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Das Kleine Schwarz Einhorn | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States

Style: Schwarzbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Ever seen a unicorn? How about a baby German one that's not white, but black? Well now is your chance to let one merrily prance across your pallet. This black German-style session lager is refreshing, crisp and mystically intriguing with its maltiness.

23 IBU

Added by MasterSki on 01-17-2012

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4.65/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

served on-tap @ Big Star, Chicago, IL, into a pilsner glass

Pours a dark brown color swirled with ruby red highlights. It looks like Dr. Pepper, actually. There's a small, fizzy white head here. No real lacing to speak of (I blame the glass).

This beer delivers a big surprise upon first smelling it: this is a Three Floyds beer and it isn't hop-forward! This nose is all about the malts. There's a rich, nutty aroma that structures the whole thing. But on top of that are porter-like roasted notes: chicory, distant coffee.

This is absolutely the best tasting black lager I've ever had. The roast flavors here are deep and satisfying, providing a nice bitterness to contrast with the nutty, toasty malt flavors. Some hints of cherry round the whole thing out. Fantastically balanced and flavorful for a session lager.

Overall this is the best Schawrzbier I've ever had. I wish I could drink this whenever I eat a burger or a steak. Seek this out and have a session with it.

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4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Hopleaf. Standard pint glass.

A - A light tan foam settles to a thin cap, leaving behind plenty of splotchy lacework. Dark brown body.

S - A great combination of roasted malts, chocolate, yeasty bread, and sugary sweetness. Perhaps a touch of nuttiness. Potent aroma, particularly for only 5.5%. Reminds me a little of Moonlight Death & Taxes.

T - The taste quite similar to the aroma, but there's a touch of chalkiness in the finish that detracts from the enjoyable melange of roast, cocoa, sugar, and bread. There's a low level of roast bitterness that lingers.

M - Dry and roasty texture, medium body, moderate carbonation, and a chewy and mildly sticky finish.

D - I found this to be a stronger offering than 3 Floyds' previous schwarzbier (Ich Bin Schwartz Genüg Für Dich?). I had no problem putting down a pint of this one, and it's a beer I'd happily return to during the course of an evening out.

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3/5  rDev -26.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.99/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of secondtooth
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark muddy brown in my generic pint glass at a local Beef O’Brady’s, with a light head of tan. Thin, wispy lace.

Aroma: Caramel malty. A little toasty with some almost roasty malts.

Taste: Caramel, chewy, with notes of roasted chocolate malts. Not much hoppiness evident here, but this is a rich and full-bodied ale that’s not bad at all and easy to drink. Solid, if unremarkable.

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4/5  rDev -2%

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3.84/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Einhorn...or black unicorn is a very nice marzen style beer. The beer poured a nearly opaque black with what light coming through being a reddish hue. There is a white head that is leaving sa lace. The scent and taste carry a fire place like smoke/roast. Almost can be described like burnt pop corn. There is also dark chocolate and maybe a hint of marrichano (sp?) Cherry. Mouthfeel is medium body with good carbonation. Overall this is a great marzen.

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4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

16oz draft pour into a Bavarian Lodge branded becher glass is a mostly opaque deep, dark brown color with a light, and quickly disappearing, tan head.
Aromas are roasted malt and lighter coffee.
Flavors lean more malty with much less coffee and an almost chewy caramel.
Feel is lighter than one might assume, per the style.
Nice by the fire.

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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3.87/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3/5  rDev -26.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

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4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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5/5  rDev +22.5%

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3.67/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

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Das Kleine Schwarz Einhorn from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
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