Brewed by Vancouver Island Brewing
Style: Schwarzbier
Victoria, Canada


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RATINGS: 62   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.21/5   IBU: 25   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
All the taste of a perfectly balanced German Dark Lager, but made right here on the 48th parallel. Excellence knows no borders.

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probstblueribbon (4088) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 23, 2007
341 mL bottle from BC Liquor Stores, served almost cold in a rocks glass.

App.: Fairly dark cola, clear, mocha head that dissipates quickly. Aroma: Tight nose, kinda dirty and skunky with some odd earthy, nutty notes. A bit of roasted malt as it warms (I’m stretchin’ it here...). Palate: Medium body and fairly full, sharp carbonation. Flav.: Some roasted malt notes, bread crust/toast, a bit nutty, maybe a bit of floral hops in the background. Finishes with a hint of bitterness and little residual roastiness.

Schwach, Herr Hermann. Nicht so gut.

Crit (4057) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 30, 2002
Deep brown color. Lightly roasted malt nose.Malt palate throughout, with very soft hops.

Gerbeer (4013) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 14, 2012
355 ml bottle. Pours a dark red/brown with nice light head. Aromas of toast and malt. Flavors of cereal and cardboard up front with malty slighly smoky finish.

asheft (3108) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 3, 2010
[bottle] Toasty aroma with some dried fruit and a touch of nuts. Almost opaque black with a beige ring and wisps. Slightly chalky flavour that is nutty and with hazelnuts. Sweet and medicinal with herbs and faint vanilla. Light body, moderate carbonation, slightly nutty finish.

bulldogops (2907) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 11, 2009
On tap at Howard Johnson (by the Commonwealth pool). Very dark pour with a weak tan head that is frothy, but fades quickly. Aroma is roasted malts, molasses. Taste is mild cofeee, chocolate, and molasses. Finish is quite smooth, this beer is quite enjoyable.

austinpowers (2831) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 29, 2003
An odd, indescribable smell wafts from the glass. Sits in the glass like a black elixir. This came as perhaps one of the most pleasant surprises of my beer sojourn to Vancouver. More than a lager with dark food coloring, this possessed complexity and malty character that made me contemplate its depths. Bravo!

Lagerboy (2239) - British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 2, 2013
341 ml bottle. Clear deep dark copper, lasting small foamy tan head. Aroma of darker roasted lager malt, chocolate and nuts. Taste is darker toasty lager malt, milk chocolate, a bit nutty with a hint of coffee, faint earthy herbal hop. Average carbonation, light bodied, lightly hopped. Surprisingly nice milder robust flavor with a light clean lager finish makes it: MLF (More Lagerboy Friendly)

Enniskillen (2061) - Bakersfield, California, USA - SEP 13, 2007
Very dark brown, no head. Aroma is caramel, toffee, light alcohol roasted malts. Taste is a light roastiness, caramel, light alcohol, chocolate.

BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 29, 2003
Quite a nice beer. Dark body with a good tan head. Very nice malts in the nose and flavour. Nice tasty finish.

bth122 (1639) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 19, 2017
Draft at Whistler. Pours a dark brown color with generous head. Smooth roasted malts with some cocoa and caramal nutty background. Texture is on creamy side. Medium light body. It’s pretty good.

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