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Dark Helmet - Westbrook Brewing Co.

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87
very good

121 Ratings
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Ratings: 121
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 28
Gots: 17 | 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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WillyMac

South Carolina

5/5  rDev +29.2%

11-21-2011 15:28:49 | More by WillyMac
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RochefortChris

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +29.2%

11-17-2013 03:02:28 | More by RochefortChris
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rrski198

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

12-26-2013 06:40:58 | More by rrski198
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analienacorn

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

07-01-2012 19:22:21 | More by analienacorn
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Jhansengranger

California

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

07-17-2014 21:02:08 | More by Jhansengranger
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ctrousse

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

03-06-2014 21:40:41 | More by ctrousse
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
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

Serving type: growler

02-08-2012 19:40:49 | More by mikesgroove
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patre_tim

China

4.4/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep dark brown, not quite opaque as you can see through it slightly. Held to the light you can see a yellow orange tinge. Thick brown cappuccino like head.

S: Dark chocolate, toasted malt, espresso coffee, creamy like crème fresh. An almost wine like quality as well

T: Dark toasted malt, espresso notes, and an almost wine or grape like quality. A slight bitter aftertaste lingers. Very true to its form.

M: Medium to thick body, heavy carbonation.

O: Very true to form Schwarzbier. Glad to have got my hands on this at Whole Foods in Columbia, SC while traveling through. Would like to try more by Westbrook.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2012 02:33:54 | More by patre_tim
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a fudge brown color with ruby high list; the tan cap pancakes the liquid, displaying good retention and leaving a few shards of lace behind

Smell: Roasty campfire; black bread with chocolate and licorice tones

Taste: Black bread and chocolate, up front, with a hoppy, rye-spice character developing by mid-palate; after the swallow, the smoky campfire element comes through and though there is a surprising residual sweetness that lingers in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A really interesting take on the style; enjoyed the hops, the rye, the sweetness and the smoky elements

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2012 03:41:20 | More by brentk56
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champ103

Texas

4.31/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a nearly black color, with a bit of brown/ruby highlights around the edges. A tan head rises to about two fingers, good retention. Plenty of lace is left.
S: Lager like yeast, chocolate malts, light smoke. Toasted malts. A love the malty aroma, finishes with a light earthy hop bitterness.
T: Like the nose, a great malty flavor. Toasted malts, baked bread, grains, a substantial chocolaty flavor with a bit of sweetness. Again, finishes with a light earthy bitterness that brings everything together.
M/D: A medium body and enough carbonation for a good crisp bite. Though ultra smooth, and silky. Really well rounded body. So easy to drink. I wish I could get this all the time.

An excellent Schwarzbier with lots of character. Well done, a lovely beer that I would highly recommend.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2014 21:40:09 | More by champ103
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avalon07

South Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Had this one on-tap at Coleman Public House, poured into a pint glass. Had a jet black color and a thick texture. There was a half inch of creamy, tan-colored, long-lasting head. Average lacing.

S: A nice aroma of malt, chocolate, and a little grain.

T: Tasted of a little chocolate, malt, grain, and a hint of coffee in the end. Not your classic schwarzbier flavor - it almost reminded me of a porter - but it's definitely very tasty.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A very well made beer that might not please fans of the classic schwarzbier style, but is definitely a worthy beer.

Serving type: on-tap

12-07-2011 14:30:06 | More by avalon07
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henryclay_

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

05-10-2014 15:18:21 | More by henryclay_
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wehttam

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

03-13-2014 02:25:17 | More by wehttam
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st9647v3

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

11-17-2013 00:45:16 | More by st9647v3
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andysc83

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

05-24-2013 20:17:21 | More by andysc83
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DrinkSlurm

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

12-22-2013 03:05:28 | More by DrinkSlurm
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kaufmaal

Alabama

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Bomber, bottled on October 11, 2012, poured into my Samuel Smith pint glass.

This is an extremely drinkable beer, but it tastes and feels more like a heavy porter or a lighter-bodied stout than a black lager.

Pours black with a 1/2-inch, tan head, some ruby highlights. Sweet roasted caramel and chocolate scents, some coffee. The carbonation is light, giving this a smooth, velvety texture, like a milk stout. The rye is noticeable, slightly bitter. More chocolate and coffee when drinking, a bit of pine, and for me just the right amount of sweetness. The head went down to 1/4-inch, some very nice lacing.

I really enjoyed this one.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2013 02:18:46 | More by kaufmaal
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Justinbshelton

Alabama

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

02-27-2014 23:46:20 | More by Justinbshelton
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DryHoppedPiano

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

07-21-2013 23:37:53 | More by DryHoppedPiano
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UltimateLivewire

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

03-12-2012 21:04:18 | More by UltimateLivewire
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kkipple

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had to get one of these ever popular little 32oz growlers of Dark Helmet from my main man Wes at Green's. $5.50 fer the fill.

A. Clear and rich brown color, black if you put it in a fat enough goblet. Small head, some tan lace sticks. What little there is produces an oil-slick looking tan contrast on the dark beer. Does have those ruby colored highlights that the BJCP looks for, if you're into that sort of thing.

S. Excellent and full sweet-roast nose, perhaps a little sweeter than the style calls for, but good all the same. Chocolately, clean and a little spicy from the hops and (I discovered later) a 10% rye addition. It works very well, the dominant sweet pumpernickel bread nose and the lesser rustic spice note with a hint of herbal hop.

T. As advertised, but if you judge this against the 'classic' style, it's a bit sweeter and more additive with the hops and rye... I like it. It doesn't deviate from the style to be unrecognizable, nor does it slavishly try to be a classic example - this is new, delicious and works. The short version: an easily drinkable dark semi-sweet roasty and chocolate tasting beer with character to spare.

M / O. Terrific mouthfeel, light and wet with excellent carbonation off the tap - medium-full and complimentary. Finish is long gentle smooth roast and sweet-tasty. Kiss of bitterness at the very end. Dark Helmet is extremely easy to drink.

Why is Dark Helmet good? Schwarzbier is one of those rather obscure styles that never seems to get any attention, so it is a great thing for me that one is being made 2 hours from my house. This is an excellent twist on a classic style and one you should try. I wouldn't change a thing.

Serving type: growler

02-01-2012 02:18:49 | More by kkipple
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james582

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

11-12-2013 20:53:20 | More by james582
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sendbeer

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

03-31-2014 13:04:24 | More by sendbeer
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BlackBelt5112203

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a pint glass at fridge-cellar temperature.

L – Black color with a 1-finger cream-colored head. Decent retention but excellent lacing.

S – Mostly toasted but some roasted malts, chocolate, and a hint of dark fruits like plums and figs. Amidst all this, it still retains that lager yeast aroma.

T – Starts off sweet with chocolate and caramel malts. Toasted malt comes in mid-taste, followed quickly by roasted malt with a bitterness that builds toward the finish. Possibly some earthy and floral hops in here, but that could just be the chocolate-and-coffee-tinged bitter roasted malts. A little bit of smoky spice sneaks its way in toward the finish, as well.

F – Light-to-medium-bodied with good carbonation, a smooth and velvety mouthfeel despite the lightness, and a bitter, spicy, and dry finish. Roasted coffee bitterness lingers nicely.

O – This is a very tasty beer and another good one from Westbrook. This is my first schwarzbier but it fits the mold precisely. It amazes me how a beer can have such roasted malt character but still absolutely taste and feel like a lager. Charleston breweries are killing it right now.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2012 04:02:12 | More by BlackBelt5112203
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RoryOMoore

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

12-28-2012 03:45:13 | More by RoryOMoore
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Dark Helmet from Westbrook Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 121 ratings.