muzzlehatch (4959) - 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. gws57 (1276) - Saint Charles, Illinois, USA - FEB 22, 2007
Got this one at the restaurant in Wausau, Wisconsin. Outstanding example. Very dark brown, clear pour with a thin head, raspberries, chocolate, coffee, orange, soy sauce, throughout. This is one complex brew. Love it. Andrew196 (1902) - 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. Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 10, 2005
Absolutely lovely roasted malt aroma wastes no time pointing out its vast chocolate and coffee range of flavours, but on the way procuring warming brown sugar and blackberry sensations. The body is dark brown, covered by a forever lasting rocky pale brown head. Eminently light bodied and easy to drink, but flavour focused and creamy, the engaging and cleasing carbonation makes you enjoy it all the most, it is almost crisp. One of the many exciting American schwazbiers. DragonsHead (142) - Morgantown, West Virginia, USA - FEB 3, 2008
Had this beer on draft at their newest brewpub in Cranberry PA. Stylistically, this is the best schwarz I’ve ever had. Although, it is a very hard to find style of beer. Poured a dark brown with light tan head. Very small lacing. Wonderful toffee and caramell aroma followed with the same taste. Great beer with a smooth finish.
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. Sammy (12205) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 14, 2006
Substantial roasty and malty aroma. Touch of lace, not completely black. Very fresh and creamy medioum mouthfeel. Some chocolate and a hin of coffee. A very nice beverage and good for its style. CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 18, 2007
On tap at the Wausau brewpub on 6/24/07: Pours a mostly opaque with dark brown edges and a small, frothy light tan head. Aroma of lightly sweet dark caramel and toasty roasted German malt with a light noble hoppiness. Body starts full and toasty dark malty sweet with good authenticity and bitter balance toward an enjoyable roasty bittersweet dark chocolate finish. A great Schwarzbier! 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. Skyview (6055) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - DEC 27, 2007
On draught at the brewpub in Wausau, Wisconsin. Pours a dark cola brown brew with a creamy off-white head that has some good retention and thick lacing. Aroma of dark black malt, some flowery hops, a touch of chocolate and coffee. taste is medium bodied, light carbonation with flavors of dark roasted black malt, flowery hops with little bitterness and a touch of smoked wood. Finish is semi-sweet, with a toasted dark malt aftertaste that quickly disappears.