The Black Lager | Silversmith Brewing Company

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The Black LagerThe Black Lager

Brewed by:
Silversmith Brewing Company
Ontario, Canada

Style: Schwarzbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Sammy on 10-29-2012

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Ratings: 66 |  Reviews: 16
Photo of Florian_Hall
4.34/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Was so pleasantly surprised by the beer. Just a very, very good Schwarzbier. Dark in color - but don’t be intimidated Wonderful balance and tase. Went very well with pizza

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Photo of Jesterr44
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ikidunot
3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mack
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Hockey_Fan
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of mortnoir
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SomethingClever
4.56/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Multiple times on tap and in a sampler at the brewery and once in bottle 750ml

A: Deep rich lack body leaning towards brown as it makes it to the edge of the glass light comes through. Head is a slightly off white creamy huge thing that settles slowly.

S: Roasted malts, nuttiness, a little chocolate and honey with deep doughy breadiness on the finish.

T: Slight sweetness to begin with light flavors of chocolate, honey, crushed nuts, some caramel, and nice breadiness, finishes slightly dry and sweet.

M: Medium bodied good to lighter carbonation finishes a little dry.

O: This is an exemplary Schwarzbier, at first blush at the brewery thought it was pretty good definitely the best I had their. After having several glasses on tap this beer just got better and better really is a great example of the style. I later had it at a winery in bottle form with a bottle date of May 24 and this beer did not age well. So if you can buy it, get it fresh and if you can find it on tap drink it all!

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Photo of ewpass
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Old Winery in NOTL. Dark brown with a good head. Roasted malt nose with light body per style. Creamy coffee taste in finish. Much like the Collective Arts porter. A good brew and I'm hoping to try some of their others during this visit.

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Photo of Evanimal
4.49/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of thehyperduck
3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bomber from the LCBO; bottled May 25 2017 and served slightly chilled. First time I've seen a Silversmith brew for sale in the Lambton county area, so naturally I jumped at the opportunity to try it.

Pours a deep, opaque brownish-black colour with mahogany highlights, giving rise to roughly one finger of loose, frothy, khaki-tinged head. It proceeds to weaken and fade over the next three minutes or so; a wide, foamy collar and an uneven coat of lacing are the primary remains, with only a thin, bubbly film left behind to partially obscure the surface of the liquid. The nose is dominated by roasty dark malts, characterized by notes of mocha coffee and baker's chocolate, as well as hints of molasses, caramel and charred wood. Fairly aromatic for the style, and enticing to boot.

A well-made schwarzbier, for sure. Light hints of smoke accent the dark malt backbone, which features flavours of toasted bread, lightly-roasted coffee and some dark chocolate. Molasses and caramel sweetness are also present, with the tail end of the profile featuring some earthy, leafy hop bitterness prior to a mildly sweet, roasty finish; the aftertaste leans towards the dry side. Medium-light in body, with moderate carbonation levels that gently brush against the surface of the palate, giving this dark lager a smooth, rather soft texture. Highly quaffable, and certainly one of the best Ontario-made schwarzbiers that I can recall trying.

Final Grade: 3.96, a B+. Silversmith Black Lager is a rock-solid flagship beer. The aroma is almost a little too rich for a schwarz - coming close to reminding me of a porter at times - but the flavour profile itself is a fine interpretation of a classic German dark lager, with toasty dark malt notes rounded out by a dry, roasty, moderately bitter finish. While this is a very good beer, the fact remains that it's (nearly) 8 bucks a bomber, so I don't know how often I'd select it over, say, Köstritzer (which is cheaper, easier to find, and comparable in terms of quality). A bit pricey, but it's still well worth sampling if you're presented with the chance.

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Photo of StormAles
4.72/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of jamesd345
3.44/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

An excellent winter brew with an interesting taste balance between a coffee and sour.

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Photo of reddfoot
3.21/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

It's black. A sour taste took some getting used to, but not too bad. It's like I'm drinking slightly balsamic vinegary tasting beer. Call me a rookie, but that's how it tastes to me. Good thing I love be balsamic vinegar.

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Photo of CurtisD
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of taxandbeerguy
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes. Enjoyed a a winery tour with friends and a delicious lunch. Served into a giant wine glass.

Appearance - Very dark brown, nearly black. An impressive finger and change of deep tan head is poured and takes it's time in diminishing. Some lacing left behind.

Smell - Roasty as hell, some coffee elements but more of a earthy well roasted malt.

Taste - Close to the nose, with a touch less assertiveness. Hints of coffee. Moderate bitterness, leaning towards more intensely bitter, but just about in the middle for the style.

Mouthfeel - Smooth, rather light expressive carbonation.

Overall - A beer that will stack up with some of the best Germany has to offer. Would love to try this again.

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Photo of Electros
3.86/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Jotora
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color with a large light brown head that fades quickly and leaves a thick but spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains coffee, chocolate, lager yeast, roasted malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out smoky and sweet with flavors of coffee and chocolate. Then a strong breadiness comes in from a hearty roasted malt character and lager yeast. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly smoky and slightly bready.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for the style.

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Photo of KaitlinLewis
2.8/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Black in colour with a cream coloured head. Subtle maltiness in aroma. A far too mild and lightly roasted flavour. Light bodied with a clean finish.

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Photo of grfakejr
4.29/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Whatup14
3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Photo of Wajohnst
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jp32
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours black in color with good head retention. Roasted dark malts dominate both the aroma and the flavor of this beer. It seems quite simple, basic, and true to it's style.

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Photo of bendythumb
4.55/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This brew is named Silversmith Black Lager. With the quality of product they have here, they best rename that shit to Goldsmith Black Lager. With hops, malts, yeast and anvil, this brewery has succeeded in forging beauty in simplicity.

Very unassuming in terms of appearance and smell. Looks and pours like a typical porter or stout. A frothy yet quickly dissipating head is present. Mild to moderate lacing. A light mouthfeel combined with a subtle-yet-distinct taste leaves me coming back for more. Though I haven't had many schwarzbiers, this brew seems to epitomizes the style with a clean, dry finish and aftertaste not found among porters and stouts. Notes of chocolate, caramel and coffee are present along with a balance of hops and malts. The yeast is present, but not as overpowering as other dark, Ontario brews. A simple, elegant taste with a crisp mouthfeel results in a beer that stabs through the heart of a beerdrinker and punctures his soul.

Paul Revere would be proud of this one, boys.

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Photo of FaradayUncaged
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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