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Dark Helmet | Westbrook Brewing Co.

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3.91
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Dark HelmetDark Helmet
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Westbrook Brewing Co.
South Carolina, United States | website

Style: Schwarzbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

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

Added by YumYumGumGum on 11-20-2011

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Reviews: 42 | Ratings: 265
Photo of GPHarris
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of tillmac62
4.06/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of kkipple
4.27/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had to get one of these ever popular little 32oz growlers of Dark Helmet from my main man Wes at Green's. $5.50 fer the fill.

A. Clear and rich brown color, black if you put it in a fat enough goblet. Small head, some tan lace sticks. What little there is produces an oil-slick looking tan contrast on the dark beer. Does have those ruby colored highlights that the BJCP looks for, if you're into that sort of thing.

S. Excellent and full sweet-roast nose, perhaps a little sweeter than the style calls for, but good all the same. Chocolately, clean and a little spicy from the hops and (I discovered later) a 10% rye addition. It works very well, the dominant sweet pumpernickel bread nose and the lesser rustic spice note with a hint of herbal hop.

T. As advertised, but if you judge this against the 'classic' style, it's a bit sweeter and more additive with the hops and rye... I like it. It doesn't deviate from the style to be unrecognizable, nor does it slavishly try to be a classic example - this is new, delicious and works. The short version: an easily drinkable dark semi-sweet roasty and chocolate tasting beer with character to spare.

M / O. Terrific mouthfeel, light and wet with excellent carbonation off the tap - medium-full and complimentary. Finish is long gentle smooth roast and sweet-tasty. Kiss of bitterness at the very end. Dark Helmet is extremely easy to drink.

Why is Dark Helmet good? Schwarzbier is one of those rather obscure styles that never seems to get any attention, so it is a great thing for me that one is being made 2 hours from my house. This is an excellent twist on a classic style and one you should try. I wouldn't change a thing.

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Photo of BlackBelt5112203
4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
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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Photo of tlema1
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: deep black, thin head, for a vigorous pour
S: roasted malts
T: roasted malt, medium body
F: not much of one
O: eh, not bad, the name and label are cool

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Photo of CBlack85
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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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Photo of bongobeer
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dark as night with small tan head and pretty good amount of lacing.
Weak smell of smoke, malts and rye.
Smooth malty and roasty flavor with smoke and rye in the middle and a bitter coffee finish.
This beer has a great smooth light to med. mouth feel.
Really tasty, enjoyable dark (light) lager!

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Photo of mothmanscott
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours what looks to be an ebony black but is actually a clear deep brown with garnet hints when held to the light producing 1.5 fingers of frothy but mostly tightly bubbled, somewhat lasting, dark tan head that recedes to a solid cap leaving only a 1/2 inch of collar lace. Aroma is chocolate, dark roasted malts, fresh cut pumpernickel, toffee, caramel & a hint of smoke. Only a faint hint of dark fruit & rye is weak. Taste is similar with the addition of smoke, a burnt note & more & darker chocolate among the bread, dark malt, caramel & toffee. Slightly bitter, with only a little rye spice from mid-sip into the finish. Bitterness declines in the aftertaste which is rich with burnt/roast notes. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low-moderate carbonation, tongue coating creamy, silky & smooth.

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Photo of outdoor7or24
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Purchased at CBX downtown Charleston, SC.
A: poured into snifter, fine +1 finger chocolate milk colored foam head, nice bubbles in the head, dark reddish brown body, some carbonation
S: malts!, roasted malt, some smoked malt, coca-cola, cocoa nibs, slight rye in the background although very faint
M: medium light body, carbonation, slight stickiness on the tongue
T: roasted malt, smoked malt, some char, oak, bitter chocolate, white pepper, slight sweetness, some bitterness on the tongue during the finish
O: Good easy drinking brew, one I would suggest for people that need a gateway to dark beer drinking, very smooth and silky.

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Photo of hman43
3.45/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Look: It pours dark ground with a tan head.

Aroma: It has aromas of roasted malts and a touch of coffee.

Taste: It has flavors of roasted malts, a hint of coffee, and slight hop bitterness. It has a medium body combined with high carbonation.

It is mostly smooth and semi dry on the way down.

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Photo of kaufmaal
4.24/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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Photo of SplitsAtoms
3.95/5  rDev +1%

This is not a beer style i am familiar with at all so my higher than average rating probably shouldnt be taken too seriously.

I enjiyed this beer quite a bit. Lots of choc and smoky notes and dark color with a medium body that imply this will be a much boozier affair than it is. Almost a session. I would grab one or two of these each fall or winter assuming they dont jack the price.

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Photo of TheDinger
3.83/5  rDev -2%
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.

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Photo of YumYumGumGum
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of KnucklesMcFisty
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

This is an interesting style and a nice break from the normal porters and stouts I drink this time of the year.
Pours nearly black but don't let that deceive you...it's much lighter in mouthfeel than it looks. The smell is inviting...the chocolate malt really shines in the nose topped off with a bit of smoke
The chocolate malt is dominant in the taste and lingers for a while before the rye and hops set in for the dry finish

Very nice brew that I hope to revisit again soon

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Photo of cab4514
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I love dark beers so I had been dying to try Westbrook's since I like so much of their others. I had it on tap. It came as a dark ebony with a slight head. Not too heavy, but not thin at all. Not the most aromatic of beers but that doesn't hold much bearing on my judgement. It tasted great with a slight bitterness and great malt finish. Will be looking for it again. I'm gonna try and find the bottle so I can have it while watching Spaceballs!

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Photo of danmor1
4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Getting it for free (due to some unlikely events) may colour this review, but here goes:

Look: a delicious dark amber, just begging to be consumed.
Smell: not much, actually, but I was in a pizza place at the time, and that probably messed with my perception.
Taste: delicious malt, with more complexity driving up on the exhale.
Feel: not the strongest I've come across, but better than most ales I've had. Fairly solid.
Overall: I'll admit, a lot (all) of why I got this was for the name, but it didn't disappoint. If Rick Moranis ever drops by, I'd gladly share this with him. Even measures, of course, after all: Your Schwarz is as big as mine!

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Dark Helmet from Westbrook Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.