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Krombacher Dark - Krombacher Brauerei

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Krombacher DarkKrombacher Dark

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BA SCORE
78
okay

155 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 155
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 15.38%
Wants: 1
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Krombacher Brauerei visit their website
Germany

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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4.22/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml Brown bottle poured into two Alt glasses: this beer is really dark, dead dark in fact, a huge light brown head topped off a good looking beer.

The aroma was of slightly smoked malts, coffee and dark chocolate also could be detected.

The flavours in the mouth followed the smells almost to the letter, roasted and toasted malts giving off those lovely chocolate and coffee tastes, again with a hint of smokiness.

Mouthfeel was a lot better than almost every other Schwarzbier I've had, being richer and thicker than the usual lager based brews normally found under this style.

Wasn't expecting such a good beer to be honest, glad I bought it. Easily the highest scoring beer of this style I've reviewed (this is the 12th).

BlackHaddock, Sep 11, 2011
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4.13/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Deep flat brown, with generous beige head.

S - Roasted malts, chocolate, charcoal and coffee.

T - Coffee and dark chocolate with some bitterness in the finish. Inviting taste.

M - Medium bodied. A touch too much carbonation for my liking.

D - I keep going back for more. Carbonation seems overpowering below 10 deg celcius.

BILF, Jan 30, 2010
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3.95/5  rDev +16.9%
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
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3.9/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Krombacher Dark has a thick, roiling, pillowy, beige head and a dark brown appearance, with red highlights. Pretty heavy lacing is left down the glass. The aroma is of tap water and maybe some malt sweetness. Taste is of dark-roasted barley malt, coffee, chocolate, some straight-forward bitterness, and sweetness. There is paperyness here as well. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Krombacher Dark finishes crisp, clean, refreshing, and easy drinking. Overall, this is a good beer, and I think it’s worth trying.

RJT

RonaldTheriot, May 28, 2012
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3.9/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured chilled in hotel glass in Sofia, Bulgaria hotel. Beer follows Germany's purity laws.

A: solid black, thin head
S: plum, chocolate, fig; very sweet and delicate smell
T: coffee, roasted grains, sweet; hops are subdued; light ABV makes this easy to drink

A pretty good, decent beer.

Arithmeticus, Aug 26, 2011
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3.83/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A- Very dark brown, with red highlights. It has a khaki head with fair retention. Lacing is nice, leaving well defined rings down the sides of the glass.

S- Lighter and fruitier than expected. It shows notes of floral sweetness, raisin, and cocoa.

T- Sweet raisins covered in chocolate, slightly tart in the mid-palate. The finish is dry, with mild roasty notes of black coffee.

M- Light, dry. light carbonation that is very gentle.

O- Very impressed. The body of a lager, with the taste and aroma of something more. Easy drinking, sessionable, and very good.

silverking, Apr 10, 2013
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3.78/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear near black in color with some hints of dark amber near the edges of the glass and the surface when held up to the light. The beer has a quarter finger tall beige to dark beige head that reduces to a thin film covering about half of the surface of the beer and a ring of medium thickness at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of dark malts and possibly some chocolate malts.

T: Like the smell, the dominant flavors of the beer come from the malts - mostly dark malts with some light amount of chocolate malts. Light bitterness is present but does not really linger.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Very easy to drink, enjoyable, and sessionable. Though this appears as a dark beer that might put some people off, this is light enough to be a very enjoyable summer beer. I like the flavor quite a bit.

dbrauneis, Jul 01, 2012
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Krombacher Dark from Krombacher Brauerei
78 out of 100 based on 155 ratings.