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Dark Helmet - Westbrook Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
86
very good

188 Ratings
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Ratings: 188
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 10.97%
Wants: 29
Gots: 33 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Westbrook Brewing Co. visit their website
South Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Schwarzbier |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: YumYumGumGum on 11-20-2011

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
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Ratings: 188 | Reviews: 32 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of BigRedDog
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mattreitz49
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of devilfluff
3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Agentveba
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brandoman63
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mothmanscott
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours what looks to be an ebony black but is actually a clear deep brown with garnet hints when held to the light producing 1.5 fingers of frothy but mostly tightly bubbled, somewhat lasting, dark tan head that recedes to a solid cap leaving only a 1/2 inch of collar lace. Aroma is chocolate, dark roasted malts, fresh cut pumpernickel, toffee, caramel & a hint of smoke. Only a faint hint of dark fruit & rye is weak. Taste is similar with the addition of smoke, a burnt note & more & darker chocolate among the bread, dark malt, caramel & toffee. Slightly bitter, with only a little rye spice from mid-sip into the finish. Bitterness declines in the aftertaste which is rich with burnt/roast notes. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low-moderate carbonation, tongue coating creamy, silky & smooth.

Photo of metsfan1
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Solid beer, light bodied dark beer. On a side note, may be the best bottle label ever. May the Schwartz be with you!

Photo of Footballtennishockeygolf
4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Furley80
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Swettenham_Shire
4.31/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Received a 22oz bottle (dated Sep 2014) in a recent trade. Really enjoyed this roasty and malty lager from Westbrook.

Photo of SurferEric
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%

Photo of ToddBeans
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of Norseman
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of AFCPar-tie-ers
5/5  rDev +30.5%

Photo of sonic4482
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Vogt52
4.04/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of thatoneguymike
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle shared by RussianDragon.

Near black body, appearing mahogany at the edges. Small tan collar that leaves a touch of lacing in its wake. Aromas of chocolate, char, smoke - though not on the level of a rauchbier. Dark toast, a hint of dark fruit. Lager yeast and rye bread come in mid to late palate. Solid.

Photo of 22Blue
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of rudabegga9
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of KnucklesMcFisty
4.25/5  rDev +11%

This is an interesting style and a nice break from the normal porters and stouts I drink this time of the year.
Pours nearly black but don't let that deceive you...it's much lighter in mouthfeel than it looks. The smell is inviting...the chocolate malt really shines in the nose topped off with a bit of smoke
The chocolate malt is dominant in the taste and lingers for a while before the rye and hops set in for the dry finish

Very nice brew that I hope to revisit again soon

Photo of hilgart1
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of EigenBeer
3.52/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of jshusc
4/5  rDev +4.4%

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Dark Helmet from Westbrook Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 188 ratings.