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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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spycow

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

05-01-2013 05:49:19 | More by spycow
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TMoney2591

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2011 04:02:56 | More by TMoney2591
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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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imperialking

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

02-21-2012 05:04:44 | More by imperialking
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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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AgentZero

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2011 04:30:16 | More by AgentZero
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Hopheadjeffery

Illinois

4/5  rDev +10.5%

06-19-2013 16:34:46 | More by Hopheadjeffery
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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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barnzy78

Illinois

4/5  rDev +10.5%

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

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2011 00:25:19 | More by sweemzander
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2012 02:40:13 | More by DavoleBomb
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Bung

Michigan

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2011 03:00:32 | More by Bung
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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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alleykatking

Indiana

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2011 18:58:42 | More by alleykatking
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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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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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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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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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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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yeahnatenelson

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2011 23:31:27 | More by yeahnatenelson
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ccozzi

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

06-10-2012 23:08:00 | More by ccozzi
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beersdmf17

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

03-08-2014 01:33:59 | More by beersdmf17
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steamboatbrewer

Colorado

4/5  rDev +10.5%

02-25-2012 19:16:08 | More by steamboatbrewer
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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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Reprieve from Two Brothers Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.