Schwarze Tinte
Tölzer Mühlfeldbräu

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Stout - Foreign / Export
Ranked #118
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3.65 | pDev: 8.77%
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angrybabboon from Massachusetts

3.16/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Consumed 5/4/21 (review from notes)
Brewer's Advent Calendar 2020 #13

Dark brown, some clarity despite how dark it is, small head that fades quickly
Dark grains, chocolate malts, grain tea, caramel, sour notes, a nuttiness that would be more appropriate for a brown ale, light roast, light bitterness, light sweetness
On the light side of medium, not particular smooth, very low carbonation

I had low expectations for a German stout, and somehow this was still disappointing. It drinks more like a brown ale with some burnt malts thrown in.

May 07, 2021
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Roguer from Connecticut

3.64/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Beautiful. Fantastic head production, retention, and lacing. Ebony body.

Cola, char, prune, toast, burnt coffee, a touch of cream. Straight forward nose.

Similar on the profile: red grape, toffee, toast, prune, cola, bitter chocolate, light cream, coffee. Nothing particularly notable, but a quite tasty straightforward stout at a modest ABV, an improvement on Guinness with no off flavors.

Jan 10, 2021
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REVZEB from Illinois

3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Light black with brown edging, tan head. Aromas of herbal hops atop fig, smoke, molasses and slight nuts. Taste is much the same, but with a dry cocoa that stands out strongly, slight metal in place of the nuts. Feel is thin, earthy, herbal for style, and short lived. Forgettable

Dec 30, 2020
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clayrock81 from Florida

3.44/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Dark, nutty brown body with slow-dying khaki head. Grainy, slightly roasted malt aroma and that’s about it. Light body, dry, some roasted malts, pretty bland as no real flavors come through at all although it finishes easy with a hint of sweetness.

Dec 06, 2020
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GreesyFizeek from New York

3.08/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Beer #13 in the Costco Advent Calendar.

This one pours a fairly dark black color, with a small head, and a lot of lacing.

This smells like roast, smoke, a sort of herbal bitterness, and light chocolate.

I wouldn't really expect a stout from a German brewery to really push my buttons, and my expectations have been met. It's got a fairly roasty astringency, and finishes pretty thin. There's not a ton of sweetness, which isn't a deal breaker - it's just the bitter character is uninteresting, too.

This is light bodied, thin, with not enough creaminess. It's definitely drinkable, however, and goes down very easily.

There's not much to recommend here. It wasn't horrible, but I don't need to have it again.

Dec 03, 2020
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mwilbur from Minnesota

3.51/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 50 cL can into shaker pint glass.
A: Pours a dark brown hue with 1-2 inch frothy tan head with good retention.
S: Light caramel malt with slight roast. Delicate cola. Much lighter aroma than I was expecting.
T: Lightly roasted caramel malt. Hints of toffee and creme brûlée.
M: Light body. Lightly roasted malt sweetness.
D: A passable, but uninspired offering.

Aug 04, 2020
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MNAle from Minnesota

3.21/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Another of the Costco Advent box I inherited from a friend. And, as is the case for several of the beers in this box, the actual brewer is different from the apparent "regular" brewer of the specific brand. No matter, the can says Kalea, so I'm going with that.

Deep brown color with a tan head that requires a fairly vigorous pour to end up with a bubbly 1/2 inch.

Aroma is not roasty at all, which was a surprise. The aroma is quite subdued, but gives hints of non-citrus tree fruits, apple perhaps or pear. Hints of caramel, maybe, and very slight spice. Frankly, the aroma is so weak it is difficult to parse it.

Some roastiness finally makes an appearance in the initial taste. The roast remains throughout and lingers into the aftertaste. Other flavors in the initial taste are caramel sweetness. The hops present an earthiness in the middle, but no bitterness to speak of. The middle and finish also includes a slight spiciness. As with the aroma, the taste is also light and subdued.

The body is thin, but has enough there to avoid being too thin.

Easy to drink and refreshing (which is not an adjective I would normally expect to use with an export stout). Despite the ABV, I'm left with the impression of a light stout. Enjoyable enough, but this beer can't quite decide what it is.

Mar 03, 2020
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

3.79/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque yet still clear jet black in color with moderate amounts of fine active visible carbonation rising quickly along the edges of the glass and moderate chestnut brown + cola brown + garnet red colored highlights. The beer has a three finger tall foamy dark tan head that slowly reduces to a large patch of thin film covering a little more than 95% of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of roasted + dark + caramel malts with a light amount of caramel sweetness. Hints of earthy hops and a touch of anise/licorice.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of roasted + dark + caramel malts with a light amount of caramel sweetness. That is followed by light flavors of anise/licorice. Finally there is a light flavors of earthy hops. Light amounts of roasty bitterness which lingers in the finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin.

O: Easy to drink with well hidden alcohol. Enjoyable though a touch thin in mouthfeel and overall a little lighter in flavor + aroma than expected.

Jan 16, 2020
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BBThunderbolt from Kiribati

2.88/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

16oz can poured into 14oz teku. poured a solid black color with a half-inch of tan head that had decent retention and light lacing.

The aroma was fairly typical, solid malts, light roast, and a slight touch of sweetness.

Fairly similar on the tongue, except for a bit of a metallic sharpness on the finish.

The body was thinner than preferred for the style, smooth, and had a semi-sweet finish.

Drinkability was fine, I enjoyed it well enough, but wouldn't seek it out again.

Overall, nice enough for a ticking beer.

Jan 10, 2020
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3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Looks good w smell, some toast. Taste not typical stout; bitter ending
Overall fine. Wouldn't get it again. Moderate heavy alcohol. Better in the season

Jan 08, 2020
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CHickman from New York

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

For a stout this was fairly hoppy with a lot of piney and citrus hops to go along with the roasted malts, chocolate, herbs, burnt coffee grinds, cocoa powder and metallic notes. A slight bitterness ties it all together and let’s the malts bring a lot of complexities with each sip. Overall a pretty good beer.

Jan 05, 2020
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Beginner2 from Illinois

3.74/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tinte helps answer my request for more micros in the Kalea Advent calendar.

Looks are average, dark with ruby tinges and pours an inviting head (next time, add some lace.)
Smells are common, mostly dark malts roasted to produce dark fruits; but simple, probably from a standard ale yeast.
Tastes up the quality with balance, particularly the end when there is a subtle drying sensation. Medium body, enough bubbles.

Sits in my mouth with enough scrubbing power that I had this Collab with a grilled cheese sandwich for lunch and went on with the day happier than it started.

I could not find Tolzer's English button, so this is a truncated brewer review based on the pictures I found. Tolzer Muhlfeldbrau does pay homage to the German Purity laws with a photo of the 17th Century scriptures. On the plus side, Tolzer is in the mountains, but have outlets in Munich. So I give them some decent OA Hugs for getting into the Kalea Calendar and, perhaps, evangelizing the micro-revolution in the heart of brewing's most conservative tradition.

Jan 04, 2020
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Griffin2 from Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 500 ml can into a snifter glass.
L - Pours a black color with a slight white head.
S - Smells of licorice.
T - Tastes malty with a slight taste of licorice.
F - Medium body and lightly carbonated.
O - Interesting Beer.

Dec 24, 2019
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HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

3.51/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Medium body but carbonation felt too high
Aroma is barely there,not strong at all but theres roasted malt,dark fruit,dark black coffee
Taste is much more noticeable than aroma hinted at with plenty of roasted malt and dark fruit along with black coffee. Taste is almost dry

Dec 19, 2019
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barnzy78 from Illinois

3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500mL can, EXP 05/2021. 2019 Kalea/Costco Advent calendar. Dark brown/mahogany colored ale with a tan head that fizzles away rather quickly. Aroma is dark malts, roasted barley, caramel, and a hint of anise. Flavors are well balanced with plenty of flavor: roasted barley, French roast coffee, dark chocolate, dark caramel, grain, anise, and earthy hops - seems kind of like a Schwarzbier although this must be brewed with ale yeast, making it a stout. Body is medium, lower carbonation, balanced finish with char and dark chocolate lingering. Pretty good overall; just seems to be missing something, but I can't place it.

Dec 19, 2019
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hman43 from North Carolina

3.74/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: It pours dark brown and has a tan head. Head retention is low.

Smell: It has moderate roasted aromas with low dark fruits. The dark fruits most resemble plums.

Taste: There are roasted flavors up front. There is a slight burnt note in the background. The dark fruits are very low in the background. There is also a faint hint of licorice.

Feel: It has a medium body.

Overall, a fairly straight forward stout with easy drinking flavors.

Dec 18, 2019
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BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the can, it pours a dark reddish brown with a robust head that slowly reduces. In the nose, it is chocolate and a little sweet malt. In the mouth, it is a black malt and a taste of chocolate. Nice!

Dec 18, 2019
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VoxRationis from New York

3.96/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The seventeenth beer in the Costco/Kalea 2019 Advent Calendar.
Decanted from a 16.9 oz (500 ml) can into a muffin top, taster pint; best by 05/2021.
A: Pours a very dark brown, almost black color with ruby highlights, a one finger, short-lived head, solid rim retention, but little or no lacing.
S: Tangy/tart with aromas of cherry, orange, honey, caramel, black coffee, and dark chocolate.
T: Semisweet to sweet. Flavors a melange of the nose. Solid bitterness in balance with flavors and sweetness.
M: No more than medium bodied with solid effervescence. Tingly on palate.
O: Drinks more like a Schwarzbier than a Stout, but very drinkable and enjoyable.
Note: This looks like it was originally a collaboration between Tölzer Mühlfeldbräu (Germany) and Brauerei Seidl - Dietrachinger Bier (Austria), but was actually brewed by Kalea GmbH for the 2019 Advent Calendar.

Nov 27, 2019
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BenHoppy from Michigan

4.24/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: creamy head with dark chocolatey brown, licorice body

A: fresh malts

T: roasted malts with light hints of licorice and chocolate, slightly metallic

F: thin, slightly hoppy

O: it's a very good example of a Schwarzbier and should not be in the export stout style category but should be in the schwarzbier style category.

Nov 21, 2019
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WunderLlama from Massachusetts

3.34/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

From the Costco Advent Calender 2019 edition

“brewed and owned by Kalea GMBH”

16 oz can poured into a. Becker

One finger taupe foam quickly recedes to a thin layer and ring, dark cola like liquid, some lacings

Aroma of roast malts, sweet coffee

Slight taste of roast malts, metallic finish

Thin mouthfeel, metallic finish , medium sudsing

Nice beer

Nov 02, 2019
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jkblr from Indiana

3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500mL can stamped EXP 05/2021 (19 months from date purchased) poured into a tulip pint glass at fridge temp 6.2% ABV. The can came from the Costco advent calendar and states Kalea GmbH as the brewery, although I'm sure it was licensed. The beer pours dark brown with mahogany highlights and light brown head. The head recedes to a thin ring and island leaving behind a little lacing. The aroma is roasted malt and a bit of fruit. The taste is only slightly roasted malt with hints of fruit and rye malt leading into a mildly bitter finish. The mouthfeel is creamy, medium bodied with just less than medium carbonation and a mostly dry finish. Overall, good. An easy drinking stout with pleasant, but restrained taste. No bracing bitterness or harshness from roasted malt.

Oct 29, 2019
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Darkmagus82 from Texas

2.86/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a can into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a medium brown color with a one finger head of brown tinted foam. The head has a great level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave a decent sum of streaky lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the brew is big of a molasses and some dark roasted malt smells. Along with these smells comes some other aromas of cola sweetness and a little bit of caramel and toast.
Taste – The taste begins with a sweeter caramel and lightly toasted malt flavor that has a bit of graininess and herbal hop mixed within. The flavors upfront don’t meld all that well and as the taste advances I think it gets even worse. More roasted malt and toast come to the tongue along with more herb and some earth. An odd stale toast and old coca-cola taste come to the tongue at the end and leave one with a rather stale, dank and off sweet taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is on the medium to average side with a carbonation level that is average to slightly higher. Lower carbonation would have been better for the darker and dank tastes, with a thicker body doing the same. Overall not the best feel
Overall – This stout was just off. Too sweet without enough roast, all while having too many non-complementary flavors and a stale taste. Not a very enjoyable brew overall.

Oct 19, 2019
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