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RATINGS: 799   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72/5   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
This intensely dark Kulmbacher style lager has a superb malt complexity with the distinctive flavors and aromas of coffee, caramel and chocolate. A renowned smoothness and a creamy, tan head make it an all-time brewery favorite.

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4.6
tsd08460 (1280) - Marshall, Virginia, USA - NOV 29, 2016
bottle from Total Wine in Chantilly (VA) Aroma: caramel, molasses, roasty, chocolate, coffee Appearance: ruby-black with a tan head Taste: medium sweetness, medium bitterness, Palate: medium body, creamy, average carbonation, long finish, Delicious

3.7
ozzy70 (1338) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - NOV 16, 2016
12 oz. bottle. Poured black, quick fleeting tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, light coffee. Taste was bittersweet chocolate, toasty, molasses, cola.

4
gopherfan99 (2012) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 13, 2016
Bottle; pours cola brown with a thin beige head; aroma chocolate, malt, coffee, and a hint of caramel; taste is sweet with chocolate, malt, caramel, and a hint of coffee; finish is dry with some light roasty bitterness; wow, I was surprised by this one

3.4
CH-303 (2407) - Fribourg, SWITZERLAND - NOV 8, 2016
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2017 Appearance: Very dark brown, clear. Some tan head.
Aroma: Malt, roasted. Some dark fruits?
Taste: Dark malt, coffee notes. Light sweetness. Roasted.
Bought: Total Wine & More (Sterling), 355 ml, $1.99
Info: 6/11-2016, 103/300M

3.5
sjohnny (686) - - SEP 14, 2016
Sweet malt. Like toffee and vanilla. Pours like dark coffee with a thin tan head that leaves a ring around the edge. Light to medium bodied. Thinnish mouthfeel. Burnt toast and bitter coffee. In a good way. A clean bitter finish.

3.3
solidfunk (9739) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - AUG 13, 2016
Some roast and light caramel. Black pour with good head. Light nut. Crisp and caramel finish. Bottle.

3.4
slowrunner77 (13206) - Reno, Nevada, USA - AUG 1, 2016
Dark brown pour. Fairly complex flavor of dark roast, nuts, a little dry. Some fruit in the nose too. Good but not great.

2.8
ChadPolenz (1847) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - JUL 27, 2016
2015 BJCP Category: 8B Schwarzbier

AROMA: Fairly generic lager scent; no dark malt or sweetness. Slightly musty, otherwise neutral. 6/12

APPEARANCE: Deep ruby red to black proper. Medium dark tan foam. 2/3

FLAVOR: Light/moderate dark malt with slight bready quality. Some roasted malt comes through on the second half with a nice (but quick) chocolate flavor. Some dry bitterness is noticeable with mild spicy hop flavor. Bottle may have suffered some heat damage; palette is mild and a tad dirty. 12/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium body; moderate CO2; not crisp but not viscous like a stout. Smooth texture. Some lingering astringency. 3/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Average example of the style at best. Seems off. 5/10

TOTAL SCORE: 28/50

DISCLAIMER: The author is not a certified BJCP judge; therefore, this score sheet is not necessarily indicative of proper BJCP judging techniques and protocol. The author is grading to 2015 BJCP Guidelines in order to prepare for examination.

3.7
oldrtybastrd (5228) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 13, 2016
Pours a dark reddish brown color. Aromas of roasted malts, bits of chocolate and coffee. Flavor has a nice bitter roast taste and a touch of hops on the finish.

3.6
tmoreau (4750) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - MAY 2, 2016
On tap at the Harvest Lounge in the Sheraton Madison Hotel. (WI.) Possessed a clear but deep black/brown hue, with a presentably creamy, tan, and tight bubbled layer of head foam, and sheet-like cling to the lacing. The nose was sweet & malty, with notes of caramel, light coffee, toffee, and slight dark fruit. Medium bodied, with decent liveliness to the carbonation, a nicely creamy texture added to the mouthfeel. The taste included a roasted & earthy bitterness, with dryness, and slight woodiness to the finish. A respectable Dark Lager.


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