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Dark Helmet - Westbrook Brewing Co.

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166 Ratings
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Ratings: 166
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.29%
Wants: 30
Gots: 28 | 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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4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler filled at Grapevine, Fort Mill. Westbrook website lists as a Rye-Schwarzbier.
Near black, not super thick, with a light tan head, maybe a finger. Recedes to a ring.

Aroma, roast malt, dark chocolate, smoke, an earthy lager yeast that I look for in a Schwarz.

Taste, lite smoked porter. Roast/smoked malt, dark chocolate, light coffee and cocoa. Nice light bitter hop and coffee finish lingers.

All the flavor of a heavier smoked porter in a lighter smooth body. Carbonation is just enough. About session abv and it is easy to do just that.

After a quick taste I filled a growler. There are very few beers I'll fill a growler of, mostly because of the quantity. This however, had the quality plus an abv I could drink a large amount of in a shorter time.
Another schwarzbier that I would regularly stock, if regularly available to me.

I grabbed a can of their ipa just to contrast a 2nd style for Westbrook, if it's half as good I'll be satisfied.

Bung, Nov 23, 2011
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4/5  rDev +5%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

twenty5, Nov 22, 2013
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4.21/5  rDev +10.5%
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
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4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to dogdoc for this one! Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber into a pilsener glass.

A: Very dark brown, nearly opaque, with a nice, finger and a half thick tan head.

S: Dark and roasty, burnt coffee, and maybe a bit of chocolate covered raisins. All with the lager yeast underlying.

T: Any fruit on the nose seems absent in the palate. Roasty, coffee and chocolate are on the tongue, and some drying tobacco flavors with a bit of hop bitterness near the end. The hang is almost bittersweet.

M: Good carbonation sensation. The body seems a little thin; but I think I'm almost expecting the body of a stout with the way it looks and some of the flavor profile. Moderate alcohol presence for this low ABV.

O: Well, not being much of a lager fan - this could be my favorite lager ever! Quite enjoyable. I wish some German restaurants around me would have this one on tap.

macrosmatic, Feb 03, 2013
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Dark Helmet from Westbrook Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 166 ratings.