Darkside Schwarzbier | Rocky River Brewing

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Rocky River Brewing
Ohio, United States

Style: Schwarzbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Winter

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Added by AltBock on 12-18-2008

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3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This new Rocky River Brewing Co. beer was on tap there around 12/17/2008. Their little beer menu didn't list any of this beer's specifications. Every other beer had them listed except this one. Rocky River served this beer to me in a standard pint glass.

This Schwarzbier poured a thick solid ink black color. I held it up to the light to see if any light could penetrate this beer's ink black color. Not one ray of light could penetrate this beer's solid black color. It couldn't even shine through at the bottom or at the top of the beer. That's how black this beer truly was. Sitting on top of this ink colored beer was a nice creamy 1/2 to 3/4 of an inch head of tan colored foam. This tan head of foam had pretty good retention that left behind a string of foamy tan rings and only a few spots of tan lace.

The aroma was mostly a mix of dark roasted malts and dark roasted coffee beans. Those were the two main aromas. Behind those two aromas was a hint of dark chocolate and a subtle touch of sweet caramel. If this beer was swirled around, the roasted malts and coffee beans died down a little bit and let through some dark fruits. Great dark roasted aroma!

The dark roasted malts and the dark roasted coffee beans ruled over this beer with an iron fist. Again, these two were the main focus. Cowering behind the malts and coffee was a speck of dark chocolate and a hint of crispy roasted hops. There was very little if any sweetness in the taste. The roasted malts and coffee beans must have kicked the sweetness out of this beer. They wanted no part of that in their beer.

This was a medium bodied beer that contained a dark roasted aftertaste of roasted malts, roasted coffee beans, a splash of dark chocolate, and a pinch of roasted hops.

In the end this was an easy drinking dark roasted Schwarzbier. I've had problems with my Schwarzbiers not being roasted enough or they were too weak. This one didn't have any of those problems. It had the right roasted level and it wasn't close to being a weak beer. If you see this one on tap at Rocky River, get it!

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Darkside Schwarzbier from Rocky River Brewing
Beer rating: 3.98 out of 5 with 1 ratings
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