RATINGS: 809   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72/5   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cblado (298) - Washington, USA - MAR 21, 2008
16 oz bottle. Pours a dark, deep brown, looks like a stout or a porter! Slight tan head. Aroma is malty and a bit like toast. The flavor is an incredible combination of malt, chocolate, and coffee notes, with a bit of caramel. Mouthfeel is slightly slick and thinner than I expected, and a bit effervescent. Overall I would highly recommend this beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
StoutBeerReviews (76) - Kenosha, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 12, 2016
Sort of has a musty sweet smell, its hard to describe. Strong dark roast coffee bean flavor, medium bitterness, bit more carb than most dark beers. Pretty damn good overall, quite unique.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
downender (8189) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
tsd08460 (951) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ozzy70 (918) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gopherfan99 (1484) - 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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
CH-303 (2066) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sjohnny (552) - - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
solidfunk (8046) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
slowrunner77 (10742) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ChadPolenz (1747) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - JUL 27, 2016
2015 BJCP Category: 8B Schwarzbier

AROMA: Fairly generic lager scent; no dark malt or sweetness. Slightly musty, otherwise neutral. 6/12

APPEARANCE: Deep ruby red to black proper. Medium dark tan foam. 2/3

FLAVOR: Light/moderate dark malt with slight bready quality. Some roasted malt comes through on the second half with a nice (but quick) chocolate flavor. Some dry bitterness is noticeable with mild spicy hop flavor. Bottle may have suffered some heat damage; palette is mild and a tad dirty. 12/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium body; moderate CO2; not crisp but not viscous like a stout. Smooth texture. Some lingering astringency. 3/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Average example of the style at best. Seems off. 5/10


DISCLAIMER: The author is not a certified BJCP judge; therefore, this score sheet is not necessarily indicative of proper BJCP judging techniques and protocol. The author is grading to 2015 BJCP Guidelines in order to prepare for examination.

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