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Xingu Black Beer - Cervejaria Sul Brasileira

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Ratings: 1,058
Reviews: 548
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 16.38%
Wants: 13
Gots: 36 | 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 feloniousmonk


3.38/5  rDev -2.9%
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
Photo of russpowell


4.33/5  rDev +24.4%
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 WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4.08/5  rDev +17.2%
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 Slatetank


3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

05-25-2013 14:55:22 | More by Slatetank
Photo of WesWes

New York

3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
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 +10.6%
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 Rifugium


3.9/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: bottle at Flying Saucer, Little Rock, AR

Some random dude at the bar offered to buy me a drink... Ok, whatever, brah. Felt awkward, but who am I to turn down a free beer really? Even if it's from another man. Not that there's anything wrong with that. However, I was just about to leave, so I didn't really have anything on my mind, but the bartender suggested Xingu to me.

Anyhow, this was served in a bottle, poured into a pint glass, a dark brownish black, with a well-retaining tan head. Aroma of dark malts, light notes of chocolate, and hints of dark fruits and licorice. Pretty much the same in the taste, roasty, sweet, licorice and fruint notes. Medium body, and quite non-threatening; easily drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2011 07:15:35 | More by Rifugium
Photo of SocalKicks


3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

05-04-2013 22:13:40 | More by SocalKicks
Photo of jwc215


3.35/5  rDev -3.7%
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
Photo of Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +14.9%

12-08-2011 19:55:34 | More by Rochefort10nh
Photo of smcolw


3.15/5  rDev -9.5%
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
Photo of Halcyondays


4.43/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle bought for $1.49 from the Liquor Warehouse,

A: Pours in actuality a very dark brown with a full off-white tan head, good lacing and strong head retention.

S: Chocolate malt, with a hint of lactic acidity and cherry.

T: This has a great flavour to it. Sweet milk chocolate comes out initially and is matched by a bittersweet cherry, with an earthy hop bite at the end with a hint of molasses. As I continue to drink it, it just gets better and better.

M: Soft carbonation, relatively light body and quite easily to drink, has an oily feel at times, off-dry overall, smooth as silk.

D: For the price I wasn't expecting much, but this is really really good. I'll stock up the next time I visit wherever this is sold, I loved it, highly recommended, it is one of the best session beers out there.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2008 06:28:24 | More by Halcyondays
Photo of BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

3.2/5  rDev -8%
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
Photo of beernads


3/5  rDev -13.8%

06-03-2013 16:35:32 | More by beernads
Photo of GClarkage


3.98/5  rDev +14.4%
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 XmnwildX12


2.75/5  rDev -21%

11-27-2013 23:54:12 | More by XmnwildX12
Photo of imperialking


3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

11-13-2012 19:20:02 | More by imperialking
Photo of lacqueredmouse


2.8/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a pleasant reddish black colour, with a lovely head of chocolate coloured pancake bubbles. Some lacing, not a lot, but pretty decent overall. A very nice looking beer.

Some roasted notes on the nose, but quite a large amount of rice or corn sweetness as well, which very much overpowers. A little oatmeal rounds it out, but overall it comes across as too sweet and too clingy.

Taste is similar, although a roasted grain husk character redeems it slightly. Far too sweet - syrup is very noticeable throughout the palate, with a big wallop of corn or glucose, and by the time the dry, dark character has made its presence felt, it's too little, too late. Mouthfeel is thin, and doesn't redeem a seemingly blaze palate.

Not great overall. The darkness in it does nothing to the flavour, and it ends up seeming sickly, weak, cheap and amateurish. Unimpressed.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2009 11:09:23 | More by lacqueredmouse
Photo of tempest


2.98/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm calling Euro dark lager on this one. It looks black and that's the most resemblance I get to the style. It does look pretty nice, black with tan lacing and all. But I don't get how it can be missing so much flavor. It doesn't taste like it traveled well to begin with. The rest is just a bland fruity flavor common with lighter-bodied Euro lagers. No cocoa flavors or anything that resembles grains.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2007 03:36:13 | More by tempest
Photo of wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

2.73/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Coming in a 355ml brown bottle, 4.6%abv. BB 28/12/08, served chilled in De Dolle Oerbier's goblet.

A: pours a deeply dark brown to nearly black hue, topped with a fluffy dark tan head with good retention.
S: a faint hint of hop resins and a clean touch of lager come on top of brown sugar, Chinese grass-jelly, and a tinge of treacle. Quite simplistic, gearing towards the malt side and quite sweet.
T: quite simply, the taste is semi-sweet and thin-bodied throughout, decorated with random tastes of sweetened mashed kidney beans, mild herbs as used in Chinese grass-jelly, unidentified dark fruits, and a light metallic touch; slightly chewy and sour in the finish. BTW, where is the roastiness from black malts that is supposedly an intrinsic character of any black beer?
M&D: fizzy and slightly fluffy on the texture, quite lively but overall too thin in body. The only goodie about this beer is that the flavour doesn't come too cloying or unpleasant, staying pretty "neutral" throughout the drink. That said, there's very precious little in this beer that my palate agrees with, hence not recommended.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2008 19:54:52 | More by wl0307
Photo of oriolesfan4


3.43/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not the best Schwarzbier I've tried but still pretty good I must say. It is very drinkable and has a good mouthfeel and body but it seems to be lacking a bit in the flavor department compares to Saranac and Sam Adams. Those two had some very good roasted flavors while this has a little but they aren't very pronounced. Glad I tried it, but I would reach for a different schwarz in the future.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2008 01:07:20 | More by oriolesfan4
Photo of Billolick

New York

3.38/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Standard 12 ouncer sampled, no freshness dating. Pours coal black, with a dark tan head. Medium sheeting/lacing left on the glass. Nose is of tart apples and burnt malt. taste is sludgy burnt malts, raisins, black coffee. Somewhat sweet, not all that pleasing. Thin finish. Doubt I would try this one again

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2005 18:31:55 | More by Billolick
Photo of woodychandler


4.65/5  rDev +33.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Ja, ist der schwartzer this afternoon, thanks to tone77 and his insistence that bottled beer will keep me from turning into a total CANFreak. Hey, no problem, because once you've had black, you're never going back.

Several more memories of my misspent youth in the navy come roaring back on that one. We were in Africa and the only talent that was available was black and I was hesitant, not out of prejudice, but simply because it was what is now referred to as "The Strange". I was pleasantly surprised and I learned a valuable lesson - all p***y is pink! Flash forward six/seven years to late-December liberty in southern France and I could not decide between the black one and the white one, so I went with the Salt 'n' Pepa combo platter. Extra was definitely extra, but well worth it. Oh, wait. "Black" refers to something else in this case?!? In the immortal words of Emily Litella, "Never mind."

This was a beer drinker's beer! My aggro pour resulted in two heavy-duty fingers of deep-brown head with retention that could only be pierced by a jackhammer. Color was inky, jet black that only allowed a bit of light at the edges of the glass. Black as night! Black as the Ace of Spades! Black as a witch's heart at the bottom of a well! Even the white bits was black! I may get an Ace of Spades tattooed on my shoulder, or one of my ass cheeks, or better, on the inside of my thigh to let people know how I roll. Time for some accompanying music - you guessed it, Motorhead and "The Ace of Spades". Nose had a slightly grassy hoppiness and a slight malty sweetness. Mouthfeel was silky smooth with a mild caramel sweetness in the mouth and on the tongue. Finish had the same caramel sweetness but accompanied by a light hoppiness. GOOD!

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2011 22:07:39 | More by woodychandler
Photo of stakem


3.63/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle which made it's way to my fridge care of my brother.

Pours a dark brown color with some decent clarity and redish hues around the edges when held to the light. The head appears with less than a finger of tan foam that quickly receeds leaving a bit of lace clinging to the glass.

The aroma of this brew is dark grains mingled with citrus hops and a bit of dark skinned fruits reminescent of plum and/or raisins. As it warms some fresh grainy scents become moe evident along with some buttery notes and a trace amount of black licorice is noted.

The taste of this brew is quite sweet upfront with some dark malt suggesting chocolate and a fruitiness like plum/rasins like the nose suggested that turns to more of a slightly smokey molassess flavor. There is only a trace amount of hops that come across with a light citrus flavor that impart only a very small amount of perceived bitterness. The contrasting bitterness in this brew seems to come from the roast of the malt. In the finish of this brew is a light mineral quality that is somewhat crisp yet it lingers with a taste that is buttery.

This is a light bodied brew with a moderate to low level of carbonation. It is quite easy drinking but the sweetness starts to get to me only half way through the glass.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2010 01:50:19 | More by stakem
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque near black in color with some highlights of dark amber and some light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation near the surface. The beer has a finger tall tan head that slowly redues to a thin film with several small slightly thicker patches and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of roasted and caramel malts with light hints of sweetness and some dark fruits.

T: This beer has a very pleasant moderately malty flavor with notes of roasted, caramel, and burnt malts flavors that includes nutty and sweet notes. There is also a hint of dark fruits and very little bitterness.

M: Slightly heavier than light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin.

O: Very easy to drink and enjoyable - nothing exceptional but it is definitely a sessionable beer. This was the first time I had this beer since my college graduation when I initially tried this beer - this was the mid-1990s when there was not nearly the craft beers available... Still enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2012 23:20:56 | More by dbrauneis
Xingu Black Beer from Cervejaria Sul Brasileira
79 out of 100 based on 1,058 ratings.