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Xingu Black Beer - Cervejaria Sul Brasileira

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Ratings: 1,126
Reviews: 554
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 16.43%
Wants: 20
Gots: 61 | FT: 1
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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
3.15/5  rDev -9.2%
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

Sammy, Mar 31, 2005
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Aug 15, 2011
Photo of djrn2
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

djrn2, Apr 23, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
3.6/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Thorpe429, Mar 08, 2011
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +15.3%

nmann08, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of metter98
3.6/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

metter98, Oct 30, 2010
Photo of brentk56
3.18/5  rDev -8.4%
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

brentk56, Oct 22, 2005
Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +15.3%

kjkinsey, Dec 12, 2011
Photo of BEERchitect
3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

BEERchitect, Nov 01, 2010
Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.9/5  rDev -16.4%
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.

BuckeyeNation, Nov 04, 2005
Photo of GRG1313
2.75/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very dark brown/black with a thick smooth tan head. Very, very light floral nose but you have to look for it. Not much in the nose department.

Interesting mouth and flavors. Very sweet on front palate with strong cooked fruit, plum character but not a particularly good flavor. Perhaps not bad but "interesting" and "different" would be better words.

Light sweet mouth feel, almost like a light plummy burnt carmel like soda. Short finish with a hint of bitter hops and a short finish of fruit compote/apricot/cooked pears. Might be interesting with some foods, perhaps is made to pair with Brazilian cuisine.

Different and perhaps worth a second try with food.

GRG1313, Jul 15, 2009
Photo of ygtbsm94
2.75/5  rDev -20.7%

ygtbsm94, Aug 20, 2013
Photo of jaydoc
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

jaydoc, Feb 04, 2014
Photo of womencantsail
3.3/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

womencantsail, May 19, 2011
Photo of kylehay2004
3.1/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Single finger tan head with nice lacing on a deep brown body with some light passing through. Aroma of lightly smoked and roasted malts, breads. Flavors also very bready with dark malts, earthy malts and slightly burnt toast. Hint of cocoa came out with the spicey chicken i had at the brazillian steakhouse. Medium body and moderate to high carbonation. Nice balance between sweet and roast. Went well with the multiple meats at the Brazilian steakhouse in Vegas.

kylehay2004, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of Knapp85
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Knapp85, Sep 30, 2011
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.15/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

ChainGangGuy, Mar 28, 2009
Photo of oberon
3.23/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

oberon, Nov 30, 2003
Photo of SocalKicks
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

SocalKicks, May 04, 2013
Photo of JAHMUR
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

JAHMUR, May 15, 2013
Photo of TMoney2591
3.9/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

TMoney2591, May 06, 2011
Photo of biboergosum
3.45/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

biboergosum, Sep 11, 2010
Photo of zeff80
3.45/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

zeff80, Jul 21, 2006
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.9/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

NeroFiddled, Sep 22, 2002
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

this is better than people give it credit for being. a boldly flavored and intensely roasty black beer, but light on the palate, almost even thin in body, and quicker finishing for the style. its got an almost lagered yeast character to it, and a pretty solid off white head. its clearish beer too, which is cool, different, and welcoming. its a lower abv beer which makes it drinkable, and i think it fits in all seasons. i get a dried fruit thing here, not raisin but something like it, even prune or plum in the taste before the burning malt takes over. carbonation is great from the tap, although i have had less impressive bottle experiences. i think its one of the more underrated beers in the style, and if i was actually in brazil, this would be far better than almost anything else on offer. the whole thing is impressive if you take in it context, of course its a letdown against the schwarzbiers of old world germany, but its not that far off.

StonedTrippin, Sep 25, 2014
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Xingu Black Beer from Cervejaria Sul Brasileira
77 out of 100 based on 1,126 ratings.