Nevermore Lager
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery

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Lager - Schwarzbier
Ranked #66
Ranked #24,171
3.91 | pDev: 5.88%
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
United States
Very Good
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Rifugium from North Dakota

3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Rock Bottom, King of Prussia, PA

Pours a nice ruby-black with a finger of tan head tha retained well. Roastiness in the aroma: malts, coffee, toffee. The taste follows the aroma; woody, dark sweet malts, chocolate and roasted coffee, the latter providing a sense of bitterness. Standard but all-around good schwarzbier. Medium mouthfeel, smooth, and always a pleasure to see on the chalkboard.

Jun 03, 2011
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JunkYardJake from Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the brewery.
Served to me a beautiful charcoal color with amber highlights and a full tan head. Smell was mostly of chocolate malt with mild smoke notes. Quite a pleasant nose. Taste is nice and malty with alot of chocolate and hazelnut. Very fluid mouthfeel with low bitterness. Easy drinker that pairs nicely with a hearty meal. Another solid effort from Rock Bottom.

Aug 17, 2010
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deapokid from Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank at the bar last night:

Chalkboard above bar noted a birthdate of 7-24-2009 and an ABV of 5.4% for this black lager.

Poured a rich and nutty black with one fingers worth of foam that refused to fizzle away.

Scent of coffee and chocolate were prevalent with a hint of malty backbone and nuttiness hidden somewhere underneath. No hops present.

Flavor was nutty and rich, without being thick. A crispness was delightfully present with a nice dry ending. The best part was a balance of smokiness and sweetness, which added a certain level of complexity. Only downside was the serving temperature, which was a bit on the cold side.

As the beer flows down, a dryness hits the back of the tongue, much like an Irish Dry Stout. Thankfully,the brew is lacking the shoe leather aftertaste found in most Rock Bottom offerings.

I'm extremely happy to say that this is a top-notch, well-crafted drinkable effort from Rock Bottom. It is reverent to the traditions of the style, while still bringing in some original tastes and smells.

Aug 02, 2009
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AltBock from Ohio

3.39/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was to try Nevermore at Rock Bottom on 5/3/2009. Their beer board said it had a gravity of 12.9 and and ABV of 5.2%. They served it to me in a standard pint glass.

This Schwarzbier poured an almost solid coal black color. I really can't say it was a pitch black color because I could see quite a few ruby red highlights. On top was a good 3/4 of an inch tan colored head of foam. This head of foam had pretty good retention that left behind a string of foamy rings and just a few spots of lace around the glass.

The aroma was a mix of of burnt barley, some burnt coffee beans, and the scent of burnt popcorn. I did one of those quick head turns when I first took a whiff of this beer. I didn't mind the burnt barley or coffee beans aroma, but that burnt popcorn aroma has to go. If you take this beer home with you in a growler, burn a bag of popcorn in the microwave first and then pour the beer into your glass. You'll notice they have almost the same exact aroma.

Luckily, there wasn't as much burnt popcorn in the taste as there was the aroma. It tasted like when they lowered the burnt popcorn flavor, they increased the carbonation up quite a bit. The taste of this beer was very carbonated with burnt popcorn, burnt barley, burnt coffee beans, and a speck of sweet caramel at the burnt finish line. I thought the caramel at the end was a nice touch considering the taste was all about carbonation and burnt flavors.

This was a medium bodied Schwarzbier with a ton of carbonation and a burnt aftertaste of burnt barley, burnt coffee beans, and burnt popcorn. It's a pity that the caramel didn't show up in the aftertaste.

Nevermore? Not quite in my book. Even though the aroma of the beer made me turn my head and that it absolutely loved burnt flavors, I would say that I would probably order this beer again. If you like your Schwarzbiers burnt, then by all means, try this one!

May 07, 2009
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Chinon01 from Pennsylvania

4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Virtually black with a spotty lacing.

Smell - Nose is deep roasted malt and mineral. The minerality must come from the water. Very nice.

Taste - Warm and clean. Inky, chalky chocolaty with some coffee. Very nice.

Mouthfeel - Thin but appropriate for style

Drinkability - High due to the balance and overall weight.

Sep 20, 2008
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Biscuit033 from Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Black with a nice caramel head that settles very slowly and leaves beautiful lacing.

S: Roasty, chocolate malts, and dark bitter coffee.

T: Smoky and roasty, bready, slight bit of dark chocolate, and a bit of espresso.

M: Almost creamy but still smooth and a bit of smoke lingering in the finish.

D: This is a great full flavor session. This growler will be great for the Eagles season opener.

Sep 07, 2008
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Kegatron from Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewpub. Poured into a big ole' "Mug Club" mug.

Pours a midnight black with a 1/2 finger of off-white/light tan head. Retains nicely into a thin creamy layer that leaves behind a nice latticework of lace. The aroma is chock full of roasted malts, nuttiness, coffee, and a touch of chocolate sweetness.

The taste profile matches the aroma with a pleasant explosian of dark roasted malt character, some nutty tones, coffee grounds, and a nice balancing backbone of chocolate sweetness. Finishes with a combo of roasted and hop bitterness that lingers on the tongue. The mouthfeel is medium bodied wiht a good, lively feel and firm carbonation.

This was a medal winner at the 2006 GABF and for good reason. This is one darn good Schwarzbier! It's just packed with warm roasty character and a huge drinkability. It's always a welcome sight when I see it up on the brewer's board.

Mar 11, 2008
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treehugger02010 from Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had this pint sized beer at Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery in King of Prussia, Pa.
Appearance: It poured a deep brown body with a average sized tan head on top. The retention was poor but there was still a lot of thin lacing almost all the way down the glass.
Smell: Oddly fruity, with hints of maltyness in there.
Taste: "Recomendation-have about half of this before if gets the chance to warm up a few degrees and then wait for a few minutes and then have the second half" It began with a very sweet fruit taste that was complex and hard to pin down exactly what was what, but it was very pleasent. After only warming a couple of degrees, the fruit was gone and there was a strong generic malt.
Mouthfeel: Nice and smooth.
Drinkability: Good, if not better.
Don't drink and review.

Aug 23, 2007
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GeoffFromSJ from New Jersey

4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was my first Shwarzbier so if you know the style well, please take this review with a grain of salt. It was very similar to their doppelbock. So much so, it may be a second running of the same batch. It tasted like a less intense stout. It had a good dark color but it didn't have much of a head. This could be due to the server so I will give them some slack. Pretty drinkable and very pleasant. I would definitely recommend this.

It was not on their main menu but on their chalk board. Keep an eye out for it.

May 21, 2004
Nevermore Lager from Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 14 ratings