TheBeerLover (1027) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 28, 2006
Schwarzla is unlike any beer you will find in Bamberg. It is a schwarzbockbier or "black bock beer" by style, and it is absolutely delicious. You will find no rauch or "smoked" malt in this beer. A point the owner made to me, when I ordered one in broken German, and he stated, "there is no smoke in this beer" in broken English. He could tell that I was a tourist, and people must come in looking for rauchbier. You will not find rauchbier at Klosterbrau, but what you will find, is a very delicious and flavorful beer with lots of dark malt, and sweet malt aromas and flavors.
Schwarzla pours vom fass to a beautiful, bright, deep ebony color with a thick and creamy white head, and a moderate amount of carbonation. This beer is pitch black in color, with hints of ruby red peaking out of the bottom of the glass if held to the light. The nose on this beer is fantastic, with lots of dark chocolate, and nutty aromas, paired with hints of mild roasted malt. The palate is firm with good sweet and dark malt flavors, paired with a touch of roast, on a very round and smooth body. Swarzla finishes with more good dark, nutty, and roasty flavors up front then ends slightly roasty, bitter, and a touch warming.
This was a truly wonderful beer. It was so flavorful, yet so drinkable. It would match well with a number of the hearty dishes on the Klosterbrau menu, and it was a perfect beer to sit and relax with on a cold day at one of the cozy pine topped tables of the restaurant at the brewery. A very memorable beer, from a very memorable brewery. Bamberg has so many places to chose from, so sadly you won’t get to them all unless you spent at least a week there. Klosterbrau is a place that should not be missed, and if you go in the winter, you must try Schwarzla. Grzesiek79 (4481) - Radom, POLAND - JUN 24, 2012
Aroma: dark chocolate and littly nuts,. Apperance: Colour brown redish, foam is tan. Taste little sweet and medium bitter. Palete: Full body, texture creamy and verry long finish KnutAlbert (6798) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 22, 2011
Bottle from Fränkische Botschaft, Berlin.
Very dark ruby, quite lively. Smoky aroma. Deep, complex flavour. Sweetness, dark berries, wood, smoke. True craftsmanship, I hope to enjoy this on tap! WVBrU (89) - - JUL 18, 2012
Black beer with a great tan head that lasted for the whole experience and created great lacing. Malty and roasty. Full bodied with a thick/creamy texture. Bierkrug (2129) - - MAR 20, 2013
500 ml flip-top bottle from Wasana’s in Germany. Pours a very dark brown with a thick tan head. Aroma is a nice roasty malt and dark fruit, with some coco, smoke and nuts going on. Taste is more nutty but much of the same as the aroma. Palate is mellow and smooth. A really good Schwazbier!
Homer321 (5248) - Melboring, Florida, USA - SEP 6, 2013
Dark, dark brown with a ruby highlight. Rich chocolate aroma with a touch of caramel. Taste falls nothing short of a sweet, chocolate bliss. Slight roast, very, very slight. Serves to dry out and balance the sweet malts. A wonderful Schwarzbier. jonas (8278) - Garching close to the monks, GERMANY - JUN 6, 2003
Slight burned cocoa aroma.
Ebony brown, massive brown head.
Burned coffee and cocoa in the taste and a with a bitterhop finish.
This schwarzbier actually has so much burned flavor that you are temted to compare it to a stout or porter. This is however not what you should do in my oppinion; it should be compared to other beers of the same style and here it is safe to say it overall is one of the most flavorfull Schwarzbier.