zkascak (2) - Ohio, USA - MAR 17, 2010 does not count
nice dark beer, almost black, with an aroma of chocolate, that has a creamy texture. One of my favorite beers and love that I can get it now at Heinen’s. nuplastikk (6224) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 14, 2013
12oz bottle. Opaque brown-black body. Thin, oily beige head laces the glass. Pretty surprisingly smooth for 9%, still really comes off as a Schwarz. Smooth brown chocolate tones, not sticky or brutal. Really quite an impressive offering, noteworthy for how smooth and sessionable it is. Clean. Great. brentfeesh (1208) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - OCT 5, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 23, 2008 Poured at GABF 2005. Clear, deep brown with amber leanings. No head. Faint aroma with maltyness and dark fruit (dates perhaps). Flavor is complex. Easy chocolate with cherries, prunes, (other dark fruit as well…perhaps) and a light alcohol burn. Well blended hops add a nice accent. Full-round body. Great stuff! DavidP (1748) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 3, 2005
GABF ’05. Dark brown body. Roasty malt aroma with some cherry fruit elements. The flavor combines milk chocolate sweetness, lactic black malt and good coffee. Toffee/roast in the finish. cking (1175) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - FEB 28, 2009
Skeptical of an imperial Schwarzbier, I was quickly appeased after my first taste. This rich treat offered plenty of complexity. Medium to dark brown color with a collapsing tan head and minor strands of lacing. Pleasing scents of mild chocolate and heavy cream that lead to an earthy, mildly fruity aroma. Velvety smooth while maintaining a filling, soft body. Robust malts with a sugary kick. Raisin bran and muffins that are offset by a noble hop aspect. Chocolate and caramel flavors are present as well. This beer has plenty of flavors to even satisfy Pizza the Hut!
Kinz (3786) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - NOV 13, 2011
Pours a very dark brown. Aroma and flavor are similar, sort of a raisin influenced malt note throughout. Interesting, rather liked it. superspak (5514) - Michigan, USA - JUN 14, 2016
12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours clear nearly opaque dark brown color, with a 2 finger dense and fluffy tan head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of chocolate, cocoa, caramel, brown sugar, toasted dark bread, and nuttiness; with light coffee, raisin, plum, herbal, pepper, and roast/toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt and light earthy hop/fruity yeast notes; with good strength. Taste of big chocolate, cocoa, caramel, brown sugar, toasted dark bread, biscuit, and nuttiness; with light coffee, raisin, plum, herbal, pepper, and roast/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate herbal hop and roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, caramel, brown sugar, toasted dark bread, biscuit, nuttiness, herbal, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and light earthy hop/fruity yeast flavors; with a great roasted bitter/sweet balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light dryness from roast/bitterness as well. Nicely clean on lager flavors with minimal yeast notes present. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, creamy/bready/silky, and lightly sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice imperial schwarzbier style. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and light earthy hop/fruity yeast flavors; very smooth and easy to drink for the ABV. Very rich and well rounded in malt complexity. A very enjoyable offering. Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 25, 2008
On tap at the Brew Kettle. Poured darker garnety-brown with a short cap of beige head. The aroma picked up sweet toasty and roasty black malts (semi-sweet chocolate and licorice came through) upfront with some dark fruit, herbs, and almost rye-ey spices behind. The flavor was sweeter with chocolate, molasses, and blackberries.. toasty with alcohol-accented blacker malt bitterness around the edges.. spicy and warm on the finish with more dark fruit. Medium-plus bodied and smooth on the palate, again with a spicy, warm finish.. solid balance.. cool that this heavier brew still held onto its schwarzbier roots. TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - JUL 17, 2008
On tap at the Brew Kettle. Pours a deep brown with amber notes and a medium creamy tan head that left lacing. Aroma was a malt sweetness, molasses, nuts, dark fruits, light smoke and some vanilla. Flavor of toasty sweet malt, toffee, nuts, dark fruits, woody, grains and vanilla. thirdeye11 (6160) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 20, 2010
(22oz bottle thanks to bu11zeye) Pours medium brown with nice bubbles and great lacing. Nose of toast, caramel, light citrus hops. Taste of citrus hops, light chocolate, and nuts. Nice carbonated finish.