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Dark Helmet - Westbrook Brewing Co.

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191 Ratings
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Ratings: 191
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 10.97%
Wants: 29
Gots: 32 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Westbrook Brewing Co. visit their website
South Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Schwarzbier |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: YumYumGumGum on 11-20-2011

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
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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a pint glass at fridge-cellar temperature.

L – Black color with a 1-finger cream-colored head. Decent retention but excellent lacing.

S – Mostly toasted but some roasted malts, chocolate, and a hint of dark fruits like plums and figs. Amidst all this, it still retains that lager yeast aroma.

T – Starts off sweet with chocolate and caramel malts. Toasted malt comes in mid-taste, followed quickly by roasted malt with a bitterness that builds toward the finish. Possibly some earthy and floral hops in here, but that could just be the chocolate-and-coffee-tinged bitter roasted malts. A little bit of smoky spice sneaks its way in toward the finish, as well.

F – Light-to-medium-bodied with good carbonation, a smooth and velvety mouthfeel despite the lightness, and a bitter, spicy, and dry finish. Roasted coffee bitterness lingers nicely.

O – This is a very tasty beer and another good one from Westbrook. This is my first schwarzbier but it fits the mold precisely. It amazes me how a beer can have such roasted malt character but still absolutely taste and feel like a lager. Charleston breweries are killing it right now.

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On tap at Grapevine in Fort Mill. Served in a pint glass.

Beer pours a deep ruby (nearly black) with lots of lighter ruby and orange highlights when held up to the light. About three fingers worth of tan head recedes fairly quickly, leaving behind a moderate amount of lacing.

The aroma is of roasted malts, coffee, bittersweet chocolate, and a slight smokiness. There are also an earthy quality. Not much in terms of hops; just the slightest floral aroma makes it past all of the sweet, roasty aromas

Very big on the roasted grains and caramel malts. Coffee and chocolate mingle with a faint smokiness. The hop presence is barely noticable; just a slight floral presence lurking in the background. Medium bodied and moderately carbonated. Slightly slick on the tongue, and incredibly easy to drink.

Easily one of my favorite styles, a good Schwarzbier is hard to find, this one is good but tends toward the heavier end of the style, almost approaching porter territory.

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Dark Helmet from Westbrook Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 191 ratings.