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RATINGS: 809   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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3.9
superspak (5508) - Michigan, USA - NOV 28, 2012
16 ounce bottle into imperial pint glass, bottled 3/29/2012. Pours crystal clear extremely dark reddish brown color with a nice 1-2 finger fairly dense khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of chocolate, caramel, roasted malt, molasses, toffee, raisin, toast, nuttiness, and light herbal. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity. Taste of chocolate, caramel, toast, toffee, molasses, raisin, roasted malt, nuttiness, light coffee, biscuit, earthiness, and herbal spiciness. Light herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, toffee, molasses, roasted malt, toast, raisin, nuttiness, and herbal on the finish for a good bit. Nice balance and complexity of flavors; nicely robust with zero cloying after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy and lightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice schwarzbier! Nicely robust with good balance and complexity of flavors; very smooth to drink. Really enjoyed this one.


4.5
euniceradio (525) - Worthington, Minnesota, USA - FEB 27, 2017
12oz bottle to tulip. Pours black, solid beige head. Aroma of chocolate, caramel, molasses, coffee, dark fruit, oak, bourbon, dark candi syrup. Taste of same. Excellent roastiness. Great complex flavor, while quite quaffable.

4.5
StoutBeerReviews (131) - Kenosha, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 12, 2016
Sort of has a musty sweet smell, it’s hard to describe. Strong dark roast coffee bean flavor, medium bitterness, bit more carb than most dark beers. Pretty damn good overall, quite unique.

3.4
downender (8584) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - NOV 30, 2016
Can from Total Wines, Sterling VA. Dark brown in colour, with a decent, off-white, head. A pleasant black lager, with rich chocolate and toasty malts, some brown sugar and plenty of leafy hops, before a lingering, bitter, finish. Easy drinking for the ABV and enjoyable.

4.6
tsd08460 (1134) - 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 (1132) - 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 (1776) - 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 (2197) - 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 (627) - - 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 (8838) - 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 (11917) - 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.


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