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Schwarzer Kristall - Brauerei Locher AG

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Schwarzer KristallSchwarzer Kristall

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90
outstanding

18 Ratings
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Ratings: 18
Reviews: 7
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 6.62%
Wants: 5
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Switzerland

Style | ABV
Schwarzbier |  6.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Mebuzzard on 10-12-2008

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Reviews by Fux:
Photo of Fux
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle bought during a trip in Switzerland last year. The latest to be drunk but not the least !
A: Very dark with a low head retention.
S: Smell is malty with notes of coffee and chocolate. Surprisingly bready and quite earthy also.
T: The flavors are not as aggressive as it could be for a stout but the taste is not so far from the style. As the bottle was probably a bit old, the flavors were changing a little during the tasting (probably due to oxidation ?) and became more resinous with hints of old wood, reminding me a bit of an aged Chimay. Unusual and very pleasant.
M: Sweet but not creamy, highly drinkable. Would perfectly fit for long winter nights (if I'd had more than one bottle of this on stock !)
O: I stole the glass of the friend with whom I made this tasting and let him drink my Westvleteren blond instead. All is said !

More User Reviews:
Photo of warnerry
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%

Photo of Giggy
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of bokreiner
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of jbro434
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark. Real Dark. No light through. Pours thick and creamy with a nice coffee foam head that leaves a nice bit of off white lacing. Hints of cherry, coffee and sweet dark chocolate up front. A very slight sour oatmeal graininess with the hints of fruit and chocolate in the mouth. The finish is deep and dry, chunky, malty sweetness that is not overpowering, just balanced out very nicely. A top notch Swiss brew from the folks in Appenzell.

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled then bought at the Singapore Beer fest in 2008. Was told it was a "stout" like bier. I said "sounds good". Pour...

Black, a bit shiny, not flat black like a Guinness or Murphy's. Some red hues to it (like the Guinness), good 1 finger head. Off white foam crept up the glass, but hung nicely. Some chunks to it, but overall fluffy and a tad soapy.
Figs and candy licorice come through in the nose. A bit bready, can smell the German influence...whatever that means. A lager with hints of chocolate and flaked hops. Dryness was nice, but it didn't overpower the malt. More flavors arrive later; red plum, raisin and that darn licorice.
Drank well, a bit tart, but clean finish. Enough aftertaste to keep you wanting more.

Photo of akttr
3.5/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MystikCelt
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of engisch
4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black. Blacker than Guiness, but not nearly as thick as Ten Fidy. The smell seems out of place in Switzerland with most beers being very light, I immediately cheers the chocolate malt aromas. The head retention isn't the best.

The flavor most reminds me of a nice porter with a high drinkability. It is definitely not stout-ish as in the case of the typical dry irish stouts, but has a few characteristics of an imperial stout. It tastes a bit like chocolate and coffee.

As for what I see in Switzerland, I would have to say this is untypical, but welcomed! Not a bad Schwarzebier!

Photo of Vinylboy20
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of FLima
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deepest black color with a thin caramel head with medium retention.
Aroma of roasted malts, coffee and dark chocolates, and bread dark crust.
Likewise, flavor of roasted coffee beans, caramels, earthy and floral hops.
Dry aftertaste with a lingering roasted note.
Light to medium body with good carbonation.
Excellent Schwarzbier, with intense flavors that are not tiresome.

Photo of rkat32
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500 ml bottle, best before May 27, 2015, batch 2001. Poured into a Spiegelau stout glass. Consumed on February 16, 2015.

L: Color is black with a one-finger, beige head that sticks around during the tasting.

S: Cocoa, roasted malt and chocolate. Fresh-baked rye bread crust.

T: Taste is a fantastic combination of roasted malts and chocolate. Toffee, biscuit malts and faint earthy hops are all present. Finishes clean and dry; very much a lager.

F: Medium-light body, slick mouthfeel, very drinkable and smooth. Roasty aftertaste remains after each sip.

Overall: One of the better schwarzbiers I’ve had the pleasure of drinking. Schwarzer Kristall is a tad more roasty than its German counterparts, which, for me, adds to its appeal. Also, props to the cool label artwork (for European beer standards) which includes the description “black stout lager” on the back. Well done.

Photo of Rumlibeers
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle served in a pilsen glass.

A: Pours a dark brown to black color forming a medium creamy and thin bubbled beige head. Great retentiont. Lots of lacings left in the glass

S: Great smell of dark chocolate and roasted malts. Notes of caramel and flowery hops. Sweet and balanced. Excellent surprise

T: Slightly sweet upfront. Strong notes of chocolate, chocolate malts, roasted malts and caramel. crispy Lager profile. Quite biscuity yeasts. Flowery hops

M: Light to medium body. Extremely smooth. Medium carbonation. Roasted aftertaste

O: Excellent drinkability. Big surprise, I was expecting s great beer but it really overpassed my expectations

Photo of MrDell
3.59/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mush
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bobdziu
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Photo of KatL80
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Schwarzer Kristall from Brauerei Locher AG
90 out of 100 based on 18 ratings.