ClarkVV (6093) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 14, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottles and draught from debut onwards, most recently Spring 2015.
Dark ebony, though in the light it reveals garnet-tinged mahogany edges and a good clarity. Head is a dark beige and small, with moderate to low retention.
THEY FIXED IT!! I wanted to love this beer forever but was unable to do so on account of the horribly bready/vinous flavors that some malt or other was imparting. It dominated even the smokiness and just made the beer a chore to drink. Granted, this one is a dark lager at nearly 6% and not every smoked is going to be Schlenkerla Helles lager....but still, I could barely choke down a bottle/pint of the stuff. So I gave up on it for a few years and within the past 6 months or so, I randomly tried it again and was very pleased to discover that they’d completely cut that out. Now it’s just rich malty caramel flavors with some brown sugar and brown bread balanced by a subtle phenolic smokey dryness and juicy, floral hoppiness.
Overall, a medium to medium-full body but tightly carbonated and not intensely sweet (though certainly tending on the sweet side). I can appreciate the restraint on the smoked malts too, as this is a semi-flagship and it thus needs to appeal to a larger crowd. Wonderful texture, good smokiness and malt flavors, no qualms here.
NikkTwist (2899) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 14, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Bierstube. Clear very dark ruby brown pour with a large frothy beige head. Rows of lace. Unexpected creamy body. Lots of roasted malts. Pecans. Chocolate cocoa. Very modest rauchbier smokiness. Drinkable but lacking direction.
larsga (7376) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 14, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Big beige head. Clear reddish brown body with light carbonation. Smoky creosote aroma with syrupy caramel notes. Sweet earthy mineraly syrup taste with roasty butterscotch and caramel notes. Mid-bodied. Mild, soft, buttery mouthfeel. Sweetish earthy toasted rice aftertaste with roasty butterscotch and chocolate notes. Minerals, too. Nice, interesting, drinkable. (0.355l bottle, from Fish & Beer, Copenhagen.)
BVery (9943) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - MAY 13, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Stoneforge in Raynham, MA. Deep brown pour with some amber highlights. Creamy head. Mild smoke and bittersweet chocolate aroma. Similar taste. Good, but I wanted to like it even more.
blutt59 (6522) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 12, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottled, in trade from Rasmus40 from WL, nice brown pour with some off white foam, good roasty aroma with earthy nuts and coffee flavor , slight smoke, good body and finish
geophagus (664) - Lubin, POLAND - MAY 4, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(on tap at 6 WFDP, sample) Dark brown colour. Brown, small, medium fast falling head. Medium body, low carbonation, a bit oily texture. Aroma: Smoked ham, a bit roasted, coffee, soft dark chocolate. Taste: Medium smoky, soft roasted, medium sweet, soft toffee, caramel
Bulk_Carrier (4219) - Lake Champlain, Vermont, USA - APR 18, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle date of 03/19/2015.
This was poured into a pilsener glass.
The appearance was a dark brown color with hues of hazy burnt brown coloring around the sides. A one finger white foamy head started and strolled down the sides of the glass.
The smell started off with the "meaty" portion and light smoke. As it warmed, a light chocolate aligned to balance.
The taste was a balance between the smoke, meaty, and a slight roasty quality to let in a tad of chocolate to balance nicely. There’s no aftertaste nor finish.
On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a pretty good sessionability about it. Carbonated finely, a nice smooth roasty quality strolls nicely over my tongue.
Overall, I say this was a pretty good Schwarzbier that I would have again.
Ironicmedic (77) - New Jersey, USA - APR 10, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tasted on draft at barcade in philly. Poured dark with tan head very lite smokey flavour. With some coffee and cocoa taste. Enjoyable
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MrMeadMan (75) - Amesbury, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 2, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Beautiful aroma, bready and chocolatey. Full head with good retention. Dark brown with a hint of autumn orange. Smooth and delicious. Was expecting it to be more bitter because it was a "black lager" but it’s sweet malty-ness wins out. The smoke character is background at best, just enough to be appealing. Too many smoked beers are overly acrid but not this one. Overall a great beer and one that I will definitely get again.
Hansen (8524) - Assentoft, DENMARK - FEB 17, 2015
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark brown and with an off-white head. Sweet aroma, caramel and, well, no smoke, or is there? Flavor starts sweet, a bit thin.