The Alchemist

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German Schwarzbier
Ranked #10
Ranked #6,765
4.41 | pDev: 4.31%
The Alchemist
Vermont, United States
Very Good
Reviews: 10 | Ratings: 16 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by musicsherlock:
Photo of musicsherlock
4.03/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Can from the brewery into pint glass

Pours dark as the name implies, midnight black even. Tan one finger head that dissipates
Smells rich and malty, licorice, yeasty, get me salivating
Tastes borderline stout, wow more licorice.
Full mouthfeel, creamy, slightly cloying. Heavier than the abv would lead you to believe
Overall a little heavy for the style but tastes great

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More User Reviews:
Photo of liquorpig
4.4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bobv
4.53/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

From memory of yesterday's Oktoberfest event at The Alchemist...
16 oz. draft poured by John Kimmich.
One inch tan head over a very dark brown body with some nice lacing for a plastic cup. ;) Nose of roasted malt, a bit of chocolate. Taste mirrored nose very nicely. Feel, I say the mouthfeel, was THE BEST for any Schwarzbier I've ever had. Period. Overall, I can't wait to purchase cans as they will be canning the remainder of the batch on Thursday. Cheers!!!

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Photo of TheGent
4.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Big flavors of coffee, dark chocolate, hazelnut/walnut, oaky/woody and super clean. My first lager from Alchemist, and it certainly does not disappoint.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.29/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a darn brown color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a nice cap that leaves good lacing

S: Roasted malt, toffee, caramel, dark chocolate, and a touch of nuttiness

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the roasted malt, toffee, dark chocolate, and nuttiness. Quite mild, not very sweet at all. Finishes with lingering toffee and nutty notes

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth

O: A solid schwarzbier that is very easy to drink. Definitely one for the malt lovers out there

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Photo of bluehende
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of heerboth
4.35/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Rub_This_BBQ
4.52/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

since ice cream style pour with a sand like fluffy head, smell light roasted malt taste is crisp and smooth at same time like toasted cracker, this is so hard to put down and stop drinking. With so many pastry stouts and think NEIPA is a treat to drink and enjoy. Whish I had a more then a four pack

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Photo of BoldRulerVT
4.35/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the can into a tulip.
Pours nice robust dark dark brown. Only a little light on edges gets through. Low head.
Aromas are a ton of roasted malt, some coffee, notes of chocolate. Yeast.
Flavor is really nice...lots of roasted malt and good lager yeast.
Mouthfeel is good. A touch thin but right for style.
Overall, really nice beer.

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Photo of BEER88
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NotAlcoholicJustAHobby
4.4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L-The beer pours black with brown edges. The head rises to about a finger and a half of tan bubbles. The head recedes to a thin film leaving tons of coating lace.
S- The nose is roasted malts, bitter dark chocolate, and a touch of black coffee.
T-Up front you get that roasty malt presence which borders on coffee. The longer I sip the further the roastiness fades into the backround. This allows the dark chocolate to rise, but the beer never reaches sweet. Spicy, earthy hop flavors balance out the beer beautifully.
M- Mouthfeel overall is medium. Carbonation is on the lighter side of medium.
O- Like it's sister beer Light, this is a flawlessly executed lager. If you put a german label on it I'd be none the wiser. If your a schwarzbier fan you'll love this. Highly recommended.

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Photo of GilBlas
4.8/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a tulip and drunk from the can, which was purchased at the Stowe brewery last week.

Superb Schwarzbier, a la The Alchemist. The malt and hops are classic, textbook Schwarzbier. But this beer shines in the body: great, smooth lager feel with more satisfying depth in the mouthfeel than any other example of this style I have tasted, in Germany or the US. If this is what is in store for us when the Alchemist makes lagers, I look forward to more. Dark is a beautifully composed homage to the old-world style. Even the improvements (body, especially) seem to highlight what's great about the style itself. Bravo.

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Photo of Franfab
4.78/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Look - poured black, with a one inch light tan head that disappeared quickly.
Smell - Roast, coffee, chocolate, molasses
Taste - Incredible flavor blend - with each sip, the flavors lingered slightly and really accented the experience. An excellent scwarzbier.
Feel - Just right doesn't do the review justice - soft but not pillowy like an IPA, enough to coat your mouth but disappear quickly for the next sip.

Overall - paired this beer with a german wurst dinner and it was an excellent combo. I'd drink this beer by itself, anytime, anyplace it was that good. A well done style from a brewery known for their IPA's. Can't wait to have my last one.

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Photo of npolachek
4.44/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the best dark beers I’ve had. Tastes of chocolate, and great level carbonation in the can. Very smooth mouthfeel and well balanced brew. Kudos!

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Photo of smb71481
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Barleycorn
4.19/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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