(4.8% German make from bottle) This German black beer with medium malt flavor, beige head, and dark porter-esque brown color. Malt on nose with slight spice. Similar to a porter in malt taste and color, delicious and effervescent with slight bubble akin again to porter or stout.
The Kostritzer Schwazbier was most famously drank by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe who penned amongst other works Faust. So take a bet with Mephistopheles, and cheers the devil himself.
This brilliant little diddy was imported back to the UK in a suitcase and bought in Duisburg, Germany. Part of the joy of traveling and roaming about Europe is the opportunity to immerse yourself in the culture through the suds of a good pint and the surroundings of a local pub, both of which I try to do with zeal.
Check out their website (English version) for a timeline of their history from 1543: here.