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Reprieve - Two Brothers Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
82
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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 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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haveaduff2

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2011 14:31:06 | More by haveaduff2
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MillRat

Illinois

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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-06-2011 01:14:19 | More by MillRat
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jwinship83

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle picked up the day that i saw this one on the shelf. always looking forward to having the new beer from my backyard brewery. into my samuel adams perfect pint glass it goes...

A- this one pours out a cola colored brown body with a finger and a half of brown head on top. the head lasts for a while, and leaves behind small and random spots of lacing.

S- the first thing i can pick out of the nose are lightly roasted malts and a little bit of coffee. some light earthy hops at the end finish this one off. straight, pleasant, and to the point.

T- the taste starts off with more of the lightly roasted malts that i picked out in the nose. a little bit of yeast shows up in the middle. the finish is mildly of coffee and earthy hops.

M- light bodied and well carbonated. somewhat creamy. dryish finish.

O- i liked this one more than most of the recent two brothers attempts. glad they brewed this one. its a somewhat rare style for american brewers. im also glad that the ABV is on the lower side so its ok to have a second glass. ill pick up at least one more, and ill be on the look out for it on tap at local establishments.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2011 03:22:21 | More by jwinship83
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sweethome

Illinois

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

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2011 01:51:03 | More by sweethome
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TheGordianKnot

Tennessee

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

Awesome extra from bpgpitt10, thanks! Poured from bomber into globe tulip glass...

A- Pours dark chocolatey brown color. Huge light brown head with incredibly delicate and intricate lacing. This beer just dances sensually in the glass for me.

S- Surprisingly spicy. Warming gingerbread. Very bready- pumpernickle was pointed out and definitely makes sense. A bit unconventional, but still good and interesting.

T/M- Oh yeah! Damn I love this style. Not as much roast as I can usually pick out in this style, but it is different in a good way. Very very bready again. Lingering level of bitterness and grassy/floral hops. Nice medium light body with a creamy texture.

O- This is a very different schwarzbier compared to others. Definitely more warming and spicy with a ton of malt character and not as much roast. Still extremely drinkable and I put down this beer like nothing. Great extra from a trade and I would recommend this beer to anyone, though other reviewers don't trend to agree!

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2011 21:20:46 | More by TheGordianKnot
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scruffwhor

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very dark brown color with a two finger brown head and a nice film that lasts after entended drinking.

The aroma is a clean roasted malt full of roasted bread crust, pumpernickel, and powdered chocolate.

The taste has some almost charred roasted malt flavors. Roasted oatmeal a little chocolate finish the beer along with a chalky palate that is very smooth on the finish.

A great session Schwarzbier that I hope they bottle in twelves and put into regular production.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2011 15:01:09 | More by scruffwhor
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vande

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Was able to try this at the release party last night as well. Good food, good people and a nice little documentary too...

A - a nice roasty darkness with a light layer of brown foam ringing around the plastic cup it was served in...

S - Some roasted malts, a hint of smokiness going on...nothing too over powering..

T - Pleasent..Malty, a touch sweet with a dash of smoke swirled in... went well with the dumplins' being served...

M - soft, creamy... a nice velvet touch..

O - not bad... draft only for now, with a limited set of bottles coming out soon I believe.. Be an interesting pick up..

Serving type: on-tap

04-07-2011 00:06:57 | More by vande
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rtepiak

Poland

4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

marketed for those who don't like 'dark beer' as a bohemian pilsner gone dark. so its like light as a pilsner but um... dark.

all in all this is a very well made schwarzbier with a nice sense of accent that is nothing like the expected solid chocolate but a dimension of fruits coming both from hopping and malt. good balance. pour with a fluffy head. coca cola. more mineral than most. but dry and grassy. like a very thin coffee varietal. nice subtlies and nice notes but still unique enough that it still sits as a craft... may even say dark pilsner if i'm feeling idealistic. good 'light' beer. lots of hints. nothing dominating. nice beer by a brewery that never seems to go wrong with the experimental bombers.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2011 11:51:24 | More by rtepiak
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uwmgdman

Wisconsin

4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The contents of my bomber pours nearly jet black with just a ruby glow when held to a bright light. The head is ample, tan colored that diminished to a skim, but left some lacing. The aroma is quite nice, roasted malts, chocolate, a bit sweet, inviting. The flavor is moderately roasty, hints of coffee and bittersweet chocolate, smooth and pleasantly acidic from the dark malts. The bittersweet dark malts linger after the swallow. The body and carbonation are very Pils like--appropriately so. Overall a fine Schwarzbier, it is too bad they are not in the Madison distribution channels anymore, thanks for the beer bro!

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2011 01:41:34 | More by uwmgdman
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Hopheadjeffery

Illinois

4/5  rDev +10.5%

06-19-2013 16:34:46 | More by Hopheadjeffery
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MammothBrew

Illinois

4/5  rDev +10.5%

11-25-2011 04:34:48 | More by MammothBrew
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312HopBomb

Illinois

4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Front lit the beer is a dark chocolate color and back lit it's deep ruby hughlitghts. A nice head rises to a tan froth settling slowly.

Nice aroma of Euro hop possibly Saaz and english malt roasted nicely with a scotch ale nuance and also a bit of smoke.

A deep dark malt flavor with the smokey and roasty toasty. Honey malt of a pilsner is in the mix. Nice subdued hops provide the balance.

Mellow, smooth mouthfeel.

A very nice lager from the bros.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2012 06:10:38 | More by 312HopBomb
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steamboatbrewer

Colorado

4/5  rDev +10.5%

02-25-2012 19:16:08 | More by steamboatbrewer
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remitrom

Illinois

4/5  rDev +10.5%

08-07-2013 02:17:29 | More by remitrom
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stbo101

Illinois

4/5  rDev +10.5%

11-25-2011 23:50:21 | More by stbo101
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barnzy78

Illinois

4/5  rDev +10.5%

12-04-2011 22:37:18 | More by barnzy78
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emerge077

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2011 01:17:04 | More by emerge077
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mdfb79

New York

3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Blind Beer #3 from TMoney2591; thanks Kyle. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into my Cigar City snifter.

a - Pours a very dark brown color, almost black, with two inches of dark tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Head lasts for about a minute and leaves very light lacing on the glass.

s - Smells of milk chocolate, roasted malts, sweet milk and cream, sweet dark fruits, spices, vanilla, and maybe a tiny bit of coffee. Sweet chocolate and vanilla dominate the nose…it's pretty nice. I'm thinking it is an American Double Stout or a Milk Stout at this point. As it warms up, a lot more dark fruit comes out.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, vanilla, cream, sweet milk chocolate, toasted malts, spices, very light coffee, and light sweet fruits. Again, sweet vanilla and chocolate dominate here, though there is more vanilla and less chocolate here than in the nose. Still think it is one of those 2 styles, leaning towards the American Double Stout as the taste wasn't quite as sweet as the nose. A little spicier. As it warmed up more dark fruits came out here as well.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Very smooth and creamy, and very easy to drink again. Third beer in row that had an awesome mouthfeel…makes it much easier to drink these.

o - Overall I liked this one quite a bit. Lots of sweet vanilla and chocolate with a touch of spice, and an awesome, smooth and creamy mouthfeel. I'm thinking this is an American Double Stout in the 7-8% ABV range. It reminds me a little bit of Half Acre's Big Hugs and given my targets geographical location, I am going to go with that as my guess.

And the reveal is…Two Brothers Reprieve, which is a Schwarzbier (and only 5.5% ABV). Looking at the label I'm thinking those spices I felt were from the rye, and can definitely see how the chocolate and roasted malts could make it a schwarzbier. Looks like I got more cream/vanilla than most people. Only 1/3 on styles so far but 3/3 on beers I enjoyed so I'll take it. Hope these keep being good and I don't hit a kill shot, though there is a large blind can looming in the fridge that looks like it could be a Bud Ice tall boy. After a California Steam, Quad, and Schwarzbier, I'm thinking I'll have to think out of the box regarding beer style from here on out. Lots of fun, thanks Kyle!

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2012 02:06:09 | More by mdfb79
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TexIndy

Texas

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]

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2011 01:42:27 | More by TexIndy
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WoodBrew

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2011 23:06:53 | More by WoodBrew
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Erish

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2011 02:25:02 | More by Erish
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tikibeer

Illinois

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!

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2011 15:11:59 | More by tikibeer
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spycow

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

05-01-2013 05:49:19 | More by spycow
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Dope

Massachusetts

3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A dark brown pour with a large tan head atop it. Retention is good and leaves small lines of lacing on the glass.

S: Pretty mild aroma. Mild chocolate notes with some roasted malt. Hints of toffee and a bit of dark fruit. Finally, a touch of caramel.

T: Strange taste. There are notes of roasted malt, chocolate and coffee. Some dark fruit and caramel. Things you would expect from a schwarzbier. But it tastes like it was mixed with a pilsner; a black and tan of sorts.

M: A bit watery but otherwise smooth.

O: Very unique beer, as mentioned it tastes like two styles combined. Ends up dark with a bit of roasted malt character, but notable pilsner characteristics and a fairly thin profile.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2012 04:53:14 | More by Dope
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Treebs

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My first ever Schwarzbier. Poured from bomber into Founders snifter.

A: Pours very dark, almost like stout. 1.5 finger dirty pearl head leaving a nice lace as it dissipates.

S: Big barley and malts. Smells like a traditional pilsner. So interesting.

T: Traditional barley with a nice malt backbone. Some hops on the backend as well.

M: Medium bodied with good carbonation. Filmy mouth feel with a great hop lingering taste.

O: This was a very strange beer. I feel like it showed several qualities of a few beers, but in the end it was its own. I enjoyed the taste, but I don't have anything to compare it to.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2011 01:47:11 | More by Treebs
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Reprieve from Two Brothers Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.