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RATINGS: 808   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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3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - DEC 28, 2003
Dark reddish brown hue with small tan head and some lace. The aroma hinted of toasted pumpernickel bread, light molasses, caramel, aromatic and noble hops. ripe apples, sweet spices, and smoke. The taste starts with a mocha malt and earthy yeast notes. Has an undertone of acidic fruits and mild bitterness. The finish provides more flavor profiles of smoke and coffee. The mouthfeel is lively and slightly metallic, dry and crisp. Refreshing and quaffable as long as you enjoy the smoky nature of a Schwarzbier, which I can.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ElGaucho (2393) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - DEC 28, 2003
My rating for this brew went through the wash, so I will have piece it together from what I can still read and from memory. I couldn't make out my Flavor and Palate ratings but they should be accurate within one point. Rich milk chocolate aroma. Deep ruby reddish brown color with large, small-bubble, light brown head. Excellent lace. Knowing that Oakes had touted this one highly, I was eager to try it. It didn't dissapoint. I look forward to verifying my rating in the near future.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrnkMcDermott (3015) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - DEC 10, 2003
Draft. Among the pale pilseners at the downtown Chicago Kristkindl market is a keg of pale pilsener's evil twin. Pours with a hearty brown head over a body that looks solid black in a plastic cup, then shows brown highlights as I drink it. Kind of a black bread smell thats not as prominent as a stout. Definite dark roast malts against a German hop profile. Leaves a taste at the back of the palate where bitterness and astingency are detected. Roast coffee taste, perhaps a note of pear, subdued by its "clean" lager finish. Brings up a bit of a burnt toast taste toward the end that may not be to everyone's liking, but I like its complexity.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 18, 2003
Thanks are graciously extended to BigBadBear63 for the hook up on this brew!
Bottled: 12/12/02 Hot damn, this puppy pours beautifully! A rich dark brown body with edges of crimson, the head is an enormous mound of toffee cushion. The aroma and flavors are full and malty, although very earthy as well, nose of warm peat fields, carrot juice, stewed roast beef – peppercorns & cabbage, thick roasted barley, hints of chocolate. This may sound disgusting, but truth be told, it is a rather surprisingly tasty and enjoyable Black Beer!
Thanks for the surprise Mike!

2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Panzuriel (2003) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - NOV 18, 2003
Black beer with a thick head of nice foam. Nice malty aroma with touches of sweetness. Nice malt flavor with predictible sweet twinges. Nice fullness. Good beer.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 7, 2003
This dark brown to black brew is topped by a medium thick to thick tan head with a decent amount of lacing left on the glass. The aroma is slightly sweet and malty with a very slight smokiness and an odd grainy(?) note. Something just doesn't fit right in the nose. The flavor is slightly sweet, roasty and malty. Thankfully, whatever put the nose off, wasn't in the flavor. A slight hoppy bitterness is also observed. Medium bodied and smooth.

3.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JK (5855) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - NOV 1, 2003
Mild aroma of roasted malt. Aroma seems to have an "off" chemical element. Black of course, with some red. Large head. Flavors of medium bodied roasted malt with some sweetness.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tallmatt67 (99) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - OCT 29, 2003
(bottled) Black with a light tan head. Toasted malt & molasses aroma. Creamy medium-full bodied beer with black patent malt dominating the palette. Molasses, chocolate, caramel (in decreasing amounts) underlying flavor: is the bitterness from hops or black malt astringency? Spicy hop finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 20, 2003
Bottle pours a deep dark ruby color that is seen only with bright back lighting. The head is a tan to off white rocky froth that sustains for some time. The aroma is subtle, but toasty and dark. The flavor is quite nice and roasted with just a hint of toasted malt and some chocolate and a slight hop finish. The palate is rich and smooth with some nice carbonation to provide a cleansing of the mouth. Overall, I like this and my introduction to the Schwarzbier category.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Kinz (3737) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - OCT 8, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 25, 2014 Black, hints of ruby and deep brown creep through the sunlight at the edges, nice creamy head that slowly fades. Aroma is actually a bit on the hoppy side, hint of vegetation over malt sweetness. Its been far too many years since I tasted one of these. Flavor is of smooth chocoaltes, a hint of caramel, and a drying hoppy finish, a bit spicy and earthy. Quaffable and wonderful. Why does Sprecher taunt me by sending root beer to Virginia but not their high octane stuff? RERATE: Slightly stunned to find this on tap at Commercial. Tasting notes the same! Rating the same! Hops just more floral than I had recalled. Still a sentimental favorite.


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