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RATINGS: 798   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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
superspak (6008) - Waterford, 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.


3.7
BeerInHeaven (479) - Brillion, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 13, 2017
pours black with a medium tan head. roasted malt aroma. Substantial mouth feel. Very nice rich roasted malt taste with some black coffee notes. bittersweet finish and linger. Really good!

3.8
bwy (94) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 25, 2017
As the look and smell of a stout. Has the taste and texture of a lager. A best of both worlds blend. Reviewed on A Brew With You, Ep. 101

3.6
PhillyCraft (7919) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 19, 2017
Backlog, bottle pours a blackish color with a medium tan head. Nose is bitter roast, coffee bean, caramel, and chocolate. Flavor was most of the same. Nice black lager.

3.2
Itzjerm (3114) - Taft, Tennessee, USA - AUG 10, 2017
Light smoke flavors. Nose is just dark grains. Does have a light astringent bite. Very subtle husk flavor. Overall not bad. Average. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
gripweed57 (2862) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - JUL 31, 2017
From old tasting notes. Blackish brown, nearly opaque with a quickly disappating tan head. Aroma is slightly dry and vinous in nature. Semisweet roasted malt flavor upfront. Bitter hops in middle. Smooth dry finish has good hop character. Aftertaste is dry and somewhat bitter, yet long and interesting. Very lightly carbonated. Fairly well balanced and full bodied. Subtle and unique.

4.5
euniceradio (562) - 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 (241) - 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 (8882) - 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 (1241) - 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 (1283) - 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.


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