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Schwarzbier - Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant

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Ratings: 9
Reviews: 4
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 8.4%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant visit their website
United States

Style | ABV
Schwarzbier |  4.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Kegatron on 12-22-2008)
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4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

12-17-2011 12:03:09 | More by Oakenator
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4.05/5  rDev +3.1%

On tap at the brewpub on 12/20/08.

Pours a dark brown (almost black) with some garnet highlights shining through and big ole' creamy head of mocha colored foam. The retention stays strong and thick, leaving a nice looking latticework of patchy lacing behind. The aroma is surprisingly floral and citric smelling up front, but as it warms, a solid undercurrent of dark roast, chocolate, and caramel emerges.

The taste is similar, with a surprisingly assertive hoppy profile of tingling bitterness and a splash of citrus that dominates at first. Luckily as this warms, a solid roasty layer of chocolate and caramel malts comes out to play, evening out the hops, and providing a well balanced profile with just the right amount of flavor without being overly bitter. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice creamy feel that almost gets up to fuller status. Pretty darn good considering that this is in sub 5% ABV territory.

This was a little too hoppy at first, but it evened out nicely and made for a quite refreshing and flavorful dark beer experience. And with the lower ABV, this is perfect for winter time imbibing. Good stuff!

12-22-2008 02:17:15 | More by Kegatron
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3.63/5  rDev -7.6%

A 16 oz glass served at the Lancaster brewpub.

A: The schwarzbier lives up to its name, it is a dark black/brown color, looking like jet black coffee. Head retention was minimal.

S: The nose is bready, with burnt notes that are not intensely strong. A decent hop profile cuts through the burnt grain flavors.

T: The grainy malts dominate the taste, dark and burnt with a residual sweetness that has chocolate and caramel in spades. Hoppiness is evident but not overwhelming.

M: The mouthfeel is strong but not full. The flavors stand out but the overall malt-centric nature of the beer prevents it from getting to strong.

D: A decent quaffer, the beer is solid without a lot of bells and whistles.

01-03-2009 20:09:50 | More by akorsak
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

10-12-2013 01:24:26 | More by rfgetz
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New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev -8.9%

On tap at Iron Hill Phoenixville, PA. Pours dark brown with long lasting, off-white, creamy head. Aroma is of prunes, coffee, herbal hops, toasted, nutty malt. Body is medium and smooth. Taste is similar to aroma. Finish is long, coffee like. Nice brew.

05-19-2013 18:27:36 | More by mikeg67
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

12-07-2011 21:14:38 | More by ROGUE16
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +1.8%

05-23-2013 16:09:42 | More by InspectorBob
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3.9/5  rDev -0.8%

I had this on tap served in a pils glass.
A - Deep walnut/cola brown w/ a 1 finger light beige cap w/ subtle laces streams adorning the glass

S - Mild cocoa/roasted aroma w/ hints of noble hops and mild cream

M - Slightly dry feel w/ sufficient roasted character, moderate carbonation and mild bitterness. Tinges of nutty/dry toast in the finish are very good texture-wise

T - The flavor of this black lager is especially good w/ very light burnt malt notes and very tasty roasted characteristics +lager yeast givig the flavor a subtle mellow middle which leads into a crisp taste w/ bready, toasty and earthy hop hints. There is a hint of bran also w/ a light lactic quality which also brings a bit of mineral to mind, but it is only there if search for it.

D - An excellent lager, one of my favorites style-wise. I could probably drink a growler of this easily. You can tell the skill of a brewer by the lagers I am told - This is a traditional, well brewed schwarzbier

01-14-2009 03:12:15 | More by Slatetank
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

09-18-2012 19:55:39 | More by garuda
Schwarzbier from Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
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