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Xingu Black Beer - Cervejaria Sul Brasileira

Xingu Black BeerXingu Black Beer

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Ratings: 986
Reviews: 538
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 16.33%

Brewed by:
Cervejaria Sul Brasileira visit their website

Style | ABV
Schwarzbier |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: kbub6f on 08-20-2001)
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Photo of GrizzlyBehr


4.13/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from bottle into pint glass.

appearance- dark brown almost black body with inch thick caramel colored bubbly head that mostly dissipates after a min

smell- better than average smell, smells of malt, dark fruits

taste- is quite good a nice malty flavor, has a nice dark fruit flavor, medium in body, leaves a nice sweet aftertaste

mouthfeel- pretty good as well a nice coated feeling

overall- a good dark beer with a good balanced sweet malt flavor

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2011 03:19:51 | More by GrizzlyBehr
Photo of HardTarget


4.1/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz brown twisty with “Imported from Brazil” on the neck label
Aroma: Heavy spices on a sugary base. Spices hit me as close to pine, nutmeg and ginger. Smells a bit like Anchor’s X-mas beer.
Appearance: Black glass with hints of ruby edges topped with a good finger of creamed coffee head. Head is a thick collection of microscopic bubbles with a few dots of small bubbles holding place for what seems like days. Looks impressive and left a very respectable thick layer of foam behind.
Flavor: A lot of stout characteristics; roasted barley, hint of coffee and chocolate, touch of black patent and nuts. None of the spices in the nose came through. Balance is sweet but nicely so with a hint of some adjuncts.
Mouthfeel: Fairly light but creamy texture. Odd that it finishes dry but leaves a slightly puckering good mouth coat.
Overall Impression: Ok, I’m impressed. Very drinkable but the sweetness slowed me down a bit. Style seems all over the place. A bit of Stout, a bit of Dunkle, a bit of Bock, a bit of Schwarzbier, eh, let’s call it a Euro Dark Lager.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2005 04:38:31 | More by HardTarget
Photo of jdhilt

New Hampshire

4.1/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a three-finger brown head that leaves some lace. Solid black color. Light-medium bodied and light carbonation. Slightly malty nose. Starts sweet - hints of molasses and toffee finishes mellow - not dry. $10.49 for a 6-pak of 12oz. bottles from Tulley's Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2005 23:14:02 | More by jdhilt
Photo of LPorter33


4.1/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased single bottle from Martignetti's

Appearance = extremely dark brown, nearly jet black. Minimal head but decent retention of thin layer of milky brown film. Lacing is ok.

Smell = Dark roasted malts. A bit of whisky like sourness. Smells similar to the other Schawzbiers I've tried.

Taste = Good flavor actually and better than I anticipated. A very mild sweetness in the aftertaste which leads to a pleasant, harmonious overall tasting experience. Not much hops. Good drinkability.Malt is well flavored, robust and fresh tasting.

Overall = some people might be turned off by the sweetness but I really liked it. This is a very agreeable beer. I was very impressed and would buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2006 02:19:37 | More by LPorter33
Photo of LumpyGuitar

New York

4.1/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was recomended to me by MASPuros, thanks again as this was a great find.

Poured a dark black with a finger of tan head. Head stayed the lifetime but left little lacing.

Smells like toasted malts, a faint hint of caramel and baking chocolate.

Taste is very smooth and crisp. Starts with smooth, mildly bitter dark chocolate. A bit of a sweet middle ground of caramel, and a finish with a bit of a salty character.

Mouthfeel is good, very light, refreshing, crisp and clean.

Drinkabiltiy is very good. I love Schwarzbier and this take on it is not only interesting but unique. It holds a special place in my heart, and I'll be buying a mess of it when I see it next.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2008 18:56:55 | More by LumpyGuitar
Photo of Riverwarrior


4.1/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S = Hint of roasted malt and chocolate.

T = Semi-sweet chocolate upfront that transitions into caramel. A faint roasted flavor mingles around the other flavors with a nice malty backbone holding it all together. The finish was a semi-sweet caramel with no perceived bitterness.

MF = This one falls between thin and medium. Carbonation is also between low and moderate. Very smooth and slick going down.

Overall, this is not a complex beer, but it is very refreshing and is one solid schwarzbier.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2008 10:59:57 | More by Riverwarrior
Photo of brewbasterd

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A great example of this style beer, black with some reddish tints and a medium dark tan head. Dark fruits(alot of black cherry) on both the nose and taste, good semi sweet malt base and not over hopped. Very light body and smooth mouthfeel, not what you expect when this brew is first poured. Really dont expect much from a Brazilian beer but this one does the country some justice...wouldn't mind having a few of these on the beach in Rio!

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2010 07:29:35 | More by brewbasterd
Photo of CaptDavyJones

New York

4.1/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured an almost pitch black color, with little to no light penetration, from a 12 oz twist cap bottle. No ABV or freshness date on the bottle.
One finger dark tan head that dissipates very slowly.
Aroma is almost like a porter. Nice roasted malt aroma with hints of dark fruits, sweet fruity esters and cocoa nibs.
Taste, similar to the aroma, is high on the roasted flavor upfront. There is a hint of sweetness in the middle, with the finish being a nice blend of sweet and bitter. This is a very tasty brew, and easy to drink. Mouthfeel is a little thin, but it takes nothing away from a very good flavor/taste profile.
Not a lot of lacing along the insides of the glass.
The flavor profile gets even better as the beer warms up.
Do not regret getting a bottle of this ale. Also, it was good to know that a portion of the sales go towards the betterment of the Xingu river.
Definitely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2011 19:25:50 | More by CaptDavyJones
Photo of WVbeergeek


4.08/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This rare find is one that is so unique that I can only compare to that of a brazilian beauty. The dark chocolate roasts are present along with a nut flavor that makes this beer so smooth and refreshing. The best way to characterize this beer is that it has the body of a porter with the taste of a nice oatmeal stout. As my warm hand slowly grasped the sweaty bottle of Xingu, I inquisitively peered at the mysterious Brazilian brew. Pouring its contents into my pint glass, I cautiously approached the mouth of my pint glass as if I was standing at the mouth of the Amazon River. I was now ready to let my tongue dance the samba with this dark beer that provided a copious amount of intrigue to its tasters. Like a fine Brazilian beauty, Xingu’s dark body was sensual and satisfying to the eyes and the tastes buds. A smooth dark roasted malt flavor finishes the flavor of this beer to create pure enjoyment.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2002 22:20:45 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of Freshie


4.08/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A dark forboding colour with tan creamy head, with lacing to the side.

Smell is different. A dark sweet malt with aromas I am not altogether familiar with, or can label at all.

The taste is malty, and a very smooth sweetness. Not icky at all. Some coffee or chocolate.

The aftertaste is very coffe like as well. A roasted feeling.

Very different, just wish I knew what some of these more alien ingrediants are.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2006 03:01:04 | More by Freshie
Photo of rshwayder

Rhode Island

4.08/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One of my favorite beers when it's fresh, though it can't be found in terribly many places. Unfortunately, since it's not very common and not too many people buy it, sometimes when you purchase a Xingu it's a bit old.

This is a sweet dark beer with a great taste. The only true weakness of this beer is that it's a little thinner in texture than you might expect based on how incredibly dark it looks, but it's extremely delicious.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2008 19:14:13 | More by rshwayder
Photo of suglis


4.05/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this in both the small 12oz bottle and the larger black 1.5l bottles, which taste the same but damn that big bottle was cool. This is a fine example of a good drinking schwarzbier -- not heavy or chewy like a porter or stout, but flavorful and rich nonetheless. My second (or third) of these started to taste a bit flat, but maybe my tongue was simply going numb.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2003 05:40:14 | More by suglis
Photo of Karyyk

South Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was a bit disappointed with this one, not so much due to the fact that it was a bad beer, but because of the fact that I was truly expecting something new and different. To put it in the short, Xingu Black Beer (lager) seems to be, at least to me, an alcoholic version of Malta, a sweet, brew-like soft drink made by the likes of Siboney and Goya (a beverage that I'm told by my family has more or less existed in Cuba for years; I'll have to see if I can find some alcoholic malta on my next trip to Miami).

My initial disappointment aside, what you get from Xingu is actually quite delightful. A dark, porter-like color gives way to delightfully sweet and refreshing lager, that pours with a medium head that disappates to an almost frothy consistency. Taste is decidedly mild considering its stout appearance, sweet overall, with bitterness coming at the back-end. Mouthfeel is almost creamy, with the overall level of carbonation being fairly light.

Overall, I like it, but it's a bit pricy for what it is (I paid $8.99 for a six), and it's not really the kind of beer that you'll want to sit back and drink 12 of a night, even if it was less expensive. It's definitely a good surprise to spring on your beer-drinking friends (might keep a few on hand, right aside the Tusker). They'll like it (even if they won't buy it).

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2004 13:39:48 | More by Karyyk
Photo of RickS95


4.05/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown, close to black syrup of a beer. A nice brown head forms and creates a sticky lace as it dissipates.

Pleasant notes of coffee and licorice, possibly some chocolate making a cameo.

It's a thick lip smacking beer. All the items present in the nose fill the palate and they work well together.

Very creamy mouthfeel. Think milk stout. There is a small war between the bittering of the coffee and the sweetness of the licorice that really works well together.

Overall, this is a really good beer that it easy to drink and not too strong in any fashion.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2011 02:45:42 | More by RickS95
Photo of schlimenhaumer

New York

4.03/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass at low altitude. I have low expectations for this one...

A: Pours a fairly translucent, although still dark, brown color with a minimal tan head that fades away quickly. Not what I would call a "black beer."

S: Strangely, this one reminds me of a low-alcohol scotch. I also detect some sweet caramel notes in the background.

T: Again reminds me of a low-alcohol scotch. Complex roasted malt notes up front with a sweet caramel finish to balance. Although the flavors are quite deep, they're not very strong which could be refreshing when you're looking for an alternative to a stout or a porter.

M: Light- to medium-bodied with some nice carbonation to tickle the tongue. Quite refreshing.

D: This is a good brew, but I could only find one bottle at my favorite local store. Nice alternative to stouts and porters, but not something I would go out of my way to get.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2011 20:42:28 | More by schlimenhaumer
Photo of treedoctor5002


4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is in fact black with a bit of brown shading when held up to the light. Has a nice malty, roasted smell to it. I really like the smoothness of this beer. Extremely drinkable, like other schwarz's I've had. Also has an excellent tang to it. Mouthfeel is smooth and drinkability is high. Overall very nice.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2007 22:27:54 | More by treedoctor5002
Photo of therica


4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quite a surprise.

A= Very very dark. Not much of a head lingering.

S= highly inviting, somewhat smoky chocolatey with nice malt notes.

T= very dark of course! Hints of chocolate, very rich taste, possibly too much carbonation to start although it dissipates soon enough. Lots of boldness in the taste, yet complex enough to be difficult to discern individual qualities and traits.

M= very smooth, nothing unpleasant, with a slight chocolate residual presence.

D= as much as you can drink. With its mere 4.7%ABV it's also very drinkable in quantity.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2007 02:01:38 | More by therica
Photo of MrIncognito


4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Obvious black color, littel carbonation rising, small head that discipates quickly. Not much lacing.

Smell of light burnt hops, coconut.

Taste is smooth and sweet. I really taste the coconut but it does not necessarily taste like a coconut beer.

Mouthfeel is very light. Goes down smooth and easy. Very drinkable.

I think this is quite the good beer. It is very different from anything I've had. I'd love to try other black beers to see how it measures up.

Definitely worth a try. Fantastic on a summer day.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2008 20:35:38 | More by MrIncognito
Photo of EagleTalon


4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to a 1-finger tan head that falls to a thin film but leaves ample lacing on the way down. Aroma is sweet pale malt dominant with a little hint of black malt and caramel coming through. No esters in the nose. Flavor is a very slick, clean malty start with a slightly dry roasty finish. Good mouthfeel and easy to quaff. No apparent hop character. This is the non-German black lager that comes closest to the overall character of the commercial schwarzbiers of Germany, IMO.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2008 21:19:34 | More by EagleTalon
Photo of homebrewhawk


4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle served in a shaker pint. Poured a deep brown/black with a finger of tan head. Nose of chocolate and some noble hops, a little fruity. Sweet, slightly roasty flavor. Medium bodied, fairly rich mouthfeel. Lots of sweet malty flavor. Very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2008 03:52:14 | More by homebrewhawk
Photo of alcstradamus


4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A--Pours an almost-black dark brown that glows a deep red when held to the light. Less than a finger of head that recedes quickly. Lacing is spotty and doesn't last.

S--Biscuits, caramel, lots of malt on the nose. Very pleasant, sweet smell but nothing that stands out

T--Similar to the smell with the addition of some dark fruit and even a little banana. There seems to be a large variety of flavors here but it is so well balanced between them that it is tough to pick them out.

M--Moderately light with a good amount of carbonation. Quenches the thirst well.

D--This is one of the best potential session beers that I've ever had

Xingu is a fine, easy drinking beer. It is not special by any means, but if you are looking for something thats light but still has a decent amount of flavor I can't think of many that are better.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2009 05:05:01 | More by alcstradamus
Photo of LacquerHead


4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this into a slender rocks glass

It poured a dark fruity black with a head that fizzled away.

It had a sugary smell mixed with dark fruits.

The taste was similar to the aroma. It didn't have a caramel malt sweetness, rather it was more like raw sugar. This had a candied dark fruit flavor. As for the hops, there wasn't much bitterness. Overall I thought the flavors were on the lighter refreshing side.

M/F: It had a very crisp feel. On the lighter side.

D: Very drinkable because of its light feel.

Conclusion: This was rather refreshing for a black beer. I wasn't expecting much so I was more than satisfied with what I got. This would be a good dark beer to drink during a hot humid day. It's middle of the road for me but I lean more towards the good than the bad.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2010 19:18:37 | More by LacquerHead
Photo of trancefishy


3.98/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours very dark, with a mocha coloured coarse head, with traces of burgundy. looks completely black, but has the faintest glint of dark red around the edges. smell is sweet, hint of wood. the smell is sort of like open air. the mouthfeel is relatively light, especially for such a dark beer. tastes of sweet chocolate malt and a hint of smokiness. a nice, very drinkable beer, and the first i've had from brazil.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2004 21:20:12 | More by trancefishy
Photo of GClarkage


3.98/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

07/12/05- Purchased at a Sonoma wine shop in Sonoma, CA

Presentation- 12oz brew, undated. Poured into my North Coast pint glass.

Appearance- Black pour with a 1/2 inch brown head and better than average lacing.

Smell- Not much. Some caramel and burnt malt hits the nose. Not much else.

Taste- Sweet caramel malts are the main flavor in the brew. Followed by some roasted and coffee flavors. Definite swetness rules here.

Mouthfeel- This beer is thick! Thicker than any beer I have had including imperial stouts. It literally coats your teeth with it's sweet malt. It's also ultra creamy. Odd beer to be sure.

Drinkability- One of the most different brews I have had to date. Good flavor and a great mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2005 20:12:07 | More by GClarkage
Photo of doppelmeup

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a bottle into a pint glass.

Very black color as the name would suggest. About a half inch medium tan head that had the appearance of sea foam. The head settled, and left a very pretty coat of lacing down the entire glass. This is a very rich looking beer.

Smelled of molasses and caramel, but very mild. No noticeable hop presence, although there is a slight fruitiness to the aroma.

Tasted very good. Creamy, similar to a Newcastle Brown ale. Not overly sweet. A bit watery, probably due to the lower alcohol content.

Mouthfeel is the weakest part of this beer IMO. Kind of watery and the carbonation left my mouth tingly. Very dry finish.

Overall, I really liked this beer. It is extremely drinkable, and I could easily have several of these. The lower ABV makes it a great choice for a session beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2006 22:28:23 | More by doppelmeup
Xingu Black Beer from Cervejaria Sul Brasileira
79 out of 100 based on 986 ratings.