Black Art Black Premium Beer | Braustolz GmbH

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Black Art Black Premium BeerBlack Art Black Premium Beer

Brewed by:
Braustolz GmbH

Style: German Schwarzbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Reviews: 12 | Ratings: 13
Photo of Clockwork420
3.9/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into glass.

A - Dark ruddy coloration. Reddish hue. Black and red. Depending on light. Short lived head fizzled to a ring around my glass with swirls in the middle.

S - Layers in dark. Coffee, chocolate, bready.

T - Multi leveled. Much like smell. Up front its sweet, but tame. Then later the coffee finish, and chocolate note as it warms up a bit.

M - Good carbonation. A short lived rollercoaster ride in every drink. It tells a good story too.

O - Very solid beverage. If I could get it decent priced here, I would purchase it regularly.

I got 5 cases worth for $1.99 a six pack.. I never drank it before in my life, and I took a chance. It was German, I trusted it. After many sessions, every time I drank one of these buggers I think "Oh you, little beer. I know you and I like you but I do not quite understand everything about you." After drinking so many of one type, one would think the verbiage to explain it. But I have had difficulty trying to gear up to do this review. Truth is, I waited until THE LAST one I had to try to capture all that encapsulates it. And I am drinking it now very bummed out that it may be the last time I have it. And I still do not feel like I was able to do it justice.

Will miss having a refridgerator full of this.
*cues TAPS on boombox*

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Photo of brystmar
3.16/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark with tons of off-white head, laces well too. Nicely malty aroma is nutty, chocolatey, and quite nice overall. Unfortunately the taste is bland and boring. No fruitiness that's typical of the style. Decent body, drinks well, but def not something I'd purchase myself.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.46/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Walter Payton shaker pint glass.

Been lookin' at this bottle for a while at Armanetti's and elsewhere, and just now finally got around to giving it a try. It pours a ruby-tinted black-brown topped by over a finger of decidedly dirty off-white foam. The nose comprises light cocoa, light toffee, and dark greens. Everything is not only meek, but kinda mineral-ly as well. The taste brings in more of the same, without that mineral quality and with expected intensity. Not bad, pretty tasty, and all that. The body is a rather light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a lightly smooth feel. Overall, a nice schwarz, not the best I've had, but a really nice example of the style if you're looking for a change of pace.

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Photo of theboozecruise
3.86/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 11.2 ounce bottle into an imperial pint glass.

It's a deep red color with a ridiculous head... great retention, good lacing.

Good malt aroma with a metallic tinge to it. Smells like some black patent malt, not much hops at all.

The taste is the same profile as the aroma... dark chocolate flavors come through, not bad at all. Certanly better than I expected.

It's a little thin, but no bad aftertastes or funny things going on.

Easy to drink, a pleasant surprise.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
1.3/5  rDev -62.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

This was my second-ever drain pour in my beer-drinking career, which began in February, 1996. Black Art has a thick, beige, boiling head and a very deep, dark red color, which appears black if not under direct light. Carbonation is high. Aroma is a sickly-sweet, gum, chemical smell. The taste is also of some sort of gum or industrial resin. Mouth-feel is unusual and syrupy. Black Art finishes down the drain. I'm thinking my sample must have been spoiled somehow. But, it was noticeably horrid.


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Photo of bmwats
3.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 33 cl bottle into a standard pint.

A: Very dark brown to black. Pretty substantial bubbly carbonation clings to the sides of the glass. Pours about a 2 finger, foamy, brown-white head. Craters slowly leaving little peaks and valleys, and sticky residue on the sides of the glass. More sparse spider web lacing as you drink it down.

S: Roasted coffee, baked bread, molasses, bittersweet chocolate, oak, and peat. A lot going on here.

T: Roasted malty base. Very peaty with a touch of bitter-sweetness. Woody.

M: Full and robust body, but not too heavy. Just a little bitter in the start, peaty all the way through to the finish.

D: You can sip and enjoy. Although full flavor, light body makes it go down easy.

Atmosphere is pretty solid. Deep, dark, rich appearance with a great towering head that just crumbles away leaving some nice sticky lacing. A lot going on in the nose. Great combination of grain and sweet tones. Flavor is decent. Full and robust, but the peaty nature is a little overdone. Overall, this is a pretty good quaff.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.72/5  rDev +36.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

(Served in a dimple mug)
A-The slightly dense but clear walnut brown body has a thick creamy tan head that last and last. There is a gentle carbonation gliding up the side of the glass.
S- The nutty toasted malt aroma is full and lagered clean with a light toasted caramel note underneath and some chocolate malt starts to pop through as the beer warms.
T- This beer has a clean flavor with a soft tart note that turns into a chocolate malt flavor that opens up into a rich but lagered toasted malt flavor. The finish is dry with a very light bitterness could be roasted or hops.
M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a slight slippery texture to it.
D- This beer is very smooth and drinkable, like by the glass boot, and it has a great depth to the fresh malt flavor. It went down fast and left me wanting more.

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Photo of biggred1
3.15/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear, dark brown with a creamy tan cap that leaves fine lace on the glass. Dark malty "tootsie roll" aroma with caramel and cocoa. The flavors match the aroma but are too weak to really deliver the goods like the best of this style do. Caramel and chocolate with a watery mineraly quality that drags the score down some. Light bodied and effervescent. There are far better and cheaper examples of the style to be had.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.18/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark pecan brown that becomes glowing dark crimson when backlit. The upper half of the glass is filled with an attractive cap of caramel nougat colored foam that is beginning to lay down quite a bit of cheese grater-like lace.

The nose, although somewhat weak, is classic schwarzbier. It has the cocoa powder and lightly roasted quality of its ilk, without smelling like a porter or a stout. The beer seems fresh (never a certainty with Euros) and should be pretty good stuff.

Black isn't a go-getter on the taste buds either, at least in terms of boldness. The ABV is no excuse because there are plenty of sub-5.0% ales and lagers that deliver the goods. On a positive note, this should be an okay 'dark' session beer... if the purchase price isn't prohibitive.

It's odd how muted the flavor actually is. Specifics include milk chocolate, steely caramel and a background toasted nuttiness that suggests some percentage of mid-range malts. Hop bitterness is modest and hop flavor is essentially absent. Average is as high as I can go.

The mouthfeel matches the flavor in that it's too laid back. Size isn't an issue (keeping ABV in mind), but the carbonation doesn't inject any sort of life or lift to the liquid. More and better bubbles definitely would have helped.

Those who've never had Black Art Black aren't missing much. This is an average German schwarzbier that needn't have made the trip across the Atlantic. There are plenty of American versions that put this one to shame.

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.89/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours seemingly thin, brown with lots of red hues, with a medium amount of tan foam. Lacing is plentiful and pretty. Appearance is lacking, as this looks like a perfect vienna lager, but doesn't do a black beer justice.

What this lacks in appearance, It makes up for in virtually everything else. It has a very nice roasted malt smell with a balance smidge of hops. Some sweetness rounds out the end...caramel or chocolate. Same comes through in the taste with a more pronounced malt base and a balanced combo of caramel and semi sweet chocolate and slight hop bitterness on the back end.

Mouthfeel was surprisingly good. It poured seemingly thin and watery, but the feel was actually very rich and more medium bodied. It was a pleasant surprise. It wasn't over done to the point of being off style, but definitely added some depth to this brew.

This beer is satisfying, without being filling. I would be completely content drinking a whole 6er of this...and the price is fantastic for what you are getting.

This is a great beer with a lot of depth that should not go untryed!

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Photo of Tone
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, dark amber color. One inch head of a pale tan color. Great retention and slight lacing. Smells of yeast, sweet malt, slight pale hop, and slight roasted malt. Fits the style of a Schwarzbier. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of pale hop, slight metallic, yeast, and sweet malt, and grain. Overall, an alright schwarz, but nothing special.

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Photo of crossovert
3.57/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

11.2 bottle, got it in a sampler with 5 other brews.

Pours a dark brown with hints of copper on the edges with a nice off-white head that leaves good lacing and a froth atop the beer.

The smell is right on for the style with notes of caramel, slight chocolate, pils malt and a pinch of hops.

The taste is richer and bolder than most schwartzbiers which isn't necessarily a good thing, but it is decent here. It has a large smokiness to it along with some bittersweet chocolate. There's not much hops in the flavor. The mouthfeel is watery which doesn't help this flavor.

The high drinkability that is usually present in this style is altered a bit by the mouthfeel.

I'll go with Koestritzer over this anytime but this is cheaper.

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Black Art Black Premium Beer from Braustolz GmbH
Beer rating: 3.45 out of 5 with 13 ratings