RATINGS: 799   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72/5   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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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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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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


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.

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.

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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