Ringneck Dark Helmet Imperial Schwarzbier - The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
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3.54/5 rDev -5.1%
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.
07-07-2014 10:55:47 | More by Ozzylizard
3.95/5 rDev +5.9%
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
3.86/5 rDev +3.5%
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.
05-24-2014 03:26:50 | More by barczar
3.2/5 rDev -14.2%
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.
04-08-2014 02:55:37 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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
3.89/5 rDev +4.3%
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.
10-24-2013 16:17:53 | More by PHBoiler
Ringneck Dark Helmet Imperial Schwarzbier from The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
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