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RATINGS: 809   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72/5   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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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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3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
heemer77 (5317) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - MAR 6, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 4, 2004 Very dark with a nice small biege head that lingers. Some chocolate and coffee in the aroma. Fairly full in the mouth. Caramel and and coffee in the flavor. I missed the salty note that others mentioned. Also has some black pepper spice in the finish. Very well done. I think that people who think that US brews are lacking should try this.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 5, 2004
Deep ruby black, nice light tan head. Coffee, chocolate, roasted grain nose. Sweet, roasted grain, coffee like, a bit of soy suace lingering, pleasant body/mouthfeel, finishing almost salty, a bit acidic, with hops doing their job well. This seems very highly rated to me, am I missing something?

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
balke13 (156) - MIssoula, Montana, USA - FEB 28, 2004
opaque black color with a thick light brown head. wonderful aroma of roasted malts, coffee and espresso, chocolate, and a hint of carmel sweetness. thick head is lasting...medium body. very smooth on the palate, chewy. Carmel and coffee are very apparent in the flavor along with the roasted malts and chocolate, very complex and wonderful flavors. finish is smooth and creamy with low carbonation throughout.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PorterPounder (7612) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - FEB 18, 2004
Deep, dark as black olives pour with a creamy mocha colored head. Has a bit of a olive oil-like aroma to it (olives on my mind for some reason) with some coffee notes as well. Chewy, salty flavor, with some good malty accents with a bittersweet chocolate finish. Very smooth palate, goes down extremely smooth. Alcohol hidden well. Very good Schwarzbier. Many thanks to Aurelius for bringing this back from Chicago.

3.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OldGrowth (3330) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - FEB 15, 2004
Bottle: Ok nose, cream, ash, and smoke. Reddish brown black color. Small head. Bittersweet flavor. Smoke, carmel, coffee all come to mind. Smooth and creamy. Really enjoyable, Very drinkable. Seems classic

3.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Aurelius (5154) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - FEB 15, 2004
This beer started a little poorly -- the initial aroma smells distinctly of canned creamed corn mixed with stout. That either fades after a while or I got used to it, and the aroma goes malty. Good translucent black with a beady head. Good pint bottle, minor ding for the twistoff, but an authentic German feel to the label. Nice roasty coffee and dark cocoa flavor, good light sweetness, good acid balance. Medium bodied, roastiness lingers but isn't overpowering on the backend. It's a very good value at $4.99 for 4 pints -- being unfamiliar with the brew, I thought that it might have been $4.99 per beer at Sam's Wine & Spirits in Chicago. If the aroma was a bit better, it would have been an all-star.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Silphium (3193) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - FEB 5, 2004
Finally found this interesting lager. Pours dark but (barely) translucent red-brown with a thin light tan head. Very caramely and bready/yeasty aroma. Toasty, roasty flavor profile with caramels and breads mixing with a touch of dark chocolate. Very yeasty. A creamy lager reminiscent of bready maibocks.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
biermensch (64) - USA - JAN 25, 2004
The only Sprecher I purchase, because I think that this is far and way their best product. So black that you almost miss the deep red coloring, this malty brew is smooth and satisfying. This black lager could use a little more head, but that's about all that I would change. Nice job, Sprecher.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - JAN 22, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 17, 2004 Wow! I wasn't expecting such strong roasted flavor in this beer. Along with a slight smokey flavor, this beer is very tasty. Dark black appearance with a medium tan head. Yeasty, roasted aroma. Terriffic beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - JAN 11, 2004
Maybe the best dark lager I've had in years. Nearly black with a thick head and excellent retention. Aroma is of roasted malt with a smokiness in the background. Body is full and smooth and the flavor of this brew is fantastic. Smoky malt with notes of chocolate and dark roast coffee. Finishes with a slight bitterness which adds some balance. Thanks CaptainCougar for this excellent brew!


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