RATINGS: 250   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
A very dark yet surprisingly light-bodied Lager beer, crisp and refreshing with no heaviness.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bitbucket (2165) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - JUL 15, 2008
On tap at Toronado. Death and taxes are certain, the fact this a schwarzbier? Not so much -- The murk and the chewiness are more like a porter. Pours opaque blackish brown with a dense and lacy beige head. Medium body, minimal carbonation. Brown sugar, chocolate and pine in the nose and taste, dry pine finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
mpersinger (365) - , California, USA - JUN 22, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2011 On draft, pours almost opaque black with a ruddy aura, with a whipping cream mocha head. D&T has a robust character and thick palate yet is light-bodied and moderate in alcohol. A moderate vienna roast coffee aroma persists in flavor-- with mild licorice, bittersweet cocoa and pistachio notes. Moderate effervescence and good lacing, and a low acid hop pull hovers in the long dry-malt finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rayOfBeer (674) - El Cerrito, California, USA - JUN 20, 2008
Poured on tap at Lanesplitter pub an inky black with thin tan head and little carbonation. Aroma is roasty with grains and toffee. Flavor is a bit nutty, roast coffee, toffee, some slight graininess and a touch of smokey carcoal. The after taste is quite hoppy but doesnt come out in the body. Palate is stick chewy an a touch sweet at first and then lightens up in the middle and end with strong flavor and touch of bitter. Wow, liked this one it brings lots of strong flavor yet easy drinking.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 19, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 13, 2008 On tap at Flavor in Santa Rosa. Dark red-brown-black color with a fine, creamy, tan mocha head. Quite sweet caramel and toffee aromas with a coffee edge and some light fermentation notes. Flavor posesses lots of dark roasted grain bitterness with intense smokiness. The body is disarmingly light which really puts the intense flavors front and center.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beershine (5224) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - APR 23, 2008
UPDATED: APR 24, 2008 Tap @ Hamiltons in SD. Totally opaque black with scattered lacing. Slight diacetyl and oil in nose. Excellent roasted malt flavors, some pleasant huskiness, excellent and one of the best schwartzbiers Ive had outside Europe.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - APR 23, 2008
On tap at The Trappist in Oakland, CA. Dark, dark black with thick, pillowy head. Rich, very strong aroma of fresh roasted cofee beans, more moderate air of dark chocolate, along with some earthiness and rich malty nuances as well. Flavor is VERY dry; tons of roasted malt and with substantial hoppiness. Ashen, smoky finish. Dry and roasty to the extreme. Not my thing, but could be just it for someone. I dig the aroma, but it could do with some more balancing sweetness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AgentSteve (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - APR 17, 2008
How appropriately, rated the week of April 15th. Did the taxes, feel like death.... Pours almost black with nice off white head. Nose and flavor are the same, with malt and a light smokiness. Mouthfeel is somewhat creamy with a clean, dry finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
elelwarren (140) - SF Bay area, California, USA - MAR 17, 2008
Draught. Smooth, easy drinking. Aroma not parrticularly distinct-slight fruitiness. Flavor quite complex, with a combo of malt, light acidity, bubbly spiciness, cloves, slight fennel tones, and a touch of bubblegum, plus very subtle roasted grain. Alcohol is light, but I wasnt in the mood for getting sloshed! Great California interpretation of the style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - MAR 8, 2008
On tap at Liars Club. Surprisingly great. Black with almost no head. Chocolate and grain aroma. Roasty burnt taste with a smokey finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 2, 2008
On draft at OBriens (months ago). Almost fully black and opaque, with many bubbles clinging to the lower sides of the glass - reminiscent of a coke or rootbeer. Both aroma and flavor are roasty and herby, blackened malts, dandelion milk, hints of soy sauce and slight bitter chocolate finish. Kind of stoutlike with more crispness and carbonation. Light to medium body and tingly carbonation in the mouthfeel.

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