Dark Helmet - Westbrook Brewing Co.
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4.35/5 rDev +12.7%
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
03-04-2012 03:41:20 | More by brentk56
4.43/5 rDev +14.8%
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
02-08-2012 19:40:49 | More by mikesgroove
3.69/5 rDev -4.4%
22 ounce bottle - $8.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.
Bottled on: 10/22/13.
Appearance: Pours a near (very near) black body with just under an inch of sandy beige foam.
Smell: Chilled coffee and less-than-sweet chocolate wrapped in a thin layer of clean, worksafe smokiness. Ashen grains. Bruised grapes.
Taste: Roast, baker's chocolate, and a subtle rye quality. Coffee-toned. A little sweet present, but, not overly so. Pinch of ashes (a bit smokey). Faint licorice. Grape-y dark fruitiness. Scant hop character but some light bitterness showing. Semi-dry, roasty finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Smooth, soft texture.
Overall: Being notably fuller in all its regards it is not exactly a classic, traditional schwartz. Still, it's a reasonably nice beer. Can't we just like nice beers?
11-28-2013 20:10:04 | More by ChainGangGuy
4.1/5 rDev +6.2%
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.
05-23-2012 01:53:38 | More by mdaschaf
4.28/5 rDev +10.9%
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.
12-07-2011 14:30:06 | More by avalon07
4.05/5 rDev +4.9%
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.
01-18-2012 21:05:57 | More by thagr81us
4.21/5 rDev +9.1%
Pours a deep, warm coffee brown with a thick and rather persistent fine-bubbled tan head. Woody aroma has notes of coffee, semi-sweet chocolate, hay and caramel. Robust flavor has bold coffee, caramel, woody hop, and subtle licorice and horehound notes. Texture is smooth and fairly fizzy. Get your dark helmet on!
12-16-2013 02:29:28 | More by Cyberkedi
4.31/5 rDev +11.7%
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.
01-05-2014 21:40:09 | More by champ103
2.9/5 rDev -24.9%
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.
05-06-2012 17:05:29 | More by sweemzander
3/5 rDev -22.3%
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.
02-01-2014 03:23:34 | More by maximum12
4.1/5 rDev +6.2%
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.
11-23-2011 03:48:04 | More by Bung
Dark Helmet from Westbrook Brewing Co.
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