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

Ringneck Dark Helmet Imperial SchwarzbierRingneck Dark Helmet Imperial Schwarzbier

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95 Ratings
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Ratings: 95
Reviews: 50
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 12.1%


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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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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WVbeergeek

Ohio

4.22/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2011 14:39:10 | More by WVbeergeek
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twiggamortis420

Texas

4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2011 22:49:54 | More by twiggamortis420
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Bierguy5

Ohio

4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2007 15:06:17 | More by Bierguy5
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

650 ml bottle, purchased based on name and label. I'm a sucker for malty lagers and nearly anything from Mel Brooks, thus I didn't have a choice. The label info states "we kick this German-style black lager up a couple notches. Big clean malty flavor with just a hint of roasted malt".

The beer is dark reddish brown, clear when held up to a light but otherwise it looks nearly opaque, with a light tan foam. The aroma is definitely malty, much more sweet than roasty. In fact I don't smell anything that would indicate dark color, this could be a helles lager or maybe a bock based on aroma.

The taste is where the roasted malts show up, but only a little bit. The first thing you can taste is sweet flavors, maybe a little bit of esters too. I could almost place the taste as being more like some Belgian strong dark ales than a dark lager, but that just shows how much overlap there can be between species. The body is a little heavy for the style, but everything on the label prepares you for that. Very good, not just a gimmick.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2010 00:03:27 | More by TurdFurgison
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Beejay

Virginia

4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2011 01:16:20 | More by Beejay
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mdfb79

New York

4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes. Got this last year in the Birthday BIF, just consumed recently at a RB tasting. 22 oz. bomber into a tulip.

a - Pours a dark mahogany brown color with two inches of light tan head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of roasted malts, chocolate, nuts, caramel malts, and dark fruits, Very nice and malty, I like the nose quite a bit.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, caramel malts, dark fruits, toasted malts, chocolate, cream, and coffee.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Easy to drink, doesn't feel like 9% ABV.

o - Overall I liked this one quite a bit and it has held up nicely. Lots of roasted malts and easy to drink. Would like to have it again.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2012 19:20:34 | More by mdfb79
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wvsabbath

West Virginia

4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Dark tan/brown, 1 inch creamy head and nice lacing.

Smell - Malts, dark fruits,roasty, added spices, some chocolate and hops.

Taste - Big roasted, and sweet malty kick. Lot sof bold fruits like plums and rasin mixed with a little sweet caramel flavor. Spices are nice and sweet with a little peppery flavor also. Some sugars also come out to balance out the roasted malts.

Mouthfeel - Medium thickness, coats tounge with lots of malts and and sweet fruits. Palette gets some sweet hops, spices and remaining malts. Aftertaste is malty, a little warm and roasty.

Overall - Nice malty and bold fruity flavors. Really smooth and easy to drink being Such high alcohol. The malts are really present but the downfall is the other flavors are a little to mild and forgetable. Still soild and a good drink, worth a try for sure from the excellent brew kettle brewery.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2012 22:52:05 | More by wvsabbath
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schoolboy

Ohio

4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brew Kettle does some worthwhile and interesting things with beer, and this is another good example of their creativity.

It's a bit flat and nearly opaque. The taste is very sweet with a bunch of roasty and almost chocolatey tastes. It would have been nice to have a more smokey flavor. All that taste completely covers the alcohol.

I would recommend this if you are looking for an interesting sweet, dark beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2012 17:54:59 | More by schoolboy
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2012 19:18:01 | More by DavoleBomb
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beveritt

Ohio

3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2009 01:12:22 | More by beveritt
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ringneck Dark Helmet Imperial Schwarzbier
The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
Style: Schwarzbier
ABV: 9.00 %

LOOK: Darkest of browns bordering black. Small mocha head forms and has decent staying power. Appears to be a very thick malty brew.

SMELL: Roasted malts, chocolates, vanilla, small alcoholic aromas as well as some coffee.

TASTE: Robust and malty upfront, with molasses, coffee and dark chocolate flavor. This gives way to a bit of alcohol, mild bitterness and more chocolate. Full flavored dark beer with all the typical flavors associated with an imperial stout, this just may happen to use lager yeast.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, silky and smooth feel. Well carbonated, with rich malts following through into the finish.

Overall: A fine Schwarzbier of imperial strength. Lager's answer to the Imperial Stout. Very tasty and worth the purchase.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2012 19:29:10 | More by Stinkypuss
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

It's amazing how much an imperial schwarzbier tastes like a baltic porter.

Upon pulling the bottle out of the fridge, I started pondering which Space Balls joke I could post here. "Their schwartz is bigger than yours."

This is a pretty thick beer. And really, everything about it screams baltic porter to me. I like this one a lot. Pick it up if you see it.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2013 05:32:22 | More by RblWthACoz
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srandycarter

California

3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Very dark beer, tan head slow to leave, bubbly lace.

S - Fresh hops and sweet malt. Pretty pleasant.

T - Very malty but not overly sweet. Bitters nicely.

M - Good carb, nice balance, medium body.

D - A very drinkable offering from Brew Kettle.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2011 17:15:25 | More by srandycarter
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I can see it now... Imperial Schwarzbiers are all the new rage. I was surprised to find that this beer did not fall on a dry stout, porter, brown, or any other heavier concoction. But it does show a strong schwarzbier character, but in an amped up form. Muted aromas with a dry, roasted character makes me beleive that there's not much there. Flavors, on the otherhand, beg to differ. Big, clean roasted notes with a slight touch of fully-attenuated caramel and a hint of lactose. Otherwise, no fruits, fermentation byproducts, phenols, sweetness, or sulfers-- just a crystal clean beer. The body seems higher, but remains chalk-dry with a soft roasted coffee astringency that balanced the beer. Finishes quite the same. The flavors are the same as good schwarzbiers, but the weight is increased-- why not.

Serving type: on-tap

06-24-2008 12:15:36 | More by BEERchitect
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boralyl

Oregon

3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours 1/2 an inch of tan head into a tulip. The head recedes fairly quickly leaving little lace. The beer is dark brown, nearly black with just a smidge of light coming through.

S - The aroma consists of roasted malts and some dark fruits.

M - Light to medium in body with moderate carbonation with some creaminess in the mouth feel.

T - The two items I picked out in the aroma push and pull on each other in the taste. It begins with dark fruit followed by some roasted malts and then more dark fruit once again followed by roasted malts. The 9% alcohol is very well hidden.

I really enjoy dark lagers, so it was interesting to try an imperial version of one of my favorite lager styles. The brew kettle did a good job with this one. It's not outstanding, but it's still very good.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2011 01:40:37 | More by boralyl
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WesM63

Ohio

3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Deschues tulip.

A: Pours near pitch black with a tiny 1/2 finger mocha head.

S: Pure malt goodness. Maybe a hint of chocolate and coffee with some alcohol.

T: Spot on the nose. Super sweet malts with a hint of chocolate, coffee and some alcohol to finish it off.

M: Medium body and carbonation.

O: Interesting flavor. I was expecting more of a Black Ale/IPA, this is not that. Still, very good. Smooth and very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2012 01:26:54 | More by WesM63
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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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joepais

Maine

3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks go out to Csmiley for the treat. Bottle poured into pint glasses produced a white head that went a way to nothing on top of a black bodied brew.

The beer had a nice bready aroma with a light roasted malt smell. I liked the flavor if I didn't see the darkness of the brew I would have not know it was a dark beer. Nice and light flavors a little sweat but with enough roast flavors to finish smooth. It was light in my mouth with great carbonation.

An easy drinking brew I finished my glass with no problem and was left wanting for more. A good Schwarzbier, I buy the beer just for the label it's that funny.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2010 01:24:14 | More by joepais
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VncentLIFE

North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark body with like no head.

Slightly roasty with a smooth vanilla smell as well. Chocolate mixed in as well.

The taste is definitely unique. Very very smooth and drinkable is the firs thing I notice. Slight bitter twang possibly from what tastes like cocoa nibs. Hint of smooth vanilla, but really lacking that strong upfront roasty characteristic I want from a Schwarzbier, but that roasty is there.

Subsequent drinks really show off the balance. Could use a bit more flavors for the unique Idea of an Imperial Schwarzbier.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2012 17:24:03 | More by VncentLIFE
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep amber to black in color with an off white head. In the aroma, sweet caramel and a small fruitiness. In the taste, a roasty note of caramel and a fruity sweetness. A small bite, but mainly smooth, and a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry fruitiness in the aftertaste. Nice balance between the fruit and the roast, a nice body and very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2012 18:48:05 | More by OWSLEY069
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bamadog

Kentucky

3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I picked this bottle up at Jungle Jim's a while back and just got around to drinking it. The review is from notes taken on 7/4/2010 and poured from the bottle to a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep dark mahogany color and starts with a short 1/4 finger light tan head that fades quickly to a thin island scum in the center of the surface; body is nearly opaque and shows some ruby/mahogany highlights when held to the light; no lacing is left behind at all.

Smell: A little faint, but it comes across with some big sweet maltiness with a touch of woody and mulchy roastiness and graininess.

Taste: Not too shabby -- nice sweet malts combine with a dry toasty graininess; a very faint roasted maltiness as well -- almost a faint illusion of bittersweet chocolate with the way the malts blend with the grains; as it continues to warm there's a bit of a cola-like sweetness that sneaks in; I kind of dig the variety of the flavors present in this one.

Mouthfeel: Body is fairly light; carbonation is also a little light and crisp and it leaves the cheeks and gums tingly; a fairly thick and semi-dry coating is left on the roof of the mouth.

Drinkability: Not bad -- I don't typically drink a lot of lager-styles but this one definitely warrants getting picked up on occasion (if The Brew Kettle continues to make it); it would probably be a little better in the early spring or fall, and at 9% it would need to be a little limited.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2010 17:13:05 | More by bamadog
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lackenhauser

Maryland

3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just a shade lighter the your basic black. Decent enough head on top at first. Rather 1 dimensional aroma. Faintly metallic and sulfury-not a great presence smell wise. Malty flavor dominates-has a very prominant toffeeish/caramel like flavor upfront. Mild grainy and roasted flavors. Just enough hop bite to know it is there. Finish is somewhat sweet. Very smooth and silky body wise,almost ale like, but the clean and crisp character of a lager is there. Very enjoyable and delicious. Has some of the fruity notes of a mild stout or dark ale but still very good and an interesting twist.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2010 21:48:39 | More by lackenhauser
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superspak

Michigan

3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours clear extremely dark brown color with a foamy 1-2 finger khaki head with decent retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Some light spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of caramel, toffee, banana, clove, bubblegum, raisin, nuttiness, roasted malt, biscuit, and pepper. Some pretty nice and well balanced aromas with good strength. Taste of chocolate, caramel, molasses, roasted malt, raisin, clove, bread, banana, nuttiness, and pepper. Lingering notes of pepper, clove, chocolate, roasted malt, banana, raisin, caramel, and molasses on the finish for a good bit. Nice balance of flavors with good complexity. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and slightly slick mouthfeel. Alcohol is very well hidden at 9% with only a small warming after the finish. Overall this was a very nice schwarzbier. Nice balance of fruitiness and roasted flavors; with good complexity and smoothness.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2012 01:39:36 | More by superspak
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mcallister

Ohio

3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark caramel colored with a small tannish head that fades quickly.

Milk and dark chocolates with hints of vanilla. Clean dark malts with hints of caramel.

Caramel malty mouthfeel with chocolate undertones and bits of dark fruit. Creamy smooth and drinkable

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2007 19:50:38 | More by mcallister
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Ringneck Dark Helmet Imperial Schwarzbier from The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
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