crossovert (12927) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 22, 2013
Not a terrible take, sort of ashy malts, rich roastiness, not super smooth for the style. Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 9, 2007
On tap at RB – Chicago as "Schwarz Bier". Poured deep brown with a shorter, creamy cap of beige head. The aroma picked up cocoa and cola sweetness with a bit of coffee and vanilla behind.. too sweet at times, yet nice overall. Cocoa, semi-sweet chocolate, and caramel lead the way in the flavor department, giving a sweet composition.. vanilla, hazelnut, and mild herbal and coffee bitterness on the back half. Tasty! Creamy carbonation on the palate, and light-medium body.. rising bitterness from the middle through the finish.. well-balanced. AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JAN 20, 2005
Pours dark brown with light brown head. Aroma is fairly bland with just a bit of malt picking up in the nose. But this beer has GREAT body. It is so smooth and silky, creamy... if only it had a bit more flavor. But still a fine specimen. Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - DEC 10, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 6, 2005 Not a bad schwarz, although the bartender at the Chicago RB didn’t properly pronounce it. It poured a black drink with a foamy tan head and tight carbonation. The aroma is earthy sweet roasted malts. It tastes of roast malts, dark fruits, nuts, and a touch of chocolate. Very smooth to drink with a bit of the hops in the finish.TAR (2761) - Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina, USA - NOV 25, 2004
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Draft: Clear walnut. Jagged-bubbled border of light tan foam. Dull, roasty aroma with prunes, chalk, and husky pale malts. Fuzzy, lightly spritzy carbonation. Fuzziness exaggerates the chalky, acidic flavors, and the body suffers as a result. Fairly vinous and roasty at the center. Grapey acidity negates the sweet caramel and nut whispers. Ends just as blandly as when it started, with a sharp, bracingly chalky and dry bite of roast and black licorice. Remained dull, even as it rose from the frigid temp at which it was served. Overall, far too acidic, sour, fizzy, etc. Very unpolished.
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 21, 2004
Draught: black, though note quite opaque with a creamy tan foam. Strong aromatics of darkly toasted grain, dusty chocolate covered nuts, and mild coffee. Wonderful character on the tongue: creamy, full-bodied, and elegantly smooth. Greatly drinkable flavours of strongly roasted nuts, grain and cereal, semi-sweet chocolate, and a definite note of hops. What a great laagered beer, it is too bad that more great (dark) ones are not readily available around these parts, nice job! Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 14, 2004
Dark brown with a fluffy, cocoa head. Big, malty nose of chocolate, lightly toasted grain, caramel, clean nuts and a light, noble hop character. The body is full and smooth. Exquisite flavors of bittersweet chocolate, roasted grains, slightly sweet caramel and finishing with a bit of hop bitterness. A well-made and enjoyable Schwarzbier, which are few and far between, it seems. Quite the pleasant offering. DrnkMcDermott (3099) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - OCT 29, 2004
Draft, at RB Chicago. Mmm... deep black body with a brown eggshell head. A light coffee roast malt with a touch of chocolate. Good choice of lager yeast gives this a very clean finish with no lingering regrets. The bartender told me Pete only brews this one every two years. mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - OCT 24, 2004
Tap at brewery. Jet black, traces of a head, faint aroma of chocolate roast. Light body, but good feel. Sour, dark malt character in finish. Some hops come out in the aroma as it warms. Nice roasty quaffer, escpecially after a plane train ride! Almost as enjoyable as the Sprecher Black Bavarian, but lighter, less creamy and chocolatey.