Schwarz Beer | Bluegrass Brewing Co. - East St. Matthew's

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Brewed by:
Bluegrass Brewing Co. - East St. Matthew's
Kentucky, United States

Style: Schwarzbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

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Added by kmpitz2 on 10-20-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 8 |  Reviews: 8
Reviews by JiminKY:
Photo of JiminKY
4.68/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This was a great session beer that I drank all afternoon watching football at the BBC brew-pub. It's not often that I'll stick to a single variety while at a good brew-pub, but this beer was so delicious and drinkable that I just had to.

The appearance was somewhat darker than other Schwarzbiers I've had, but still had the clarity that sets this style's appearance apart from stouts and porters. Very nice dark ruby brown.

Smell was mild but tempting. It was enough to draw me in and desire a taste, but not something that was a joy in and of itself.

The taste was where it was at. And, to me, that is the most important part. This was everything that a schwarzbier is supposed to be. I have loved Kozstriker and Sam Adams Black, and I loved this just as much or more. I imagine the freshness was what gave it that extra edge.

Top notch beer. I wish they would bottle it.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Ragingbull
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer poured a very dark black color with a very light white head that turn on a coffee-like color due to its proximity to the extremely dark beer. It was a sight to behold. The nose has faint hints of sweet malt and a definite roasted character to it. The attack was fresh and light and seemed to sneak into the mouth instead of kicking the door in and yelling "I'm here." There is a nice smoky/malty character to the flavor. The carbonation is low and the finish is clean. There is a pleasant smokiness to the aftertaste. This beer is very good. I figured I would like since its in my "wheelhouse" but when you find something that you like that is done as well as this, you take notice.

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Photo of Gavage
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: black in color with a two finger head that lingers around a while.

Smell: roasted malts and a hint of chocolate were pleasant on the nose.

Taste: nice roasted malt base here. Some prunes flavors came through with some very soft hints of cocoa and burnt graininess. Bitterness was barely detectable.

Mouthfeel: crisp at the start. Smooth at the finish. Aftertaste is short with the roasted tones sticking to the tongue briefly. Medium bodied beer.

Drinkability: very good since this was bold flavored and interesting all around. Must give this one a try if it's on tap.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's always nice to go to the ligter side of a stout every once in a while. The beer arrived at the table with a nearly opaque, dark brown appearance with a surprisingly white trace of head retention. Faint aromas of roasted grain, charred coal, and a touch of lactose aromas (although it is unlikely that lactose was used in the recipee). Tastes mildly malty with a solid, yet moderate roasted flavor that took on a chalky, dry texture. Hopped only for balance, combined with a coffee-like bitterness, made the beer a little like a roasted marshmellow. The beer weakens considerably toward the finish, allowing for ease of drinking. A very solid brew. If ever at the brewery / brewpub, don't pass on this one.

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Photo of clvand0
3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer at the BBC brewpub. Pours a very dark brown/black with a moderate head that quickly dies off, but leaves some lacing on the glass. The aroma was very subtle coffee, but not overpowering - very mild aroma. The flavor was well-blended with coffee/roasted malts being the strongest flavor. Nice medium body and smooth finish. Good beer.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one came with a finger of head, that fell to a ring around the top of the beer. The color was a dark dark brown, nearly black, with just a hint of light coming through. The nose was nice coffee but not strong. The taste was also a nice subdued coffee sweet and none of that lager funk I don't like. I liked it enough to bring home a growler. The feel was just a slight shade below thick. Drinkability was also good. I could drink a half gallon of this, and I will!

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Photo of garbanzobean
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Imperial pint on tap at the BBC brewpub. $3.75 was the price of admission.

A - Pretty brown finger and a half of head. As the name suggests, black in appearance.

S - Quiet hint of coffee, not much else. A very nice, clean smell.

T - Roasty, a hint of bitterness, slightly sweet. Mild but in an extremely nice way. The lovechild of a baby stout and a lager?

M - Wow. There's just something about the mouthfeel of this beer. Amazingly smooth. It feels like whipped cream on my tongue. Light and fluffly, but creamy too.

D - The lagered smoothness combined with the extremely likeable mild flavor really rings my bell.

Hands down my favorite session brew. I can drink this all day.

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Photo of rlcoffey
3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Imperial pint on tap. Served with a finger of brownish head, I thought they had brought me a porter at first. Very dark, brown to near black. Light aroma of chocolate and roast barley. The taste was roasty/stouty which I tend not to like (I dont care for stouts) but was subtle. Very good body, this beer had a presense about it. Went down smooth and quickly despite the roast flavor. If possible, it had the roast flavor without a coffee flavor. At least, it was well hidden.

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Schwarz Beer from Bluegrass Brewing Co. - East St. Matthew's
Beer rating: 4.19 out of 5 with 8 ratings
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