Ringneck Dark Helmet Imperial Schwarzbier - The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
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4.23/5 rDev +13.4%
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
01-08-2014 01:59:31 | More by kdlz
4.22/5 rDev +13.1%
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
4.08/5 rDev +9.4%
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.
02-05-2011 22:49:54 | More by twiggamortis420
4/5 rDev +7.2%
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 +7.2%
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
4/5 rDev +7.2%
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.
05-19-2012 17:54:59 | More by schoolboy
Ringneck Dark Helmet Imperial Schwarzbier from The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
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