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RATINGS: 38   MEAN: 3.39/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
This German-style black lager has a rich aroma of coffee, chocolate, caramel, and toasted malt, medium-full body, and a roasty yet smooth finish. Bronze medalist in the Great American Beer Festival.
2011 vintage: 5.5% abv

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3.4
BVery (11240) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - SEP 3, 2011
Tap at the brewpub. Jet black pour with a grayish-white head. Roasted coffee, malt, and mild chocolate on the nose. Moderate mouthfeel. Taste was roated malts, coffee, and a touch of sweet.

1.5
crossovert (13747) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 21, 2011
Didn’t remind me of a schwarzbier in the least. Too raoasty and not carbonated enough.

3
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 21, 2010
Another nice beer. Dark pour with light head. Nose of chocolate, coffee and toasty goodness. Flavor is crisp, light and had good roasted character.

3.5
tmoreau (4596) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - OCT 21, 2010
On tap at the brewpub bar, and chose a czech-pils glass serving. The color was clear, dark brown, almost black/brown, with some garnet tones showing through the liquid. The head was off white, modest, and reduced rather quickly to a ring and film, but left some wavey lacing. The aroma was roasted coffee and some baker’s cocoa in a lesser degree. The flavor exposed smooth malt, just a hint of sweetness, and low+ hop bitterness that teamed up with some roasty dryness to persist into the finish. A flavorful "black Pils".

3.2
IlanMan (1015) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 11, 2010
On tap at Fox Cities Brewfest. Pour was dark with an aroma of chocolate roasted wheat and light coffee. Blend was nice with a light body and flavors of yeast, dry wheat, light chocolate, and a touch of roasted characters. Good brew.

3.7
dekester1 (369) - Town of Maple Creek, Wisconsin, USA - APR 20, 2010
Served in a pint glass with only light tan rim foam remaining. Very dark - dark brown, almost black. Complex aroma of coffee, dark chocolate and grains. Taste was extremely rich and complimented my Walleye fillet nicely. Great mouthfeel and this stuff finished real smooth. If you ever get to Green Bay, you need to stop in at Titletown!

3.8
nuplastikk (6421) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 29, 2009
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2010 Draft at OF. Opaque black with a respectable, lasting head. Nice roasty bittersweet chocolate aroma. Very nice. Full out flavor yet a medium bodied watery finish. Solid specialty malt bill. Creamy with a borderline lactic touch. True to style and right on.

3.6
esjaygee (3904) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 23, 2009
On tap at Titletown Brewing Company. Black with a thin tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, caramel and very light chocolate. Taste of dark roasted malts, dark chocolate and mild caramel. Fairly smooth with minor malt bitterness.

3.6
DrnkMcDermott (3130) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - AUG 21, 2009
Beer #23 at GTMW ’09. They called it "Dark Helmet #3" when poured. Dark beer, head starts brown at point of beer contact, but is quite white at the top. After a note of root beer to start, the taste tends more toward a stout in taste, with dark roasts, but no chocolate or coffee. Goes down very nice.

3.3
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 8, 2009
On tap at Titletown. Poured deep brown, near black with a short cap of beige head. The aroma was very rich with deep chocolate and coffee upfront.. wafts of vanilla and earth accented.. not much of a hop presence here, but the malts were presented well. The flavor found sweeter chocolates than the nose indicated, along with black patent, coffee, and a touch of vanilla.. the bitterness that surrounded was hard to place and lacked direction.. sweet overall and a little spicy on the back. Medium-bodied with scratchy carbonation on the palate.. OK flow.. only the bitterness stuck on the finish. Aiight.


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