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Miner Mishap - Choc Beer Co. / Pete's Place

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Miner MishapMiner Mishap

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BA SCORE
81
good

112 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

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Ratings: 112
Reviews: 85
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 14.33%
Wants: 6
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Choc Beer Co. / Pete's Place visit their website
Oklahoma, United States

Style | ABV
Schwarzbier |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
28 IBU

(Beer added by: tronester on 12-25-2007)
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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.23/5  rDev -37.4%

Appearance: Pours a clear, dark reddish-brown body with a wispy, off-white head.

Smell: Chocolaty, darkened grains but, there again, is an infectious, tart-scented nose. For Heaven's sake, Pete, get a grip!

Taste: Gah! Tart sourness from sip one. Here and there you'll find tastes of chocolate, lightly darkened malts, and what seem to be spicy Noble hops. Though, sadly, the sharp tart sourness spoils the whole deal literally and figuratively.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium-high carbonation.

Drinkability: "Miner Mishap is truly a one-of-a-kind original." They're right in that regard. Seemed like this would've been the one to have potential were it not for the quality control issues.

ChainGangGuy, Mar 20, 2009
Photo of ATLbeerDog
2.1/5  rDev -41%

Pours a dark root beer color with a small tan head that quickly dissipates. Smells of sweet fruits like apricots and plums with a ton of adjuncts and an awful chemical note present in the nose. First sip is all cereal with a chemical favor that is from the turpentine family. Nothing special here. Turn a way. Close the mine.

ATLbeerDog, Mar 14, 2009
Photo of mugglesandhops
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%

I always love trying to find local Oklahoma beers and I picked up a 6 pack of this up at Joe's Place in Norman. Pours a dark brown with a thin bubbly head with no lacing. Smelled mildly of coffee, sweet chocolate, caramel. Tasted like a mix of a porter and a pilsner if you ask me. All the other Schwarzbiers I have had don't taste like this. It was good though.

mugglesandhops, Mar 13, 2009
Photo of Yetiman420
3.95/5  rDev +11%

This one's been in my fridge for over a year thanks to a trade extra (lost track of who) and am now finally getting around to it.

Sam Adams perfect glass. Dark with dark brown streaks when held up to the light. Very thin beige head. Beautiful roast aroma.

Bonus for the label with the homebrew history and story behind the name. This is something I really appreciate that Choc does on their beers.

Wonderful roasted flavor with clean, dry finish that washes away aforementioned flavor. I really enjoyed this dynamic of this beer.
Last ¼ has a chocolate aroma.

I'm amazed that this comes in at a B- overall on BA. Perhaps I'm not completely up to the style guidelines for this one, but I prefer to judge a beer on how I enjoyed it rather than style.

Yetiman420, Feb 23, 2009
Photo of htomsirveaux
3.4/5  rDev -4.5%

12 oz. bottle tried 16 Jan 2009.

Poured on 0.4 L Hutthurmer dimpled mug. Very large brown foamy head. Bubbly. Color of Coca Cola. Aroma is sweet, slightly roasty with a strong ferrous undercurrent. Starts roasty, chocolatey, reminiscent of cocoa powder. Slight acridity dissipates by the middle. Finish is sweet and malty with a bit of root beer. Aftertaste is chocolatey with a bit of vanilla. Light body. Mild ethanol.

Nice offering from Choc.

htomsirveaux, Feb 21, 2009
Photo of wcudwight
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.

wcudwight, Feb 13, 2009
Photo of Metalmonk
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.

Metalmonk, Feb 11, 2009
Photo of webbcreative
3.15/5  rDev -11.5%

poured dark brown almost black looking, then when held to the light looked more of a dark red color. nice 2 finger head which quickly dissipated, light lacing. Smell has a lot of malts and chocolate, sorta had a espresso smell to it. It was a bit more watery then i had expected from the looks and smells of it. flavors are pretty much like the smells, except im picking up a strong flavor of metallic. not a bad brew, but i was hoping for more out of this one.

webbcreative, Feb 11, 2009
Photo of indiapaleale
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%

Pours dark brown in color with a rather thin white head that leaves some lacing on the side before it quickly fades to black.

Smell of brown sugar, sweet coffeeand bitter chocolate. Reminds me of some Baltic Porters I've had recently.

Taste is a little thin, bubbly, sweet malt, bitter chocolate/coffee. The chocolate malt shines through with this beer.

A nice example of a style I haven't had too many times from American brewers. Its also one from a state I've not yet had a beer from! Thanks htomsirveux for this via trade.

indiapaleale, Jan 27, 2009
Photo of stephens101
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%

Sometimes after a hard day a good simple, straightforward beer is what you need. Sometimes you just need to leave the complexities of the world behind, thus the Miner Mishap was a no-brainer for me today. A very hard pour results in virtually no head, but after a second a little fiz rises to the top, through the middle of the dark brown brew. Smells of roasted nuts, toasted malts and maybe a few hops hiding deep in the shadows. The taste of the malts is a bit sweeter than the aroma, and there are some very subtle caramel notes as well as some hops and maybe some coffee beans. This fit the bill for what I was looking for. And while it's could use a bit more in the taste department, I'm not complaining, and am going to have a few to take the edge off the day.

stephens101, Jan 20, 2009
Photo of RodBurg
4.15/5  rDev +16.6%

Had on tap at McNellie's in Tulsa. Dark in the pint with a small off white head ring around the top of the glass.

Smells of roasted malt and chocolate.

Great full flavor here, yet very light and easy to drink. Chocolate, coffee beans, roast malt and bread crust.

I was very impressed by this one. Had the big flavor of a robust porter with a light body that was very drinkable. Could've sessioned these all night.

RodBurg, Dec 27, 2008
Photo of sholland119
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%

Got this as an extra from coldmeat23. Thanks, Chris.

A-Pours a hazy medium dark brown with a thin white head that quickly vanishes.

S-Roasted and sweet malts, just like the label promises. Nice.

T-Just a hint of sweetness in the front, then a solid roasty finish with a bit of hops.

M-Good for the style. On the light side of medium bodied.

D-Nice sessionable schwarzbier.

HV

sholland119, Dec 26, 2008
Photo of timconnel
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.

timconnel, Nov 24, 2008
Photo of orcasteve
3.63/5  rDev +2%

pours a thin red orangeish black with a heavy thick tan head that disapers to a thin lasing on the glass, the taste is rich carmal and chocalat malts and powerfull hops that are kind of piney also hints of coffiee. the malt starts off sweet then gets sour and is overpowered by bitter. very little carbonaation in this one for a lager, this is a decant beer that i got in a bif that i am glad to have had a chance to try, would love to have more some day

orcasteve, Nov 03, 2008
Photo of mooseisloose
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.

mooseisloose, Oct 19, 2008
Photo of argock
3.18/5  rDev -10.7%

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness date.

A: Dark brown with ruby edges. Dark tan 1-2 finger head with pretty good retention, but no lacing.

S: Coffee, cocoa, charred grain, and molasses aromas.

T: Has a porterish flavor that really missed on the subtle cereal grain flavors you expect in a Schwartbier. The main flavors are chocolate, faint coffee, and mildly acrid charred grain, but it doesn't have much lager character.

M: Fairly prickly due to active carbonation and dry finish. Medium-bodied. Not hard to drink by any means, but not really smooth per se.

D: Not a terrible beer, but I think it resembles a porter in the taste department despite its lager origins.

argock, Sep 20, 2008
Photo of iceball585
3.33/5  rDev -6.5%

A- Dark black color, non-transparent, fairly thin tan head that faded quickly to a small ring

S- Dark chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, hint of caramel

T- Roasted malts, coffee beans, caramel, cocoa powder, slight smokeyness

M- Light/medium body, low/medium carbonation, smooth, watery finish

D- Worth trying

Seems to me that the flavor and the appearance of this beer really don't match. It looks like this brew is going to be thick and dark, but the flavor is very light and a bit watery.

iceball585, Sep 12, 2008
Photo of Reagan1984
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%

This beer poured with a nice aggressive 3 finger creamy head. The head slowly faded back into the beer and left a tan film across the top of the beer. This beer is very dark brown in color and way too dark to detect any carbonation. No lacing at all to speak of.

Aroma was of light chocolate, a bit of burnt/ roasted malt and a little earthiness. (maybe grain like)

Taste was initially of cocoa powder then turned slightly sweet and of roasted malt. Pretty nice flavor that suddenly fades near the end. You are left with a subtle sweetness and roasted taste in your mouth. An interesting alternative to the typical hop lingering finish of other styles.

Mouth feel is rather light and the carbonation brings some of the chocolate flavors to the forefront.

Drinkability is very nice and I could make y way through a couple of these brews.

Reagan1984, Sep 05, 2008
Photo of nsmartell
3.93/5  rDev +10.4%

I enjoyed this beer from the comfort of my own living room. From the 12 oz bottle received with the beer of the month club to a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours up a nice dark brown, almost black with a real thick creamy tan head.

Smell: Coffee and roasted malt aroma with a hint of sweet chocolate.

Taste: Based upon some of the other reviews of this beer, I let this warm up a little bit first. You can definitely taste the roasted malts and sweet chocolate flavors. A little bit sweet for a schwarzbier but still has some good flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and smooth.

Drinkability: Overall a pretty tasty brew. I'm not always happy with the selection of the beer of the month club, but this was pretty good.

nsmartell, Aug 27, 2008
Photo of ShrLSU
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.

ShrLSU, Aug 24, 2008
Photo of zeff80
3.95/5  rDev +11%

A - Poured out a dark, dark brown almost black color with a small, foamy, off-white head. No lace.

S - It smelled of roasted malt, chocolate and toffee.

T - It tasted of sweet chocolate and caramel. It had a nice burnt toast malt.

M - It was very sharp, crisp and fairly fizzy. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a very tasty, very easy-drinking schwarzbier.

zeff80, Aug 12, 2008
Photo of EagleTalon
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.

EagleTalon, Aug 07, 2008
Photo of Contagion
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%

There is a dark brown color to it. Light passes through it, but you can't see what is on the other side of the glass clearly. It's dark enough that I can't tell if there is any cloudiness to it. The head was about quarter of an inch thick and consisted of tiny tan bubbles that gave it a thick and creamy appearance. It slowly faded to a thin film on the top of the beer. There is a bit of lacing on the side of the glass, but not much.

It has a nice roasted chocolate and caramel malt sent to it, just as the label describes. There is a touch of a coffee scent to it as well. You can also detect just a hint of hops. The smell is a pretty good indicator of the taste. The chocolate and roasted malts really come through. There is a slight mineral water taste to it. It finishes with a mild hoppiness. As the beer starts to warm, the hop flavors start to be more noticeable.

This is a medium bodied beer. The carbonation bites a little on the tongue.

Contagion, Jul 24, 2008
Photo of mhewes
2.83/5  rDev -20.5%

A : Pours a nice dark brown with a good tan head that leaves some spotty lacing behind

S : Roasted malt with a good coffee aroma. Some chocolate notes

T : Strong coffee and roasted malt flavors. More like a porter/stout instead of a schwarzbier

M : Medium-bodied, good carbonation

D : Not bad but not a schwarzbier. I'd rather go for a beer truer to the style.

mhewes, Jul 11, 2008
Photo of tmitch75
3.35/5  rDev -5.9%

Monthly club selection for June. Black color with dark brown edges only when held to the light. Chocolatey brown head drops to a thin layer.

Roasty chocolate smell with some coffee and a kiss of vanilla.

Tastes the same as the smell with light hoppy bitterness. A bit bland but not terrible. Slightly under medium body.

A decent example of the style but nothing to write home about.

Tasted on 6/22/08.

tmitch75, Jul 05, 2008
Miner Mishap from Choc Beer Co. / Pete's Place
81 out of 100 based on 112 ratings.