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Dark Helmet - Westbrook Brewing Co.

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very good

145 Ratings
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Ratings: 145
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.46%
Wants: 29
Gots: 24 | 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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Ratings: 145 | Reviews: 25 | Display Reviews Only:
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3/5  rDev -21.9%

beernads, Feb 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

psmith161, Feb 11, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

deonreds, Feb 04, 2014
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3/5  rDev -21.9%

fredmugs, Feb 03, 2014
Photo of maximum12
3/5  rDev -21.9%
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.

maximum12, Feb 01, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

LouDogg114, Jan 28, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

OddTodd, Jan 20, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

RaggaD, Jan 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

GaBengal, Jan 16, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

LancetherealLeader, Jan 14, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

JohnK17, Jan 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Kurmaraja, Jan 06, 2014
Photo of champ103
4.31/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

champ103, Jan 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

DrunkinYogi, Jan 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Duff27, Dec 31, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

egrace84, Dec 31, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

rrski198, Dec 26, 2013
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4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

tillmac62, Dec 22, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

DrinkSlurm, Dec 22, 2013
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4.21/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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!

Cyberkedi, Dec 16, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

kharma1425, Dec 15, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Keith_R, Dec 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Zach136, Dec 07, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

magnusdave, Dec 04, 2013
Dark Helmet from Westbrook Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 145 ratings.