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RATINGS: 555   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45/5   IBU: 32   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Robust and smooth, this full-flavored lager is exceptionably drinkable and pitch black in color.

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4.4
samsmith33 (772) - - APR 4, 2013
Aroma is Smokey, peat, barley,slight chocolate, slight banana. Dark black color. Creamy lasting head. Goes down nicely, and with a lot of flavor. Great beer.

4.4
THLEIGHTY (19) - - JUN 16, 2013
Very good beer! Great dark rich color and roasted smell.? Clean in the palate with a nice toasted flavor. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.4
Cooterbridge (10) - - JAN 11, 2014
Nice schwartz bier. Full bodied roasty lager with a smokey finish that lingers for just a moment or two. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.4
kidmartinek (4999) - austin, Texas, USA - APR 21, 2014
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2014 Pretty much black with a nice foamy tan head with longevity. Aroma is rich, dark roasted barley. Flavor is rich dark roasted barley as well but with enough balancing bitterness to not make this beer too sweet. Coffee and chocolate undertones. Cool on the palate and drinks more like an ale. Just good. No reason not to make this a goto front porch sitter. Its what shiner black tried to be. Even better its lower abv than light macros.

4.4
texrx (40) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 4, 2015
Pour: Dark brown with a big tan head. Smell: herbal & floral hops, lager yeast, light malt, charcoal. Taste: roasty and malty w/ a decent amount of hops. Very light chocolate and espresso notes Tart, semi dry finish-not too bitter. Very light and easy to drink. A good beer. :)

4.4
ChadPolenz (1800) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - FEB 24, 2016
BJCP Category 8B: Schwarzbier

AROMA: Plenty of roasty malt like a stout. Light chocolate/coffee. Clean fermentation; no apparent esters. 10/12

APPEARANCE: Black proper hue; dark ruby highlights. Seems filtered. Large tan foamy head - great retention and lacing. 3/3

FLAVOR: Malt-forward with dark malt and some roastiness and coffee in the background. Dry bitterness at the apex with slight floral/pine hops. Sweet, but far from cloying. Not wonderfully delicious, but Absolutely to-spec on all points! 17/20

MOUTHFEEL: Surprisingly thick for such a light beer. Medium body. Slightly dry, but easily tolerable aftertaste. Not refreshing, but fun and easy to drink. 5/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Almost a perfect beer and probably the best example of the style I can recall having. A fresh bottle might score a perfect 50! 9/10

TOTAL SCORE: 44/50

4.4
polo_marco (332) - milton, Vermont, USA - JUN 12, 2016
Smells of sweet roasted malts little bit of dark fruit. Rich dark black in color with thick three finger brownish head that slowly dissipates. Rich sweet malt Flavor with huge coffee and sweet milk chocolate coming through as the star of this brew. Full creamy body with a quick carbonation that turns to flat very fast but smooth. Very nice body and flavor one of my favorite schwarzbier thus far in my great exploration to find the world’s best beer. Nice work!

4.3
severedeer (4) - - AUG 23, 2014 does not count
It was a wonderfully surprising beer...it was malty and delicious ...I'm not normally a fan of black lagers but this one was great

4.3
Hayesryan (18) - Moscow, Idaho, USA - JAN 13, 2016
10oz tulip glass poured from tap, dense light-brown head that receded at a medium pase with nice lacing; beautiful dark brown; surprisingly light and clean malty aroma; light-medium body, minimal bitterness, straightforward, pleasantly effervescent, dissipating roasty sweet finish but not too quickly.

4.3
beerbomb (228) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 15, 2016
UPDATED: SEP 25, 2016 outstanding - aroma of dark caramel, wood, cocoa, and grass---flavor is chocolate syrup. fresh ground coffee, bread, cream, light smoke, earthy hops - smooth creamy palate - very flavorful and light - one of my favorite dark beers


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