RATINGS: 46   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.27/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 28   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
We spent a long night of brainstorming, around a few pints, to create a beer suitable to big our good friends adieu. We found that Reprieve Schwarzbier is the Artisan lager for the job. This black beer is a Bohemian Pilsner gone dark. German malts, noble hops, and lager yeast combine for our take on this traditional beer style. Though they may be moving on, we wont let the lights go dark.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
dragonlady1010 (30) - Illinois, USA - JUN 23, 2011
Served at a beer dinner in Plainfield IL. Deep amber brown but light enough to be clear. Beige head that dissipates slowly to a light lace. Aroma has notes of chocolate, nuts, coffee, and slightly spicy hops. Flavor has notes of chocolate, nuts, with more spicy hops than the aroma advertised with an appropriate amount of bitterness. Body is medium backed by good carbonation. Finish is balanced and nutty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Vir4030 (603) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 10, 2011
Appears a dark reddish brown while pouring, but a thin black in the glass. Thick head that goes down pretty fast, and a mildly fruity aroma, like black cherries, or is that the black color? Slightly roasted flavor which Im not a big fan of. Its not quite as smooth as I would enjoy. The fruitiness is also not my thing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
boFNjackson (4200) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 8, 2011
Bottle shared with RB/BA folk... Poure dark brown, near black with a khaki head. Light body, some moderate yeast flavors with a decent amount of roast, and nutty malt tones. Cocoa, dark sugars and caramel, hazelnuts, and a moderate hop character.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jstraw (1966) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 22, 2011
Dark mahogany with decent, creamy, tan head / Light nose of roast barley and sour malt / Light to medium body, dry, lively carbonation, crisp with some chewiness on the fair finish / Modest flavors of roast barley and chocolate / Not remarkable, but good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wedgie9 (2701) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 15, 2011
Tasted on 5/15/11 from a 650 mL bottle bomber bottle at Lush Roscoe. Pours clear but very dark amber with just a bit of light able to pass through with a thick beige head that slowly recedes to an even collar of lace. The nose is a bit nutty with hints of chocolate, coffee, along with somewhat herbal and spicy hops. The flavor is much lighter than the nose with a hint of chocolate, a bit of a nutty taste, and more spicy herbal hops than I expected with a nice amount of bitterness. The body is medium minus with average carbonation and a medium bitter and lightly nutty finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Headbanger (3986) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAY 12, 2011
22oz bottle 5/12/11 (Binnys Downers Grove)-46 in Lager Glass-Pours a very dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma of burnt malt, chocolate, and slight smoke. Taste of the same with some caramel and chocolate. This medium to full bodied brew is not bad but I am not a fan of this style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pailhead (6539) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - MAY 11, 2011
On tap: The aroma is s light combination of chocolate and faint roasted grains. Its a dark brown with some faint orange highlights and a two finger khaki head with good retention and leaves some nice laced rings behind. The flavor starts with light-moderate chocolate. There is a hint of fruitiness in the background. The finish has done light roasted grains and a hint of smoke and pine.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 7, 2011
Bottle. Pours clear dark brown with a thin tan head. Aroma of grain, smoke, roasted malt. A little light - decent beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
luttonm (6046) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 2, 2011
22oz bottle from Chicago. Pours clear brown-black with thin brown head. Nose is sour lagering, light grainy malting. Pretty good example of dark lager, probably better than general Eastern European versions. Tart lager yeasting, roasty finish. Juicy but a bit light at the end.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Frank (4171) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 25, 2011
Nice brown color and a thick head. Slight grain husk pilsnery smell. A bit unbalanced toward metallic bitterness and somewhat flat on the palate. Not the best example of the style.

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