Ringneck Dark Helmet Imperial Schwarzbier - The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
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Reviews by kdlz:
4.23/5 rDev +13.1%
Served in craft pint out of firkin at TBK.
A - almost thin black with tan head.
S - roasted coffee and toffee on the nose
T - coffee and caramel flavor with roasted malt backing, hides abv well
M - smooth drinking , thin body almost like a Baltic porter
O - felt like I was drinking a thin porter. Great beer but no lager. Will have again
01-08-2014 01:59:31 | More by kdlz
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4.22/5 rDev +12.8%
Pours from a 22 ounce bottle into my nonic style pint glass. Pitch black body with a tan full thicket of head, I love the name the reference to Space Balls and the quote on the bottle..."May the Schwarz be with you". Fine even lacing left behind very nice look to this beer. Aromatics have some up front dark fruit with hints of toffee and coffee dark chocolate roasted malts. Much like a Baltic Porter a big nine percent black lager. Flavor is a warming roasted dark malt adventure from dark licorice notes with dark chocolate bitterness to hints of fruit (ripened plum hints of raisin). A finishing breeze of herbal hops overshadowed by the bitterness of the dark chocolate nearly burnt roasted dark malts. Mouhfeel is medium to fuller bodied excellent well crafted stuff coming out of the Brew Kettle I can't get over the quality of their beer. Moderated carbonation finishes dry with a nice balance, their beers are wonderful go try some of the Brew Kettle offerings...I can't wait until they bottle White Raja IPA. Overall this is quality I've never had another Imperial Schwarzbier to compare this to but this is excellent stuff.
04-29-2011 14:39:10 | More by WVbeergeek
3.95/5 rDev +5.6%
Presentation: Poured from a 22 oz brown bomber into a standard pint glass. Label depicts some type of small rodent wearing an over sized black helmet. The top is sealed in green wax.
Appearance: Pours with 2 fingers of light tan head. This settles to a quarter inch coating of foam. Nice lacing as I sip. The beer itself is medium brown with slight hints of red. Perfectly clear, but dark enough that it is difficult to see through.
Smell: Grainy aromas upfront, well caramelized. Slight bitterness and nutty flavor with hints of roasted barley. Notes of coffee and chocolate.
Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level. Body is good.
Drinkability: An example of what lagers can be; not just watered down rice water, but flavorful and nuanced dark beer.
06-27-2009 01:12:22 | More by beveritt
3.73/5 rDev -0.3%
Dark brown body with little head. It has a flat appearance.
Roasty smell with a brown sugar sweetness.
Roasty and sweet, with hints of dates, brown sugar, and cola. It's got a heavy alcohol presence and it almost reminds me of a dubbel.
Mouthfeel is soft with light carbonation.
This was a pretty decent beer and had some good qualities in the flavor, but was not very aromatic.
04-22-2012 02:44:51 | More by Vonerichs
3.63/5 rDev -2.9%
Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a pint glass.
A moderate pour yields a 1-finger tan-colored energetic head. Within a minute the head fades to a faint dusting atop the dark mahogany body. Lacing is minimal but apparent.
Dark roasted malts dominate the nose. A light fruity sweetness is also detected. Unfortunately, the aromas were rather faint, making it difficult to analyze.
Dark malts, dry chocolate, and roasted coffee come together to create an interestingly rich, yet light flavor profile. The flavors are complex, but not bold. They get their message to you without being excessive. The 9% ABV is nowhere to be found.
Medium bodied with lots of carbonation, this beer fizzes on your tongue and leaves little residue. The carbonation may be a little excessive, but it does allow this beer to be more than a sipper.
04-27-2011 05:03:04 | More by output01x
3.78/5 rDev +1.1%
12oz, picked up in Columbus after watching an MSU win.
Very dark brown/amber pour, thin layer of white.
Aroma, nutty chocolate, malt, light caramel.
Taste, toasted malt, earthy, slightly nutty chocolate. Light coffee, cocoa. The flavors are nice, but a little mellow. Does warm a bit in the throat.
Not quite mid bodied, a little thin, but drinks much easier than the high abv. Really not bad, but has the flavor profile of a much smaller beer.
03-21-2012 02:10:58 | More by Bung
3.45/5 rDev -7.8%
22 ounce bottle. Served in a pilsner glass, the beer pours brown with a half inch tan head that went away pretty quickly. There's also a decent amount of lacing. Aroma is roasted malt, chocolate, caramel and some coffee. It tastes like dark fruit, roasted malt, coffee, nuts, chocolate and a bit of booze. Mouthfeel/body is low/medium, it does seem a bit thin and has low/moderate carbonation. Drinkability is alright, it is smooth and easy enough to drink. Overall I think this is a decent enough brew. It's not something I would buy all the time, but it's definitely worth a try.
02-06-2010 22:06:09 | More by bluejacket74
4/5 rDev +7%
A: Very dark black in color, clear with deep ruby color throughout. Good tan head on there.
S: Some fruity esters witha nice roasted barley smell. Some nice bread smells in there as well.
T: Malty, very malty. Big chewy malty goodness with some coffee like roasted malts, and perhaps a touch of toffee. There is a touch of fruitiness, and a little bit of a bite form the alcohol. This is a pretty damn good beer.
M: Medium in body with a healthy amount of carbonation. I think the mouthfeel hides the fact that this beer is 9% pretty well.
O: Overall I am really impressed with this beer. Big, malty, and roasty. Fine work.
05-03-2011 01:16:20 | More by Beejay
4/5 rDev +7%
Pours almost completely black. Thin tan head holds for a few minutes, then fades away.
Clean, chocolate and dark malty aroma. Not much in the way of hops.
Chocolate malt, a bit of bittersweet chocolate, and a slight roasty component. Medium body, a bit creamy. Very easy to drink.
12-31-2007 15:06:17 | More by Bierguy5
3.99/5 rDev +6.7%
12 FL. OZ bottle
Served in a pokal glass
It is very dark in color, almost black. When held to the light some ruby highlights are evident. It has two to three inches of head. There is some lacing.
It is sweet smelling with chocolate and coffee notes.
The taste is semisweet. Roasted flavors come through with hints of coffee and chocolate.
I like it. This is a great beer for when your are not in the mood for hops. The 9% abv adds a nice punch to the liver. It pairs well with Spaceballs the Movie which I am enjoying both immensely.
08-26-2014 00:56:16 | More by buschbeer
4.08/5 rDev +9.1%
22 oz bottle courtesy of RocPorterFanatic, thanks Chad! Pours a dark brown color with a small, tan head. Fades quick and leaves little lacing.
Nose is roasty and fruity with a touch of sweetness. If I hadnt known better, Id have guessed porter. A little bit of lagery sulfur, but not much.
Surprising dark fruitiness for a lager, but I guess sometimes that profile shows in a Baltic Porter. Touch of bittering hops meld with the roast and make it a bit biting on the finish. Light(er) body feels more lager-esque as does a pleasant smoothness. Drinkability is damn good for a 9%'er. This beer grows on you as the ounces pass and is strangely attractive and drinkable. The bomber went down with much ease. Thumbs up, you little Dark Helmet, you.
02-05-2011 22:49:54 | More by twiggamortis420
2.8/5 rDev -25.1%
Poured into a New Holland High Gravity Series tulip glass.
Pours a deep ruby with a tan head, but only after a vigorous pour, of about one finger. Head drops to a thin wisp after a few minutes.
Aromas of clean caramel malt. Almost a grape soda aroma, rather funky. No hop aroma.
First sip is of light roasted malt, light licorise. All together, I can't help to be reminded of grape soda. Very funky.
Mouthfeel is medium, with a soft prickle of carbonation. A warming from the alcohol.
Not sure about this one. The grape soda flavor is a bit of a put-off.
01-28-2011 03:48:26 | More by JamnesCameron
3.05/5 rDev -18.4%
Poured from the bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.
Pours a very dark brown with a small layer of off white head. The head goes away rather quickly. The nose is sweet with a smokey undertone. I'm getting some dark fruit and a cocoa note. There is a lot of malt in the flavor, but I would say that the smoke ends up being the dominant taste in the finish. There is a dark fruit note and a malt sweetness. Reminds me a little bit of a strong brown ale that has had a cigar dropped in it.
02-26-2013 03:15:50 | More by oline73
3.03/5 rDev -19%
Thanks to sydpanz for this...
Appears a dark crimson toned chestnut with a soapy tan head that quickly fades into a mild collar. Spotty bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of cocoa, toasted nuts, and vanilla, with a touch of dried coffee beans.
Taste is of doughy bread, nuts, sweet brown sugar, and mild grainy bitterness.
Mouthfeel is thin, medium bodied, sugary, and syrupy in the finish.
01-14-2009 22:10:53 | More by weeare138
3.98/5 rDev +6.4%
Poured into a perfect pint.
3.5 A: Black color. Two fingers of frothy tan head. Retention is good given the ABV, but no lacing is left.
4.0 S: Dry roastiness. Cocoa powder and lager yeast caramel. Simple, but delightful.
4.0 T: Tastes like the nose, but much much sweeter, which I like. Roastiness, bittersweet chocolate, lots of caramel, and lager yeast flavor (which is hard to explain). Very tasty.
4.0 M: Medium body. Rich velvety feel. Good moderate carbonation. Lightly creamy.
4.0 D: I very much enjoy a good Schwarz and this is one of them.
04-13-2012 19:18:01 | More by DavoleBomb
3.95/5 rDev +5.6%
Never had an imperial Schwarzbier before so I was super excited when I bought this. Just 2.59 for the single.
A - Looks good so far a 1/2 inch of mocha head that sticks around for a bit. Color is a rather dark ruby brown color. Very dark almost stout like.
S - Slightly metallic but mostly smoked malts and roasts. Smell is rather sweet like a milk stout. I sip.
T - Well not as smokey as I expected but still very sweet! Has an almost lactic sweetness with vanilla like malts. Not roasty in the slightest. Metallic notes are minimal probably from the yeast.
M - Smooth taste with a medium body. Not very chewy but smooth.
Overall it's quite a good beer but it seems with the addition of more malt it lost some of its smokey character. I would have loved it with more smoke.
06-23-2014 03:29:10 | More by DrDemento456
Ringneck Dark Helmet Imperial Schwarzbier from The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
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