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Xingu Black Beer - Cervejaria Sul Brasileira

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Xingu Black BeerXingu Black Beer

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Ratings: 1,077
Reviews: 550
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 16.43%
Wants: 14
Gots: 46 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Cervejaria Sul Brasileira visit their website

Style | ABV
Schwarzbier |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 08-20-2001)
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Photo of trancefishy


3.98/5  rDev +14.7%

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.

08-04-2004 21:20:12 | More by trancefishy
Photo of Hhawk06


2.48/5  rDev -28.5%

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.

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


3.03/5  rDev -12.7%

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.

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

New Jersey

2.53/5  rDev -27.1%

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.

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


3.1/5  rDev -10.7%

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.

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


3.7/5  rDev +6.6%

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%.

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


3.45/5  rDev -0.6%

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.

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


3.23/5  rDev -6.9%

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.

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

Rhode Island

3.03/5  rDev -12.7%

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.

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


2.35/5  rDev -32.3%

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.

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


3.43/5  rDev -1.2%

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.

03-07-2004 03:17:23 | More by theozag
Photo of WesWes

New York

3.58/5  rDev +3.2%

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.

03-05-2004 01:36:41 | More by WesWes
Photo of soper2000


3.38/5  rDev -2.6%

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.

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


3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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 ;)

02-24-2004 00:27:17 | More by AndIWantYou
Photo of Boilermaker88


3.63/5  rDev +4.6%

Poured into my tasting glass, this Brazilian schwarzbier had a uniform tar black and a frothy mocha colored head that faded down to a thin skim after a couple minutes. Some streaky lace was left behind.
The nose was sweet and fruity with aromas of plums, apple, sweet cocoa and light malts. Nothing really jumped out and dominated but the aromas worked well together. Light-bodied and a touch thin, the flavors of dark and tropical fruits held sway to start and maintained a solid presence throughout, bolstered by a solid malt character. A mild herbal hops flavor came out in the dry finish.
I was pleasantly surprised with this beer. It was quite quaffable and had an enjoyable taste and aroma. Worth trying in you're tasting South American beers.

02-20-2004 04:35:37 | More by Boilermaker88
Photo of jlervine


2.9/5  rDev -16.4%

Poured jet black with a tan head. Looks very imposing. Head recedes to lace along the sides and a colony of foam right in the middle of the beer. Smell is of chocolate malt and herbal noble hops. The beer is very light upon the palette, almost as if it skips your tongue entirely and heads down the back of your throat. Hint of roasted chocolate, and a tinge of hop bitterness at the end. Mouthfeel is very light - which is good - but too light - which is bad. Very drinkable, the stuff is practically air in a glass, it's just rather boring.

02-18-2004 23:30:39 | More by jlervine
Photo of ADR


3.58/5  rDev +3.2%

Almost jet black color, yellowish head of two bubble sizes that reduces to a skim in 20 seconds. Lace is thick, with holes and drips. Agreeable aroma, carob, nutiness, cocoa, and nutmeg. Medium light mouthfeel, lightly fruity flavor gives a peach-like sense to the malt profile. Rounds out with slightly more chocolate sense, little hop, and even more emphasis on fleshy fruit. Nice enough beer, slightly warbling and thin in character. I'm not sure why Bob Klein raves about it (or many other of his favorites), but it is agreeable.

Source: Liquid Solutions

02-13-2004 16:46:35 | More by ADR
Photo of genaro


2.7/5  rDev -22.2%

Xingu came in a light weight 12 ounce bottle. The color was opaque chocolate brown with some coppery hue. The aroma was weak with whiffs of chocolate and the head was not impressive. The taste was chocolatey with traces of molasses. A decent hop bite livened it up a bit. The mouthfeel was a litle oily and the finsh was dry and unexciting.
I don't know what I was expecting, maybe some exotic Brazilian tastes. In the end I was just a little disappointed with this beer.

01-30-2004 00:18:59 | More by genaro
Photo of beerman599


3.73/5  rDev +7.5%

Black color, good head. Medium bodied beer. Roasted malts, coffee-like flavor, a little too sweet tasting. Full flavor. Mouthfeel is medium bodied but not bad. Finish is smooth and a little thin. Aftertaste is dry and malty. the beer has a sweet quilty for the dry finish, but a very refreshing beer.

01-22-2004 22:17:10 | More by beerman599
Photo of SixpointJMH

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

pours a dark almost (if not completely) black colour with a nice moderate sized tan head. not the look you'd expect from a brew from brazil, but good nonetheless. the smell, while better than average, leavesa bit to be desired. seemed a bit thin merely by smell alone, with slight amounts of malt, chocolate and coffee apparent, but not anywhere near dominant or overpowering. the body and flavour need work here. very thin at times. all of the aformentioned traits are evident in the taste as well as the smell, but none are memorable, nor does anything about the flavour grasp a strong hold of you. if anything is memorable it's a sweetness that is longer lasting than it should be, which is not a good thing. it is very watery, much moreso than would be expected from a brew that looks like this one does. this one is easy drinking, a bit too smooth at times and not worth the price that i usually see it for (around $10 a six pack at most places). whilse schwarzbier's are many times few and far between, there are far better options at this price range if you're looking for a sweeter, easy drinking brew.

01-08-2004 05:12:29 | More by SixpointJMH
Photo of granger10


3.95/5  rDev +13.8%

A beer brewed in Brazil, sounds kinda odd. I was hesitant to try this one but I sure am glad that I did. It was black in color with a solid head. It tasted really, really sweet. Caramel sweetness is what I'd equate the initial taste to. More syrupy sweetness comes in and dominates the beer. The body is a little weak and that lets the sweetness go too far but all in all I enjoyed this beer.

12-06-2003 20:28:40 | More by granger10
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

3.23/5  rDev -6.9%

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.

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


3.48/5  rDev +0.3%

Presentation: A recent visit to Rio, Brazil meant I had a chance to have a few of these during my stay. Alongside Caracu, this is one of only two decent dark Brazilian beers that I know of. Comes is a 12 fluid ounce brown glass bottle, of the tall thin slender neck design, with a twist-off cap. Simple V-shaped neck label has a similar design to the black main label, which just states XINGU in yellow lettering over a gray colored diamond that has an Olde-Worlde map design. Described on the label as Black Beer. No freshness, no strength.

Appearance: Extreme ebony body, totally dark and devoid of any light. Thin smooth 1/4” brown head. Smooth looking, good head retention. Laces extremely well as the drink goes down. Average carbonation, but good conditioning.

Nose: Lots of roasted Malts, some Molasses and Caramel. Light Coffee hints.

Taste: Slightly bitter, with a malty front third, it soon develops a light acidic, slightly tart tang in the middle, which is very appealing and adds an extra dimension, as well as taking the edge off of the ‘normal’ roasted malts, coffee and caramel. Finishes quite dry with a tasty lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: A rather thin feel, lends Drinkability, but disappoints at times. The creamy nature of the beer does add some vertical support. Overall, a very average “3.0” here.

Drinkability: Not bad, I actually love the acidic tartness in the middle of this beer; it really makes it much more interesting than the usual run-of-the-mill Dark Ales. Still, as much as I like this, even I would have to admit that it is far from a session

Overall: One of the better Brazilian Beers. But that’s not really saying much LOL.

Note: Brazilian Breweries are confusing at the best of times; I have come across multiple addresses for the same Brewery, and different Brewery names that all have the same address?? Go Figure. It all makes for an extremely difficult to follow – “Brazilian Brewery Who’s Who”. I sometimes think that there is just one large Brewery in Brazil attempting to fool everyone that there is some competition!!!

This one was listed as from;
Cervejarias Kaiser Brasil, Ltda
Rua Amando de Moraes Sarmento, 100, Queimados, RJ, Brasil.

10-08-2003 05:45:13 | More by TheLongBeachBum
Photo of beerguy101


2.9/5  rDev -16.4%

Black color, large head. Medium bodied beer. Roasted malts, coffee-like flavor, a little too sweet tasting. Full flavor. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is smooth and a little thin. Aftertaste is dry and malty. Beer us a little too sweet, but a very refreshing beer.

10-06-2003 03:44:49 | More by beerguy101
Photo of smitty1080


3.6/5  rDev +3.7%

Didn't know what was going to come out as a "black beer".
I knew it was going to be dark and it didn't fail at that. As others have said, the head was gone before it could raise its temperature a degree. It had a nice light aroma of anise. The flavor that stood out most was anise followed by a slight sweetness. A light easy drinking beer that helps pass time when grilling.

09-13-2003 14:35:20 | More by smitty1080
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