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Dark Helmet - Westbrook Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
87
very good

121 Ratings
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Ratings: 121
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.11%
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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magnusdave

New York

3.25/5  rDev -16%

12-04-2013 23:05:01 | More by magnusdave
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.69/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

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?

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2013 20:10:04 | More by ChainGangGuy
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twenty5

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

11-22-2013 16:16:21 | More by twenty5
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BeerHunter76

Texas

4/5  rDev +3.4%

11-21-2013 19:19:46 | More by BeerHunter76
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kjkinsey

Texas

4/5  rDev +3.4%

11-21-2013 14:31:54 | More by kjkinsey
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Texasfan549

Texas

4/5  rDev +3.4%

11-20-2013 23:52:36 | More by Texasfan549
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RochefortChris

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +29.2%

11-17-2013 03:02:28 | More by RochefortChris
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st9647v3

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

11-17-2013 00:45:16 | More by st9647v3
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james582

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

11-12-2013 20:53:20 | More by james582
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buckyp

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +3.4%

11-06-2013 23:21:25 | More by buckyp
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jaswilson2

South Carolina

3/5  rDev -22.5%

11-04-2013 18:34:40 | More by jaswilson2
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crwrunner

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

11-03-2013 02:05:50 | More by crwrunner
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Tatuchris

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

07-27-2013 01:32:52 | More by Tatuchris
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DryHoppedPiano

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

07-21-2013 23:37:53 | More by DryHoppedPiano
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MacQ32

South Carolina

4.21/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours near black with a nice caramel finger head. Excellent retention - still a nice thick head after 5 minutes. Very good lacing.

S - Bold chocolaty sweetness, roasty smoke, lager-like yeast aromas.

T - Smokey rye, dark sweet chocolate roast, earthy bitterness.

M - Super smooth, hardly carbed (in a good way).

O - So smooth, exactly what I hoped for when buying this brew. Well done.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2013 01:30:29 | More by MacQ32
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GPHarris

Alabama

4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

a - poured a one finger thick creamy, coffee-colored head into a snifter that left good lacing throughout. the body was a dark black with brown edges.
s - chocolate and roast then smoke.
s - rye and smoke hit you and then it becomes more chocolatey and roasty.
m - medium and smooth.
o - really nice, complex schwarzbier. just the right amount of smoke.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2013 20:04:47 | More by GPHarris
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herrburgess

South Carolina

2.75/5  rDev -28.9%

05-28-2013 13:02:08 | More by herrburgess
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kaufmaal

Alabama

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Bomber, bottled on October 11, 2012, poured into my Samuel Smith pint glass.

This is an extremely drinkable beer, but it tastes and feels more like a heavy porter or a lighter-bodied stout than a black lager.

Pours black with a 1/2-inch, tan head, some ruby highlights. Sweet roasted caramel and chocolate scents, some coffee. The carbonation is light, giving this a smooth, velvety texture, like a milk stout. The rye is noticeable, slightly bitter. More chocolate and coffee when drinking, a bit of pine, and for me just the right amount of sweetness. The head went down to 1/4-inch, some very nice lacing.

I really enjoyed this one.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2013 02:18:46 | More by kaufmaal
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andysc83

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

05-24-2013 20:17:21 | More by andysc83
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ncstateplaya

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

05-14-2013 19:13:27 | More by ncstateplaya
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PEIhop

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +3.4%

05-12-2013 13:03:38 | More by PEIhop
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mscudder

Georgia

4/5  rDev +3.4%

05-09-2013 01:09:18 | More by mscudder
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dvmin98

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

05-06-2013 21:00:50 | More by dvmin98
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random846

California

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

04-20-2013 01:07:15 | More by random846
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irish01980

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

04-14-2013 11:47:21 | More by irish01980
Dark Helmet from Westbrook Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 121 ratings.