Dark Helmet - Westbrook Brewing Co.
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2.9/5 rDev -25.1%
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.
Serving type: bottle
05-06-2012 17:05:29 | More by sweemzander
3/5 rDev -22.5%
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.
Serving type: bottle
02-01-2014 03:23:34 | More by maximum12
Dark Helmet from Westbrook Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 121 ratings.