Reprieve - Two Brothers Brewing Company

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46 Ratings
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Ratings: 46
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 14.09%
Wants: 1
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Two Brothers Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Schwarzbier |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

This black beer is a Bohemian Pilsner gone dark. German malts, noble hops, and lager yeast combine for our take on this traditional beer style. 28.1 IBU

(Beer added by: MillRat on 04-06-2011)
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Reviews by Erish:
Photo of Erish
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this 22 oz. beer into a large wine glass. No discernible best by date.

A: dark coffee color, the head is scant, the cap is persistent, and the lacing is good.

S: roasted grain, coffee, dark chocolate, cherry pop.

T: roasted grain, coffee, and dark chocolate give way to a pleasant earthiness, and finally a roasted bitterness settles in alongside a faint herbal hop note.

M: medium-bodied, silky texture, moderate carbonation.

O: A tasty and balanced beer to be sure, but it falls short of greatness. Still worth a try.

More User Reviews:
Photo of WoodBrew
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Every once in a while I luck out and find a new Two Bros release. Found this Schwartzbier at a local beer store (Binny's). The appearance is quite nice. Nice dark lager that is almost opaque. The head is thin creamy off-white that didnt lace very well. The nose was filled with malt/molassis and some grain. The taste was quite nice....a good malty sweetness followed by some grain. The mouthfeel was very good....easy drinking and a good session beer. The description on the side of the bottle states it was brewed to bid friends adieu...and a decent choice it is.

Photo of cjacobsen
3.05/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

(A) Poured into a snifter. Pours a really dark brown, almost black. There are hints of ruby around the edges when in the light. There's about a half inch of beige head that hangs for a while atop the beer.

(S) Smell is biscuit with fruits, roasted malts, some crystal malt and some faint hops.

(T) Tastes earthy and has a bit of a wood/oak-ness to it. The roasted character is quite big. The hops are a bit more present in the taste than they were in the nose. The lager yeast gives a sharp crispness.

(M) Ends a bit dry, slightly grainy, but is quite a full body beer.

(O) It's basically a hoppy pilsner beer overtone with a brown ale body.

Photo of alleykatking
3.18/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz bottle. Thanks go out to betsona for cracking this one open.

A- Pours a black color. I didn't see any light pass through this one. One and a half finger tan head shows medium retention. While drinking this there was specks of lace on the glass but most fell back into the beer.

S- The aroma was interesting to say the least. Light roasted malts linger in and out of a distinct grassy hop aroma. More of a biscuty malt overtone to everything. Other than that not much else going on.

T- Light grassy hops in the front of the beer. This gives way to more of a straight pilsner taste with a little added biscuit like flavor. Hint of roasted malt about midway through for a second before it dies quickly and does nothing else. Alcohol is tame in this beer which for some reason I expected to play a bigger role.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Grassy hops and biscuit flavors are left on the palate. Aftertaste is light alcohol, biscuity malts, and grassy hops. Flavors were well put together but muted overall for the hybrid style. No off flavors were present in the beer. Light alcohol drying on the palate.

O- This beer was interesting. Neither over the top or underwhelming it was just there. The aroma and flavor profile should have been worked on a little more. Too bland for me to buy all the the time but in the same turn it would be a nice throw back treat.

Photo of Bung
3.3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz. Very dark brown pour, a whispy thin layer of white head.

Aroma, toasted malt, bready, some chocolate and light earthiness.

Taste, very carmelly, not as much chocolate or roast. Some herbal spice, leather, yeast. Light citrus. Almost tastes like they used ale yeast.

Lighter bodied, higher carbonation. Drinks easy enough, but maybe a little off for the style.

Really more pilsener qualities than Dark Lager.

The Red Eye coffee porter I had from these guys was so good. This one, not quite as good.

Photo of beersdmf17
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of emerge077
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served cold at 45º into a large tapered mug.

Frothy, creamy tan cap of foam, with sticky coating lace in the glass. A drippy crown encircles the inside rim. Black body with some copper ruby highlights in direct light.

Soft roasty aroma, light and muted, fairly dry. Some yeast there, but no detectable hop presence. The light roast takes on a bit of coffee character as it warms.

Earthy roast, dry bittersweet bakers chocolate, minor dried plum, again dry not sweet. Lingering mild earthy bitterness, nothing harsh, well integrated. Pleasant and easygoing, understated and not extreme in the least. No problem finishing the bomber. Would be a great option to contrast with heartier food. Hope to see this around town on draft... there just aren't enough Schwarzbiers out there.

Photo of redjameskidd
3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The last guy's review is pretty much spot-on, concerning the overall flavor and mildness.

Just not a terrible lot going on here, lacks the crispness and hops of a Czech or German pils. Actually comes off tasting much more like a really dry Northern English nutbrown ale, or maybe a mild.

That isn't necessarily bad, as I would quaff this beer readily, but it's not quite what I was looking for from a schwarz.

Photo of TexIndy
3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass. No bottling info that I could see but this was just released so it's fresh. It was black in color with some ruby edges. It had a good sized brown head that slowly settled into a thick collar and covering film. Good, quick sliding lace with little sticking.

The aroma was good with roasted malt, some coffee and a sweet edge. Good for the style. Taste was also very good with a mix between the sweet malt and the roasted malt and bitter coffee taste. Wish it had some peat or smoke to it but still good as is. Mouthfeel was medium to full and creamy. Good carb levels and slightly bitter aftertaste.

Overall, a solid schwarzbier and a welcome addition to the style. High recommend. Not avail here in TX. Got in a shipment from ummagum. Rotation - if available near me, I'd get this on tap for sure and maybe the occasional bottle (more likely if 12oz format for singles). [O;Y]

Photo of averagejake872
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of tikibeer
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber of this at my local liquor store yesterday.

Pours a dark black with a huge "root beer" style head. Great retention with thick globs of lacing on the sides of the glass. This beer has a very appealing look!

Aroma is mellow. Nothing super amazing going on here. Mostly malts.

Taste is a nice balance between malts and hops and finishes with a dry bitterness. This beer is simple, but good. This beer is rich and satisfying. The dry bitterness on the backend keeps me coming back for another sip.

Overall this is a good beer. Very enjoyable, but not anything that is over the top amazing...just a good beer!

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter.

3.5 A: Black color. Two fingers of cramy tan head. Retention is average and a honeycomb pattern of lacing is left behind.

3.5 S: Clean roastiness, herbal and earthy hops. Grainy with undertones of caramel and chocolate. Good, but could use some more power. Not particularly sweet, but not dry at all.

3.5 T: Taste is more assertive. Big earthy hoppiness, light roast, moderate chocolate, light caramel. More doughy than grainy.

3.5 M: Medium to heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Could use a bit more creaminess, but I do like how thick this is.

3.5 D: Good, solid schwarzbier. This one is a lot less dry than most of that I've had of the style. Definitely worth a buy if black lagers are your thing.

Photo of sweethome
4.13/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is very dark - cola color with a tan head that lasts a good amount of time. Rich maltiness with a spicy backing. Hits the style quite well - full flavored but smoothness of a lager. Crisp finish.

A hint of smoke, chocolate and fruitiness from german malts.

Nice beer - to style, well done

Photo of jen_not_jenn
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of MillRat
4.18/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at the release party at the brewery. Nearly black with garnet highlights, topped with a caramel-colored head that fades to a thin but persistent ring. Aroma is finely balanced between the roast grain and rich toasted malt. Hops do not make an appearance yet.

Flavor is first dominated by the substantial, but not overpowering, roasted malt, perhaps a bit more than a classic German rendition, but not trespassing into acridity or harshness. The flavor transitions into a slightly sweet malt body, once again pushing the envelope of the classic schwarzbier, but staying within the bounds and striking a nice balance with more prominent roast flavors. Hop bitterness is detectable but not not a primary flavor. The body of this beer is a little on the heavy side for the style, though expected from the degree of malt presence. A malt body like this also is pretty much a trademark feature for Two Brothers.

All in all a high quality and interesting rendition of a too-infrequently brewed style in the repertoire of most craft breweries. Worth seeking out.

Photo of betsona
3.28/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to GDBEERMAN for this bomber that was shared at a tasting. Thanks again.

A- Pours a nice dark black but without the thickness of a stout. It lives up to its' billing as a "dark pilsner" even with a bubbly tannish head. Decent retention. No lacing on the glass.

S- Very mild smelling beer. I got some hops but not much going on with it. Mainly the characteristic Salz hops and their distinctive smell. Ever so slight roasted malt smell.

T- Tasted like a Pilsner. Was rather bland but still enjoyable. I can't place my finger on anything distinct about it. Some hop character but it was neither hoppy nor bitter. Dead on with the nose.

M- Medium body with good carbonation. No lingering off flavors and an extremely easy pleasant drink.

O- I am glad I had the chance to try this beer. It was good, but if the body was a little thinner I would have enjoyed it a lot more. It is probably better classified as an American Pilsner because it lacks all the rich characteristics of a Schwarzbier.

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of haveaduff2
4.9/5  rDev +35.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A unique and worthy interpretation of a Schwarzbier style, which I love. Malty upfront, then delightfully dry with a crisp hop bitterness in the finish. There is a roasted coffee quality, but it's restrained and smoothed out...this is a lager, after all. Highly recommended.

Photo of AgentZero
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - An impressive looking, super dark brown, black at times. Turns ruby and yellow on the edges. Small white head that disappeared in a heartbeat to nothingness and left nothing on the sides.

S - Some hops presence, caramel sweetness, and some roast. There is a certain astringent and soapy quality to it that I don't care for. Fruitiness and lager yeast also hit the nose.

T - A little fruit, some caramel, some roast, and some soap. Finishes with a crisp hop bitterness that is okay. Taste is a little astringent and biting, not a huge fan.

M - Thin, moderately carbonated.

O - Okay beer, not bad for the style, but nothing I really care for. Wish it had more heft and a little less hop bitterness.

Photo of sweemzander
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz. bottle poured into a tulip. Thanks to cjacobsen for sharing!

(A)- Pours a fairly dark almost black color with subtle reddish highlights. Produced a small cap of tan foam. Decent retention. Some lace was left behind.

(S)- A mild roasted component with alot of spicy dark fruits. Almost biscuit-like.

(T)- Very similar to the smell. A lightly spicy biscuit-like roasted component primarily. Some bits of raisin and dark fruits.

(M)- A decent carbonation level. A decent balance too. A bit thin even for the style. It carries a fairly hefty spicy bitterness.

(D)- A decent Schwarzbier. It like some aspects of it, but overall I am not a huge fan. It fits the style well enough.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

Finally got it in me to pull the trigger on this guy today. It pours a dark ruby-brown topped by a finger of pale ash foam. The nose comprises molasses, light roasted malts, mandarin orange syrup, and a touch of tobacco (like that found in a nice dark cigar). The taste focuses on the mandarin orange syrup, adding in extra oranges and a touch of ruby red grapefruit juice, all wrapped in a light bit of roasted malts and cocoa powder. Things just seem way the hell too fruity here... The body is a rather light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly watery feel. Overall, a decent schwarz, but the fruitiness and thinness don't help things all that much.

Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.1/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance -- Pours a cola brown with cherry highlights and a voluminous frothy mocha head. Looks beautiful.

Smell -- Cocoa powder, coffee, and a faint molasses-like sweetness are most present at first, followed by dark roast bitterness and slight ashiness. Plum-like fruitiness from the lager yeast is apparent.

Taste -- This one is definitely well-roasted, showcasing notes of baker's chocolate, coffee, and slight wood ash. Very dry, minimal malt sweetness. Lager yeast fermentation character makes itself known with a modicum of plum-like fruitiness. There is what seems to be a mineral character that I have a hard time describing. Hop bitterness seems a lot stronger than the 28 IBU would suggest, though it may just be the compounding of the earthy hops and the slightly ashy roast character. What little malt sweetness is well-hidden. Lingering flavor of mineral water, cocoa, and ash.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-bodied, perhaps a hair lighter, with crisp carbonation. Solid, but nothing to write home about. Could stand to be lighter in body.

Overall -- On the whole I'm fairly unenthused about this beer. I'm actually quite fond of the style. In fact, I was expecting to really enjoy this beer after the Two Brothers' Oktoberfestbier, Atom Smasher, but this one just doesn't do it for me. Less roast acridity and hop bitterness would've done this beer a lot of good.

Photo of IPAnoah
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of MammothBrew
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of TheSSG
3/5  rDev -17.1%

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Reprieve from Two Brothers Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.