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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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 08-20-2001)
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Photo of windigo32


3.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This was a new one to me, so I decided to try it.

A: Pours nice and dark with very little head.

S: This is where the beer shines. The smell is faintly caramelly but has a very identifiable scent of red wine. It smells like a burgundy wine.

T: I was hoping for a taste that shadowed the smell, but it wasnt to be found. It had a nice malty tone to it with a slight bit of hops. It tasted like you'd expect a dark beer to taste.

M: Feel was okay. There was slight carbonation, but for being such a dark beer it felt a little light and watery.

D: If the place I had this had more bottles, I would have had more.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2008 06:49:15 | More by windigo32
Photo of CWiggins

North Carolina

3.38/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I've been eyeing this one for a while; a good friend recommended it, and when I saw a single 12ounce bottle at a local store I picked it up. I assumed it would be classified as a Schwarzbier; sure enough, it is!

Pours pitch black, with no discernable head. Looks very much like caramel-colored soda (Coke, Pepsi, etc.) The nose has that familiar deep-roasted malt aroma, with light scents of dark chocolate and smokey peat. The flavor is very much the same, but with an added sweetness that is very appealing. I'm used to Schwarzbiers being dark but lean; this one has a little more body. However, the heavy carbonation detracts from the overall effect. Honestly, if it were a bit sweeter I'd believe I was drinking soda! Not bad at all.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2008 04:06:03 | More by CWiggins
Photo of rshwayder

Rhode Island

4.08/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One of my favorite beers when it's fresh, though it can't be found in terribly many places. Unfortunately, since it's not very common and not too many people buy it, sometimes when you purchase a Xingu it's a bit old.

This is a sweet dark beer with a great taste. The only true weakness of this beer is that it's a little thinner in texture than you might expect based on how incredibly dark it looks, but it's extremely delicious.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2008 19:14:13 | More by rshwayder
Photo of RedBeerHead


3.8/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours pretty much black with very little head. Very sweet smell, surgar and hops. Very unique taste, smoky malt and again, a subtle sweetness.

This is definitely an interesting black beer. It's lighter and sweet than most and is very drinkable, good mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2008 01:38:00 | More by RedBeerHead
Photo of armock

New York

3.08/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Poured a very dark brown basically black with a light brown head that leaves lacing

S - Roasted malt chocolate

T - Is just like it smells roasted malt with some chocolate

M - There is a good amount of carbonation in this beer

D - While its not bad at the same time its not great theres better beers out there

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2007 23:16:39 | More by armock
Photo of RblWthACoz


3.8/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The outcome exceeded my expectations as I found this one to be decent, but not anything overly spectacular. Good with food, I’d say, and it has a foamy tongue that ends somewhat with a bitter edge. Seems to be more enjoyable on the second sip. Definitely not a beer that is just being imported to be sold as a novelty from a far away country.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2007 02:43:26 | More by RblWthACoz
Photo of drperm


2.35/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This dark beer (I love dark beer!) is just not my style, I guess.It's right up there with those lesser stouts from Finland and Poland, the ones that are akin to automobile sludge. There are too many excellent opaque beers (ale OR lager) to waste time with this one. It's not horrible, but simply sitting there and not doing anything does not a good beer make.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2007 17:13:39 | More by drperm
Photo of kirok1999


3.95/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice clear black with amber hues. Little head or lacing.
Smells sharply of fruits, bananas, smoky rye and cotton candy.
Taste is complex with notes of the above listed smels. There's raisins, roasty malts, slight hop bite. Feels pretty thin, almost like carbonated water. Easy enough to drink and a nice schwarz.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2007 00:00:32 | More by kirok1999
Photo of Cyberkedi


4.15/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is rich, malty with some hop hints and a touch of molasses, also a little smokiness, almost like a stout or porter. Color is deep opaque sable. Flavor is malty with a sweet undertone and a little smokiness, but more like a dark ale than a stout, and a hint of hop bitterness. Very smooth and satisfying.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2007 05:07:29 | More by Cyberkedi
Photo of pmcadamis


3.9/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep black and very opaque with a very small head that doesn't hold well. Very little lace is left on the glass. This one says on the label that it's "black beer," and that it is.

S - Deep dark fruits. Overripe and dank bananas that have aged well past their "eat by" date. Dates, raisins, and old banana bread that has started to get moist. I smell marshmallows too.

T - Much like the aroma, this is full of dark overripe fruits like prunes, dates, old blackening bananas, and moist fruitcake. It's not bitter or chocoalty in the least, so this could be a good beer to introduce to those BA lovers who "fear the dark." Very, very fruity.

M - Medium bodied with a big lush fat carbonation that feels really full when swished around. I think that this is really much lighter in body than it seems.

D - Excellent. This interesting brew has world-class drinkability! It's really odd and fruity, but the sweet ad fruity flavors are never cloying and I could drink quite a few of these in the summer or the colder months.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2007 06:24:20 | More by pmcadamis
Photo of SargeC


3.83/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep black with a thin tan head.

Smell: Roast chocolate malt, molasses.

Taste: Roast malt with a bitterness resembling unsweetened chocolate. Many interesting things happening in the background. The beer balances its flavors and displays them independently.

Mouthfeel: Deceiving medium body. This beer looks heavier than it actually is. The oily quality allows the flavors to linger.

Drinkability: Easily drinkable with an interesting character. This is a beer I had seen in books for years, but have never seen in a store until recently. It was rewarding to try it out. It was like finding that elusive specimen known only through textbooks and word of mouth. Beers like these keep me searching, there is always something new to try.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2007 02:23:11 | More by SargeC
Photo of clemtig76

South Carolina

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

12 ounce bottle given to me by a neighbor. Poured into a Sam Adams glass (Thanks again Bros).The beer pours dark, blackish brown with a very small off-white head that quiclky disapeared. There is a faint coffee aroma, but other than that, it just smelled like a macro lager. Not much in the taste department either, too thin and watery.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2007 20:38:34 | More by clemtig76
Photo of scoobybrew


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

This was poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

A - opaque, deep, dark (nearly black) amber color with a tan head that settles quickly but is retained in a fine lacing

S - some roasted grain aroma, some green apple from the yeast

T - light roasted grain character - green apple in aroma comes through in flavor as well

M - light to medium body with moderate cabonation

D - this is a dissappointed schwarzbier, the acetaldehyde is completely out of place and not too pleasant

9/6/08 - edit:
Changed scores a bit on another tasting that wasn't so horrendous: Still some green apple taste/character, but not as strong. It's still a marginal beer, but not as bad as the first tasting.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2007 01:09:25 | More by scoobybrew
Photo of scottyshades


3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked one up at ABC in a mix n' match out of curiosity for $2.29...
A: Deep deep brown color, pretty much black...nice off-white head with a little lace

S: Toasted malts, nuts, toffee, coffee, brown sugar, chocolate, and a little hops

T: Very sweet taste that includes chocolate, brown sugar, nuts, toffee, and some fruits that I cannot put my finger on

MF: Nice and thick, however it was lighter-bodied than I had expected...leaves a nice sweet and slightly bitter aftertaste

D: I could drink about 2 or 3 of these beers before submitting to its sweetness/richness

Overall a very good selection, very interesting beer

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2007 18:04:35 | More by scottyshades
Photo of JamesS


2.85/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out great, an excellent pitch black with a nice tan head and good lacing. It has almost no smell to talk of, though, beyond a sweet, malty tease. The same goes for the flavor. It's slightly sweet, but has almost no hints of anything. Not chocolate, not coffee, no burnt grains, not much there. It does go down smoothly, but it's not anything I'd try again, especially for how much I paid for this single and knowing what the six packs cost.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2007 00:41:14 | More by JamesS
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.48/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color with a thin light brown head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is kind of faint but contains roasted malts, coffee and chocolate with a touch of hops.

T: The taste malty but it does not over-power you with sweetness. However, there are well-balanced flavors of coffee, chocolate, a touch of dark fruit and decent hops presence. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not very filling, decent representation of style, I could drink this beer for a while but there are several better alternatives even within the style.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2007 05:21:55 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of shadow1961


2.53/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Xingu Black Beer (Brazil) pours a lofty tan head over a black brew (though it's rosy
up to the light). Carbonation is hard to gague, and the nose is just a bit of light barley
malt. The flavor is better than the nose lets on- a bit of sweetish molasses up front with
a ghost of hop in the finish. Pretty one dimensional. Mouthfeel is crisp and clean. Frankly,
something this dark should have a little more going on than this does. By all means, if
it's on sale, get a sixer if you're gonna mow the lawn, but there's nothing special here.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2007 06:55:04 | More by shadow1961
Photo of ndekke39


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

A good friend brought a six-pack when he visited. Had a 12 oz. bottle with no best-by date. Pours a pretty opaque black, with light tan edges when held up to the light. Thin, off-white head that sticks around for a little bit. Smells lightly of floral hops, complemented by some soft, dark aromas like coffee and dark chocolate. Hints of molasses, too. Surprisingly complex. Tastes fade pretty quickly; it's mostly the molasses, dark roasted coffee, some earthy tobacco, hints of bitterness, but not sure where it's coming from: the roasted flavors or some hops acting up. A tad watery in the mouthfeel, but I think it's appropriate for the style. Some fizz on the tongue. This is a very drinkable beer. Nothing stands out as amazing about it, but it's very pleasant and enjoyable to drink. Enough complexity in the smell and taste to keep you interested throughout the whole bottle.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2007 23:02:08 | More by ndekke39
Photo of BBM

New York

2.78/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer poured out ok, a nice black with brown highlights and a foamy tan head. The aroma however was a bit on the vegetable/corn side of things... slightly roasty, but ultimately displeasing. I wondered if this would translate into the taste...

And unfortunately it did. There was a real cooked vegetable oil and corn flavor to the brew that I just couldn't shake. There were hints of roasted nuts trying to peak through, but they just couldn't. The finish had a distinct cola syrup flavor and consistency. Overall this beer is interesting since it's the first South American one I've tried, but I don't know if I'd try it again.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2007 13:50:00 | More by BBM
Photo of Blupoet03


3.93/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours black with a slight amber hue near the top where light can get through. It has a med. brown head that dissipates to a fizz quickly.

The nose is full of roasted malts - slight coffee, toffee, and bitter aromas with a bit of bitterness. The overall aroma is very rich.

The aroma presents itself fully in the mouth - the richness settling on the middle of the tongue and the bitterness on the sides. The taste also presents a bit of a chocolate as well.

The aftertaste is clean and slightly sweet.

Overall, this beer drank very well and isn't too strong. Worth a try, definitely.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2007 01:41:22 | More by Blupoet03
Photo of jcdiflorio

West Virginia

3.2/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

served in a nonic glass from a 12oz bottle with a twist cap into a nonic glass.

Moderate to faint sweet malty aromas, fruity with fig like notes,faint notes of molassess and some burnt carmell.

Dark fruity tastes much like the figs in the aroma has a slight vinious note with a touch of burnt carmell. Clean with a tangy hop finish,good balance.

Tangy,juicy mouthfeel,on the light side. Good pleasing taste,a bit boring lacks character. Used to get this beers years ago in a 22oz bomber seemed like it was a lot better beer years ago.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2007 16:28:41 | More by jcdiflorio
Photo of rallison


3.73/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A schwarzbier from Brazil? Yup. Been meaning to try it for a while.

Pours a dark brown/mostly black color with a 1/2 finger tan head that never totally dies.

Smell is of lots of roasted coffee beans and dark chocolate. Nice - especially for a beer under 4.7%

First taste surprises me. A lot of flavor here for the alcohol. Taste is stronger than a number of the German made ones, and I like that. Roasted coffee, chocolate and some caramel sweetness. A slight bit of a bite at the end. As this warms, the flavors are still good, but not quite as enticing. I'd recommend this one slightly cooler than I normally would - has a bit more of a good bite at the end that way - of course, don't serve it ice cold either.

Mouthfeel is decently rich for the ABV, with a good finish. Somehow, though, the mouthfeel seems to thin when getting to appropriate temperatures. Drinkability is excellent on this.

Recommended. Overall, a nicely done black lager.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2007 05:19:22 | More by rallison
Photo of Dukeofearl


3.95/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle from a six pack purchased at LaBodega in Riverside, CA. in July 2007 for approximately $8.99.

This is one of my gateway beers from years back, when transition from BMC to today began. I always liked it, but got away from it for a long time (5 years?) so I'm curious to see what I think now.

Pours a dark brownish black, with a light carbonation that starts off a little bit of head, but it hides in a hurry, replaced by a thin tan "pond scum" atop the inky blackness.

Aroma is roasty caramel, chickory, and a faint sweetness. Flavor starts off with a hop and acid astringency, but it's quickly replaced with dark bitter chocolate, light coffee, and an unknown herbal note. But then, it has a slightly sweet undertone that really carries this forward and makes it an easy drinker. It's really not as complex a drink as described above, and I count that a good thing. This is just tasty, and easily drinkable.

I don't think I would pound these down every day, but I still like it and am glad to be back enjoying it after a long pause.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2007 23:58:54 | More by Dukeofearl
Photo of henrysunset


3.95/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

dark black beer sucks all the light out of the room, modest head of tn with medium sized bubbles.

Scent is sweet and malty. Noticeable nutty quality, and a pinch sour.

Taste is good, as fitting with the style it is way lighter tastign than the color would suggest. Malt flavors are solid, not much of the burnt flavors of other dark beers, a little tart and citrusy.

It's smooth and drinkable. I'm sure that I could enjoy this in brazil, as i am enjoying it at home.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2007 00:57:00 | More by henrysunset
Photo of Vancer


2.85/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Well, it was black on the pour. Other than that, a damn boring brew. I had to stick my nose in the brew to get anything out of it, and that was just a hint of malt.

Plain Jane black beer, just a hint of toasted charcoal, no woody leather or other black beer staples.

Sharp and dry finish, it’s an OK drinker, but not when you factor in the import price. Stay local .

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2007 20:51:04 | More by Vancer
Xingu Black Beer from Cervejaria Sul Brasileira
79 out of 100 based on 1,063 ratings.