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Xingu Black Beer - Cervejaria Sul Brasileira

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Ratings: 984
Reviews: 538
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 16.33%

Brewed by:
Cervejaria Sul Brasileira visit their website

Style | ABV
Schwarzbier |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of guyatstore


2.08/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Nice black color, almost no head. Smells very fruity, but with a slight hint of chemicals. Tastes less fruity than it smells. Motor oil taste hits about 1 second after. Aftertaste is awful. Now it smells like motor oil too. It smells much better 3 inches from the glass than just above.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2013 23:43:47 | More by guyatstore
Photo of kylehay2004


3.1/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Single finger tan head with nice lacing on a deep brown body with some light passing through. Aroma of lightly smoked and roasted malts, breads. Flavors also very bready with dark malts, earthy malts and slightly burnt toast. Hint of cocoa came out with the spicey chicken i had at the brazillian steakhouse. Medium body and moderate to high carbonation. Nice balance between sweet and roast. Went well with the multiple meats at the Brazilian steakhouse in Vegas.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2012 03:38:55 | More by kylehay2004
Photo of M_C_Hampton


3.4/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, very dark yellow-brown almost black with a short tan head that quickly dissipated leaving little lacing, clear

S: very light scents of coffee, malt, molasses

T: roasted malt presence, quite sweet, molasses, dark brown sugar, sugarcane, no real hop taste to speak of

M: pretty thin with quite a sweet aftertaste, flavor profile is very clean, lively carbonation

O: this is the first Brazilian beer I've ever had, it's drinkable but pretty sweet, I would buy it if I was in Brazil but there are better black lagers around

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2012 03:39:50 | More by M_C_Hampton
Photo of BlurryVisi0n

New York

3.35/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a flute glass.

Appearance: Almost opaque dark brownish black, darker tan head comes off little weak in body but still looking good, maybe 1/8" with vigorous pour.

Smell: Smells malty land a light molasses scent.

Taste: You feel the sweetness of molasses that comes off as malty. Light bitterness makes this beer already best to compliment a dessert.

Mouth: Medium slightly light carbonation, but quick after taste which comes and goes.

Overall: I like this brew but definitely doesn't blow my mind away. I definitely won't knock it, it's almost like a milk stout meets your black lager. Salud!

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2012 05:33:01 | More by BlurryVisi0n
Photo of chefhatt


3/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

When poured, this beer has a black as night body with a 2" tan head that hangs out for a couple of minutes then lays down to a thin lace. The aroma has a some chocolate to it and also some malt coming through also. The taste has a sweet flavor, like semi sweet chocolate. Also get a hint of malt on the finish. The mouthfeel is ok and overall, i'm not impressed by it. I wouldn't go out of my may to get it again.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2012 04:54:59 | More by chefhatt
Photo of Beer-A-Lot


3.73/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pitch black (duh), 1 finger head that dissipates fast.
Smell - Hints of coffee and chocolate.
Taste - Slight bitterness. Light and easy drinking. Not real complex but certainly not off-putting.
Mouthfeel - Light bodied. A bit watery.
Overall - A decent session beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2012 23:42:05 | More by Beer-A-Lot
Photo of Theheroguy


3.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Didn't know what to expect from this beer but I was very pleasantly surprised.

Poured black with a dark brown head. This beer smells and taste kind of like a light stout. It has the chocolate and coffee notes but they are not rich. Still this beer taste good and is easy drinking. The bitterness from hops is also present but this flavor is also very mild. A good choice for someone who likes the stout flavor with a light body and flavor profile.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2012 23:07:48 | More by Theheroguy
Photo of happy4hoppybeer


3.6/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Opaque black with some shiny red/brown in between. Nice head, about half-finger thick, fizzing away within minutes. Thin and weak lacing.

Aromas of malt sweetness, faint grassy hops, light grains. All very faint/light on the nose.

Some chewy caramel, grains and faint hops are the dominant flavors on the tongue. I would say interesting, but in the end, just OK. Slightly medium body, with a fairly thin finish.

Not a bad import, pretty good if not the most exciting brew. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2012 20:10:37 | More by happy4hoppybeer
Photo of hackmann


3.15/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: black body with brownish edges with a ½ finger rich tan head

Aroma: not much of a bouquet here; light roasted malts at best

Flavors: toasted grains, roasted caramel, slightly burnt sugars, little hint of dark chocolate and light coffee on the back

Mouthfeel: low-moderate carbonation, moderate body, a little thin on delivery, the malts hit the mid palate and a slight dry bitter note from the hops on the finish.

To the Point: a nice black lager – worthy of trying

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2012 02:09:17 | More by hackmann
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque near black in color with some highlights of dark amber and some light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation near the surface. The beer has a finger tall tan head that slowly redues to a thin film with several small slightly thicker patches and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of roasted and caramel malts with light hints of sweetness and some dark fruits.

T: This beer has a very pleasant moderately malty flavor with notes of roasted, caramel, and burnt malts flavors that includes nutty and sweet notes. There is also a hint of dark fruits and very little bitterness.

M: Slightly heavier than light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin.

O: Very easy to drink and enjoyable - nothing exceptional but it is definitely a sessionable beer. This was the first time I had this beer since my college graduation when I initially tried this beer - this was the mid-1990s when there was not nearly the craft beers available... Still enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2012 23:20:56 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of glue_ru

4.65/5  rDev +33.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

very dark, like coffee. has a bitterness that is delightful. Hard to find, but Anderson's General Store carries it. This is a standard in my fridge. I generally go for lighter and stronger Belgian beers, like Trappist. I came across this at Turning Stone Casino near Syracuse NY and looked hard to find it locally. Their website is nice, leave a comment and they actualy respond with a thank you.
Small company who cares about their beer. (Probably made with water droplets off of exotic plants) just kidding there :)

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2012 19:45:02 | More by glue_ru
Photo of smakawhat


3.7/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a Pokal style glass. Twist off cap. No obvious bottle date.

Off the pour, a solid light tan and sudsy head, maybe two fingers, but dissapears quite quickly.. Body color is dark walnut brown with not a chance to see through at all.

Nose is interesting, but a bit strange. Mild malts, an odd sweetness that I can't pinpoint, somewhere between powdered Ovaltine and weak coffee.

Really nice creamy mouthfeel, but a taste palate unlike most Schwarz with a fruity finish. Aftertaste hits at fruit red cherry, roast character played down. Palate though is creamy and dense like a a stout, a very odd combination.

A real interesting beer, but I rather don't mind this at all.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2012 20:25:30 | More by smakawhat
Photo of MadScientist

New York

3.63/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A Dark brown with ruby highlights. The creamy tan head dissipates after a minute leaving a thin film of bubbles on top of the beer.

S: Malty and a light touch of roastiness. There is a moderately-light nectarine fruitiness that borders on sherry/tobacco like aroma suggesting this beer may be a bit old. There is a low floral hops. No diacetyl and no DMS.

T: A malt richness with some roast and firm bitter balance from a moderate hop bitterness. There is a light chocolate and a touch of caramel notes to the malt. The isn't much in the way of hop flavors until a hint of it seems to come out in the finish. The finish is off-dry with an after taste of hops bitterness and an earthy hops flavor.

M: A medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation ad a light creaminess.

O: This tastes like a maltier, richer version of a pilsner. The flavor and aromas aren't very lively which is the only flaw in this beer besides the sherry note.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2012 00:47:56 | More by MadScientist
Photo of DrinkSlurm


3.75/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into glass at some bar in NYC...dont remember?? It was spanish though....
Anyway, pored a rich deep black with thick off white head. Not much aroma, but there is a faint aroma of roasted malts. Taste is coffee roasted malts, somewhat bitter, but nice. Overall, a pretty good dark brew from a place where I didnt think a dark beer existed...nice and rare (for me anyway).

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2012 00:30:29 | More by DrinkSlurm
Photo of MortarPestle


3.38/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Pilsener Glass

Appearance: Pours black with Zinfandel red when help up to the light; thin khaki head that dissipates quickly.

Aroma: Brunt sugars and metal with only hints of hops.

Taste: Sweet caramelized malt with notes of dark chocolate providing the bitterness.

Texture: Light body with decent carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2012 16:11:30 | More by MortarPestle
Photo of thegodfather1076


3.38/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Label and artwork are simple and give the feel of a dark jungle expedition. Kinda cool.

Appearance: Poured from a 12oz bottle in to a pint. Pours a jet black with a 1 finger tan head that dissipates quickly into a thin foam ring. Head retention was only about :34. Not much lacing at all.

Smell/Aroma: Smells of roasted grain and malt. A faint nut-like essence is evident along with a faint sweetness.

Flavor/Taste: Tastes of slightly roasted malts with a molasses-like flavor that is very strong. Also a definite dark fruit presence lingers throughout. An earthy/grassy flavor also lingers. Slight hints of chocolate malt on the back end.

MouthFeel: Light-bodied and on the watery side despite having a fair amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: A nice flavor profile along with the light feel make this one a surprisingly drinkable offering.

Overall/Comments: I wasn't really sure what to expect from this beer but was pleasantly surprised. This was more complex than anticipated and a very good overall beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2012 08:24:00 | More by thegodfather1076
Photo of Mojo


3.4/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours up a good deep black with a thin light brown head. Minimal lacing is observed. Smell is very subtle. Not unpleasant, but hardly a memorable aroma. Mouthfeel is pretty nice. Not thin at all, but not thick either. Taste is fairly mild with a smooth initial taste giving way to a coffee like aftertaste. A decent enough beer, but I would like it have a little more assertiveness.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2012 04:40:16 | More by Mojo
Photo of LiquidAmber


3.55/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Review from 9/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours black with a slim light tan head. Toasty malt aroma. Tastes of light toasty malt and dark fruit. Light lager-like body. Interesting sweet and malt middle with a dry, somewhat sour finish with a hint of adjunct additives. It does have an unusual flavor in the taste sequence, but is fairly thin and light flavored throughout. Pleasant, but could use a bit more assertiveness.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2012 23:47:32 | More by LiquidAmber
Photo of BryanCarey


3.48/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Xingu Black Beer is a dark brown beer that is very close to black in color. It has a nose that is sweet and malty with a touch of molasses and a little bit of plum. A good pour produces a creamy head of foam that looks great at first, but settles down quickly.

Xingu Black Beer offers a sweet taste at first, with flavors that alternate between dark fruits, vanilla, light roasted malt, and caramel. There are some hints of leafy/herbal hops, but the brief prelude into the world of bitterness is quickly switched back to the flavor of sweet, dark malt. The beer has an unusual mouthfeel that is very much like a glass of cola.

Xingu Black Beer is a schwarzbier style brew with a sweet flavor profile and likeable characteristics. It has some interesting features, starting with the appearance. It looks a little intimidating with its dark color, but the first sip proves this beer has more bark than bite. It is also interesting in its mouthfeel, which reminds me of a glass of pepsi.

Xingu Black Beer is a light to medium bodied beer, but it does have some interesting flavor notes that make it a beer worth trying. It is about as smooth and drinkable as a beer could possibly be and it rates as a good choice if you prefer your beer dark and sweet.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2012 04:36:24 | More by BryanCarey
Photo of StJamesGate

New York

3.45/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Garnet-tinged black and a creamy beige head that fades fast - a good imitation of canned (non-nitro) Guinness. Burnt caramel sweetness on the nose with touches of black Twizzlers and char as it warmsl.
Root beer syrup sweetness up front that gets a bit sickly with some caramel and fig, slight roasty bite, but then spicy noble hops manage to push through.
Licorice finish and tingly linger. Light, smooth, fizzy, a bit thin, acidic edge.

A dumbed down schwarz for hot weather. At the same time, there is a real German lager underneath, and it's got a couple of layers while staying way drinkable. Not the worst I've had.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2012 20:29:03 | More by StJamesGate
Photo of VelvetExtract


3.1/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A-Pours very dark. Head is patchy. It does leave some lacing. This is quite a dark beer. Looks stout-like.

S-Nose is far too mild. A bit yeasty. A bit roasty. Not much beyond that. This nose is really lacking both intensity and complexity. Not impressive.

T-Dark fruits hit first. Raisins and figs. Cola notes. Roast is mild. Yeasty. Light hint of tobacco. Maybe herbal a bit.

M-Light body. Don't let the color fool you, this is quite light. Plenty of carbonation.

O/D-Not a big fan. Flavor doesn't fit my interest. Also the nose is near nothing. Who would have thought a Brazilian Schwarzbier wouldn't be excellent!?

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2012 00:00:41 | More by VelvetExtract
Photo of sulldaddy


3.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pouring at cellar temp into a snifter. This is actually an older bottle from the cellar, at least a year old.
The beer pours a dark cola brown with creamy tan head of .5 cm foaming up and fading to a thin edge layer.
Aroma is roasted malt and some molasses and brown sugar, but primarily roast notes. No hints of flaws or issues from age here.
First sip reveals an average to light body with fine gentle yet robust carbonation. gentle in texture yet robust in amount of bubbles.
Flavor is generally sweet with molasses and some brown sugar, also roasted notes and baker's chocolate. No real hop hits and no flaws here either, the beer seems to have held up just fine even with the lower ABV.
A solid malty beverage, not awe inspiring but certainly drinkable and interesting enough, with the low ABV it could be a solid session beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2012 03:36:47 | More by sulldaddy
Photo of BARFLYB


3.43/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I’ve seen this beer go for upwards of $11 beans at high end restaurants, I am glad to have found it for $1.69, a good deal considering it’s from Brazil. Poured into a pint glass. I had a great review written up for this but I keep getting knocked off the site when trying to upload reviews, so here is a shorter version.

Xingu Black Beer is black, it’s a very black color even up to light, with some faint reds bursting at the sides. Some nice dark tan foam that forms a cap with retention and spray paint lace on the way down. A good looker if I’ve seen one. Scents include chocolate, cocco, grain, faint hop aroma, think earthy, licorice and faint dark fruit.

The dark fruit that I get was present in Dragon Stout from Jamaica, although that beer was god awful. Im guessing this flavor will deteriorate over time causing a sour/putrid taste in Xingu which seems to have better legs. It’s a rotted fruit flavor that I pick up in dark beers from the South America area. Other flavors include chocolate, cocco, licorice, roast, faint coffee and earthy hop taste. Pretty well rounded at this point

Feel is approaching medium but not quite there yet. The carbonation is low making for an easier ride down. This kinda coats the mouth real quick and leaves even quicker. I drank my bottle over a long period of time, I was just not that interested in it. It’s OK beer, but that South American taste is there and, well, it’s just there. One and done.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2012 05:46:10 | More by BARFLYB
Photo of ckollias


3.48/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours a pitch black hue with a big 3-finger tan head that slowly dissipates into a solid perisistent lace leaving a great trail down the glass.

S: Slightly nutty malt aroma.

T: Smooth slightly sweet flavor with roasted malt and coffee backbone.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Very smooth black lager. There wasn’t a ton of aroma or flavor – but it was rather simple and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2012 00:40:10 | More by ckollias
Photo of TempeBeerMan


3.75/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint.

A – Deep dark-brown nearly black, with a small half-finger head of beige bubbles which vanished almost instantly. No lacing to speak of. Hmmm.

S – Faint aroma of roasted grains, molasses, and some dark fruits (black cherry). A hint of mustiness.

T – A bolder taste than the appearance and aroma would indicate. Delicately roasted barley, caramel malt, molasses, brown sugar, black cherry, and plum are forward, with a hint of musty hop bite in the finish. Slight but not unpleasant mineral taste throughout, lending a certain uniqueness. Tasty.

M – A little watery, with truly prickly carbonation. (If this has so much carbonation, where is the head on this? Bizarre.) Finishes extremely “wet”. Drinkable, but the bite from the aggressive carbonation is a little distracting.

O – A strange and unique little brew that I really enjoyed despite some flaws. There is definitely something unique in the taste (South American water?) that I haven’t found elsewhere. Would buy again when in the mood.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2012 02:40:40 | More by TempeBeerMan
Xingu Black Beer from Cervejaria Sul Brasileira
79 out of 100 based on 984 ratings.