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Xingu Black Beer - Cervejaria Sul Brasileira

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Ratings: 1,054
Reviews: 547
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 16.38%
Wants: 13
Gots: 36 | FT: 0
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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 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
Photo of BeerBelcher


3.03/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

I had this beer at Cubanitas, our local Cuban restaurant. I thought it rather similar to Negro Modelo; in other words dark, lightly sweet and malty, and altogether not bad but also not exceptional. Mouthfeel is not substantial, and a bit watery. Altogether, not highly recommended, but OK.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2007 00:15:16 | More by BeerBelcher
Photo of MTNboy


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

I was kind skeptical at first but I was glad I gave this one a try. It is a good alternative to your run of the mill imports.

Appearance- A super dark brown more than a black. A nice frothy tan head with a red tint.

Smell- A real natural scent. Almost like some of the places I hike. It is great!

Taste- Not much for hops very malty though. As with the smell a very natural taste with kind of a wild fruit aftertaste.

Mouthfeel. Some what creamy.

Drinkability- A laid back good beer for those that want to try something different.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2007 02:56:03 | More by MTNboy
Photo of theopholis


4.22/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Body is very dark with only a hint of ruby highlights when held up to the light. HEad is a nice tan, foamy affair with good retention and a decent lacing.

Aroma -- Very clean aroma consisting of malt sweetness, some roaste malrs and hops. Very well balance.

Taste- Sweet, yet very drinkable. MAlt sweetness, plus some other sweetnss in there I can't identify. Some hints of a roasty, nutty after-taste..

Mouthfeel- Not heavy, but the body is very noticable. Good level of carbonation to.

Drinkability- Pretty good. Nice aroma, taste and body.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2007 00:05:58 | More by theopholis
Photo of SilentSabre

North Dakota

2.7/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I had really high hopes for this one and it simply just didn't deliver. It wasn't terrible, but it wasn't what I thought it would be, either. It poured up rather nicely an extremely dark brown, nearly black, with a big, frothy head like an aggressively poured glass of soda. The smell wasn't very lively at all, contrary to what I have heard others say. It was mostly bready, with a little bit of roasted cereal and that's about it. Not bad, but could have been much better. Taste wasn't even average for the style, in my opinion. There was a bit of sweet malt, and what seemed like a honey-ish note towards the finish, but overall, I wasn't very impressed. Mouthfeel is very thin and lifeless. It wasn't offensive, but all thing considered, there should have been more body in this beer. I must say, this one let me down a little. Not a bad beer at all, but not a very good schwartz.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2007 23:25:12 | More by SilentSabre
Photo of hunteraw


3.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Very dark, little head with hardly any retention and no lacing.

Smell: Hardly any aroma at all. I know this is a lager, but come on - maybe a slight whiff of malt, but that's it.

Taste: Obviously malt dominated, but avoids being sweet. Finishes on a dryer, spicy note. Very slight roast.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, not-quite-medium in body, good carbonation.

Drinkability: Surprised that this is "the beer" from Brazil that you always see. Not awful, but not something I'll order again.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2007 17:23:23 | More by hunteraw
Photo of therica


4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quite a surprise.

A= Very very dark. Not much of a head lingering.

S= highly inviting, somewhat smoky chocolatey with nice malt notes.

T= very dark of course! Hints of chocolate, very rich taste, possibly too much carbonation to start although it dissipates soon enough. Lots of boldness in the taste, yet complex enough to be difficult to discern individual qualities and traits.

M= very smooth, nothing unpleasant, with a slight chocolate residual presence.

D= as much as you can drink. With its mere 4.7%ABV it's also very drinkable in quantity.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2007 02:01:38 | More by therica
Photo of bluejacket74


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

12 ounce bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown with a very small off-white head. There's a bit of roasted malt smell, but mostly it smells just like a typical macro lager, like grain and sweet malt. Also, the aroma is a bit weak. It tastes a bit sour, and also a little like sweet malt and grain. Not impressive at all. Mouthfeel is light/medium, with good carbonation. Drinkability isn't good, as the weird sour taste makes it hard to drink. I don't know if this was a bad batch/bottle, but this really wasn't good at all. The beer looked nice, but it went downhill from there.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2007 01:02:58 | More by bluejacket74
Photo of BretSikkink


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

Haha I don't quite know what to say about this..different enough from a schwarzbier as to warrant notice, but being a black beer with this little roast flavor certainly warrants the tag. So who know..

As mentioned, quite black. Tan to very light brown head. This jumps up early but reduces quickly to a fluffy ring. In the nose I get a little roast malt and a little dark fruit sweetness, actually what jumps to mind is a prune or raisin, a dried out sort of sweetness.

Flavor sticks to the above, there's a distinctly German bent to this one although like I said I don't think it's quite a traditional schwarz. For one, this is clearly bottle conditioned, which adds lighter fruity overtones and a springiness to usually "flatter" German brews. However, this is a black beer with not too much malt and not a lot of hop - general dearth of complexity. Creamy mouthfull, smoother and more chocolate-sweet than the nose. There's just a tiny pinch of anise or similar spicing which adds a touch of dryness to the finish. It's an okay dark lager.

Interesting beer, good but nothing special. Mimics the schwarz style to some extent but doesn't quite match their drinkability and overall smooth nature. It's a simple lager that doesn't traffic in difficult flavors and is easy to drink and easy to forget.

Note: as this one warms it seems to pick up ever-sweeter flavors that want to show off just how simple this lager is: undercarbonation allows for the sickly sweet characteristics to jump out, and it starts to taste like cola a bit. Drink cool, and quickly.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2007 02:48:31 | More by BretSikkink
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
Xingu Black Beer from Cervejaria Sul Brasileira
79 out of 100 based on 1,054 ratings.