Bulk_Carrier (6065) - Vermont, USA - NOV 24, 2015
This was poured into a pilsener glass.
The appearance was a dark brown close to black color with a one and a half foamy off-white to tan head. Light foamy lacing stuck around the sides of the glass nicely.
The smell started with a delicate amount of sweet milk chocolate sliding into a graceful smokiness. Light roasty edges balance it out.
The taste was semi-sweet and roasty initially bringing in the smoke to balance. Light bready/yeastiness flows nicely into the grand scheme of things.
On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium with a nice score of level maltiness sliding over my tongue.
Overall, really nice schwarzbier ranging close to the "rauchbier" style. dlovell2 (2236) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 24, 2016
On tap at brewery. Pours black with tan head. Smoky roasted malt aroma with chocolate malt. Flavor is dark roasted malt with a caramel malt flavor that comes out as the beer warms. Unsweetened chocolate. Smoky flavor throughout beer. Nice roasted finish. Another fantastic beer from Von Trapp. So good I bought a six pack. 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. BierIsland (8) - Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 4, 2013 does not count
A bit smokier than expected, these roasted malts add up to a true consolation. A very nice winter beer. curepute (141) - New York, USA - JAN 6, 2014
Had a bottle sitting in my fridge for ten months. Time did good things to it! Black color, no head. Big smoke, toasted malts. The sweetness has mellowed out since the the time I had it at the brewery. Taste is: rauch, chocolate, toasted malts, toffee. The smoke wraps around the whole beer nicely, not over powering though. Very solid.
muzzlehatch (4970) - 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. Fred82 (2331) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 21, 2011
On tap at Burlington Flatbread.j12601 (13028) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAR 2, 2011
Appearance : Deep clear dark amber with a small head. Nice lacing.
Aroma : Roasted malt with nice raisins and great malt. Light hops. Nice fruits.
Taste : Light caramel with malt and raisins. Great malt. LIght carbonation, very nice mouthfeel. Long finish with a nice bitterness.
Overall : Very nice brew. Very light and drinkable but with a nice complexity. Nice carbonation level. Very clean. Great notes of caramel and raisins. Very drinkable. Nice stuff.
On tap at the Blind Tiger. Pours a clear ruby brown to black with a medium sized beige head. Roast, toast, and chocolate on the nose. Roast, toast, smooth chocolate and cocoa. Quite smooth, nice cocoa and chocolate on the finish. Very tasty stuff. bellco33 (835) - Willington, Connecticut, USA - DEC 28, 2013
On tap at the brewery: Pours dark brown with a thick tan head. The aroma is roasted, smokey, and a bit of chocolate. Taste is more of the same, but is quite a bit sweeter than most of Trapp’s offerings. It is still quite enjoyable, though. A little hop bite at the back end but not much. Medium body, slightly sticky on the palate, pretty enjoyable. AirForceHops (7680) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - APR 30, 2016
12 oz. bottle. Dark brown / black with thin white head. Aroma shows coffee, caramel, burnt grain.
Flavor is spot on for the style. Molasses / caramel base that gives some mild sweetness. Mild nuances of chocolate. The finish has a burnt grain and very light smoky hint. Traces of yeast. The carbonation is moderate with a chalky / smoky grain texture. Easy to drink. This is rather nice.