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

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Reviews: 85
Hads: 113
Avg: 3.55
pDev: 14.08%
Wants: 5
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:
Beer added by: tronester on 12-25-2007

28 IBU
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Reviews: 85 | Hads: 113
Photo of csiewert
2.96/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Enjoyed at the abner pub in Norman, ok in a standard pint glass. Pours a thick dark brown color with no head at all. Aroma is very week with smoke and malt characteristics. The taste is very smokey and malty, with some hints of chocolate and coffe. The mouthfeel is fairly empty an watery. Overall worth a try because it's cheap.

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Photo of rpstevens
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to springdogg for this interesting extra, poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

This is a nice looking beer, it pours black with some slight ruby glow around the edges. The head is light tan, thick at first but fades to nothing quickly with no lacing.

The smell is all roasted malt, coffee and bitter chocolate.

The taste is... acidic? The bitter coffee and roasted malt hit the tongue first, but they are followed, and overpowered, by a burnt coffee acidity that is bordering on unpleasant. There is a nice splash of wheat and chocolate at the end of the taste that saves it, and the taste is interesting enough to want more.

The beer is well carbonated and has a nice body and crisp finish. The low alcohol combined with the coffee flavor is a nice combination.

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Photo of DelMontiac
3.55/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Miner Mishap was poured from an undated 12oz short brown bottle into an Anchor Steam pint glass.

The color is black in the deepest reaches of the glass, but more brown around the edges. A fast pour will produce a single finger of fizzy mocha colored head that heads south for the winter leaving the top completely bare. No lace to speak of.

Aromas are a bit sparse at first so I advise you warm this one up quite a bit or drink at room temp. Slightly sweet caramel malt, wet straw, and some port wine is what I get. All very faint.

Flavors are best when this is warmed up quite a bit. Slighly smokey with mild coffee and vanilla bean backed by nutty and grassy tinges.

The feel is medium bodied and moderately carbonated. Highly drinkable.

It's a decent beer, but no head turner. Seems it was more enjoyable from the tap.

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Photo of SickGnar
3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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)

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Photo of iceball585
3.37/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of hiikeeba
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of nsmartell
3.91/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

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Photo of OlRasputin989
2.88/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into pint...

A: pours a nearly black dark brown with a small tan head. settles soon to a thin fuzzy cap

S: a charred chocolate and vanilla aroma. plain but nice. also smell an odd lactose sweetnes

T: sweet caramel flavors upfront give way to chocolate, more lactose sweetness, then a smokey, dark chocolate finish.

M: light medium body with good carbonation, crisp upfront and a smooth finish

Overall, not bad but not special. I prefer the Samuel Adams Black Lager. if they were to remove the lactose sweetness, give it more body while also giving it more of a bite. probably would choose a different schwarzbier if one was available

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Photo of mhewes
2.88/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of webbcreative
3.2/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of tmitch75
3.38/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of LumpyGuitar
3.33/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Recieved this as a bonus in-trade from timbro81, a big thank you as this has been something I've wanted to try for awhile.

Poured a dark solid black with a thin bit of tan fluffy head.

Smells very roasted, a bit of chocolate.

Taste is sadly, average. A bit of chocolate and roasted malt, but an odd faint hint of something sour, and the aftertaste is a little more bitter than what I'm used to with Schwarzbier. No alcohol flavor at all, which is nice.

Mouthfeel is light, could be a bit more smooth. Nothing extraordinary.

Drinkability here is average. I applaud the makers as its not bad at all, and if I'm in the area I'll be sure to try some, hopefully on tap. Thanks again Tim.

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Photo of steelerguy
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of orcasteve
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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Photo of Yetiman420
3.95/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of eclaycamp
3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of NewGeneric
3.99/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to coldmeat23 for hooking it up.
Poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a DEEP brown with dark ruby highlights around the edges. About a half finger of foam fades quickly leaving almost nothing on top and no lacing. Kinda looks like a Coke or Root Beer.

S: All I can smell is chocolate. Wow.

T: Big chocolate up front, followed by lots of roasted barley and a little bit of earthy hops.

M: Very chewy for a low abv beer. Also quite smooth considering the relatively high carbonation. Cleanses the palate nicely while leaving a just right feel on the tongue.

D: A very nice, mildly sessionable beer. Would go great with certain food/dessert pairings. One of the more enjoyable lagers I've had. Mmm

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Photo of ShrLSU
3.38/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of timbro81
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black with a quick fading tan coarse head. Smells of bittersweet chocolate, roastedness, and some hops. Taste is tight and somewhat complex. Initially presents with a dark silky roastedness with some more chocolatiness that transitions quickly to tingly, spicy hop notes. The finish lingers for a bit. A good Schwarzbier and a nice offering from Choc. Definitely worth checking out.

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Photo of mugglesandhops
3.45/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of wolfinthemirror
3.4/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours very dark, some light is visible through the glass revealing some sediment, and a burnt caramel color. poured a loud, fizzy off white head that dissipated quickly, very little lacing.

some roasted malts in the smell, a faint smell of coffee with a touch of molasses

Not too complex on the taste, some burnt bitter as others have mentioned, next to no sweetness. it tastes like it's missing something, i expected something maltier.

light-medium bodied, moderate carbonation, and quite smooth.

The beer is pretty sessionable, drinks easy.

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Photo of RodBurg
4.12/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Contagion
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of crhensel
4.38/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(12 oz. bottle into mug) Poured a rich black color with a creamy tan head that left little to no lacing on the glass. Nose was heavy with a toasted chocolate and caramel, with a hint of coffee. Drink was surprisingly smooth, and unlike other schwarzbiers I have tried, the roast was not overpowering, but well proportioned with the other flavors. As the glass warmed a little, this smoky flavor faded, and the chocolate malt took the fore. A very very refreshing drink after my meal. The perfect pick me up on a snowy day!

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Photo of TYE
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

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Miner Mishap from Choc Beer Co. / Pete's Place
81 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.