It's so unusual to see a beer with a bottle top these days and you get a satisfying pop like a champagne cork as you lift the bar to release the lid. There is a lovely malty chocolate aroma as this jet black beer is poured into the glass. It has an initial substantial frothy beige head that changes to a thin later of foam but it isn't really strong enough to cling to the glass and result in any lacing.
The malty taste is the first thing I notice and ticks the flavour box for me. There is a rather pleasant sweetness that lingers in the aftertaste, almost like burnt toffee, caramel and dark chocolate. As with all pilsner style beers, it is very fizzy and leaves you with a tingly, prickly tongue. Due to the intense carbonation, it does feel rather thin and pop-like but I can forgive the lack of body due to my appreciation of the taste.
I probably wouldn't go out of my way to buy another one, but if I saw it on the shelf it might just find its way into my shopping basket. An unusual black beer that I'd say is well worth trying.
Brewed by Schwaben Bräu, Stuttgart, Germany
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