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

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Reviews: 85
Hads: 113
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 12.46%
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

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Beer added by: tronester on 12-25-2007

28 IBU
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Reviews: 85 | Hads: 113
Photo of tempest
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (592 characters)

Photo of CHickman
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (660 characters)

Photo of paulthebeerguru
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (665 characters)

Photo of mugglesandhops
3.45/5  rDev -2.3%
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. (362 characters)

Photo of xtalman
3.43/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I have had this a couple times. First time was good the 2nd not so much but I think Choc had a problem a while back since most of the brews I had from them had some very bad off flavors. This time I found the Miner Mishap to be quite nice.

Pours a nice dark deep bronw/black. Smallish tan head.

Nose had some burnt oders to it due to the dark malts.

Intial taste is clean with slight roasted flavor, finishes sweet. Mouth feel is very smooth.

Drinkablilty is excellant. Could be a nice session type brew. (509 characters)

Photo of wcudwight
3.42/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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. (505 characters)

Photo of mynie
3.41/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Kind of a tragic name for a beer, eh? Sooners are weird.

Anyhow, this isn't at all what I look for in a Schwarz. It pours black enough, but it's roasted malt character is like zilch. It starts off lightly bitter, gets a little sweet near the middle, and ends lightly bitter, with just the wee bittiest hint of ashen blackness near the very back end.

Still... let's try grading it for what's here, instead of what I expected it to be. The bottle bills it as a "black lager," not a schwarz proper, and that means it can pretty much be anything, right?

This is kind of like a crisper, more refreshing brown ale. By that I mean it's lightly bitter, medium bodied, and really drinkable. Only instead of going for nodes of nuts and biscuit, this tries to be like a really easy drinking, lagered version of a stout. In that respect it succeeds pretty well. (853 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
3.4/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received in trade from a generous soul who's name was not written down and is forever lost in my clouded mind. Thank you for the opportunity just the same.
Pours a slightly hazy reddish brown color with a thinnish off white head that quickly dissipates. Smells of caramel and brown sugar with a hint of chocolates and sulfur. Faint earthy hops try to provide balance but can't muster the strength to battle the maltiness of this brew. The flavor follows the aroma with sugary malt and a hint of chocolate and some miner off flavors. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet crisp mouthfeel. Decent beer, but really nothing special. Thanks for the state tick, but not a great beer for the style. (714 characters)

Photo of wolfinthemirror
3.4/5  rDev -3.7%
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. (546 characters)

Photo of ShrLSU
3.38/5  rDev -4.2%
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. (469 characters)

Photo of tmitch75
3.38/5  rDev -4.2%
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. (405 characters)

Photo of ZAP
3.38/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Dark brown....flat looking

S-Chocolate fudge...roasty malts...

T-Cocoa....roasted malts...a lot of chocolate characteristics..

M-Low carbonation...drinks fast despite the sweeter flavor...light side of medium bodied..

D-Carbonation is an issue here but overall this drinks pretty nicely....pretty heavy on the roasted malts and cocoa....would love to see a bit more carbonation and some noble hops added to the mix to tone down the sweetness a little.. (458 characters)

Photo of htomsirveaux
3.38/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (447 characters)

Photo of iceball585
3.37/5  rDev -4.5%
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. (495 characters)

Photo of LumpyGuitar
3.33/5  rDev -5.7%
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. (687 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.29/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks calsbeek for this bottle which was included as an extra in a recent trade.

A: The pour from bottle to pint glass is black with about one finger of tan colored foam.

S: The aroma is almost solely roasted malt with perhaps a touch of earthy hops.

T: Like the nose, the primary player in the flavor is the roasted malt. There is a slight acidity to the beer which lends it an almost sour flavor. A slight bitter and smokiness is present also, but at times is overwhelmed by the acidity.

M: The body is quite good, especially for what most people generally expect from a lager. The carbonation is very lively.

D: Definitely an easy drinker in terms of alcohol "punch", but the acidity/sourness detracts somewhat from the drinkability. (742 characters)

Photo of ksbeernuts
3.23/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Dark chocolate with a tan head that disappears quickly.

S - Smokey, toasted almost burnt malts.

T - Bitter chocolate taste.

M - Smooth with medium body.

d - Tastes alright, but I wish you could taste some of the sweet in the malts rather than all burnt bitter. (268 characters)

Photo of argock
3.2/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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. (706 characters)

Photo of webbcreative
3.2/5  rDev -9.3%
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. (461 characters)

Photo of Blakaeris
3.15/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours very dark brown with cola highlights. Head is initially thick and full, slowly reducing to a thin sheen.

Aroma is smokey peat and dark grain, and a bit of a cooked meat.

Taste is similar to the nose. Overall mild in flavor. Smoke overshadows the malty sweetness. Some charred grain bitterness in the finish brings balance.

Mouthfeel is light.

Overall a decent offering. Much more mild in character than expected, but there were no off flavors. (453 characters)

Photo of msubulldog25
3.11/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Almost forgot I had this brew tucked away in the cellar, the last of several mixed 12's representing Oklahoma from a trade with coldmeat23. Twist-cap, poured to a pint glass.

Intriguing side-label story of early 20th century miner 'Pete Prichard' on the side label with a teaser to read the rest of the story at www.chocbeer.com. I read it, thinking of the oratorial stylings of the late Paul Harvey (rest in peace)...

A: Dark mahogany, tinted with a cherry red-orangeness. A little hazy, partially obscuring a bounty of rising carbonation. A two-finger dollop of fizzy, sand-tan head builds; it drops to a 1/4" unmoving cream topping. Lace sticks kinda randomly, in flecks and longer sheets.

S: Roasted grain, a slight chocolate but mixed with a tart-smelling citrus. More of an earthy, mineral-like ground cocoa with some warming, hints of brown sugar. Meh, not a great start...

T: Chocolate of the dark/bitter and slightly sour variety is good in small doses. This beer is similar - there's a lightly sweet cocoa, a heavy roasted (almost burnt) coffee acridness and a twist of lemon - it sorta works and sorta doesn't. Caramel sweetness sneaks in during the last few sips, but overall this is a confused lager that doesn't really win me over.

M: Quite a lot of carbonation gives a zesty, active mouthfeel. Feel is light-medium, doesn't have much 'weight'.

D: Fairly easy to drink, but see Smell and Taste notes above. Wouldn't say 'never', but there's not alot bringing me back to this one. (1,501 characters)

Photo of mdwalsh
3.04/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 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. (690 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
2.98/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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. (619 characters)

Photo of csiewert
2.96/5  rDev -16.1%
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. (329 characters)

Photo of mooseisloose
2.9/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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. (583 characters)

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