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

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Dark Helmet Imperial SchwarzbierDark Helmet Imperial Schwarzbier

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BA SCORE
85
very good

118 Ratings
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Ratings: 118
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 11.47%
Wants: 11
Gots: 11 | 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:
Beer added by: mcallister on 12-30-2007

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!"
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Ratings: 118 | Reviews: 54
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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

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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.

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Appearance: Deep garnet/dark brown. Perfectly clear. Small light tan head drops to a tiny cap and slightly larger collar in short order. Some splotches of lacing.

Smell: Vaguely roasted with a strong grassy, leafy hop profile. Lager yeast is clean. Some minor chocolate malts in the back. Some dark fruit, unripe plum mostly. Slight smokiness in the back. Tiny backing spiciness.

Taste: Sweeter than expected. Raisins and milk chocolate sweetness. Some cocoa and chocolate malts. Caramel malt sweetness as well. Clean lager yeast. A touch of corn with a good bit of grass. Black licorice laced with some extra sugar. Warming adds even more sweetness. Cola syrup, caramel, even more licorice. Some minor roasted malts.

Mouthfeel: Body runs on the light side of medium. Lively carboation. Slick on the tongue. Some lingering dryness on the finish.

Overall: Lacking something cohesive. Roasted cola mess.

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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."

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