice hoppy finish that the Town Hall Altbier has. Very nice. Andrew196 (2040) - Katy, Texas, USA - JUN 20, 2004
Well done, Im not too familiar with the style, but I feel like this one hit it on the nose. Excellent roasted malt, with a nice hoppy zip towards the end.....a bit on the thin side, but it went down well. Trev (2023) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - AUG 19, 2011
A pleasant surprise.
dark brown pour with a thin head.
Dusty chocolate aroma with nice roasted malt and light smokiness.
Flavour was chocolate malt, roasted malty hint of nuttiness and bittersweet molasses.
Body was a bit light, but still quite tasty. beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUL 1, 2005
On-tap at the brewpub: Dark cola black with a thinning red hue around the edges. Thin and stable off-tanned rocky head of froth sits atop and hardly ever moves, even while consumed by hungry, thirsty, desparate beasts such as myself on this day. Lacing seems to stick in a precarious leaf-like fashion.
Aroma is not much to speak (or smell) of, but is pretty clean and respectful with a solid showing of a black malt base. Tender and sweet with a simple little roast hint. Baked red apples dart across with some noting.
Flavors are good with the black malt taking full control allowing a light frothy body and simple sweetened edge to play under the medium roasted blackened malt. Not super tangy nor chocolatey. But it does have a bit of both emerging in different areas as it sits. Chocolate/cocoa tends to win out more towards the finish with a soft lingering dryness. The tangyness is whats left behind late.
Feel is adequate, if not all together, in harmony with the flavors, at first, it seemed a bit empty and plain with just a nudge of malt and roast, but as it warmed this truly entered into its own bringing a more substantiated character. Surely it should not have been served in a frosted/chilled pint glass.
Smooth and easy, with just the right amount of everything (once it warmed) to make this a pretty solid offering as a Schwarzbier; and damn drinkable too.