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Reprieve - Two Brothers Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
83
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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 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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Photo of TheSSG
3/5  rDev -17.1%

TheSSG, Jan 20, 2013
Photo of TheGordianKnot
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!

TheGordianKnot, Jul 28, 2011
Photo of uwmgdman
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!

uwmgdman, Sep 01, 2011
Photo of ctrevino
2.5/5  rDev -30.9%

ctrevino, Jun 29, 2012
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.

cjacobsen, May 17, 2011
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.

Erish, Jun 25, 2011
Photo of remitrom
4/5  rDev +10.5%

remitrom, Aug 07, 2013
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.

MillRat, Apr 06, 2011
Photo of stbo101
4/5  rDev +10.5%

stbo101, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of codsmith
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.

codsmith, May 12, 2011
Photo of averagejake872
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

averagejake872, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of 312HopBomb
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.

312HopBomb, Jun 02, 2012
Photo of MammothBrew
4/5  rDev +10.5%

MammothBrew, Nov 25, 2011
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.

betsona, May 23, 2011
Photo of IPAnoah
3/5  rDev -17.1%

IPAnoah, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of jen_not_jenn
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

jen_not_jenn, Apr 03, 2012
Photo of NSLPublishing
2/5  rDev -44.8%

NSLPublishing, Mar 24, 2012
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.

redjameskidd, May 14, 2011
Photo of philosobeer
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.

philosobeer, Apr 09, 2011
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!

tikibeer, Apr 18, 2011
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.

haveaduff2, Apr 13, 2011
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Reprieve from Two Brothers Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.