Miner Mishap - Choc Beer Co. / Pete's Place
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Reviews by eclaycamp:
3.65/5 rDev +2.5%
12 ounce stubby bottle. The label classifies this as a black lager, and the pour doesn’t disappoint. The color is a dark brown bordering on black, with a slight head that is more foamy than it is creamy. Head retention is better than what I’ve seen in other Choc beers. Likewise the aroma is strong, with some notes of coffee – specifically dark and earthy like coffee grounds. Some chocolate is there but it’s a supporting note and not the main focus. The first taste reveals a charbroiled meat, caramelized steak like afterfinish. One thing I can say for the Choc beers: The flavor profiles are certainly unique. Further exploration of the taste profile yields a nice chocolate note that really shines at the end of the taste. Toasted malt is present throughout. My only complaint is that I’d like this beer to be more chewy, as the relatively thin body sort of washes away under the complex flavor profile. The carbonation seems to be a little heavy handed as well. This is a beer that I think could benefit from a bit more of an aggressive streak, as the flavors would work great in a robust Baltic Porter or Russian Imperial Stout. Here however, they all come rushing out in the beginning but are washed away much too quickly.
05-15-2011 15:24:08 | More by eclaycamp
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3.9/5 rDev +9.6%
A - Poured dark, nearly opaque, with a nice creamy head. There were dark ruby tones around the edges and head fell to a covering after a few minutes.
S - Aroma dominated by roasted and chocolate malts and that is about it.
T - Like the aroma lots of roasted and chocolate malts. Very much like a porter but quite clean tasting. Was pleased with the balance, the roasted and chocolate malt has with the base. Not overpowering and lends a good flavor without trying to knock you over with it.
M - Dry and smooth, feels fairly attenuated and not heavy.
D - Nice flavors, not overpowering, not a lot of hop bitterness or flavor...nothing over the top. All this makes the beer very drinkable.
01-23-2010 00:42:17 | More by steelerguy
3.98/5 rDev +11.8%
Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.
Appearance: It appears black until it's held up to a light and shows it's red color. A light tan head starts out nearly two fingers and doesn't fade until the bottom half of the glass, leaving a moderate lacing.
Smell: Overwhelmingly malty, almost like a vanilla milkshake.
Taste: The malt is still predominate, a little sweet with some bitter chocolaty roasted flavors as you swallow.
Mouth feel: I wouldn't call it thin by any means, but it doesn't quite live up to the heft of the flavor.
This is only my second schwarzbier, so I can't speak for how well it represents the style, but I enjoyed it. I couldn't see drinking too many of these in a sitting but two or three aren't out of the question. I'm almost tempted to drop a scoop of ice cream in one.
11-24-2008 02:39:40 | More by timconnel
2.53/5 rDev -28.9%
Big thanks to coldmeat23 for providing my first-ever Oklahoma beer. I do hope it's more than OK (haha...geddit? ah, sorry...)
Thick head dies quickly and remains a thin skim for the duration. Color is muddy ultra-dark brown edging toward total black. Appropriately coal-dark, like the story and profession depicted on the label and in the name.
Aroma is big on roast, even crossing over into smoke territory. Perhaps a faint whiff of stale dark bread, but it's a little one-dimensional, as there's little else to report. But what's there is good.
Flavor is bitter roast, bitter roast and bitter roast. As in coffee, maybe, but certainly not high-quality coffee. Very little depth, hardly anything else going on...an overall not-very-pleasing flavor. Bitter roast turns sour in the finish, and it continues to linger, which is the biggest downfall of this beer.
Mouthfeel doesn't help matters--it's thin and limp, even if bold carbonation tries to prop it up with sizzle and tingle.
Didn't enjoy this very much and wouldn't return. Seemed a one-trick pony, and the trick (roast) isn't all that impressive to begin with. It's also not a favorite style of mine, but even when holding it up to others in the category, it pales.
02-11-2009 22:54:51 | More by Metalmonk
4/5 rDev +12.4%
Pours just like I like it, dark and cloudy. Looks like dark cola, with no head.
Good smell...chocolate dominates with notes of licorice in the background.
Chocolate and coffee, both bittersweet, flood the tastebuds.
Initially sweet, then slightly bitter, the feel in the mouth is complex with the differing sensations, before giving way to a smooth finish.
A nice beer that goes down smooth begging you for another taste.
01-25-2010 20:41:26 | More by RickS95
3.5/5 rDev -1.7%
Picked up a single at Liquor World in Fayetteville, AR
Pours a dark brown, a bit murky after I poured the bottle's sediment. (Side note, this is a very tight twist off, use an opener.) This beer isn't bad once it warms up, but cold or even cool, it's bit bland. Now the aroma has a lot of milk chocolate with a hint of burnt grains and husk. The flavor has a dry, slightly bitter cocoa (call it semi-sweet I guess) taste that dominates. There's also a bit of sour malt feel, sort like in an Irish stout. All in all, this is a fairly tasty schwarzbier, but there are better options out there.
06-22-2008 23:20:50 | More by tempest
3.83/5 rDev +7.6%
Picked this up at Goebbels in Wichita
Pours a mahogany tinged chestnut with 3 fingers of brown head. Becomes fairly murky as the bottle is emptied, some lacing, no head retention
S: Chocolate & toastyness & coffee as this warms
T: Cocoa, iron, roasty malt, coffee & dryness up front. Some herbal hops as this warms, plus more dryness & charred grain. Finishes dry with roasty malt
MF: Medium bodied with low carbonation, good balance
Drank pretty good to me, not a bad Schwartz, a bit too dry for me
06-08-2008 05:16:51 | More by russpowell
4.28/5 rDev +20.2%
Poured a nice dark brown with a light creamy tan had lingering and leaving some light lacing.
The smell had a nice bit of light smoke and a touch of sweet cereal.
The flavor follows the smell perfectly the light smokeyness coming through up front with a long creamy sweetness in the finish.
The mouthfeel is very creamy with a long slightly dry finish.
Very drinkable and top notch Swarz.
02-23-2010 00:46:45 | More by bashiba
4/5 rDev +12.4%
Courtesy of wolfman17. 12 oz. stubby bottle poured into my Brooklyn tulip tumbler. The bottle has interesting info about the beer and the brewer. A one finger light tan head rises up and gently fades to a light covering. Streaks of lace on my glass. Tiny columns of bubbles gently rise up.
Smells are of roasted malt, hint of dark fruit like figs. Sugar,a trace of caramel, and faint chocolate notes underneath. A light citrus and hop floral component as well. Pepper in the back of my nose.
Taste is roasted malt and a pleasing sourness with sweet burnt caramel in the middle. A mild phenolic in the finish along with a firm hop bitterness that brings back the roasty malt on my tongue. A yeasty bready aspect slips in and out. Quite delicious.
Mouthfeel is a light medium and gently creamy. Carbonation is spot on for a "black lager" and very refreshing.
Drinkability is excellent and makes this one a perfect session beer when your tastes run darker and roasty. MMM roasty
04-19-2008 03:14:04 | More by scootny
3.75/5 rDev +5.3%
Pours to a thin tan head. Color is hazy dark brown/black. Aroma is malty, with mild roasty chocolate notes and a bit of vanilla. Flavor is a mild blend of caramel malt and black malt. Hints of dark chocolate are evident and a good dose of noble hops to balance the malt. Not very sweet and somewhat sharp tasting. Finishes malty with a lingering roast and vanilla character. It is dead on for the style as far as the yeast contribution to the flavor--that is to say there are no esters to speak of due to the lager yeast fermentation. As for the malt flavors it edges into dark brown ale/porter territory such as Turbodog. I've had the homebrew version of this when I lived in OK and this is just as good as that one if memory serves me.
08-07-2008 23:07:54 | More by EagleTalon
4/5 rDev +12.4%
A - Poured dark with a tan head that's easy to create. Foam retention is good with light lacing.
S - Overwhelming roasted and chocolate aroma. Smells very sweet.
T - Slightly bitter finish with a lingering aftertaste of roasted malt. Again, Sweet.
M - Medium to full body with a medium carbonation. Smooth.
D - Would purchase again. This beer has first-sip likeability if you're in the mood for sweet. Very easy to drink and a good transition beer to the darker side.
02-05-2008 03:26:13 | More by TYE
3.6/5 rDev +1.1%
A: Not quite nearly jet black, but really, really dark brown and thickly translucent with garnet edges & highlights. A tan head settles pretty quick but keeps a ring and tries its damnedest to leave lacing, but the stuff refuses to cling and keeps sliding down into the glass.
S: Faint lager yeast fermentation charcter.... But mostly lost of chocolate! Some molasses sweetness, a slight burnt edge, and hints of dark dried fruit. Smells more like a porter than any sort of dark lager.
T: Yeah! A total Baltic Porter profile (if a fairly uncomplex rendition). Loads of chocolate malt contribution with molasses and burnt toffee on a dark roasted base with lots of rich and sweet malty goodness. Hops do not really poke through much. Fairly clean and refined, which makes sense given the lager thing. But this does expand a bit as it warms. A faint coffee character comes out (with an ever so slight sharpness), softly burnt notes get more noticeably as well as does a bit of iron. I did not pick up any of the sourness that some reviewers have.
M: Barely medium body, just over medium CO2. Slightly drying finish - powdery cocoa with some burnt toffee sweetness to balance.
D: If I tried this blind, I would call it a low-ish gravity Baltic Porter. To my mind, black lagers still emphasize the lager part of the equation. This is easy drinking, but just a little too complex to call refreshing. It is reasonably clean, but it has too much that is bold and rough to make me totally think :"lager." Chief among these is the big showcase of chocolate malts and stuff I associate with porters in general (powdery cocoa, dark n' roasty, burnt toffee, etc.) and Baltic Porters in particular (dark fruits, overall clean profile, firm malty sweetness). So I am not entirely sure what this is, but it is good and easy drinking.
(from notes - tasted May 2010)
01-01-2011 00:04:35 | More by SickGnar
3.9/5 rDev +9.6%
I got a bunch of these as extras and I am always thrilled to find new beers. I kicked this one off tonight in a massive six pack of new beers. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 04/23/2009.
The pour was nice. Rich dark brown in color, basically black with a small tan head across the top that lasted for a few moments before settling down into some nice side glass lacing. The aroma was lots of chocolate malts, hints of light roasting and a touch of peat. I expected your normal smoked beer here but it was very spicey for me. Lots of chili like notes in the flavor for me. Smooth, nice notes of chocolate, peat, roasted malts and that really nice chili pepper like spice especially in the finish, Smooth, even carbonation and a nice medium body.
Overall not a bad beer at all. Really a very intresting take on the style with a light spiceness that really made it stand apart. Overall I have had better in the style, but this one was still pretty damn good.
04-24-2009 00:42:19 | More by mikesgroove
3.8/5 rDev +6.7%
12 oz bottle. Pours with a lot of carbonation. Mahogany with ruby edges. Huge frothy mocha head. Pretty good retention and lace.
Chocolate notes, with some caramel. Some earthy hop notes. Almost a bit ashy.
A touch of darker chocolate, without much bitterness. Some hints of caramel. Just a touch of sweetness.
Lighter body, with too much carbonation. Almost a prickly feel. However, that would be my only real complaint. Pretty simple and clean.
11-26-2010 23:34:33 | More by Bierguy5
3.43/5 rDev -3.7%
Black in color with a thin wispy head. Ring of lace at the top. Not much body to it.
Smells of burnt grains and bitter sweet chocolate.
Roasted grain flavor with some more bitter sweet chocolate. Nice herbal hop finish.
Mouthfeel is a bit thin. If they add a bit more body this would be a very good beer. Not that it's a bad beer.
Drinkability is good. Nice session beer when you want something roasted that's lighter than a stout or a porter.
Thanks to mugglesandhops for the beer. It's my first OK beer.
02-13-2009 02:03:32 | More by wcudwight
3.4/5 rDev -4.5%
A - Poured out a dark dark brown color with a nice tan head. Left decent lacing around the rim.
S - Lots of roasted malts and chocolate. Some dark fruits as well. A faint caramel scent also.
T - Nice toasted malts and caramel sweets. It has a dark fruit sourness slightly and a touch of bitter chocolate..
M - Medium bodied and very crisp Slightly tingly and alive in the mouth..
D - Very tasty, but not what I expected as a scwarzbier. Overall pretty decent stuff.
08-24-2008 02:00:25 | More by ShrLSU
2.93/5 rDev -17.7%
Pours a very dark brown color with a pillowy tan head that collapses at an average clip and leaves just a hint of lacing. Decent looking Schwarzbier.
Smell is pretty nice with husky chocolate malts dominating the nose. I get just a bit of cidery fruitiness in there as well as a touch of decaying leaves.
Taste is a touch on the sour side lending a bit of an acidic flavor. The large amounts of chocolate maltiness found in the nose are not near as prevalent upon tasting. Body is about right for a lager and carbonation is decent, if not a bit high. Not a bad brewski, and is one of the better Choc beers I have had.
04-04-2009 19:12:15 | More by twiggamortis420
3.83/5 rDev +7.6%
A - Pours up a hazy dark brown to mahogany, with ruby highlights and a huge tan head.
S - coffee-like Roasted malt aroma with some chocolate sweetness.
T - Starts off bland, with roast malts finishing in the background. Chocolate flavors also present. Reminds me of a stout, rather than a schwarzbier.
M - Mouthfeel is very good, lots of malt body with good carbonation.
D - Despite it's somewhat disappointing flavor, it's a drinkable beer.
06-30-2008 23:53:56 | More by hiikeeba
3.63/5 rDev +2%
Appearance is a dark shade of brown, nearly black, with a short white head. Aroma is primarily earthy chocolate malt. Smells like it should be pretty sweet, with a touch of licorice. Flavor doesn't carry the expected sweetness and is heavy on the roasted and chocolate malts. Underneath, there's some slight bitterness with some caramel malt becoming more apparent as the beer warms. Mouthfeel is medium to light-bodied with a healthy amount of carbonation. Not exactly sure what the style calls for, but seems a bit over-carbonated to me.
Overall, this was a pretty good black lager. A little too heavily roasted for my taste to have more than a couple, but this is a nice, flavorful beer worth trying. Thanks to Chris for the opp!
06-27-2010 01:23:34 | More by GeezLynn
3.5/5 rDev -1.7%
Pours opaque brown color with a lot of sediment floating in it; creamy head fades fast and leaves a ring around the top with very little lacing. This looks like a stout with no head after it settles.
Smells of roasted malt, grains, light caramel, faint burnt wood, light yeast and light hops; the malty sweetness is the strongest part of the aroma.
Tastes of roasted malt, burnt grains, light caramel, smoked or burnt wood, yeast, light hops and a little citrus zest that leaves a slight bitter pucker; malty, smoky flavor overall that's decent, but not very complex. Heavy body with medium carbonation and a light, smooth mouthfeel. Overall a decent beer.
07-01-2012 02:24:05 | More by CHickman
3.05/5 rDev -14.3%
A: Pours a very nice blackish brown with a dark tan head. Lots of active carbonation. Head is 2ish fingers. But that fades pretty quick to much less than a finger. But the beer is still a very nice black with just hints of brown around the edge.
S: Quite sweet malt actually, not as much roast as I expected. No smoke or burnt qualities at all.
T: Again, not much schwaz going on here. No roasted character at all. And in fact some off tastes as well. Hmm. Maybe some smoke in the aftertaste of a few sips. There's some sort of odd bitter tart thing going on here though. Yuck? I'm leaning ever more toward drainpour.
M: Light and nice, like a Schwarzbier should be.
D: flavor kills it.
12-03-2009 01:38:33 | More by mdwalsh
2.9/5 rDev -18.5%
Smells of cocoa licorice and maple syrup with floral hopping. Pours to a translucent dark brown with a medium bubble tan head. Taste is also a roasted flavor with a sweet middle and a chocolate dry after taste. Very light for the amount of flavor. Mouthfeel has good carbonation but is a little thin. This beer should probably be drunk a little warmer than most to allow the full flavor to come through. A tasty brew but I don't care much for the finish. May be the style but I would hop it a little more on the bitter side. Very unique and different but not something down my alley.
10-19-2008 17:57:14 | More by mooseisloose
3.65/5 rDev +2.5%
Acquired via trade from timbro81, so a big Thank You goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.
A: The beer is a dark brown color with a large light brown head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.
S: The aroma is of chocolate, caramel, dark roasted malts and lager yeast, with just a touch of hops in the background.
T: The taste is malty and smoky up front with flavors of chocolate, caramel and some dark fruit. There's a mild and pale hops presence that provides a decent balance. The bready flavor of lager yeast doesn't quite dominate but it remains a strong background the whole way through. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.
M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, slightly sticky finish.
D: Tasty, goes down easily, slightly filling, decent kick, very good representation of style, this is a good beer to drink to drink for a while when you're in the mood for a Schwarzbier.
02-17-2008 05:00:56 | More by TheManiacalOne
Miner Mishap from Choc Beer Co. / Pete's Place
81 out of 100 based on 112 ratings.