1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Dark Helmet - Westbrook Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Dark HelmetDark Helmet

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
86
very good

127 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 127
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.72%
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 127 | Reviews: 24 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of whitekiboko
2.5/5  rDev -34.9%

whitekiboko, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of Mattybz28
2.5/5  rDev -34.9%

Mattybz28, Mar 19, 2012
Photo of DonFrap
2.5/5  rDev -34.9%

DonFrap, Jan 19, 2013
Photo of traxstar7
2.5/5  rDev -34.9%

traxstar7, Aug 25, 2014
Photo of herrburgess
2.75/5  rDev -28.4%

herrburgess, May 28, 2013
Photo of sweemzander
2.9/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

22oz. bottle poured into a nonic. Thanks for another Bob!

(A)- Pours a near pitch black color. Just a mountainous frothy tan head formed with ridiculous retention. Plenty of lacing. Almost too much foam formed too quickly despite a rather gentle pour.

(S)- A lightly spicy (carraway?) spice and raisin and wood bark with subtle roasted grains.

(T)- Agian, a spicy combo of roasted grains, carraway seed, raisin, and a dry woody; almost peanut(infection?) finish.

(M)- A good carbonation level and a nice balance too despite a subtle peanut funk finish. Infection? Its subtle, but I have experienced this before and it reminds me of an infection and its just annoying enough to bother me.

(D)- Overall, a nice beer. Not positive if an infection is slowly showing its face or not but its so subtle it is not completely taking away full enjoyment from the beer just yet, but still annoying enough to bother me a bit.

sweemzander, May 06, 2012
Photo of heffnate77
3/5  rDev -21.9%

heffnate77, Thursday at 08:20 PM
Photo of jaswilson2
3/5  rDev -21.9%

jaswilson2, Nov 04, 2013
Photo of beernads
3/5  rDev -21.9%

beernads, Feb 15, 2014
Photo of maximum12
3/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to southern gentleman AtlCarl for continuing to feed the beast, a.k.a. my rye habit. 22 oz. bomber with a suitably geeky sci-fi reference on the label. I digs. Split with my wife, who's less appreciative of sci-fi geekdom. Well, nobody's perfect.

The pour is, dare I say it, schwarz. Dunkel, even. Carbonation is just as it's written up in the specs. Nose brings strong lowered booms of chocolate & roast, with a tertiary rudder of rye. Lager yeast, usually an invasive species of the nostrils, is covered up by the aggressive aromas.

Dark Helmet is just the kind of a beer a mad-haired scientist like Emmet Brown would be drinking. The chocolate & roast in the nose arrive in force, but in tow is the lager yeast mixed in with forest-fire smokiness. Maybe a touch of spice, but the rye element is sorely absent. Drying. The combination is...odd. Half a bomber is going to be plenty.

Been digging most of Westbrook's stuff, but the combination of flavors here just doesn't fit my foot right. Weird & average.

maximum12, Feb 01, 2014
Photo of fredmugs
3/5  rDev -21.9%

fredmugs, Feb 03, 2014
Photo of malfunxion
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

malfunxion, Aug 17, 2014
Photo of Soto
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Soto, Feb 22, 2014
Photo of magnusdave
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

magnusdave, Dec 04, 2013
Photo of crwrunner
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

crwrunner, Nov 03, 2013
Photo of vancean2
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

vancean2, May 18, 2014
Photo of OddTodd
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

OddTodd, Jan 20, 2014
Photo of JohnK17
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

JohnK17, Jan 07, 2014
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

ygtbsm94, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of songoose
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

songoose, Feb 14, 2013
Photo of CarolinaKev
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

CarolinaKev, Jan 23, 2012
Photo of irish01980
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

irish01980, Apr 14, 2013
Photo of dvmky
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

dvmky, Apr 10, 2013
Photo of GCBrewery
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

GCBrewery, Jun 10, 2014
Photo of ncstateplaya
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

ncstateplaya, May 14, 2013
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Dark Helmet from Westbrook Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 127 ratings.