Miner Mishap - Choc Beer Co. / Pete's Place
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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.
03-14-2009 23:56:55 | More by ATLbeerDog
4.33/5 rDev +21.6%
Got this one in a BotM shipment.
Poured into a shaker: a near black brown, 2 fingers dropping to half-a-finger of creamy tan head. Stout-like in appearance, with a wall of lacing.
Smells of roasty-toasty biscuit, sweet caramelized malt, creamy coffee but all with a moderate intensity, not real rich. Nutty & kind of peppery, slight sour milk. Popping popcorn?
Taste of bitter chocolate, coffee-like roast grains. Then there's a good hop bite, enough to end very crisp after those heavier flavors. Dark bread crust. Very full-flavored for a nearly session-strength brew. Mild roast & sugar in aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is a nice combo of prickly bite & creamy foam, medium body. I have a feeling I'm going to buck the overall trend in the ratings -- I was pretty impressed by this low-ish ABV lager, flavorful without weighing too heavilyon the palate. I would've mistake this for a porter if I didn't know better.
01-22-2010 10:10:53 | More by OneDropSoup
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
3.05/5 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
3.58/5 rDev +0.6%
Poured into a snifter, I really had to swirl and pour high to get any head. I squeezed an inch of tan froth out before it disappeared.
Dark roast, rice, and some soft sugary tones are what I gathered from the smell right off the bat. More subtle sweet ripened fruit tones surfaced as it warmed.
The flavor has a bit more to offer. Sweet and tangy bitterness balance each other well. Brown sugar, dark chocolate and a coffee finish.
The body wasn't too heavy, given it's still a lager it was quite easy to drink. The carbonation was sharp and left a nice tingle in the mouth after the brew was a memory.
06-26-2010 00:40:11 | More by climax
3.5/5 rDev -1.7%
Poured into a snifter. Miner Mishap pours a cloudy mahogany with a slightly off-white head. Decent head retention and pretty nice lacing for the style. Very faint aromas of cabbage at first, some white pepper, actually I am picking up some vinegar as well, but these aromas are not powerful. Very pleasant sour flavors. Slight hints of roasted malts. The finish has some cabbage and metallic flavors. Mouthfeel is a little thick, but the beer is crisp. Carbonation level is a little high for the style. Overall, Miner Mishap is not bad, but schwarzbier are not my style. I feel the beer could improve on certain points, but it is a good representation of the style.
03-29-2008 16:46:16 | More by paulthebeerguru
3.03/5 rDev -14.9%
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.
05-27-2011 02:01:21 | More by csiewert
3.63/5 rDev +2%
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.
10-05-2009 02:06:30 | More by rpstevens
4.18/5 rDev +17.4%
Slight malty aroma. Dark brown brew with a short quickly disappearing head.
Flavor is nice. Fairly sweet. Tiny bit of chocolate, some slight sour tang, some roasted notes. Just a little bit of bitter hops. Lingering aftertaste. Maybe a little bit too sweet for my taste.
Good mouthfeel with just the right amount of mouthfeel. And very drinkable. This one disappeared fast.
08-03-2010 02:16:55 | More by jmbranum
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
3.33/5 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.
09-12-2008 01:30:17 | More by iceball585
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
3.55/5 rDev -0.3%
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.
12-27-2011 05:21:11 | More by DelMontiac
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.
08-27-2008 02:44:44 | More by nsmartell
2.9/5 rDev -18.5%
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
08-09-2011 02:31:35 | More by OlRasputin989
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.
07-11-2008 00:13:18 | More by mhewes
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.
02-11-2009 05:11:44 | More by webbcreative
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.
07-05-2008 03:47:23 | More by tmitch75
3.28/5 rDev -7.9%
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.
06-01-2008 01:07:08 | More by LumpyGuitar
Miner Mishap from Choc Beer Co. / Pete's Place
81 out of 100 based on 112 ratings.