thedm (6320) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - OCT 18, 2004
The DM & Hotstuff’s European Honeymoon trip beer number 108. This bottled brew poured a small sized head of foamy finely sized light brown colored bubbles that left behind a fair lacing. The body contained unnoted carbonation, was nearly opaque and dark ruby red brown in color. Its aroma contained notes of strong dark malt molasses roasted malts and was very nice. Its mouth feel is smooth and malty with a lingering smoky aftertaste. Its flavor contained smooth malty smoky notes and was tasty. All-in-all very nice brew. MartinT (10102) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 23, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 2, 2011 Impressions from the Gaststätte: ladnewton (2055) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 30, 2011
-Plenty of foam tops the blackness and its brown and amber highlights.
-Roasted maltiness and raisins tingle in the nose.
-Roastiness mingles with the caramel sweetness, as figs and raisins communicate healthily.
-Carbonation isn’t overdone, letting the malts express themselves.
-Herbal, spicy hops join in, creating complexity.
-Aftertaste is quietly roasty, and dark chocolate expresses humble origins.
-This is a well-built schwarzbier, simple and straight to the point.
On tap at the brewery.
LIVE RATING: 500ml bottle at home, gift from friend. Pours deep brown with a handsome pale brown head that disappears with only a little lace. Rich malt and grain in aroma. Then rich blend of malts, oats, herbs, smoky touches and some berry sweetness harmonise in-the-mouth to give a not-too-sweet blend - aftertaste is somewhat drier, and a zingy mouthfeel is afforded by the medium-bodied liquid. Very pleasant, would make a good ’finisher’ pint. gunnar (9778) - Sandnes, NORWAY - APR 24, 2012
Bottle from Frankische Botschaft, Berlin. Pours almost pitch black with a big creamy tanned head. Aroma is weak roasted, lots of liquorice and dark caramel. Taste is good roasted malts, heavy without overdoing it, smooth and creamy mouthfeel.Lingering malty/roasty goodness, liquorice and caramel, pretty good schwarz. BlackHaddock (7763) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - NOV 21, 2012
5.2%ABV Flip-top, half-litre bottleBBD 19 Jan 2013: poured into an Abbot Ale glass tankard @ home on 21 Nov 2012.
JK (6332) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - MAY 12, 2013
Large pop as I opened the bottle, the beer wanted to get out: the glass filled with tanned foam and only half the actual beer left the bottle before my glass almost overflowed with the huge head I’d produced.
Once everything had calmed down a bit I poured the remaining beer into my glass and had a good sniff: toasted/roasted bread/biscuity malt esters in the smell. The taste was also mostly of malts, I found some toffee flavours before stronger dark chocolate and mildly hoppy finish rounded off each sip.
This is one of the better brews I’ve had in this style: more depth of flavour and body strength from start to finish.
Tap at the brewery, while sitting in the sun in their outdoor area on the slopped street. Black. Thick, lacing head. Aroma of uncut forest, dirt, and moss. Roasted malt with some sweetness. Great palate. Maybe the best schwarzbier I have had. kerenmk (5270) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - OCT 23, 2017
On tap at Klosterbrau, Bamberg, 4.10.17. Clear dark brown with a cream-colored head. Slightly nutty, a little dry, full malty aroma. Sweet malty and slightly dry taste, some coke, but just lightly and in a good way. Light-to-medium body, fine fizz, roasty and dry finish.