cazort (568) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 19, 2013
This beer has the controlled flavor and aroma that is common for German beers, but that I rarely encounter from American micro-brewed attempts at emulating German styles. Aroma is predominately of roast...the aroma very slightly suggests sweetness but there is almost no sweetness in the flavor: I find this refreshing. Flavor is moderately bitter, and otherwise subdued: no sweetness, little sourness. The alcohol is well-masked, and not very evident in the aroma. The overall character is more similar to a dry stout though than a Schwarzbier, because of how the aroma suggests sweetness. Light body, contrasting with rich flavor. I really like this...I’m not sure how true to the style it is but it was a very enjoyable beer and I’d gladly drink it again. It’s very rare that I find a beer that is this dark and roasty in color and aroma while being so light and refreshing in flavor and body. mempath (15) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 13, 2013
solid interpretation...who wants traditional or wacked out (well, depends on the context). here, PBC got it spot on...it’s got their signature all over it. but it connects where it needs to...toasty/roasty...smooth with a slight bite. thick enough mouthfeel/palate so it doesn’t become too quaffable. creamy toffee nose...
this case won’t last long. i can imagine now a Dark Side ’black and tan’ (let’s call it ’black y noir’) with this and their Joe Coffee Porter. i could go on, but i’d rather crack open another and pour it into one of my various Kenzinger lager glasses. cheers DocLock (11258) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 1, 2014
Bottle from Capone’s. Pours dark black with mahogany edges with tan, splotchy head. Nose is roasty dark malt, cacao, nuts, mild molasses. Tastes of dark malt, walnut, cacao, dry, prominent hops, and a complex finish. This is a great Schwarz, and I’d blind it with IHP any day of the week. kramer (6989) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 29, 2017
Bottle. Pours a clear dark brown body with a one finger fizzy beige head that faded to a wispy film. The nose is pretty spot on for the style, chocolate and licorice with some dark caramel and a minimal hop note. The flavor is very smooth and well lagered, a nice mixture of caramel, licorice, light coffee, and some chocolate. Really nice example of the style, really digging this one. Wish there were more of these available.
3/8/8/4/16 Leafs93 (2344) - Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 30, 2013
Pours black with a small tan head. Aroma is dark chocolate, roast and a touch of espresso. Taste is bittersweet. Medium bodied with a slick texture and soft carbonation. Surprised by how good this was.
60minuteman (1765) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 4, 2015
Dark brown color. Oats, roast, burnt toast, malt anything dark really. Think I am detecting a touch of dark coffee. Flavor is just as dark and earthy. I’m really liking the roast character. BillKismet (4177) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 15, 2015
Black-brown body with a browned rocky, mountainous head. Lovely roasty, nutty aroma. Quite interesting bouquet, with some touches of fruity coffee and wood smoke. The body is a bit rougher, but no less complex. Coffee roast mingles with nuttyness with a touch of smoke at the back end. Tastes a bit stronger than 5% and imparts a warming quality. The finish is a bit chalky. ryanscourt (1582) - Latrobe, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 25, 2013
Dark, roasted, frothy brown head. Dark and light bodied. Dry and toasty aftertaste. Excellent representation of the style. Almost burnt tasting malt without the coffee and chocolate flavors apparent in a stout. Was a really big fan of this one. Had during the tasting at PBC. reggiedunlop (3726) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 28, 2013
pours pitch black with a medium tan head. aroma has nice roastiness, touchof cocoa, and burnt notes. flavor follows suit...nice dark chocolate and burnt bitterness. mouthfeel is medium/full and the finish is roasty/burnt bitter dark chocolate. NikkTwist (3512) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 4, 2013
Draft at Khyber Pass. Black ruby pour with a frothy tan head. Some lace. Lots of good thick flavor for a Schwartzbier. Toasted oats. Chocolate caramels. Raisins. Burnt chestnuts. Solid body. Thick and malty, but nite overly sweet. Liked this more than I thought I would. Like especially that it undersells itself. I can see other brewers pushing this as a Imperial Stout. Almost makes it there. Not overly complicated, and not thin enough to feel like a traditional German Swartzbier, but still very nice and drinkable. May be my favorate PBC offering so far.