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Dark Helmet - Westbrook Brewing Co.

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87
very good

123 Ratings
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Ratings: 123
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.14%
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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ctrousse

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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

Alabama

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

02-22-2014 01:08:18 | More by Soto
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beernads

Florida

3/5  rDev -22.3%

02-15-2014 23:41:29 | More by beernads
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psmith161

Indiana

4/5  rDev +3.6%

02-11-2014 00:31:23 | More by psmith161
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deonreds

New York

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

02-04-2014 10:28:30 | More by deonreds
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fredmugs

Indiana

3/5  rDev -22.3%

02-03-2014 20:32:10 | More by fredmugs
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maximum12

Minnesota

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
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Pearlstreetbrewingco

Florida

4/5  rDev +3.6%

01-29-2014 16:56:04 | More by Pearlstreetbrewingco
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LouDogg114

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

01-28-2014 01:14:07 | More by LouDogg114
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OddTodd

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

01-20-2014 19:33:19 | More by OddTodd
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RaggaD

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

01-19-2014 20:47:10 | More by RaggaD
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GaBengal

Georgia

4/5  rDev +3.6%

01-16-2014 23:26:22 | More by GaBengal
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LancetherealLeader

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

01-14-2014 21:41:43 | More by LancetherealLeader
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JohnK17

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

01-07-2014 20:43:58 | More by JohnK17
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Kurmaraja

Washington

4/5  rDev +3.6%

01-06-2014 15:48:49 | More by Kurmaraja
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champ103

Texas

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
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DrunkinYogi

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +3.6%

01-05-2014 14:32:08 | More by DrunkinYogi
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Duff27

Illinois

4/5  rDev +3.6%

12-31-2013 04:11:57 | More by Duff27
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egrace84

Illinois

4/5  rDev +3.6%

12-31-2013 01:10:36 | More by egrace84
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rrski198

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

12-26-2013 06:40:58 | More by rrski198
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tillmac62

South Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +5.7%

Pours almost black with a thick head and long lasting lacing. Nose is of chocolate against a slightly sweet background with a hint of smoke. I could not detect any rye or hops in the nose. Light medium bodied and a smooth mouthfeel. Balanced carbonation typical of a lager. The taste is a fine balance of chocolate against a slightly sweet background with a tick of rye and smoke. An undertone of coffee is also present. Smooth finish of chocolate with a light rye spiciness and smoke that lingers. The lingering finish is where the coffee flavor is most evident. Very impressive.

12-22-2013 22:23:08 | More by tillmac62
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DrinkSlurm

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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

Georgia

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
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kharma1425

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

12-15-2013 11:16:33 | More by kharma1425
Dark Helmet from Westbrook Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 123 ratings.