Wandering Pelican
Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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German Schwarzbier
3.89 | pDev: 10.28%
Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Ohio, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Notes: Collaboration with Cigar City
Reviews: 23 | Ratings: 238 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: The espresso-colored liquid arrives at the bar capped by a couple of inches of tan foam that leaves sheets of lacing behind

Smell: Black bread, fudge and subtle dark fruit tones

Taste: A hint of black bread is followed by the fudge flavor, with dark fruit tones adding additional complexity; after the swallow, there is a slightly grainy element but the finish is crisp

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate but crisp carbonation; slight warmth in the gullet

Overall: Now here is a beer with a difference; a beer with a strong chocolate character and a crisp lager finish; an Imperial Schwarz - I just love it

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

So, how good can it get- we have a premiere Midwest brewery of tradition and stability teaming up with a relatively newcomer from the southern shores for a beer that is steeped in Germanic roots but modernized for incitement and intrigue.

The "imperial schwarzbier" lives up to its namesake with a dark "bark" brown color that's highly suggestive of its toasty and roasty underpinnings to manifest in both early taste and aroma. A saccharine sweet upstart lays the foundation for bold roasted coffee, walnut and cocoa character to frame the beer's initial taste.

Over the middle, much of the same transpires- the malt sweetness begins to fade which brings rise to a dry caramel, burnt toast and bitter cocoa dryness that captivates the palate quite early.

Yet to finish, the beer's drying tone of burnt toast, coffee and cocoa is exacerbated by strong alcohol warmth and a highly exposed dry body. Malty-dry from start to finish, the lasting impressions are mildly ashy and tannic from dark grain.

As an imperial schwarzbier, I think that this beer does quite well. However once that medley of flavors hit the tongue, the expectations of imperial stout mount. And that's simply something that this relatively delicate beer is incapable of contending.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer appears dark brown, nearing black, with a thick, soapy beige head. The aroma offers pine, alcohol, roast, chocolate. Lots of chocolate in the flavor. Moderate bitterness with a touch of coffee. Hop presence in the finish. Medium bodied with a light alcohol heat in the back end. Pretty good.

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Wandering Pelican from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 238 ratings