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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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3.6
notalush (5866) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 23, 2008
A solid schwarz that drinks more like a porter - medium-bodied, with a strong roasty character and bitter chocolate flavor - a bit of coffee and sweet cream flavor - the sweetness gets stronger in the finish, but the roasted flavor keeps it in balance - quite good.

3.6
DrnkMcDermott (3096) - 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.

3.6
DasBierChef (1083) - Hudson, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 4, 2012
Very clever name for this tasty schwarzbier! Pours a deep black and has a nice roasty aroma and flavor to it.

3.6
wilnatp (692) - Minnesota, USA - MAY 22, 2012
TAP at Titletown. Pour is black. Aroma of subtle coffee, chocolate, and malt. Taste is a bit sweet. Medium body. One of the better beers on their line-up.

3.6
Gespuccian (141) - Wisconsin, USA - SEP 10, 2016
Nose is roast, some dark chocolate. Taste corresponds. Nice dark roast flavor. Almost coffee like. Slightly bitter, smooth mouthfeel. Very nice beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
tmoreau (4298) - 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".

3.5
Travlr (24292) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - AUG 12, 2015
Draft. Hazy brown color, tan head. Aroma of coffee, toffee, dark fruit. Taste has cocoa, coffee, plums. Not bad.

3.5
akoeninger (748) - Wisconsin, USA - AUG 15, 2016
On tap at The Old Fashioned. Opaque black tan head. Light roasty and spiced aroma. Lots of roast in the taste with almost cinnamon hints in the finish. Medium bodied

3.5
Drake (13647) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 18, 2017
12 ounce bottle from Flanagan’s Appleton. Dark brown, large foamy tan head, decent retention. Aroma of strong roasted malt and a bit of smoke. The taste is roasted malts, dark chocolate, a bit of plum. Thin, mild lingering bitterness. Solid.

3.4
Aggiebob (1100) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - DEC 23, 2016
Bottle. Black with off-white head. Aroma of roasted malt with notes of chocolate.


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