esjaygee (3904) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 6, 2013
On tap at Vintage Brewery. Dark brown with ruby lowlights and a thin tan sky. Aroma of dark roasted malts, faint chocolate and a bit a smoked malts and nuts. Taste of nuts, dark roasted malts perhaps a bit over-roasted, light chocolate and a metallic ending. RobertDale (6380) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - JUL 30, 2013
On tap at the brewpub. Comes dark brown with a decent tan head. Aroma of malt, chocolate, and smoke. Taste is roasted malt, chocolate, caramel, and smoke. Smoke is not overwhelming. Good stuff. adnielsen (10605) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 22, 2013
Tap @ Vintage with nuplastikk. Pours a brown/black appearance with a brown head. Roasty malty, a touch smoky, mild chocolate, earthy nose. Easy drinking, roasty, earthy, herbal, grassy, chocolate flavor. Solid brew. MrPickles (438) - Waunakee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 19, 2012
Sampled at the Quivey’s Grove Beer Fest. This was the best of the day for me. Little smoke and more chocolate and roast. My favorite of all the Vintage beers to date. nuplastikk (6216) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 16, 2011
Draft at Vintage. Deep ruby red brown, thin beige head. Sweet, sugary, brown chocolate aroma. A really well executed Schwarz, doughy malt tones lots of caramel and chocolate but also balanced. Quite an authentic feel, quality. Medium bodied easy drinker. Soft on the palate, excellent. A touch watery but to style.
BVery (10327) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - SEP 5, 2011
Tap at the brewpub. Very dark brown pour with a creamy white head. Roasty malt nose. Medium body. Roasted malt and oat on taste. Skyview (5927) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - AUG 28, 2011
Sampled on draught at the Vintage brewpub in Madison, Wisconsin during the GTMW weekend. Pours a clear dark cola brown colored brew with an average beige colored head that quickly dissipates and leaves some spotty lacing. Aroma of toasted dark malt, a hint of medicinal dry hops, cocoa and some light yeast. Taste is light to medium bodied, flavors of toasted dark malt, a hint of roasted nuts, cocoa and some dry hops. Finish has some light husk, low alcohol presence, then a crisp aftertaste that quickly disappears. TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - AUG 14, 2011
Draft on tap the brewpub (Madison, WI). Pours a nice darker roasty hue, black with brownish ruby edges, not opaque as pretty light hits the bottom and edges, a frothy tannish head dies to a thicker film and laces ok. Aromas are some inviting roast and toast, a touch of anise, cocoa, and some telltale darker sweetness, a touch creamy. Initial is medium bodied, perhaps a touch lighter as this dark lager offers toast, nuts, and earthy roast. Some dark cocoa, touches of anise, and a faint hint of ash. Lingering cocoa, some earthy malts and tobbacco. Really digging this. Backend offers more roast, earth, and light bakers cocoa. Lingering earth, nuts, and ash on the palate. Solid Schwarz that keeps away from sweetness and doesn’t "Anise Up" the joint. Favorite thus far. Brigadier (3665) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - AUG 12, 2011
On tap (brewpub)
madvike (3250) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 4, 2011
This could have had more smoke but for a sessionable schwartzbier it hits the spot perfectly. Fresh from the source it rivals some of the best bottled examples that I’ve tried over the years. Without creating fatigue it provides an experience that renews and refreshes the palate.
Aroma / Appearance - A fluid rich black body swirls like cheap instant coffee around the glass. A trace amount of head provides the accent under the dim lights. Roasted malts, smoke, and mold hops bring to mind a clean but dark alleyway obscured by shadows and fog.
Flavor / Palate - Light liquid smoke, iced tea, and malts blend carelessly on the palate. The soft finish hints at bitterness and alcohol without overdoing either. A good complement to the sahti this is yet another great way to open with a sessionable winner.
On tap at the brewpub - Pours dark brown with a small off-white head. Rich nutty malt on the nose, lightly milky. Really nice balanced malt taste--dark bread and a robust nuttiness. Real smooth, with just a slight herbal hop presence on the finish. Velvety in the mouth, with smooth carbonation. Very nice.