Krombacher Dark - Krombacher Brauerei

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Krombacher DarkKrombacher Dark

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BA SCORE
80
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36 Reviews
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Reviews: 36
Hads: 193
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 10.03%
Wants: 1
Gots: 21 | FT: 0
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Germany

Style | ABV
Schwarzbier |  4.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-22-2009

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.03/5  rDev -13.2%
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. (717 characters)

Photo of crossovert
3.46/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2 330ml bottles poured into a half liter dimpled mug.

It pours a dark brown with a foamy tannish white head that leaves a lot of lacing.

The smell is fruity with a hint of cocoa.

The flavor is light with a hint of roasty chocolate, some hops, and some fruit.

A light easy drinker, not bad. (293 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.93/5  rDev +12.6%
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. (1,186 characters)

Photo of yemenmocha
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown with good clarity, and small head that doesn't last long. Nose is light and toasty, with gentle brown sugar baked goods in the background. On the palate, good carbonation, roasted malts, and grainy sweetness. Light bodied. Easy drinking. (254 characters)

Photo of BlackHaddock
4.2/5  rDev +20.3%
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). (731 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.64/5  rDev +4.3%
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. (301 characters)

Photo of Arithmeticus
3.9/5  rDev +11.7%
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. (289 characters)

Photo of BDTyre
3.58/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice gem...being German, I thought this would be much more widely reviewed. Dark ruby-brown, almost black with a creamy, tan head. Strong hops, creamy malts, light grassiness and even a mild skunk in the nose. Definitely a lager smell, but with suggestions of chocolate and coffee to it.

Slightly bitter lagery taste. Light caramel and chocolate, raisins and brown sugar. Very faint coffee. Light citrus from the hops.

Light body, good carbonation - what you expect from a lager. Very nice schwarzbier, and with a low ABV easy to drink. (538 characters)

Photo of Everydayoff
3.35/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured 500ml bottle into a pils glass with freshness date on back label.

A:
Very deep brown to almost black color with hint of reddish hue, thick off-white foamy head with good retention and left with good amount of lacing patches upon recede. The carbonation is medium to high.

S:
The smell consist roasted malt, chocolate, creamy/buttery diacetyl.

T:
Dominate by roasted malt which produces a bit astringent touch. Slight bread and mild hop bitterness also disclose to fill the taste.

M:
The body is somewhere between light to medium with proper amount of carbonation. The finish is rather dry.

O:
Good taste and low alcohol keep this beer in high drinkable side. (670 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.53/5  rDev +1.1%
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. (1,147 characters)

Photo of BILF
4.1/5  rDev +17.5%
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. (332 characters)

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Krombacher Dark from Krombacher Brauerei
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