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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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baconman91

Ohio

5/5  rDev +34.4%

05-31-2012 19:53:53 | More by baconman91
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speedvagen

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +21%

02-28-2013 04:48:17 | More by speedvagen
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Ohiovania

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +21%

03-15-2012 05:02:52 | More by Ohiovania
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sixerofelixir

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +21%

02-27-2013 19:16:39 | More by sixerofelixir
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Lukass

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +21%

02-27-2013 01:16:33 | More by Lukass
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pathman

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

07-14-2013 17:05:09 | More by pathman
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brandoman63

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

01-30-2013 04:45:26 | More by brandoman63
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Brownsfan13

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

02-25-2013 01:00:33 | More by Brownsfan13
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iL0VEbeer

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

04-17-2012 04:51:53 | More by iL0VEbeer
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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

West Virginia

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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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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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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DangerDawg

Ohio

4/5  rDev +7.5%

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

Ohio

4/5  rDev +7.5%

04-02-2012 01:05:30 | More by jaidenjb
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WesMantooth

Ohio

4/5  rDev +7.5%

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

Ohio

4/5  rDev +7.5%

04-06-2013 05:34:24 | More by Bonis
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SaintJonah

Ohio

4/5  rDev +7.5%

06-05-2012 18:56:36 | More by SaintJonah
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mater

Ohio

4/5  rDev +7.5%

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

California

4/5  rDev +7.5%

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

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +7.5%

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

Vermont

4/5  rDev +7.5%

03-19-2012 12:09:19 | More by dunix
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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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Ringneck Dark Helmet Imperial Schwarzbier from The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
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