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Reprieve - Two Brothers Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
82
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46 Ratings
THE BROS
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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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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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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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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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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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betsona

Idaho

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2011 16:48:47 | More by betsona
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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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cjacobsen

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2011 00:38:06 | More by cjacobsen
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redjameskidd

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2011 13:39:42 | More by redjameskidd
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codsmith

Illinois

2.83/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Black beer with a nice small light tan head that sticks to the sides of the glass. Foam stays around

S: Very mild smell. Nearly a Pils with some SLIGHT amount of roasted gain to balance out that off-smell of a full Pils and make it more neutral, but still give it a bit of roasted character. No hint of other grain characteristics like caramel or coffee.

T: Very bland for a Schwarzbier. This beer holds more to true to a regular American Pilsner style in taste. It lacks characteristic and/or full flavor. No hop characteristic or bitterness that needs to be present.

M: Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Keeps good with the style

O: Stays within style guidelines for some of the aspects like appearance and mouthfeel, but really lacks the flavor and bitterness that is usually present.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2011 04:05:39 | More by codsmith
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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philosobeer

Illinois

3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A schwarzbier from my own state? Happy to see it on principle. Had at Binny's south Loop.

A // Lives up to that Schwarz (black) in the style name. Nice and very dark with good clarity and a bubbly lager sort of head which is off-white to light tan.

S // I smell hops a lot more than I should in this. Low hop aroma is a great kick, but the hops in this smell a bit too pronounced, and possibly the wrong sort. But it does have both a nice roastiness and a nice sweetness in there.

T // There's some sweetness in here, fairly caramel by nature, and the experience is augmented by a roasted character. Again the hops are a little much, and I think this beer would be better with less, but on the palate I taste it less than I'd smelled it. The roast and toasted tastes both do a lot for this beer, and its (fairly) clean finish.

M // This is where it loses me. This is heavier than I want a black lager, and it doesn't feel nearly as clean and light as I would like. By the end of the glass, it feels medium-heavy. Which loses some drinkability.

I enjoyed my glass, but next to another Schwarz, specifically the German-made ones, it doesn't hold up all so well.

Serving type: on-tap

04-09-2011 03:48:11 | More by philosobeer
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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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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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