“This intensely dark Kulmbacher style lager has a superb malt complexity with the distinctive flavors and aromas of coffee, caramel and chocolate. A renowned smoothness and a creamy, tan head make it a world champion.”
Sprecher Black Bavarian
Schwarzbier, 6% ABV
Sayeth the Guys:
Ryan: Over the last year I have developed a profound appreciation for the schwarzbier style. It’s the best of both worlds; you get a light in body beer and a fairly low ABV that is loaded with intense roasted flavors, caramel, toffee and coffee beans. The Black Bavarian is a world class version of the style. Special thanks to frequent commenter Ben for providing this in a trade.
This beer pours black as night with a an inch or two of chocolatey, tan head billowing up to the rim of the glass. Intense, robust and roasted aromas spill out of the glass; caramel, toffee, dark chocolate and french roasted coffee beans. The flavors are right in line with the nose highlighted by rich, dark chocolate, roasted coffee beans, toasted malts and a bit of molasses. This beer finishes a little dry with some earthy hops and a dark chocolate bitterness.
Black Bavarian is full and creamy. In fact, it’s a little heavier than other schwarzbier’s I’ve had. But I would expect that with the intense flavors. I would love to put this up to a blind taste test with any stout or porter. I bet the Black Bavarian could take down the best. I stand by my “World Class” title for this beer. No doubt.