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Xingu Black Beer - Cervejaria Sul Brasileira

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Ratings: 1,063
Reviews: 549
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 16.38%
Wants: 13
Gots: 39 | FT: 1
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 connecticutpoet


3.18/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This was a clear, deep brown brew with almost no head. Looked a little flat.

The aroma was malty and slightly sweet, with hints of berries and cherries.

The taste was of subtle dark malts with hints of roastiness. It was also a little grainy... definitely had some adjucts in there.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2005 17:11:43 | More by connecticutpoet
Photo of Karyyk

South Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +16.4%
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 mkopera24


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

The appearance was an almost black, coffee, porter dark. Nice head of foam. I was very impressed, b/c I really like dark beers.

The smell definitely had coffee, chocolatey hints to it. I could tell it was going to be a bit hoppy. Which I like.

The taste did almost fool me. I thought it was going to be a porter, but it was a very hoppy (sweet at the front of the mouth, but a little more bitter towards the back of the tongue.)

Very smooth as far as mouthfeel is concerned. A bit of a creamy feel at first.
But it's drinkability was pretty good. I had about 3 in this session.
I was a big fan and would definitely go back to this one.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2004 16:56:14 | More by mkopera24
Photo of Zorro


3.85/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear brown, nearly black brew.

Smell is clean and mildly malty with a slight chocolate scent.

Taste is mildly sweet with a mild floral hop flavor almost wine like. There is a grassy flavor to this too. Mild bitterness in the aftertaste.

Mouth feel is OK.

Drinkability is good, looks like a porter and tastes like an extra malted Euro lager.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2004 03:46:23 | More by Zorro
Photo of Bighuge


4.22/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dark Ruby. Not much light gets through. Thin, tight dusting of brown head. Lace is moderate. Fresh aroma of blackened malts, caramel, roasted barley and coffee. The taste is really pretty nice. Bitter coffee bean and chocolate and sweet caramel and vanilla... Yeah, definitely nice. The mouthfeel is a little weak. Light bodied and slightly watery. Could use a little more carbonation too. If the mouthfeel were better, this would really be a top notch brew. As it is, I'd drink this any day of the week. Great taste.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2004 03:12:14 | More by Bighuge
Photo of alexgash


3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark chocolate brown with a thick, brown cobweb of a head. Smells of vinous fruit, wet cardboard, and lightly roasted sugar. Sweetish, yet spicy fruit (melon?) flavors up front. Stays sweet, with light tobacco, and cardboard mixed in. Light roasted bitterness leads into the semi-dry, mostly-sweet finish. Not bad. Medium-bodied, decent feel. I would definitely drink this again...if I ever make it to Brazil.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2004 04:33:39 | More by alexgash
Photo of gueuzeonhigh


3.18/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark dark brown black sprouting a fluffy sculptured light cream tan color head with microscopic tightly knit bubbles.

This beer produces a curious industrial like nose about it—it’s not particularly robust, but to me the low level background radiation is like some synthetic yet curiously copasetic waft stealthily sneaking in upon my nostrils..

The flavor is predominantly malt. It’s a rather misleading flavor profile in that the beer somehow, as it cascaded into my glass seemed to convince me that a full bodied up front stance would emerge upon my palate. Yet I know full well that dark does not mean robust... but anyway... To my surprise it is a rather curious meek sweet flavor that dissipates quickly leaving behind dying embers of effervescence. There are hints of hops here and there—it’s almost the exact opposite of what I keep wanting to say— “it’s a stout. it’s a stout”—“but dark does not mean strong”—remember...?

Xingu’s mouthfeel is quite cordial, or maybe even perhaps “cozy”. Once again, almost a characterless low level, but a curious malty sweetness predominates a mild effervenscence—maybe that accounts for the “cozy” in my description. The beer doesn’t seem particularly alcohol laden.

Despite this beer’s rather offbeat flavor and demeanor, I think it’s quite drinkable—and it’s certainly something off the beaten path.

Worth a try—love it or hate it, I think you won’t regret the experience.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2004 00:48:40 | More by gueuzeonhigh
Photo of Padron4KM


3.1/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brownish black, large tan head. light lacing.
Aroma is light caramelized sugar and malt.
Flavor is sweet, coffee with too much sugar kind of flavor.
Creamy mouthfeel with a short and sweet finish.
ok beer. I might buy this again if it were $6 a six pack, but at $8 a sixer I don’t think so.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2004 04:38:03 | More by Padron4KM
Photo of Citadel82

New Jersey

3.7/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark mahogany with a short-lived tan head. No lacing to speak of. Very little effervesence once the head is gone. Taste is largely malty with hints of fig, apple with a slight toated malt finish. No real bitterness to speak of. Very unusual beer yet somehow quite drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2004 02:22:41 | More by Citadel82
Photo of BarrelBrother


4.33/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Xingu is an unusual beer, plain and simple. Complex flavours with spice overtones make this an unusual taste treat indeed. My wife and I enjoyed Xingu over our past motorcycle trip when we stopped for the evening at our lodging. Full flavoured with a hint of carmel this beer is an interesting choice for the judges.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2004 05:15:30 | More by BarrelBrother
Photo of blitheringidiot


3.55/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pronounced "Shin-goo" as per the website, this black mystery in a rather plain, browner 12 oz. bottle with triple label label that only states "Important from Brazil" was a curious brew. Well, boys, if it's from Brazil, let's investigate:

Huge fothy foam tan khaki pillowy headed pour that fills me DFH pint with clear mahogany ruby black hue letting scant slivers of light through the brew. Excellent brown head retention leaves a lattice lace.

Lager grain and leafy scents with hints of stout roasted notes.

Twisted mixed berry flavors and slightly roasted malts. Sweet brown sugary flavors pervade the tongue. Almost like cherry soda that is half fizzed. Some baker's chocolate and fresh ginger slices like what compliments sushi, come to mind. Also, some fresh Buckinham white grape wine notes exist.

Medium bodied with modest mouthfeel sizzle.

Somewhat flat for a lager.

Last swigs: Prune juice and concord grapes meets lager. Like a grape soda when warmed. A bartender once told me in a Brazilian restarant in Philly that this is made with an aphrodisiac. This was a beer that I was looking forward to try for a long time ever since that restaurant many years ago.

Beer is good. Happy beering.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2004 03:42:48 | More by blitheringidiot
Photo of trancefishy


3.98/5  rDev +14.4%
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 Hhawk06


2.48/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Upon pour, I had a tough time picking up the aroma. Is it somewhat roasty or sweet? Tough to tell, too faint. Otherwise, its a beautiful looking beer. Big fluffy tan head that leaves tremendous lace and a nice opaque black body. The mouthfeel is smooth but still full. The taste can best be described as interesting. I would say its mostly caramelish, but at the same time it has a dull cola taste as an overtone. This is definitely more malty than anything. It finishes very sweetly, kind of like a candy residue. Its not the greatest brew, and I probably wouldn't seek it out again.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2004 01:21:27 | More by Hhawk06
Photo of beergeek279


3.03/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in the 12 oz. bottle, into a pint glass. The color is black, with a slight tan head. The smell is a sweeter dark malt. The taste is a weaker sweetish malt with a vinegar tartness to it, and almost no hops, and very little aftertaste. Mouthfeel is a bit thin. As for drinkability, this isn't one I'd have many of.

Not a great beer at all. Fortunately, my brother exchanged me 4 ounces of this for 4 ounces of Aventinus (so he could put the label in his collection), so things turned out well in the end. Not something I'd really have again.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2004 01:50:07 | More by beergeek279
Photo of Foxman

New Jersey

2.53/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

It pours a dark, dank brown, flashing deep ruby at the borders. Two fingers of thin light brown head shrink away quickly to a foamy tan puddle. Vertical veins of lacing descend down the inside of the glass.

In the aroma, a bittersweet spike of roasted malt juts out, along with the dry bitter bite of very indistinct hops.

Upon sipping, as surprisingly thin but virtually cloying dark malt sweetness morphs promptly into a muted vinegary sourness on the sides of the tongue. A syrupy sugar river runs through the center, never really swerving until a flat, plastic off-note partners with it at the finish. Simply, it's saccharin, and devoid of much else.

Medium bdoied, the dense sweetness clings stickily, like cloying, tongue-numbing napalm. With this flavor profile, that's not so good.

It's the deep clingy sweetness of rich roasted malt along with....nothing else. the flavor is one-dimensional, it cloys almost bitingly, and ity gives no reason to return for more. It's a dessert all by itself, and not an especially good one. I happen to love Brazilian cuisine, but if this is any indicator, I won't be matching it to any Brazilian beers. I can't believe they drink a lot of this during Carnival, but if they do, I'm staying home. Well, I'm not going anyway, but you know what I mean.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2004 15:42:49 | More by Foxman
Photo of Skidz


3.1/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours out dark brown, sits a dark mahogony in the glass, twists of crimson red show through. Very little head, but keeps a decent skim on top.

Smells of a lot of malts. Some carmel tones, as well as a bit of spiciness and smoke. Mostly sweets here though, little bits of apple too. Tastes initially malty, but quite sweet. Molasses, caramel and a bit of grassiness build up the flavor. Little to no hop presence, a slight acidic taste, and almost no bitterness on the finish. Malts carry this all the way through, and linger on well after swallowing.

Weak in the mouth, it's a black lager I suppose, but it feels watered down. Easy to drink, it doesn't taste bad, but it just lacks that extra punch or any distinguishing characteristics.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2004 03:25:58 | More by Skidz
Photo of BeerResearcher


3.7/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big dark bottle. No freshness date.
It pours the darkest red-hued mahogany possible before blackness. A bubbly tan head fades fast. Very little lace.
Sweet malt aroma, with a vague smell of apples in the background
A sweet syrupy thick malt is doughy and a bit smoky.
Amply Hopped with a very unique pectin, herb and citrusy taste. A honey sweetness reemerges towards the end. It feels more potent than its listed 4.7%.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2004 15:51:22 | More by BeerResearcher
Photo of grynder33


3.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Blackest of black color,coffee like aroma with a hint of fudge, thin but nicely sweet malt taste, a strange but very pleasant aftertaste, there definitely seems to be a nutrasweet type enhancer in here, Simple, one dimensional but yet tasty and refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2004 13:42:38 | More by grynder33
Photo of cokes


3.23/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Black, trimmed by cherrywood, but mostly just black. Blooming tan puff on top.
The nose is off-putting. Rubber, and cooled, cooked veggies, and corn and saccharine.
Luckily, none of this seems to follow-through into the mouth. Begins brown sugar sweet. Touched by molasses, and oodles of caramel. Black malt harshness. Traces of tart, blackened apples. Lightly acidic. Not very roasty, but coffee bean is hinted upon. Hopping is insignificant.
Light bodied, and drainable. Aside from the aroma, this is half-decent. Unremarkable, but half-decent.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2004 03:53:19 | More by cokes
Photo of ybnorml

Rhode Island

3.03/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Very dense black beer with a slight mahogony tint when held up to the light. Not much head which vanished imeadiately. A very light sweet aroma but hard to pin dowon it was so light. Some roasted malt bitterness to the flavor accompanyed by a fruit (berry?) sweetness. This beer was almost absoluteltey flat (next to no carbonation) . Which is why I think I had such a hard time getting any distinct aroma or flavor. Without carbonation this drinks like flat root beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2004 01:19:12 | More by ybnorml
Photo of pio


2.35/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

dark ruby body with big bubbles sticking to the inside of the glass-med activity. no haze. light brown rapidly deflated head, dies to a ring and that's all, no lace.
only a wafer of a malty scent, weak scent.
malt leads mostly weak and watery flavor. comes off the palate like soda pop. the carbonation is like pepsi so if you like that sort of feel it may be drinkable to you. i didn't think it was any good.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2004 23:58:45 | More by pio
Photo of theozag


3.43/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

New beer, new brewery, AND new nation of origin for me. not bad for 12 ounches of matte-black liquid topped by a thick, lasting deep-tan head. that head, by the way, never faded away, even after over 30 minutes of rest in my glass. Xingu's smell is one blending caramel and toffee with a hint of chocolate. This beer starts dry and sour, something like sand texture with lemon juice flavor. It is a full-bodied beer with an overall sour, woody taste. Xingu's other flavors include coffee and caramel. It finishes clean and semi-dry with a very long-term but subtle aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2004 03:17:23 | More by theozag
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 soper2000


3.38/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this at a pizza place in Belo Horizonte. Sweet notes dominate this beer. Any hop bitterness is well hidden if present at all. It is an attractive looking beer poured pitch black with a tan head. This beer is not as popular in Brazil as its cousin "Caracu." While I prefer Caracu to this, it seems as this will be Brazil's main export beer for a long time to come as it does have an unusual flavor.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2004 03:45:27 | More by soper2000
Photo of AndIWantYou


3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

My dad got me hooked on Xingu. It's dark but has a less "aggressive" flavor than the stouts I personally prefer. Xingu is black as night with a mocha colored head that doesn't last very long. The taste and mouthfeel start with maltiness and end with just a zip of hoppiness. A very drinkable session beer; wish I could get it a little cheaper ;)

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2004 00:27:17 | More by AndIWantYou
Xingu Black Beer from Cervejaria Sul Brasileira
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