DonMagi (5593) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 21, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma is roasty toasty malts, a touch of toast, some wet kind of animal. Taste is similar touch of honey sweetness, more complex than other schwarzbiers iv had.
[email protected] (43) - Arkansas, USA - JAN 21, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Fluffy, off-white head. Nice malty aroma and taste, as well as some fruit on the body. Very smooth mouthfeel.
jake65 (3447) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - JAN 18, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: Dark brown pour, small tan head and very little lacing. Nose is malty and dark fruits. Taste is lots of malt, caramels, and a hint of fruitiness. Some light hop notes in the tail. Good.
islay (2375) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 14, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
11.2 oz. bottle. Aroma of sharp dark malts, milk chocolate, continental European hops. Pours a dark chocolate brown color with large amount of grayish light brown, thick and fluffy head. Sparkling liquid. Looks great. Understated flavor contains roasted malts, Saaz or Saaz-like hops tartness, chocolatey sweetness, slight lemon sourness. Light and watery body. Smooth and not as crisp as most lagers in the palate; a bit dull. Kostritzer Schwarzbier is a world classic in an appetizing style and worth a try, but it has been surpassed by superior schwarz beers. Sam Adams Black Lager in particular is an excellent and widely available example. Memo to brewers: Consider adding a black lager to your line. It’s a potentially delicious style, but it can be hard to find.
RedHaze (371) - Where the hell am I?, Nebraska, USA - JAN 14, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Picked this up while on a recent trip to Germany. I know it’s readily available in the states, but I wanted to try a fresh bottle that I know wasn’t treated poorly on it’s way here.
Pours an almost black, dark brown with a two finger head that settles slowly to a nice layer of foam. The lacing that’s left behind is thin and spotty.
Smell; dark roasted malts with a nice bitter coffee presence. There’s a touch of chocolate in the aroma, with a little bit of a smokiness going on.
Taste; lots of dark raosted malts as with the aroma, and the coffee is there, only a touch more subdued than I was expecting. That smokiness comes through a bit stronger in the flavor than the nose led me to expect, and finished wit a bit of chocolate, and only a little bitterness. Mouthfeel is light to medium boded, wih a very good drinkability. It would befinitely be easy to down a few of these.
I’ve had this beer in the past (just never reviewed), and this is easily the freshest example that I’ve had.
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 12, 2007
3.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown with a beige head. Faint malt aroma with a little leathery yeastiness. Pleasant and undemanding taste: ash, cocoa and malt, a little dryness and plenty of carbonation. Went down well.
IrishBoy (4142) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JAN 2, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle; nose of roasty malt and a little cocoa; clear dark brown with a small beige head; flavor is roasted malt and some hop bitterness. Body medium and the finish is bitter.
LinusStick (3300) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 1, 2007
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A good schwarzbier from Germany. The pour was a deep brown almost black with a 2 finger tan/offwhite head. The taste was a complicated mix of roast malt/caramel/chocolate. My only problem with this beer is the flat finish. I was expecting to be tasting this well after the finish, but alas I was wrong.
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - DEC 31, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle pours dark brown with a fair offwhite head that stays pretty well and laces some. Aromas of caramel, chocolate, and some roasted malt. Flavor is chocolate, roasted malt, some light caramel and some german hops at the finish. Smooth and creamy without much carbonation.
anders37 (24478) - Malmö, SWEDEN - DEC 30, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught. Pours a black colour with a longlasting tan head. Sweet roasted aroma with some hints of caramel and chocolate. Sweet roasted malty flavor with hints of chocolate. Dry malty finish with a bitter aftertaste.