Ringneck Dark Helmet Imperial Schwarzbier - The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
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3.5/5 rDev -6.2%
Poured into my new New Glarus pilsner. Thanks FrankenBrew!
Clear yet murky brown to copper.
Slightly weak, roasty nose. some chocolate and caramel
Same with the taste. Very sweet and sugary.
smooth and creamy mouth feel
really drinkable for a 10%abv lager
Not the best Schwarzbier but worth trying nonetheless. I would like to see more balance. Less sweetness, more roastiness and chocolate notes would improve this beer.
01-16-2010 23:02:59 | More by MbpBugeye
3.5/5 rDev -6.2%
Pours a very dark but clear mahogany with a 1-finger tan head leaving no lacing. A steady carbonation stream is visible.
The smell is a strong, sweet malt without any roasted aroma.
The taste is similar though a bit of roasted malt comes out.
Mouthfeel is thin and slightly carbonated.
Drinkability: Not a poor beer but nothing too special either. For 9% ABV I would want a bit more going on to say it has good drinkability. I find it to be pretty one-dimensional.
05-29-2010 01:18:57 | More by meatyard
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
3.55/5 rDev -4.8%
Pours a deep dark brown color with ruby highlights and a smallish tan head that dissipates rather quickly. Smells of light chocolate and caramel with a bit of earthy and floral hops playing a supporting role. Taste is chocolate and caramel with a bit of ash. Earthy bitter hops mix with a hint of alcohol to counter the malt sweetness. There's a hint of melanoid in there that makes it a little interesting. A bit of a lingering alcohol burn on the finish. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet slick mouthfeel. I thought this was only ok. It seems like a kicked up version of a macro lager with a bit of chocolate malt.
03-18-2012 23:44:33 | More by johnnnniee
3.58/5 rDev -4%
On tap at the Brew Kettle yesterday afternoon.
Pours nearly black, though it is still slightly see through. Thin of-white head forms at the beginning and offers a good amount of lacing. The nose is nice with some roasted malt and a bit of coffee. There's a touch of licorice there in the background as well. The taste is pretty similar; there's a touch of roast and some light coffee. Mild anise in the background. Fairly tasty, though the finish is a bit too bitter with far too much alcohol for what it's carrying. Pretty good, though the finish was far too harsh.
04-29-2011 12:41:34 | More by Thorpe429
3.58/5 rDev -4%
Pours a very dark cola like color with a two finger dark khaki colored head which gives way to some strings of lace. The aroma is of some roasted malts along with a hint of dark fruit sweetness as well as toffee and some dark chocolate. The taste has a roasty and caramel malt backbone with a dark chocolate and coffee bitterness. There is also a hint of dark fruit sweetness that rounds out the flavor. The mouthfeel is moderately carbonated. It is not slick with alcohol. Overall it is a solid beer, it has a good flavor but left me wanting just a little more out of it. It was however, very enjoyable.
05-02-2011 14:23:39 | More by goblue3509
3.58/5 rDev -4%
Served from the bottle into a pilsner glass
A- Poured black with a one finger soapy off-white head. You can see some red hues shining at the top of the beer and very bottom.
S- Big roasted barley/malt aroma, fruity esters, very clean lager smell
T- Dominant sweet maltiness, and cracker notes. Some roasted barley and coffee. Light fruitiness
M- Very smooth, medium/fuller bodied, high carbonation on the finish, finishes dry. A little bit fuller bodied but this does not drink like a 9% beer. No alcohol presence, warming, or burn.
O- The more I drink this the sweeter it gets. Reminds me of the Black Rat Imperial Stout from Cellar Rats I had recently. A really unique beer style to try out, but I don't see myself getting this again.
05-01-2012 01:50:10 | More by Hoptometrist
3.63/5 rDev -2.7%
Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a pint glass.
A moderate pour yields a 1-finger tan-colored energetic head. Within a minute the head fades to a faint dusting atop the dark mahogany body. Lacing is minimal but apparent.
Dark roasted malts dominate the nose. A light fruity sweetness is also detected. Unfortunately, the aromas were rather faint, making it difficult to analyze.
Dark malts, dry chocolate, and roasted coffee come together to create an interestingly rich, yet light flavor profile. The flavors are complex, but not bold. They get their message to you without being excessive. The 9% ABV is nowhere to be found.
Medium bodied with lots of carbonation, this beer fizzes on your tongue and leaves little residue. The carbonation may be a little excessive, but it does allow this beer to be more than a sipper.
04-27-2011 05:03:04 | More by output01x
3.73/5 rDev 0%
Dark brown body with little head. It has a flat appearance.
Roasty smell with a brown sugar sweetness.
Roasty and sweet, with hints of dates, brown sugar, and cola. It's got a heavy alcohol presence and it almost reminds me of a dubbel.
Mouthfeel is soft with light carbonation.
This was a pretty decent beer and had some good qualities in the flavor, but was not very aromatic.
04-22-2012 02:44:51 | More by Vonerichs
Ringneck Dark Helmet Imperial Schwarzbier from The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
84 out of 100 based on 105 ratings.