Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAR 25, 2011
Draft. Pours a bruin body with an off white head and light retention. Light lagered tones, malty sweetness and a nice licorice tone. Dingy coco notes, with a mild coco and roasted finish. Alright. Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - FEB 25, 2011
Tap at BT. Pours a very deep dark woody brown/near pitch black with a thin lasting beige head. Aroma has a stronger roast than expected for a schwartzbier, more clean stout-like, medium earthy green hops, light chocolate, and nutty caramel hints. Flavor is less roasty, a bit more nutty and chocolate, mineral, light grass, toasty clean with a light bitter finish. Pretty good. muzzlehatch (4969) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 5, 2016
12 ounce bottle from Pearl Street Beverage in Burlington, VT, drunk a few minutes out of the fridge in a Zywiec lager glass. Darkly translucent cola color, thick off-white lasting large-bubbled head which laces finely as it decays...lightly spicy (cinnamon) toasty aroma offers more than a little smokiness, a hint of vanilla...body is a bit sweet at the front, a bit less so in the middle and finish but still perhaps more sugary than most in this style, yet offering plenty of that dark roastiness and a very smooth lager body, with a touch of bitterness to finish and light prickly carbonation; could be a little fuller I suppose but this is small as issues go. All in all an excellent representation to this palate; I wish I’d bought more von Trapp stuff on my recent visit back east but you can’t have everything. Reynolds314 (3470) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 26, 2012
On draft at Resevoir. The beer that nobody needed just wasnt very good. really tasted to me like burnt leaves smells. Just grainy, earthy, leaves, roast, and a little astringent. Maverick34 (3283) - New York, USA - FEB 28, 2011
Draught from Blind Tiger. Poured dark etc. Almost more Portery than schwarzbier - kind of thick.
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - APR 18, 2012
On tap at the brewpub in Stowe, VT. Pours a clear dark brown colored body with some mahogany highlights. Finger-width, dense and creamy, light brown head that dissipates slowly and leaves a solid lacing throughout. Aroma is nice with some bready malts, lightly sweetened caramel, a touch of smokiness, a light roast, and some floral fruits. Flavor is similar. A bit smoky up front with some soft bready malts and a light caramel. A bit of a floral fruitiness in the middle with a light roast before this finishes smooth, clean, and nicely dry from the roasts and a light hopping that give this a light bitterness. Lengthy aftertaste following medium-thin body and a soft, moderate carbonation. Overall, a pretty solid schwarzbier. The smokiness is pretty cool and this still has a nice, lightly sweetened bready maltiness that is all balanced with a clean, dry finish. Feels a tad thin at times, but drinks nicely. Good beer. tgncc (3136) - Bellmore, New York, USA - AUG 7, 2013
The aroma is roasty, smoky, chocolate. The appearance is deep brown/black, reddish hue, off-white head. The flavor is chocolate, roast, brown sugar. The finish is chocolate, roast, molasses. The flavor and finish are sweeter than the aroma. Medium in body, slightly thick. Pretty nice. MadRobin (2988) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - FEB 9, 2013
On tap in the lounge at the Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, VT.
Opaque mahogany with small khaki head and good lacing.
Aroma of roasted malt, dark fruit, smoke, toffee and caramel.
Taste of roasted malt, smoke, dark fruit, toffee & caramel. The flavors starts off with roasted malt, but the smokey flavor quickly comes in strong.
Medium body and high carbonation.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone malrubius (2961) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - NOV 14, 2015
Bottled from Meditrina. Black with ring head. Smoky caramel aroma and hint of herbs. Sweet burnt caramel coffee chocolate brown sugar maple syrup with ashy woody smoky finish. Medium light body. Could use a hint more carbonation. A lot like Jacks Abby Smoke and Dagger but not as good. I was hoping this wouldd be a Bamberger rauchbier and not a black lager. Anyhow, pretty good, but I’ll continue to drink Great Northern Smokin Rauchbier as my regular. And I’m especially glad I didn’t rate it last night when I poured it into a glass I had not properly cleaned and it sucked. Yes, clean glasses matter. craftycarl21 (2338) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 21, 2010
On tap at Bluebird Tavern in Burlington. Reddish cola colored pour with a small film of a head. Aroma brings wheat and sourdough breadiness to the forefront. Secondary notes include caramel, molasses, smoke, and rye. The flavor holds increased smoke presence and continued sweetbread and caramel. The mouthfeel is a touch thin, but really pretty tasty overall.