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Schwartz Bier - Devils Backbone Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

151 Ratings
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Ratings: 151
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 10.79%
Wants: 3
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Devils Backbone Brewing Company visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
Schwarzbier |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: on 07-24-2009)
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5/5  rDev +31.6%

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Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +25%

01-10-2014 01:46:02 | More by TaylorK
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Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +25%

11-10-2013 01:53:57 | More by BDF2000
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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

02-26-2013 02:53:23 | More by Rhettroactive
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Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

05-25-2013 03:43:15 | More by mulliwater
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NormLobstah

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

05-25-2013 03:43:39 | More by NormLobstah
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wrightst

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

06-25-2014 02:27:33 | More by wrightst
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Gaffattack

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

09-06-2013 20:26:20 | More by Gaffattack
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Jimmys

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle. boned on MAR 11 2013. also, my label states this as a 5.1%ABV brew...

A: a rich brown hued body. dark, but opaque around the edges. head is a light brown and fairly frothy. retention is good.

S: a sizeable roasted malt aroma. chocolate as well. lots of both. smooth and inviting. reminds me a bit of a dry irish stout.

T: sweet, roasty, and fucking smooooth. the nature of this roast gives an impression of bacon at times. plenty of roast, mild sweet chocolate. actually as the sip continues this is all about the roast. that and a very smooth. I cant taste any fermentation flavors, but can tell this was fermented nice and cool as any goofy ale notes are masked.

M: average, fizzy carb on a medium flavored body.

D: a really awesome example of a Schwarz. brewed and packaged as intended. well-done guys. pick some up if given the opportunity.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2013 02:50:41 | More by Jimmys
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Gavage

New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: dark brown almost black in color with a 1" tan colored head.

Aroma: chocolate and roasted malts were easily detectable.

Taste: mild roasted malt, dark chocolate, hints of espresso, prunes, and a moderate balancing bitterness creates a flavorful beer.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, but a bit thinner than a porter. Lightly crisp to start, smooth at the finish. Long roasted flavor aftertaste.

Drinkability: this beer was extremely quaffable and very flavorful. One of the better beers during my visits to the brewpub.

Serving type: on-tap

08-20-2010 13:02:32 | More by Gavage
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blackie

Virginia

4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

post-hike draft at the brewpub back in the pre-bottling days, entered from notes...

a: served in a tall, curved logo glass, this black lager is surprisingly black in color - only some slight brown showing on the edges, sporting a mocha colored head with good retention

s: the nose features roasted barley malts providing aromas of roast, coffee, and cocoa with a modest caramel sugar underneath, hops earthy, very nice aroma with a strength not expected from a low abv lager - even a dark one

m: carbonation moderate, and the body deceptively light but still carrying a bit of malty weight

t: the palate features dark barley roast with hints of steeped coffee and dry chocolate powder painted on a structure of clean lager malts, flashes of caramel sugar but transitioning to a crisp dryness after the swallow, the interplay of malt types creating lots of variance within each sip, hop flavors of earthy grass and a moderate bitterness to the clean finish

o: greatly enjoyed this scwarzbier - maybe it was the mood of a warm late summer evening in the mountains, but it's one of my favorites of the style, as this one seemed to have more character than most schwarzbiers I've had - and maybe blurred what I expected from the style a little bit

Serving type: on-tap

04-08-2013 01:25:07 | More by blackie
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jtierney89

New Jersey

4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle says 5.1% ABV. Deep brown almost black in color. Off white head that thins out rather quickly. Black chocolate and coffee on the nose. No astringency, rather clean nose.

Very interesting. Very savory beer while being rather light bodied. Toasted grain, some burnt coffee and chocolate, savory on the mid-palate, Faint bitterness cleans up remaining flavors. Beer finishes clean and balanced. Subtle but with some great flavors that go together really well. Faint burnt ends that add to the flavor rather then take away from it. A really nice schwarzbier.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2013 01:25:21 | More by jtierney89
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Jeffreysan

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours completely black and devoid of all light, like tar, with two fingers of oatmeal-colored head that lasted forever! Beautiful looking beer!

Aroma: Lots of roasted malt, burnt sugar and toffee. Slight coffee notes. Chocolate.

Taste: Like the aroma, lots of roasted malt and bitter chocolate (in a good way!). Some smoke, but not overpowering like a smoked beer or German rauchbier. Slight notes of caramel, burnt sugar. Delicious!

Mouthfeel: Medium with tons of carbonation. Very refreshing.

Overall: This is a great beer! A great example of what an American version of a little known and often ignored German style of beer, the Schwarzbier. I’m going to have to keep some more of this on hand.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2013 22:36:22 | More by Jeffreysan
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Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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nbaradel443

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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Mattyb79

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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raveskdr

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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ShepardCommander

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

02-06-2014 04:03:15 | More by ShepardCommander
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Cubmaster938

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

04-11-2013 01:54:40 | More by Cubmaster938
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cyguyjg

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

03-23-2014 18:35:52 | More by cyguyjg
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mikem0487

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

07-01-2013 01:44:00 | More by mikem0487
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billab914

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

06-21-2013 21:58:05 | More by billab914
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nickfl

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

03-27-2013 03:26:48 | More by nickfl
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Chaney

District of Columbia

4.06/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presently the #31 ranked Schwarzbier here on BA.

Served in a DC Brau jar.

A: Poured almost black as night with ever the slightest bit of ruby slivers peeking around the edges. The head was car wash stuff.

S: Understated overall... maybe a bit of roasted, soggy grains that were reminiscent of breakfast cereal.

T: Very smooth and drinkable... remarkably so. Not as much roast as I thought I was going to get, which was fine by me. This was supposed to be a dark lager and NOT a porter.

M: The "German" influence really shined to my mind in it's very well-disciplined, sugar bill (or lack thereof). Nice carbonation and this sucker was INFINITELY drinkable.

O: I was actually a bit thirsty before taking my first few sips and this actually quenched my thirst. I'm hoping this one sticks around during the fall. This would make a nice addition to my annual Halloween party.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2013 02:22:30 | More by Chaney
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KomodoDragon

Virginia

4.06/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Black with red highlights, 1/2 inch long lasting cream head

S - grassy, sour

T - Must say, not working w/in a style I generally like nor seek out, but this one has a nice toasted grain flavor and crisp bitter finish. A little sweet coffee flavor and some nuttiness. Great complexity.

M - A little tingle on the top of the mouth accompanies the creaminess

Nice complex flavors. One to seek out.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2013 03:38:53 | More by KomodoDragon
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Schwartz Bier from Devils Backbone Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 151 ratings.