Rosy amber-hued dunkel (dark) lager matches dry rye frontage and toasted barley slot to punctual date-raisin conflux. Simmering cocoa-caramel creaminess usurps orange-cherry-quince sway clanging sweet honey nut contour.
Earthen maroon-hued dark-lagered Schwarzbier retains hop-charred baker’s chocolate malting to dry burnt coffee finish. Ashen hickory and charcoal embers deplete cocoa-powdered fig-date souring. Off-putting cooked vegetable backdrop corrupts underlying toffee-vanilla-anise sweetness and walnut-cola nut astringency.
Caliginous mahogany hue, pungent mocha aroma, and rich malted grain insistence may mislead some to believe this is a heady brew. Instead, it’s soft on palate to black licorice-enhanced hop-backed finish. Reminiscent of Sapporo Black Stout by leaning towards moderate side without sacrificing dark beer tendencies.
Oddball Bavarian-styled black (a.k.a. dark) wheat ale benefits from peculiar chocolate-covered banana opening and hop-roasted smoked malt buttress, but suffers a bit from harsh nutty astringency. Creamy milk chocolate-y center makes up ground, but leathery tobacco quilt smothers preferred vanilla sweetness and powdered cocoa souring.
Unfulfillingly bland mahogany-hued Schwarzbier turns sourly dark fruited, leaving tart cocoa powdered cola nuttiness, vapid caramelized chocolate stead and brief coffee-oiled scour in a mess. Ancillary molasses-marshmallow-vanilla sweetness and spicy Bavarian hop bittering lighten tertiary hazelnut-pecan resonation, fig-date dash, and wood smoked-charcoal snippet inundating dryly coarse mocha finish. Another indistinct black lager caught betwixt brown ale, porter and stout stylings.
Introduced at 2003 Oregon Brewers fest, unfiltered cola-hazed Schwarzbier-styled German black beer opens with spruced hop nose, pine malt musk and nutty dark chocolate-coffee variance. Smoked wood bitterness stays on tongue forever. Firm finish adds brusque black licorice swirl and ashy residual to the mocha mix.