OldGrowth (3665) - 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 Aurelius (5570) - 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. Silphium (3198) - 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. 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. 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.
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! DaSilky1 (2608) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 4, 2004
dark with only a tad of red tint..a dark brown head..lagery, salty, dark chocolate aroma..saly peanut skins and dark malts and lager yeast flavors...dark chocolate..yet bitter...solid brew however. BBB63 (6567) - 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. ElGaucho (2401) - 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. DrnkMcDermott (3137) - 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 that’s 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.