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Short's Black Diamond - Short's Brewing Company

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Ratings: 97
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 11.83%
Wants: 0
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Short's Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Schwarzbier |  ABV ?

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: TheBrewo on 11-01-2013

The new Schwartzbier brew, which translates into a German-style black lager, will be called “Black Diamond”— giving it a nod to winter and skiing. Visually, black lagers can be deceiving, featuring an opaque, black color and a full, chocolatey flavor similar to stout or porter. But unlike its dark cousins, Schwartzbier features a bottom fermenting lager yeast, which produces a medium-bodied brew with a smooth finish that will be worth savoring.

Originally brewed for Shanty Creek's 50th Anniversary.
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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Part of a mix-a-six for $10. Poured into a good ol' shaker pint. Bottled 11/05/13. My first schwarzbier, that I know of.

Appearance: Pretty much just pitch black. A soapy little head floats on top, but doesn't last long. Lacing's here-and-there... nothing really special, but looks alright.

Smell: Think of an old man with chronic halitosis who just took a sip of coffee and did that "Ahhhh!!" right in your face. It seriously smells almost exactly like that. I should rate this beer a 1 on aroma because of that, but for some reason, I won't. Okay, I'm exaggerating. I got that smell on my first whiff, but now it's just a roasty coffee and chocolate and ... molasses? sort of aroma on it. A bit of charcoal and alcohol there too, but not much. Interesting.

Taste: Coffee and roast all the way. A lot of char/charcoal. I also get a significant sort of nuttiness in the back of my mouth on the finish, which I wasn't expecting. It's really kind of strong for me. A sort of pecan note or something. Really no chocolate in the flavor. No alcohol in the taste or feel. Aftertaste is a huge amount of roasted malt, leaving almost a burnt but not bitter flavor along with that nuttiness. Reading that this is a lager, it sort of drinks like one. Medium sort of carbonation, and a relatively thin mouthfeel with the heavy burnt nut sort of flavor make this feel and taste different than, say, a porter.

Gotta be honest, impressed. I like the depth of flavor on this beer. I had no idea this was being bottle released this year, but saw it in my bottle shop and decided to give it a shot... so incredibly glad I did. It's reminiscent of a porter, but adds more smoke/char to the flavor, and there's that great sort of nutty aftertaste. Wish I had purchased more.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into lager glass, bottled on 10/3/2013. Pours nearly opaque dark brown color with a small dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings down the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, toast, dark bread, light char, light pear/apple, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt notes with light-moderate yeast ester presence; with good strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, toast, dark bread, light char, light pear/apple, and yeast earthiness. Slight roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, light char, toast, dark bread, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance, robustness, and complexity of dark/roasted malt flavors with light-moderate yeast esters; with zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly creamy, smooth, and moderately chalky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice schwarzbier! All around nice robustness, balance, and complexity of flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Short's Black Diamond from Short's Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.