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Xingu Black Beer - Cervejaria Sul Brasileira

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Ratings: 1,096
Reviews: 550
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 16.43%
Wants: 17
Gots: 53 | FT: 1
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Cervejaria Sul Brasileira visit their website
Brazil

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 rebel1771
2.25/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark brownish black, looks great I can't wait to try it. The aroma is strange, a surpising stale odor of a macro euro lager, not very pleasant. The flavor isn't much better than the odor. This brew tastes like somebody watered down one ounce of a decent dark lager with eleven ouces of a macro lager. There's something very artificial about this beer and I don't like it. I will be steering clear of this one in the future.

rebel1771, Jan 08, 2006
Photo of beersarang
3.28/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pretty run of the mill, but worth a try.

Pours a brownish black with a tan head that doesn't hold for long at all.

Chocolate sweet grain aroma.

Slight grainy malt presence throughout carries a mild chocolate toastiness across the palate. Little to no hopping and the caramel becomes a tad cloying. finishes sweet.

Light bodied, light on flavor, carbonation is moderate.

A decent beer, I wouldn't buy it again, due to it's sweetness. I prefer negra modelo which I feel is better balanced.

beersarang, Jan 04, 2006
Photo of Pegasus
3.95/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep black in color, although light passing through shows it to be a clear ruby red. There are a number of small streams of slow-rising carbonation. The head is thick and tan-colored; the lacing is profuse and sticky, ringing the glass walls.

Aroma: Rich toasted dark malt aroma, with a strong characteristic of nuts, and faint hints of earth.

Taste: Rich, toasty malt flavors dominate the opening of the taste, followed by sweet caramel notes. The finish is dry, with subdued malt flavors. The hop flavors are quite restrained.

Mouth feel: Smooth and full, with a bit of stinging carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: An enigmatic beer, quite unlike any other example of the style which I have tried. Quite wonderful, would make an excellent session beer.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve once brown glass longneck bottle with a twist-off crown, served in a standard pint tap glass.

Pegasus, Dec 11, 2005
Photo of BitterBrian
3.83/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this stuff back in '96? from bombers, now available in normal 12ozers. On the label it says it is "black beer". It's a twist-off? yup. I read somewhere (on the case maybe) that it's pronounced, "shin-goo". I'll stick with "zing-goo" to avoid sounding pretentious.

Anyway, I have had this quite a few times and I think it is somewhat under-rated. I included it in my last beer club and received many positive reviews of it.

pours a black-as-night black with a thin caramel colored head. the head fades very quickly. smells and tastes of chocolate and coffee, but not as hearty as you would expect. It is pretty thin. Not a porter, not a stout. I would say it leans to the stout side, but thin and carbonated. It is sort of along the same lines the Weyerbacher Black Hole. The consistency is very cola-ish.

The difference is that this is a very easy drinker. I could have forgotten how many I drank if I didn't run out of them so fast! Overall, it is now rated "worth a try". I would change that to "give it a chance!"

BitterBrian, Nov 28, 2005
Photo of nlmartin
3/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served from the bottle into a pub glass.

Appearance: This beer pours a dead black. The head was short lasting creamy tan coloration. No lacing in evidence on the glass.

Smell: Small amounts of chocolate and coffeesque smells drift up to my nose. The beer smells far more boozy than it actually is.

Taste: I could not taste much intially; however, as the beer warmed up more. I could taste definately sweetened coffee. This beer has a particularly bitter after taste.

Mouthfeel: The beer is watery thin.

Drinkability: Over all an average beer drinking experience.

nlmartin, Nov 15, 2005
Photo of RBorsato
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Black with ruby highlights, a decent brown head, good carbonation, and decent lace. Sweet treacle aroma and flavor; a bit sweet from the strong treacle character. Light-medium bodied and a bit airy due to carbonation.

Much better as it warms.

Per Label: Cervejarias Kaiser Brasil, Ponte Grossa, Brasil.

Per BOM notes: 4.7% ABV

RBorsato, Nov 14, 2005
Photo of joedon
3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Opaque black with a rocky tan head. Sticky lace. Aroma of chocolate, malt, caramel. Complex flavor with dense malts, caramel, port wine. Slightly sweet but well balanced. Chewy texture, mildly hopped.

Not a big fan of this beer but I'm glad I tried it. Should go well with desserts or other sweet foods.

joedon, Nov 08, 2005
Photo of tgbljb
4.2/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep brown color with reddish hues. Modest tannish head with qattractive lacing. Smell is dark fruity (plums, prunes, raisain, figs, dates) combined with roasted malt in an excellent manner. One of the most enticing scents I've experienced in a beer. Taste is good, but doesn't quite live up to the smell. Nice sweet toasty maltiness. Taste does seem to improve as the beer warms and more of the fruitiness begins to blossom. Nice and creamy. Leaves a very nice taste and feel in the mouth. This was truly a tasty beer that was exceptionally enjoyable. Very easy to drink.

tgbljb, Nov 08, 2005
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 beerphilosopher
2.8/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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

A - Almost black, with slight reddish hues when caught in the light. Mocha tan head with sporatic lacing.

S - Not as aromatic as I would have thought. Slight sweet mollases smell, but no other well defined elements. Smells a little "homebrewy."

T - Hmmm ... this is an interesting beer. Definitely on the malty side with some lingering sweetness. No defined hop character to be found.

M - Highly carbonated "tingle" in the mouth, but a quite thin mouthfeel. Looks much richer and thicker than it is, being a lager beer. Lingering sweet, "tacky" taste on the tongue.

D - This beer doesn't really live up to the hype that comes with the cool label, exotic name, and the fact that you're holding a "black beer" from Brazil. Sounds very sexy, but it's not all that great. This is a decent "watered-down" stout type of beer, almost like a weaker milk stout in some ways. Not a bad beer by any means, just nothing exceptional or particularly memorable.

beerphilosopher, Nov 01, 2005
Photo of daliandragon
3.55/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is an attractive beer, in and out of the bottle. I like the stenciled little croc and Amazon warrior on the label and I really like the near jet color with the lasting foam and lace. The smell is interesting, with malt and molasses the most prominent. There is also a bit of a smoked scent that clashes somewhat with the obvious sweetness.
The taste is dry but very understated considering the heavy sugar tones on the nose. It's finish and much of its flavor is reminiscent of a quality stout but maybe a little less so. Almost a stout lite. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, just like it looks.
I don't love this beer but for not being from a beer hotbed in South America I have to admit this is a pleasant surprise. Not an easy drinking beer but certainly not a struggle either. If you enjoy stouts and porters this is probably right up your alley. Worth a shot.

daliandragon, Oct 28, 2005
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 Naes
2.28/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Black in color with a decent tan head, though it disappears quickly.
Aroma is roasty, malty and fruity.
The flavor is a bit sweet for me, but it is a bit roasty. Sweetness is definitely the main characteristic, it is fruity and juice like.
Light in the mouth feel department, but I could in no way shape or form drink a second. The sugary sweetness makes this a bit difficult for me to drink.

Naes, Sep 28, 2005
Photo of Bonhoeffer
3.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice little beer from Brazil. I was impressed. It is pretty much black. Has some sort of interesting smoked/roasted/sweet flavor that i've never encountered in any other beer. Always great to encounter unique flavors in unexpected places.

Purchased as a single from Vulcan Beverage. New to AL. Worth revisiting.

Bonhoeffer, Sep 12, 2005
Photo of Brian700
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours black with a tan/brown head that fizzles down to a ring around my tasting glass. There is some decent lacing going on.

The nose is very mild but I can pick upu on some hops and light malt with a touch of chocolate or coffee (barely).

The flavor is of light malt with some bitterness of hops and also some very light roastiness. There is also a little bit of skunkiness to it. Very refreshing. I tastes a lot different that what it's appearance leads you to believe. It reminds me of Heinieken.

The mouthfeel is light to medium body with medium carbonation.

It's a decent brew, it's definately overpriced for what it is. I paid $2.00 for a bottle. Not that that's a lot of money but I could have bought a DFH 90 for less in the singles cooler.

Brian700, Aug 07, 2005
Photo of TastyTaste
2.17/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Dark black color, with a clear maroon revealed at the bottom of the glass. Head is small, just a thin tan layer. Smell has some light roasted malts, and slight grass. Taste is pretty bland. Small roasted malt in the flavor, but not very strong, slight malty grass, and not much in the way of hops. Beers from brazil haven't impressed me yet.

TastyTaste, Jul 21, 2005
Photo of kbub6f
3.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

An inch of thick, tan foam sits over a very dark brown (almost black) beer with ruby highlights. Tangy, nutty toffee nose. Fruity, tangy grape popsicle front. Fairly thin middle is a little watery. More grapes and nuts at the end. A touch of anise. That's a decent black beer. Much better than the bottle I had a couple of years ago (which was marked Colonia, not Kaiser).

kbub6f, Jul 19, 2005
Photo of GClarkage
3.98/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

GClarkage, Jul 12, 2005
Photo of brewQ
3.38/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with red highlights like a Porter. Soft tan head and fine sheathing action.

The aroma is surprisingly benign. Some malt evident.

A rich body with solid malt taste- reminds me of Leinenkugel's Creamy Dark- which is in the same style. Enough CO2 to make it clean on the finish.

A good brew with some backbone to stand up to spicy foods.

One of the better Latin American beers of the few I have tried.

brewQ, Jul 09, 2005
Photo of jdhilt
4.1/5  rDev +18.2%
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.

jdhilt, Jul 01, 2005
Photo of mentor
4.18/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Obtained from To Your Health (Coralville, Iowa) in April 2005 and consumed that same evening. Pours a one-finger brown head over a pitch-black liquid, even when held to light. Head is sticky and hangs around. Smells chocolate roast, molasses, and licorice. Tastes thick sweet rich molasses, chocolate, and roast. In some beers roast carries a cherry sour, but I don’t get that here. Late, I get a dark toffee that persists well into the aftertaste. Hops? If present they are buried beneath the sweet and darker flavors. Syrupy mouthfeel (in a positive way), but probably only md-thick. Moderate carbonation that works well. The beer leaves the mouth dry, despite it being such a sweet beer. Decent lacing on the inside of the glass.

mentor, Apr 29, 2005
Photo of HardTarget
4.1/5  rDev +18.2%
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.

HardTarget, Apr 27, 2005
Photo of whynot44
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Medium bodied, very dark brown with ruby highlights - almost black - with a creamy tan head that dies down quickly but maintains a light skim on top.

Aroma is very mild and all sweet malt with a hint of molasses.

Taste is also all malt. It starts slightly sweet with a caramel/molasses flavor then some coffee tones come in with a touch of bitterness, leaving a fairly pleasant grassy aftertaste.

Something a little different. Drinkable and goes well with spicy food.

whynot44, Apr 23, 2005
Photo of Billolick
3.38/5  rDev -2.6%
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

Billolick, Apr 19, 2005
Photo of animal
4.9/5  rDev +41.2%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I first had this beer when I was living in Michigan, and again in Arizona. It seems to be at least partially based on the Bock style. Though few liquor stores in the United States seem to carry Xingu, it is nonetheless a worthy find, and definitely a beer that I would buy again!

animal, Apr 06, 2005
Xingu Black Beer from Cervejaria Sul Brasileira
79 out of 100 based on 1,096 ratings.