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Ringneck Dark Helmet Imperial Schwarzbier - The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works

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Ringneck Dark Helmet Imperial SchwarzbierRingneck Dark Helmet Imperial Schwarzbier

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104 Ratings
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Ratings: 104
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 11.56%
Wants: 11
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Schwarzbier |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
A true TBK original, we kick this German-style black lager up a couple notches. Big clean malty flavor with just a hint of roasted malt.
"May the Schwartz be with you!"

(Beer added by: mcallister on 12-30-2007)
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mater

Ohio

4/5  rDev +7.5%

06-19-2012 06:07:51 | More by mater
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Ozzylizard

Pennsylvania

3.54/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Undated bottle at 40 degrees into standard pint glass
Aroma of roasted malt
Head small (1 cm), light brown, frothy, diminishing to 2 mm ring
Lacing – none
Body dark brown, opaque
Flavor begins with roasted malt bitterness and ends with a slight sweetness; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl.
Palate medium, watery, lively carbonation

This is a very nice interpretation of a schwarzbier – the alcohol is well hidden which makes this very drinkable. The appearance detracts somewhat, but still a very desirable brew. I first had this at a beer fest – based on this beer alone I made the Brew Kettle a routine stop when I’m in the Cleveland area.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2014 10:55:47 | More by Ozzylizard
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target88

Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

07-05-2014 23:32:19 | More by target88
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jonandhisflask

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +7.5%

06-27-2014 18:23:42 | More by jonandhisflask
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2014 03:29:10 | More by DrDemento456
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kjrod20

New York

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

06-18-2014 17:21:05 | More by kjrod20
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CSO

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

06-10-2014 22:02:00 | More by CSO
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neckbracesub

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

05-29-2014 22:13:00 | More by neckbracesub
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barczar

Kentucky

3.86/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours an opaque deep brown/black with a billowing cappuccino head that slowly dissipates, leaving sticky lacing.

Aroma is roasty and nutty, with a hint of chocolate and a malted milk ball essence.

Flavor reveals more malted milk ball character. Sweeter than expected, milk and dark chocolate dominates throughout. There's a significant roast bitterness at the finish. The toasted, nutty malt backbone complements the chocolate well. A metallic character surfaces as it warms.

Body is fairly full, with low carbonation and light alcohol warmth. There's a touch of a carbonic bite.

Far different than I expected, this is definitely a dessert/guilty pleasure beer. Certainly sweet, very chocolatey. I can understand why some may not like it, but it's right up my alley...minus the metallic note.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2014 03:26:50 | More by barczar
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prototypic

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

05-18-2014 01:40:46 | More by prototypic
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Claytonbrewsby

Virginia

2.5/5  rDev -32.8%

04-10-2014 21:43:28 | More by Claytonbrewsby
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brewdlyhooked13

Ohio

3.2/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - mahogany/ruby color, a thin lightly tanned head doesn't last too long but is doing its best to hold a thin cover.

Aroma - grainy, a touch doughy, just a faint hint of roast.

Taste - decent roast opening, some doughiness from the ramp up of the abv I guess. A hint of metal at the open but it doesn't last. Hides the 9% well, almost a little bock-like. Finishes the same, roasty and bocky.

Mouthfeel - slick, slightly muted carbonation, some heft to the body.

Overall - tasty and somewhat interesting, a little dicey at that strength though.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2014 02:55:37 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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Radome

California

4/5  rDev +7.5%

03-30-2014 02:31:30 | More by Radome
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WesMantooth

Ohio

4/5  rDev +7.5%

03-28-2014 02:13:35 | More by WesMantooth
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brother_kenneth

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

02-22-2014 04:46:50 | More by brother_kenneth
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BuckTuckian

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

02-21-2014 14:12:21 | More by BuckTuckian
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WolfAlynn

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

02-07-2014 02:21:47 | More by WolfAlynn
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kdlz

Ohio

4.23/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Serving type: on-tap

01-08-2014 01:59:31 | More by kdlz
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DangerDawg

Ohio

4/5  rDev +7.5%

12-18-2013 22:55:05 | More by DangerDawg
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elkinbrown

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

10-25-2013 15:53:49 | More by elkinbrown
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PHBoiler

Illinois

3.89/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark fruit on the nose and on the tongue. Not quite as clean/crisp as I expected for a black lager. The imperial nature certainly bumped up the body on this one. Solid beer with a lot of flavor. A great diversion from the IPA/stout/sour rat race. Certainly worth trying if you like dark fruit flavors in Quads.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2013 16:17:53 | More by PHBoiler
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outsider

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

10-19-2013 13:21:15 | More by outsider
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chuckv

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

10-07-2013 05:33:58 | More by chuckv
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riemster

Ohio

4/5  rDev +7.5%

08-27-2013 22:52:33 | More by riemster
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Cynic-ale

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

07-30-2013 09:19:27 | More by Cynic-ale
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Ringneck Dark Helmet Imperial Schwarzbier from The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
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