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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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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

vancean2, May 18, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -35.1%

Mattybz28, Mar 19, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

GCBrewery, Jun 10, 2014
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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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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

analienacorn, Jul 01, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

RocketCityVol, Apr 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

GaBengal, Jan 16, 2014
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3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Growler fill from GBX in Greenville. Jet black with a nice 2 finger tan head. Spotty lacing. Smell is of coffee and figs. Not a lot to the smell. Taste is more in line with a porter than a schwartz, but that is not a bad thing. Different for the style, but has a touch of dull aftertaste that is distracting. Perhaps it's a growler thing, but I do like the ease of this beer and would consider it a session beer. Notes of coffee and some mild figs with some roasted malts on the end with a hop kick. Feel is more porter like as well, but a good bit of carbonation on this one. Overall- A pretty good effort and one I would hit again. It falls more in line with a porter/stout than a schwartz. Easy to drink and perhaps a bit too much hop on the end.

TheDinger, Dec 20, 2011
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

MIA4IPA, Apr 11, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

crwrunner, Nov 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -35.1%

traxstar7, Aug 25, 2014
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3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: opaque black. Light tan small head with medium lacing.

S: fine. Old rasputinish. More pale coffee than anything with a distinct absence of chocolate and maybe vanilla influence.

T: good. Solid Imperial Schwarzbier with a dry taste and distinct coffee with some other pale flare, very true to the scent

M: nicely carbonated. Very similar to a founders breakfast stout with a head that quickly fades with a hint of stickiness.

O: tried at boone's in charleston sc. Best draft ive had under 5$ in South Carolina. Definitely recommend valuewise and brand new keg on 11/20/11.

YumYumGumGum, Nov 20, 2011
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ctrousse, Mar 06, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

kharma1425, Dec 15, 2013
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Dark Helmet from Westbrook Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 125 ratings.