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Dark Helmet - Westbrook Brewing Co.

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very good

125 Ratings
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Ratings: 125
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.69%
Wants: 28
Gots: 18 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Westbrook Brewing Co. visit their website
South Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Schwarzbier |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
Dark Helmet is a German-style black lager (or Schwarzbier) brewed with 10% malted rye. Chocolate and Carafa malts give this beer its dark color and ludicrously smooth, roasty flavor. May the Schwarz be with you!

25 IBU

(Beer added by: YumYumGumGum on 11-20-2011)
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Reviews by macrosmatic:
Photo of macrosmatic
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to dogdoc for this one! Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber into a pilsener glass.

A: Very dark brown, nearly opaque, with a nice, finger and a half thick tan head.

S: Dark and roasty, burnt coffee, and maybe a bit of chocolate covered raisins. All with the lager yeast underlying.

T: Any fruit on the nose seems absent in the palate. Roasty, coffee and chocolate are on the tongue, and some drying tobacco flavors with a bit of hop bitterness near the end. The hang is almost bittersweet.

M: Good carbonation sensation. The body seems a little thin; but I think I'm almost expecting the body of a stout with the way it looks and some of the flavor profile. Moderate alcohol presence for this low ABV.

O: Well, not being much of a lager fan - this could be my favorite lager ever! Quite enjoyable. I wish some German restaurants around me would have this one on tap.

macrosmatic, Feb 03, 2013
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4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep brown color with a massive tan head forming, amazing retention. Lacing forms on the side but slides back down into the beer.

S: Lots of chocolate on the aroma, some roasted malt, a little bit of spice and rye, almost like pumpernickel as another reviewer noted. Hint of hops right at the end.

T: Some sweet chocolate mixed with some light spices, a very nice combination of the two, neither overpowers the other. There is a little bit of a hoppy undertone with a bit of pine.

M: Medium bodied, maybe leaning towards the lighter side of medium with moderate retention. Smooth and easy drinking.

O: Quite enjoyable. I don't drink many in the style, but this one is just really easy drinking. The rye gives it a nice hint of spice that combined with the chocolate was tasty.

mdaschaf, May 23, 2012
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crwrunner, Nov 03, 2013
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3.69/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Doug, I style I like. This one somewhat coffeeish and dry, like an Irish stout. Some smoke. Black with reddish highlights and lacy

Sammy, Jan 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

aztraz, Mar 21, 2014
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HuaiDan, Aug 12, 2014
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4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to my boy caSSino for bringing this one to share with me! Served from bottle into a NoDa snifter. Poured a massively dark brown (almost black) with a one and a half finger tan head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, coffee, toffee, caramel, cream, dark chocolate, smoke, and dark fruit. The flavor was of sweet malt, roasted malt, oatmeal, dark chocolate, coffee, smoke and subtle caramel. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. The aroma on this one was quite inviting and pleasant. The flavor on this was a little surprising as the smoke comes through a lot more on the followthrough than it does in the aroma. A definite must try for fans of the style or the curious alike.

thagr81us, Jan 18, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Keith_R, Dec 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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WillyMac, Nov 21, 2011
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4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler filled at Grapevine, Fort Mill. Westbrook website lists as a Rye-Schwarzbier.
Near black, not super thick, with a light tan head, maybe a finger. Recedes to a ring.

Aroma, roast malt, dark chocolate, smoke, an earthy lager yeast that I look for in a Schwarz.

Taste, lite smoked porter. Roast/smoked malt, dark chocolate, light coffee and cocoa. Nice light bitter hop and coffee finish lingers.

All the flavor of a heavier smoked porter in a lighter smooth body. Carbonation is just enough. About session abv and it is easy to do just that.

After a quick taste I filled a growler. There are very few beers I'll fill a growler of, mostly because of the quantity. This however, had the quality plus an abv I could drink a large amount of in a shorter time.
Another schwarzbier that I would regularly stock, if regularly available to me.

I grabbed a can of their ipa just to contrast a 2nd style for Westbrook, if it's half as good I'll be satisfied.

Bung, Nov 23, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

dvmin98, May 06, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

jsanford, Jan 30, 2013
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4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

ark, rich looking dark brown with a small one inch head of off white that capped the top of the glass very, very nicely before it settled down leaving with it some nice lacing up and down the sides of the glass that seemed to really thicken up and push through as the time went on. Aroma is smoked malts right off the top. Dark, evil, with hints of campfire, peat, dark roasted chocolate and a good bit of almost a licorice touch to it. As I take the first sip a rich and creamy feel overloads the senses. Wonderful and rich, dark and foreboding, it seems that it is just meant to be evil and dark. Loads of roasted and smoked malts just rolling across the tongue. Lightly dry finish leaves just enough room for a small amount of smoky flavor to pop its head in and really give it a nice solid finish. great job

mikesgroove, Feb 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

ecmoon3, Feb 02, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

st9647v3, Nov 17, 2013
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4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Grapevine in Fort Mill. Served in a pint glass.

Beer pours a deep ruby (nearly black) with lots of lighter ruby and orange highlights when held up to the light. About three fingers worth of tan head recedes fairly quickly, leaving behind a moderate amount of lacing.

The aroma is of roasted malts, coffee, bittersweet chocolate, and a slight smokiness. There are also an earthy quality. Not much in terms of hops; just the slightest floral aroma makes it past all of the sweet, roasty aromas

Very big on the roasted grains and caramel malts. Coffee and chocolate mingle with a faint smokiness. The hop presence is barely noticable; just a slight floral presence lurking in the background. Medium bodied and moderately carbonated. Slightly slick on the tongue, and incredibly easy to drink.

Easily one of my favorite styles, a good Schwarzbier is hard to find, this one is good but tends toward the heavier end of the style, almost approaching porter territory.

CBlack85, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of YumYumGumGum
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: opaque black. Light tan small head with medium lacing.

S: fine. Old rasputinish. More pale coffee than anything with a distinct absence of chocolate and maybe vanilla influence.

T: good. Solid Imperial Schwarzbier with a dry taste and distinct coffee with some other pale flare, very true to the scent

M: nicely carbonated. Very similar to a founders breakfast stout with a head that quickly fades with a hint of stickiness.

O: tried at boone's in charleston sc. Best draft ive had under 5$ in South Carolina. Definitely recommend valuewise and brand new keg on 11/20/11.

YumYumGumGum, Nov 20, 2011
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Dark Helmet from Westbrook Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 125 ratings.