Style: Schwarzbier

ABV: 5.1 IBU: 22.0

Aroma: 12
Appearance: 3
Flavor: 19
Mouthfeel: 4

Devils Backbone Brewing Co. Schwartz Bier

What the brewers say

“It’s a traditional Old World beer style and it’s a lager, so it takes time to make, but it also has roasted and toasted malt flavors. And while it’s light to medium in body, it’s black with a quick, crisp finish.”

What our panel thought

“Deep brown and brilliant; good head retention. Intriguing aroma; chocolate malt embraces woody hops—floral, cocoa, coffee. Each sip, in turn, starts with the caramel/toffee malt, then fades down to a mix of lightly burnt roast malt and cocoa. Well-balanced with the hops, which build and linger. Clean, drinkable crispness. In the finish, touches of ash, warmth, and a mineral edge.”

What our editors thought

“S’mores on the nose with a bit of graham cracker, burnt marshmallow, and just a touch of campfire. Flavor is mellow, toasty, dark caramel with light hop bitterness—not as structured as some, not as loose as others, but right down the middle.”



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