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Krombacher Dark - Krombacher Brauerei

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Krombacher DarkKrombacher Dark

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BA SCORE
78
okay

157 Ratings
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Ratings: 157
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 15.38%
Wants: 1
Gots: 12 | 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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 2/5/13. Best before 2/5/14.

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of beer form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is mainly of malt and caramel-like aromas. Taste is much the same with dark roasted malt and burnt toast flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an pretty good beer that is easy to drink but the flavors are better on the aftertaste than at first sip.

UCLABrewN84, Jun 26, 2013
Photo of metter98
3.63/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very dark amber (near black) in color. It poured with a small beige head that has good retention properties and consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of dark malts in the nose.
T: Similar to the taste, there are flavors of dark malts and notes of chocolate malts.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a bit smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer goes down very easily and is rather drinkable. It is a good representation of the style.

metter98, Jun 30, 2012
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.03/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16 ounce pint - Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Effectively a black body with an inch of airy, light beige froth. Thin sheets of lace on the way down.

Smell: Incredibly modest, disinterested notes of roast, semi-sweet chocolate, coffee, and vanilla.

Taste: Very, very light touches of cola, roast, chocolate. There's really just not much to it at any point. Mildly sweet. A drop of faux vanilla flavoring. Very light herbal hops and accompanying bitterness. Soft, roasty-ish finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Inoffensive, easy drinking. Just as the Krombacher Weizen was a bit on the "light" end of the flavor spectrum, so, too, is the Krombacher Dark a wee bit wimpy.

ChainGangGuy, Oct 25, 2011
Photo of oberon
3.43/5  rDev +1.5%
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
Photo of biboergosum
3.53/5  rDev +4.4%
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
Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

DrunkinYogi, Jan 31, 2014
Photo of beernads
2.75/5  rDev -18.6%

beernads, Aug 22, 2013
Photo of BlackHaddock
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
Photo of dbrauneis
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
Photo of tempest
3.13/5  rDev -7.4%
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
Photo of LXIXME
3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

LXIXME, Apr 16, 2014
Photo of Latarnik
3/5  rDev -11.2%

Latarnik, May 29, 2014
Photo of chinchill
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
Photo of dmorgan310
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

dmorgan310, Mar 04, 2013
Photo of drummermattie02
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

drummermattie02, Oct 07, 2013
Photo of scruffwhor
3.03/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark garnet, maybe cola colored brew. After the pour, head recedes swiftlyThe bubbling that I can see seems pretty vibrant in this brew.

Tinny, maybe somewhat roasted malt and some grassy hops. Smells crisp with a little darkness.

Roasted, but carbonated, bubbly crisp and some metallic twang to teh flavor and palate. Some earthy hop flavors helping to balance the metal flavors. Sort of easy to drink, but too metallic for my taste.

scruffwhor, Dec 15, 2012
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.43/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Krombacher tulip glass.

A - Poured dark brown with 2 fingers of off white head. Some light cane through around the edges of the glass but otherwise opaque.

S - Light nose. Some dark roasted malts with a slight bitterness evident.

T - Roasted malts, chocolate and a prominent hop bitterness. There is also a decent sweetness that takes on caramel and mollases flavours at times.

M - Light to medium body. Moderate carbonation.

TheSevenDuffs, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of atrocity
3/5  rDev -11.2%

atrocity, Apr 29, 2014
Photo of vfgccp
2.5/5  rDev -26%

vfgccp, Jan 18, 2014
Photo of Cyberkedi
3.63/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Comes out of the tap a deep warm sable with a thick, fine-bubbled light tan head. Malty aroma has a smoky undertone and subtle chocolate and coffee hints. Crisp, malty, lagerish flavor has nutty and coffee undertones and a hint of semi-sweet chocolate. Smooth, fairly fizzy texture is rather pleasant.

Cyberkedi, Sep 04, 2011
Photo of spinrsx
3.23/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle from Brouehaha QC for 2.50$

Appearance - Dark brown colour with an average size fizzy beige coloured head. It's hard to make out the level of carbonation and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for around 4 minutes.

Smell - Malts, chocolate, grains, metallic

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts and a hint of chocolate/coffee. There is also some corn/grains and some metallic notes. It ends with a grainy and lightly malted aftertaste with a bit of lingering bitterness.

Overall - It smells better than it tastes unfortunately. Still a pretty decent beer but not something I would pick up again. It's just a tad too boring. I can see how this would be a session beer however; especially given the ABV.

spinrsx, Sep 28, 2012
Photo of Duff27
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Duff27, Jan 02, 2014
Photo of barnzy78
3/5  rDev -11.2%

barnzy78, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of RBorsato
4.25/5  rDev +25.7%

RBorsato, Mar 04, 2014
Photo of CheapBeerBuzz
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

CheapBeerBuzz, Aug 18, 2013
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Krombacher Dark from Krombacher Brauerei
78 out of 100 based on 157 ratings.