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Dark Helmet - Westbrook Brewing Co.

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86
very good

125 Ratings
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Ratings: 125
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.69%
Wants: 28
Gots: 18 | 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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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.21/5  rDev +9.4%
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
Photo of kharma1425
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

kharma1425, Dec 15, 2013
Photo of Keith_R
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Keith_R, Dec 07, 2013
Photo of Zach136
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Zach136, Dec 07, 2013
Photo of magnusdave
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

magnusdave, Dec 04, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.69/5  rDev -4.2%
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?

ChainGangGuy, Nov 28, 2013
Photo of twenty5
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

twenty5, Nov 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

BeerHunter76, Nov 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

kjkinsey, Nov 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Texasfan549, Nov 20, 2013
Photo of RochefortChris
5/5  rDev +29.9%

RochefortChris, Nov 17, 2013
Photo of st9647v3
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

st9647v3, Nov 17, 2013
Photo of james582
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

james582, Nov 12, 2013
Photo of buckyp
4/5  rDev +3.9%

buckyp, Nov 06, 2013
Photo of jaswilson2
3/5  rDev -22.1%

jaswilson2, Nov 04, 2013
Photo of crwrunner
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

crwrunner, Nov 03, 2013
Photo of Tatuchris
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Tatuchris, Jul 27, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

DryHoppedPiano, Jul 22, 2013
Photo of MacQ32
4.21/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

MacQ32, Jul 06, 2013
Photo of GPHarris
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

GPHarris, May 29, 2013
Photo of herrburgess
2.75/5  rDev -28.6%

herrburgess, May 28, 2013
Photo of kaufmaal
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

kaufmaal, May 26, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

andysc83, May 24, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

ncstateplaya, May 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

PEIhop, May 12, 2013
Dark Helmet from Westbrook Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 125 ratings.