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Grätzer

Judges Rating: 
85
Aroma: 
20 / 24
Appearance: 
5 / 6
Flavor: 
37 / 40
Mouthfeel: 
7 / 10
Overall Impression: 
16 / 20

From the start, this is a different beer: near-black in color with a smoky-roasty aroma that evokes dark chocolate and charred hardwood. Leathery and bacon-like aromas add to the curious mix. No notable hop character is present in either the aroma or flavor. The flavor continues the theme of roast malt and adds a subtle ashy smoke character. A layer of dark ripe fruit (fi g/prune/date) gives way to a tart, grainy acidity that lends to a crisp finish. Just a hint of puckery astringency lingers in the aftertaste. This beer is an interesting oddity, with an aggressive roast malt component buttressed by a surprisingly gentle smokiness.

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