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Krombacher Dark - Krombacher Brauerei

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Krombacher DarkKrombacher Dark

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166 Ratings
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Ratings: 166
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 15.29%
Wants: 1
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
Schwarzbier |  4.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-22-2009)
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Reviews by chinchill:
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3.95/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

300ml brown bottle with both production (4 May 2011) and "best before" dates (4 May 2012) on the back label. [bravo!]

A: This "dark" beer is really dark: near opaque with reddish-brown highlights at the edges. The large dark tan head picks up some of the coloration, having traces of reddish-orange. Certainly a good looking beer before the head dies.

Aroma: rich but not very complex, featuring medium and dark malts with a hint of smoke. Faintly reminiscent of Negro Modelo, but much richer and better.

T: Dominated by roasted/toasted malts, some spicy hops make a noticeable and well proportioned contribution to a fine schwarzbier. Very tasty yet neither bitter nor sweet. Finishes with a lasting toasted malt flavor with hints of smoke, spicy hops and coffee.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with perfect carbonation. Some appreciated dryness in the finish.

O - easy recommendation for malt lovers, this one has plenty of rich dark malt flavor, mostly dark roasted without any off- or burnt-flavor qualities. A very fine German dark beer. Reminds me of the world-class Andecher. Despite nearly identical ratings, the taste is better than the aroma and really outstanding for style.

chinchill, Oct 05, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my Monchshof Schwarzbier glass a medium chocolate color with reddish hue through out a 1/2 finger off white head atop.aromas are light with some choclate and mineral notes.somewhat bready with a real tinny/metallic element to it,a doughy chocolate finish.It's decent,not overly sweet by any mean but not overly complex either.

oberon, Jul 07, 2012
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3/5  rDev -11.8%

cam477, Sep 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev +17.6%

beerhunter13, May 03, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +25%

markallmon, Jun 30, 2013
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3/5  rDev -11.8%

danthehopslamman, Aug 06, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

BeerDreadz, Feb 17, 2014
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3/5  rDev -11.8%

innominat, Aug 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev +17.6%

fionn13, Jun 04, 2012
Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.1/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A 500ml bottle with a BB of July 2012, so it's just out of date. Picked up from Tesco some time back.

Poured into a tulip pint glass. A deep reddish-brown colour; appears black unless held to the light. Forms a large head of brownish-tan foam that lasts for a few minutes before subsiding. Aroma of sweet, grainy malt with mild hints of caramel and brown sugar.

Tastes of caramel malt with a mild finish. Slightly sweet. Faint notes of grain, brown sugar, caramel and very mild stewed hops. Quite dry, but no real bitterness to speak of. Mouthfeel is smooth, with pleasing tingly carbonation, though a bit thin. Aftertaste of caramel malt.

Not bad, but not particularly substantial. The aroma and flavour are rather one-dimensional, just mild caramel malt and little else. I guess I'd like to see a more robust malt character and perhaps a hint of roastiness/bitterness to complete the flavour. Still, it goes down easily - this would be a good choice when you don't want anything challenging. Worth trying.

jazzyjeff13, Aug 05, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Miha, Jun 02, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

djcreepshow, Oct 10, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

LXIXME, Apr 16, 2014
Photo of biboergosum
3.53/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz glass, on-tap at Terroni, an Old World pizzeria in downtown Toronto, before my flight back home.

This beer appears a clear, very dark reddish cola hue, with two fingers of puffy, foamy, and lightly bubbly beige head, which leaves a splattering of lightning strike lace around the glass as it gently retreats.

It smells of lightly roasted pale and caramel malts (hard to shake a certain lager association), some very mild mocha, dank wet earth, a touch of wispy smoke, and weedy, leafy hops. The taste is more roasted caramel malt, burnt whole wheat toast, dry pithy chocolate, nutty coffee, softly sour black fruit notes, and meek floral, earthy hops.

The carbonation is quite moderate, bordering on innocuous, the body medium-light in weight, a tad slick in its plain smoothness, and somewhat clammy. It finishes off-dry, the weakly sweet and toasted malt offset by the soft green bitterness evolving out of the hops.

A generically flavoured, yet suitably agreeable black lager, a kind of macro-Euro essence seeping out of the edges. Not all that complex, but it of course went well with the spicy Neapolitan pizza and expense account.

biboergosum, Mar 25, 2010
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3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

bearbreak, Jul 05, 2014
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3.13/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a single from Euro Market. Not a bad beer, but it comes off like a Euro dark lager. This beer has a touch of roast, but no cocoa. Instead, the malt character has a stronger fruity barley. It's a smooth beer with a slightly dry finish. Not bad, but not a schwarzbier. Eh.

tempest, Mar 04, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Yngvi, Mar 07, 2014
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3.4/5  rDev 0%

fr0wn3r, Sep 15, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -26.5%

wilfonzo, Feb 24, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

Fr0stb1te, Aug 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev +17.6%

jowribbit, Sep 16, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

Bung, Dec 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev +17.6%

stampfler07, Feb 27, 2012
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3/5  rDev -11.8%

wollefdoogylloj, May 06, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

nztayls, Apr 22, 2014
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Krombacher Dark from Krombacher Brauerei
78 out of 100 based on 166 ratings.