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Das Kleine Schwarz Einhorn - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

Das Kleine Schwarz Einhorn
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106 Ratings
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Ratings: 106
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 11.56%

Brewed by:
Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
Schwarzbier |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Ever seen a unicorn? How about a baby German one that's not white, but black? Well now is your chance to let one merrily prance across your pallet. This black German-style session lager is refreshing, crisp and mystically intriguing with its maltiness.

23 IBU

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 01-17-2012)
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New York

4.24/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Swung by the brew house for some beer and good times (success in both accounts). Be arrived in a Stein. Poured black as night with reasonable head streaky lacing at best. Nose is spot on. heavily rotated smoked malt, the peat is there but dialed back quite a bit. The flavor is also spot on. One if the best smoked beers i have ever had. Light and easy drinking and not polarizing at all. Just wonderful.

Serving type: on-tap

10-21-2013 23:37:48 | More by cosmicevan
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4.31/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I had this German raven on tap at the brewpub. Served in a stein with a 2 finger fluffy white/off white foam. Color is licorice black. Smells of a Munich malt and a bit of roast chocolate. Taste is very crisp, not overly sweet. A very nice malty body with a crisp lager finish. A very solid offering. Don't get hung up on IPA or big stouts from this group. They make outstanding beers in lesser sought after styles.

Serving type: on-tap

10-20-2013 14:00:47 | More by tykees88
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3.84/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Einhorn...or black unicorn is a very nice marzen style beer. The beer poured a nearly opaque black with what light coming through being a reddish hue. There is a white head that is leaving sa lace. The scent and taste carry a fire place like smoke/roast. Almost can be described like burnt pop corn. There is also dark chocolate and maybe a hint of marrichano (sp?) Cherry. Mouthfeel is medium body with good carbonation. Overall this is a great marzen.

Serving type: on-tap

10-02-2013 17:42:26 | More by WoodBrew
Photo of NewGlarusFan


4.8/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Had on Tap at Galway Arms in Chicago.

A) Black with red hue when light is shining on it. Two finger light mocha colored head and lacing.

S) German malts, dark bread, coffee, lagering yeast at the end. Not hoppy at all for a 3F beer.

T) Chocolate, roasted bread, coffee finish, mild hops my guess Hallertau or Saaz?

M) Smooth and thin no bite. Great with a Burger for sure.

O) 3F's second best Lager to Munsterfest. Wish they bottled this one and the chick that brews this is smoking hot.

Serving type: on-tap

08-06-2013 20:26:29 | More by NewGlarusFan
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4.75/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Das Kleine Schwarz Einhorn, aka, Black Unicorn, is a delicious Schwarz. I had it on tap at Acre in Andersonville. One of the best American-made Schwarzbiers--maybe even better than Sprecher Black Bavarian, which has been my standard for years. A great session lager for the cold weather, and unforgettable with my Acre burger.

Serving type: on-tap

01-02-2013 05:15:44 | More by haveaduff2
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4.68/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

served on-tap @ Big Star, Chicago, IL, into a pilsner glass

Pours a dark brown color swirled with ruby red highlights. It looks like Dr. Pepper, actually. There's a small, fizzy white head here. No real lacing to speak of (I blame the glass).

This beer delivers a big surprise upon first smelling it: this is a Three Floyds beer and it isn't hop-forward! This nose is all about the malts. There's a rich, nutty aroma that structures the whole thing. But on top of that are porter-like roasted notes: chicory, distant coffee.

This is absolutely the best tasting black lager I've ever had. The roast flavors here are deep and satisfying, providing a nice bitterness to contrast with the nutty, toasty malt flavors. Some hints of cherry round the whole thing out. Fantastically balanced and flavorful for a session lager.

Overall this is the best Schawrzbier I've ever had. I wish I could drink this whenever I eat a burger or a steak. Seek this out and have a session with it.

Serving type: on-tap

11-24-2012 17:12:08 | More by Reaper16
Photo of ChugginOil


4.23/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on my birthday trip to FFF.

Served in a 16oz plastic cup.

This brew is dark brown in color with some red hints when held to the light. A fingers worth of tan head with some sporadic lacing.

The nose is lightly roasted with light coffee and German malts, light cocoa, and a bit of smoke.

The taste is smokey with a nutty malt taste, light cocoa, roasted malts, and coffee.

The mouthfeel is light, crisp, medium bodied and dry.

Overall, interestingly lager that carries similar characteristics as a robust porter.

Serving type: on-tap

03-28-2012 03:56:59 | More by ChugginOil
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4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours standard for a Schwarz, very dark ruby, nearly opaque, with a nice little wisp of a white head.

Smells surprisingly light--nodes of big, burnt malt rub up against some chocoaltely sweetness. It's a nice balance, but pretty standard and faint.

Tastes much bigger and more adventurous. Starts dry and ashen with big, bitter nodes of dark roasted barley. This moves into a warmer, lightly sweeter middle which veers gorgeously into a medium hoppy finish and a wonderful aftertaste of ash and peat. Excellent balance all throughout.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2012 22:01:04 | More by mynie
Photo of Dreadnaught33

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Basically what I think of a Schwarz right here, nice style hit again by Floyd's. Had on tap at the brewery.

The look is nice, dark brown in hue and has some nice lacing and ring of tan head.

The smell and taste both have a great roasted nut quality to it. A nice almost leathery quality on the palate as well with some nice dark bread notes. Some really nice flavors and aromas here, very malty overall without much hops which I usually expect in FFF.

Feel is medium to thinner, but it's nice and slick over the palate.

Overall another nice beer.

Serving type: on-tap

03-13-2012 21:41:15 | More by Dreadnaught33
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3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Pub at the University of Chicago. This was served in a large goblet and came out completely black with a light brown head, nice lacing and carbonation. Very smoked malts, even charred, with cocoa and burnt toast at the forefront. Fairly thick mouthfeel, tasty Schwarzbier with a lot to recommend it.

Serving type: on-tap

02-25-2012 04:07:23 | More by lstokes
Photo of homebrew311


4.28/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Hopleaf.

A: stout like appearance, jet black with shades of brown, velvety brown head, mild lace

S: deep roasted malts, bold coffee, lager yeast, hints of cocoa

T: nice roasty coffee flavors, lots of bitter chocolate, mild hop character, great full flavored lager

Mf: nice body, smooth texture, medium carbonation

O: nice representation of style, tons of flavor, easy drinking.

Serving type: on-tap

02-05-2012 00:14:01 | More by homebrew311
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4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

On draft at the brewpub. This arrived a very, very dark brown with a one finger soapy head. The aroma consists of smooth and mellow malt sweetness with an ever so slight roast and a touch of minty spice. The flavors are of light chocolate, grains, light roast, and cream. It is exceptionally smooth and sessionable. I really like it. It's definitely a beer you could drink for awhile. Excellent schwarzbier.

Serving type: on-tap

01-31-2012 01:10:26 | More by aasher
Photo of WillCarrera


4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the 3F brewpub. Poured into a dimpled mug.

A- Pours a dark brown with a finger of creamy light tan head.

S- Big malt bomb. Lots of toasty, slightly burnt bread, maybe some chocolate and sugar, I'm definitely getting some hazelnut.

T- In the same vein as the nose, lots of smokey, sweet roasted malts, some more nut flavor. Finishes semi-sweet with mild bitterness. I'm also picking up on a slightly buttery flavor (diacetyl?) like a piece of charred buttery toast.

M- Light to medium bodied, good carbonation, mostly clean finish but leaves a bit of malt texture on the palate.

O- A pretty tasty beer, the malts are huge and very complex. This is definitely worth a shot if you stop by the brewpub.

Serving type: on-tap

01-29-2012 05:22:17 | More by WillCarrera
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4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Hopleaf. Standard pint glass.

A - A light tan foam settles to a thin cap, leaving behind plenty of splotchy lacework. Dark brown body.

S - A great combination of roasted malts, chocolate, yeasty bread, and sugary sweetness. Perhaps a touch of nuttiness. Potent aroma, particularly for only 5.5%. Reminds me a little of Moonlight Death & Taxes.

T - The taste quite similar to the aroma, but there's a touch of chalkiness in the finish that detracts from the enjoyable melange of roast, cocoa, sugar, and bread. There's a low level of roast bitterness that lingers.

M - Dry and roasty texture, medium body, moderate carbonation, and a chewy and mildly sticky finish.

D - I found this to be a stronger offering than 3 Floyds' previous schwarzbier (Ich Bin Schwartz Genüg Für Dich?). I had no problem putting down a pint of this one, and it's a beer I'd happily return to during the course of an evening out.

Serving type: on-tap

01-27-2012 00:11:34 | More by MasterSki
Photo of Sean9689


3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at FFF.

A - Pours a darker brown color, off-white head, thin ring, spotty lace.

S - Very malt-forward, nice toasted bread notes, light caramel, brown sugar. Really nice malty sweetness and light toasted notes...quite excellent.

T - Similar to the taste. Excellent sweet maltiness, brown sugars, light caramel, toasted breads. A nice mildly sweet lager, nice malt-backbone. Finish is sweet with an ever-so-light touch of bitterness, perhaps more dark chocolate then anything.

M - Light, good carbonation, smooth and refreshing, clean finish.

O - Another excellent German larger from FFF. Almost more of a traditional take on the style, with less hops then I would expect. When all is said and done, I really enjoyed this beer and would have it often when at FFF. Recommend.

Serving type: on-tap

01-18-2012 20:03:02 | More by Sean9689
Das Kleine Schwarz Einhorn from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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