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Xingu Black Beer - Cervejaria Sul Brasileira

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Ratings: 982
Reviews: 537
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 Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.15/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

OK black appearance with a bit of head. And lace. Some licorice initial scent, that carried into first taste then dissipitated. A big bottle, thanks Joey for coming to help me finish. Bit aggressive carbonation.Simpicity lead to boredom after a few sips.added a new country. A shwartbier

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2005 03:21:25 | More by Sammy
Photo of UCLABrewN84


3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a 1/2 inch khaki head that fades to an oily film. Random splotches and streaks of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of roasted malt, caramel, and some chocolate notes. Taste is of the roasted malt with some off-chocolate flavors and a fruit flavor I can't put my finger on. A prickly carbonation makes for a crisp and clean mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer and an interesting style choice to be coming out of Brazil.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2011 05:08:46 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of BuckeyeNation


2.9/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Barely opaque mahogany that becomes barely translucent dark crimson when backlit with brilliant, direct sunlight. The head is golden light brown, like one would see on a cola, and is intensely foamy and frothy. Thick, bubbly lace sticks like glue.

The aroma is odd. Even though Xingu Black Beer is a Euro dark lager, I didn't expect it to smell like a slightly darker version of a Euro pale lager, but it does. For some reason, I expected the aroma to be a lighter, milder version of a good porter or stout. Wrong. It's stale, musty and vegetal, with other off-aromas that I can't quite place.

Unfortunately, the off-aromas translate into off-flavors. Even so, the beer is marginally less offensive on the palate, probably because of the presence of other, more acceptable flavors. There's plenty of sweet roastedness, but as with some poor quality beer, it tastes more like artificial flavorings were added than it does like roasted barley.

I don't taste chocolate, coffee or any other flavors brought out in the normal course of 'dark' beer brewing. Although the website doesn't mention it, it tastes like kola nuts have been used. They're grown in Brazil, aren't they? In fact, now that I think about it, the beer tastes like a severly undercarbonated knock-off brand of cola. The mouthfeel is light-medium. Thanks to a lack of bubbles, it's also unenergetic and uninteresting.

Xingu Black Beer isn't good. It tastes too much like a saccharine sweet, dark beer extract added, dark lager pretender. Part of the problem might be the partial lack of carbonation. I opened another bottle last week (from a different source, obtained months apart) that was totally flat and undrinkable. Even properly bubbled, though, I doubt that I'd be impressed.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2005 14:04:11 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of womencantsail


3.3/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The pour is dark brown in color with some amber highlights and an off-white head.

S: Sort of a sour/acidic nose. Notes of green apple and lemon zest with a moderate to heavy roast character. Hints of dark fruits, and a touch of tartness to them. A little bit of coffee and dark chocolate in there too.

T: Roasted malts dominate the flavor and there is a mild astringency as a result. Lightly acidic with a strong yeastiness to the flavor. A hint of dark chocolate and maybe some licorice and molasses.

M: On the light side of medium with a moderate carbonation.

O: A weird sort of beer. I liked it somewhat and thought it was decent, but it wasn't exactly like most schwarzbiers I've had.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2011 23:40:36 | More by womencantsail
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North Carolina

3.18/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a cocoa black blody with a tan head that persists and leaves a fiar amount of lacing

Smell: Smells a bit like wet hay; not particularly agreeable

Taste: Starts out sweet, with some coffee, caramel and molasses flavors that persist into the finish; the hops never kick in

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a good bit of carbonation

Drinkability: Way to sweet to be consumed in any volume; a bottle is tough enough to finish

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2005 22:02:48 | More by brentk56
Photo of BEERchitect


3.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Caught somewhere between a Schwarz and a Bock, this dark lager might even carry a Belgian Dubbel Ale note here and there.

The black beer opens with a very dark brown, nearly clear, but in the end carries a moderately opaque haze. Lightly tanned foam creates a short statured head but retains well while leaving streaks of lace on the glass as the beer falls.

Aromas of light caramel, charred toast, and currants give a glimpse into the smooth lager make up but with fruity estery complexities.

Suble caramel maltiness rests in the background of flavor while toast and bread crust takes the foreground. Still, a berry-like estery note mixes well with the sweeter malts for a typical Schwarzbier but with atypical fruitiness. As the beer warms, it kinda takes on Belgian Dubbel fruity-malty tastes.

Medium and moderate texures give the impression of creaminess early, but the carbonation falls off leading to a quick transition to lightness and lager-smooth drinkability.

A good Schwarzbier but a bit fruity and not as powdery-dry as expected from classic examples.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2010 05:16:44 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of Thorpe429


3.6/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to WhyBeNormal for sending this bottle my way in N00B BIF: Round 3. Served in a pilsner glass.

Pour yields a nearly-black brew with a tan head consisting of very large bubbles. Quite rocky and foamy. Good retention and really nice lacing. The nose is quite light. There is a bit of roasted malt without too much more. Hints of coffee. The taste is a different story. While there is some roasted malt there, there also quite a bit of malt sweetness and some mild fruity characteristics, tending toward red and black fruits. Really a nice surprise. While the taste from this isn't fantastic, it leads to a really nice mouthfeel, which is otherwise light and fairly crisp. Nice drinkability as well. All around, not something I would absolutely seek out again, but I certainly enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2011 18:31:44 | More by Thorpe429
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New York

3.6/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very dark amber in color (near black) and poured with a thin tan head that took a very long time to fade away. A medium amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: There are strong aromas of caramel malts, dark fruits and sweetness in the nose.
T: The taste is both nutty and sweet with flavors of caramel and dark fruits. Grapes stand out in particular. No hop bitterness is detectable.
M: It feels light-bodied and thin on the palate with a light to moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is very easy to drink, goes down smoothly and is quite sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2010 02:53:20 | More by metter98
Photo of ChainGangGuy


3.15/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle - $1.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia. It's probably 4½ years since I've last had one of these.

Appearance: Pours an appropriate black body with a small, frothed, khaki-colored head. Some bits and flecks of lacing on the way down.

Smell: Faint notes of roasted malts, stewed figs and plums, licorice, stale cola.

Taste: Lightly roasty malts with a meager pinch of caramel sweetness. Faint hint of licorice. Dark fruitiness. Subdued hop bitterness. Splash of store-brand cola. The faintly roasty, drying finish is a tad chalky.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Well, now I remember just why it's been 4½ years since I've last had a Xingu. Everything comes up just a bit too light in terms of a Schwarzbier.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2009 00:52:02 | More by ChainGangGuy
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North Carolina

3.23/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Well I finally took the plunge on this beer after almost getting it many times,well it pours a pitch black with almost no head at all to speak of.A roasted aroma with some brown sugar sweetness thrown in,the taste is very sweet almost to sweet with a roasted malt flavor that hits toward the finish.Not a bad beer but a little on the sweetside for me.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2003 01:48:59 | More by oberon
Photo of TMoney2591


3.9/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tumbler.

I randomly grabbed a sixer o' this years ago and was surprised at how much I enjoyed it. Tryin' it again: It pours a dark garnet-black-brown topped by a finger of tan foam. The nose comprises caramel, light candi sugar, and very light cocoa powder, all of which come in sorta faintly. The taste holds notes of caramel, toffee, cocoa, mineral water, and a touch of sweet flowers that keeps everything from coming up too malty for its own good. The body is a rather light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a pretty smooth feel. Overall, a highly enjoyable schwarz, probably the best thing I've yet had out of Brazil.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2011 20:55:45 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of NeroFiddled


3.9/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow! I got far more than I bargained for with this one. First off, there's not a shot in hell that this is a German-style Schwarzbier... but, on the other hand, I don't know what category it should be put in either. It's hazy (bottle conditioned), and brown/black in color. It pours a good size orangish-tan head that holds very well and leaves some lace. It offers a bold aroma of dark dried fruit with prune, plum, cherry (with pits) and some nuttiness as well. It's medium to full bodied with a very creamy mouthfeel. The flavor is fruity and sweetly malty, with some chocolate, dark sugar, a light acidic sharpness, and a somewhat woody character. It finishes semi-dry with lingering fruit & malt notes as well as a gentle touch of soft licorice. Very odd, but enjoyable. Intriguing. A style apart.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2002 18:54:11 | More by NeroFiddled
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Alberta (Canada)

3.45/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. I found this beer with the strange name in a coffee shop/beer store in Missoula, MT. "Black Beer", and "Imported from Brazil" are the only useful tidbits of information on the label.

This beer pours a near opaque black, due to strong chestnut edges, and one finger of puffy, and densely foamy beige head, which leaves a few silhouettes of iceberg floe lace around the glass as it quickly recedes.

It smells of fairly sweet toasty caramel and bready malt, an apple core and red grape fruitiness, a hint of stale coffee, and somewhat metallic, earthy, leafy hops. The taste is softly grainy pale and caramel malt, some latent breadiness, a bit of bittersweet chocolate, sugary apple and cherry fruit, and a slight, but still strange wet tin can essence.

The carbonation is quite low, just a wee frothiness emanating throughout, the body medium-light in weight, generally smooth, and yet a tad chalky. It finishes off-dry, the bready malt and orchard fruitiness combining to outshine the equally lingering wet flintiness and underlying earthy hops.

An ok, pleasantly rounded, and somewhat drinkable black beer - fruity, malty, with a brave, but in the end, futile attempt at balance. Too sweet overall, however, for any repeat visitations, I would imagine.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2010 23:06:56 | More by biboergosum
Photo of feloniousmonk


3.38/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Black as a piranha's heart, with a frothy cream-colored head. Aroma is simple, vegetal, tiny hints of cocoa, butter, and-?-corn? Palate: extraordinarily smooth. but with a very brief finish. Sure and powerful malt, and very little in the way of hops. Tasty, though, if simple. Very sweet, with some coffee and toffee flavors peeking into the flavor profile, but just a little. Quite smooth, and easy to drink.
This was once available in my area, and I visited it often in the dawn of my beer exploration. I thought it exotic then, with the label and locale, but forgot that it is rather rudimentary. I thank Uglyradio, for the reunion.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2003 17:39:54 | More by feloniousmonk
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Rhode Island

3.48/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color with a thin light brown head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is kind of faint but contains roasted malts, coffee and chocolate with a touch of hops.

T: The taste malty but it does not over-power you with sweetness. However, there are well-balanced flavors of coffee, chocolate, a touch of dark fruit and decent hops presence. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not very filling, decent representation of style, I could drink this beer for a while but there are several better alternatives even within the style.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2007 05:21:55 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of russpowell


4.33/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours mahogany with effervscence & a rocky 3 fingers+ mocha head. Some lacing & no head retention

Smell: Slight frutiness, some winey notes & then a slight leather/sourness (out of style, but nice)

Taste: Fruttyness, licorice, sweet port-like notes & finishes sweet

MF: Good balance, slightly chewy. A little undercarbonated

Pretty drinkable, interesting beer from the amazon??? I don't remember this stuff being so drinkable in the mid-90's (last time I had it)

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2006 04:16:09 | More by russpowell
Photo of WesWes

New York

3.58/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a deep black color with a thin tan lace head. The aroma is decent. It is full of black and pale malts. It has a refreshing scent with no hops. The taste is good. It is light, but with a dark feel. It refreshes on the finish and has a lingering dark malt taste. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a real good beer. It drinks very well; an excellent sessions beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2004 01:36:41 | More by WesWes
Photo of Mora2000


3.85/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark brown to black color with a tan head. The aroma is roasted malt and chocolate, but it is fairly faint. The flavor is more pronounced. I get some roasted malt, chocolate and caramel. The beer is very dry. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2010 02:40:30 | More by Mora2000
Photo of zeff80


3.45/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a dark black with a sizeable mocha-colored head. It left lacing and the head never completely diminished.

S - It smelled like roasted malt.

T - It was a very malty brew. A little hop bitterness was present and a little coffee-like flavors, too.

M - It was soft and medium bodied.

D - I thought it was pretty good. I would have to say it is my favorite Brazilian beer. In fact it's the only Brazilian beer I've ever had.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2006 13:00:37 | More by zeff80
Photo of Knapp85


3.75/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was pretty interesting, This poured out as a nice black color with a fluffy tan head on top. the smell of the beer is roasted and malty, it's also got a strong lager-like aroma too. The taste of the beer is much like a dark German Lager to me but with a more creamy mouthfeel in my opinion. Overall I found this brew to be pretty good all around, it's actually a very easy drinking dark beer, sure to please a casual drinker.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2011 02:32:46 | More by Knapp85
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3.35/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle - twist-off cap - no freshness date - Poured into pint glass.

Poured black (very dark brown) with a fairly thin, but very well-retained off-white head that left plenty of lacing. It gave the appearance of espresso.
The smell was of hints of roasted coffee and a touch of chocolate.
The taste was of coffee, chocolate and a touch of molassas. None of the flavors were particularly powerful, but they were noticeable. After a few sips, some vague apple-like fruitiness was hinted at in the background. A touch of smoky charcoal surrounded the flavors. The initial sweetness became more bitter, but it was acidic sort of bitter.
As it swirled in the mouth, and as the drink progressed, it became watery and the flavors became somewhat muted. A sweetness was intermingled with an acidic bitterness that did not leave a clean feel.
Overall, it's not bad. I even grabbed a second one a while later because it was there. But, the flavors fade and it seems to be missing something. The initial flavors and sweetness give way to a drying bitterness. Anyway, it's not something I would seek out again. I've had better examples of the style.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2006 21:06:30 | More by jwc215
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United Kingdom (England)

3.2/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Brown twist top 335ml bottle, poured into a 'Palm' tulip shaped glass.

Very dark colouring, a true black lager, evennheld up to a strong light the blackness didn't waiver. No head sadly, just a thin tan collar.

There was a strong coffee aroma at first, but once the beer had been poured it soon dispersed and was replaced with a more malted barley wiff.

The coffee from the first aroma hints dominate the flavour. It isn't all coffee, just a feeling the taste is there. Otherwise it is a normal black beer, with all the normal lagerish attributes.

Smooth, almost creamy but still true to the blacklager trait of being thin towards the end of the mouthfeel.

My daughter found this somewhere, glad she did, a pleasant suprise from Brazil.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2009 20:36:01 | More by BlackHaddock
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3.8/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The outcome exceeded my expectations as I found this one to be decent, but not anything overly spectacular. Good with food, I’d say, and it has a foamy tongue that ends somewhat with a bitter edge. Seems to be more enjoyable on the second sip. Definitely not a beer that is just being imported to be sold as a novelty from a far away country.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2007 02:43:26 | More by RblWthACoz
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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
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3.15/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Good initial head that dissipates to a single layer of beige bubbles that leave virtual no lace. The color is dark brown but allows for some muted light to get through.

Mild malt aroma given the color. Slightly off aroma that is similar to the macros that use a lot of adjuncts.

First impression is that this is a very thin beer. The body reminds me of Michelob Dark. The flavor is better than the smell but still quite one-dimensional. Think macro lager with a touch of darker malt for color.

This is a mediocre beer that might quench your thirst if you have a lot of yard work.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2008 01:51:20 | More by smcolw
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Xingu Black Beer from Cervejaria Sul Brasileira
79 out of 100 based on 982 ratings.