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Black Forest - Crescent City Brewhouse

Black Forest
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BA SCORE
82
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32 Ratings
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Ratings: 32
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 9.42%


Brewed by:
Crescent City Brewhouse visit their website
Louisiana, United States

Style | ABV
Munich Dunkel Lager |  ABV ?

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
A full-bodied dark mahogany beer, with a rich malty texture. It is sparsely hopped, in the traditional Munich style.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-11-2003)
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Treyliff

West Virginia

3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Stopped in for a couple of beers on my trip to New Orleans.

A- pours a dark mahogany color with a brownish hue, creamy thick tan head and pretty good lace.

S- cereal grain, cocoa powder, sweet and toasted malts, nearly no trace of hops.

T- bold toasted malt, chocolate, cereal grain and faint hops. Follows the aroma profile spot on.

M- light carbonation, medium body, slightly creamy, finishes a little thin.

O- good malty brew, slightly dry finish with just a trace of hops. Overall a pretty good sampling, but nothing to write home about.

Serving type: on-tap

09-03-2012 16:18:51 | More by Treyliff
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rfgetz

New Jersey

3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark, chalky dark brown, moderate cap of off-white froth, gone quickly. Nice whiffs of dark malts, lightly sweet caramel, roasted grain, hints of cocoa powder, faint hints of dark fruit. Full flavor profile had me questioning the style a bit as Ive had porters with weaker characteristics than this beer presents. Medium bodied, light lingering sweetness. Overall, the best of the bunch from this brew pub.

Serving type: on-tap

03-12-2012 17:56:55 | More by rfgetz
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TrappistJohnMD

Mississippi

3.03/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served very dark brown, almost black with one fingered tan head in tall pilsner glass. Good lacing.

Smell is mildly roasted malt.

Taste is roasted malt. Mild to moderate bitterness with a slight sourness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is a little watery. Average carbonation.

Overall this was o.k. Just average for me. Food was great though.

Serving type: on-tap

02-10-2012 22:10:14 | More by TrappistJohnMD
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billshmeinke

California

3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub. Poured into a sample glass. The best beer I tried from them.

Appearance: Dark brown with hints of amber. Nice head/retention lacing (although this is based on a full pour a friend got, they seemed to have issues with the cleanliness of their taster glasses).

Nose: Malty and almost tart aroma. There's something in there that's kinda wine like too. Cool!

Taste: Rich and malty. A touch spicy (cloves) reminds me of rye bread in a way.

Mouthfeel is fairly dry with a slightly tart edge. Medium bodied.

Overall pretty decent.

Serving type: on-tap

08-25-2011 23:08:04 | More by billshmeinke
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WJVII

Wisconsin

3.3/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

In NO for a wedding and sat and had a sampler with dinner.
On tap this brew looked to be a little thin for the style (and waitress agreed compared to what she was told to describe beer as) and had no head. The aroma was mild and had coffee and burnt malts present. The taste was light and had a decent balance with a hop finish that was not expected. Of the 5 I tried this was second best and unfortunately that isn't necessarily a good thing.

Serving type: on-tap

02-26-2011 20:52:25 | More by WJVII
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champ103

Texas

4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a clear reddish/brown color. Like all the beers from Crescent a nice two finger beige head forms with good retention. Lots of sticky lace is left behind.
S: Toasted malt, sweet grain, husky yeast. Caramel, and chocolate is in the nose as well.
T: Follows the nose. A really enjoyable toasted malt flavor. Sweet caramel and light chocolate. A light earthy yeast flavor as well. Really good.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Not watery at all. Crisp and smooth at the same time. Really easy to drink. I can drink this all night.

I am not a fan of the style at all. Though this is really good. Maybe the best thing I had at the brewpub. Something I would recommend.

Serving type: on-tap

05-11-2010 02:26:42 | More by champ103
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unclejimbay

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Black Forest (Munich Dunkel)
Had draft sampler at Crescent City Brewhouse, NO on 3/19/09 - afternoon
A 3.5 - Very cool mini wheat type glasses for their 5 brew sampler. Little to no head, a minimal lace collar (could be the pour or sampler glass?). Dark Brown/black in color - color seems appropriate but a bit more "clear" than I expected.
S 3.0 - very mild in smell, some minor malt notes.
T 3.5 - this is one of the better brews I had on the sampler. Malty, little to no bitterness.
MF 3.0 - light to medium in body, medium to high in carbonation.
D 3.0 - drinkable, but not excellent. Okay best for the style.

Serving type: on-tap

03-25-2009 18:09:25 | More by unclejimbay
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jimbomill

New Jersey

3.45/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Was lucky enough to try this one on-tap on 2/22. The beer arrived with an adequate (inch) head of foam on it. The look was dark, even touching on black. The aroma was a deep, raisin-like richness.
The taste was malty, which I prefer. The hop presence was minimal, which again for this type of beer I also prefer.
The mouthfeel was so-so, almost watery thin. For a dark beer with the nice aroma, I was surprised. Drinkability, because of the thin mouthfeel was no more than average.
On arriving, the visual on the been boosted hopes, but the beer can use a little more body to be excellent.

Serving type: on-tap

02-23-2008 18:38:59 | More by jimbomill
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Neutral brown in color, some light shines through--seems clear; no lace, no head.

Aroma of a mild porter; coffee and cocoa smells. Attractive

Great chocolate flavor which lasts through the swallow. The body detracts: too watery with low carbonation. Think thin porter...my neighbor (and the bartender) declared this their favorite of the bunch. I prefer the Red Stallion.

Serving type: on-tap

02-23-2007 03:46:23 | More by smcolw
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jmbranum

Oklahoma

4.05/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Update from July 17, 2012: I adjusted the numerical score for the last number (which is now Overall, instead of what it was then Drinkability). I gave it a 3.0 back then, but obviously it should be a 4.0 when scored with the more rational "overall" rating.

Original review May 26, 2006:

This was my favorite of the ones I tried while in N.O. recently (I also would recommend Crescent City's Red Stallion and the offerings of Abita but I didn't take notes on them).

Poured a nice rich black color in a large pilsner glass.

Nice roasted flavor with a moderate amount of hops. This reminds me of a cross between a Porter and Dopplebock if that makes sense.

Velvety on the tongue.

A welcome respite from the macro-beer infestation in the French Quarter and a step up from Abita Turbodog (a good beer, but this is much better)

Serving type: on-tap

05-26-2006 02:26:13 | More by jmbranum
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Redrover

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer was dark yet translucent brown. Served with a skim of head and very nice lacing.

The beer had a slightly smoky smell with a bit of whole wheat bread in the background.

The beer had a decent taste. It was slightly sweet with a bit of roasted/smoked malt. It reminded me a bit of a nice piece of black Bavarian bread. The taste stayed solid as it warmed.

Nice chewy mouthfeel with low carbonation. Very easy drinker here. Nice effort!!

Serving type: on-tap

06-09-2005 16:14:08 | More by Redrover
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Gagnonsux

Texas

3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is by far my favorite of the three beers I tried at Crescent City. This pours dark brown, almost black, head is good and retains nicely. Aroma is clean, slightly sweet, but smell isn't strong enough. Taste is of roasted malt, flavor is a mixture of light coffee and dark chocolate. The sweetness in the finish was right on. This wasn't quite what I expected, but I found it to be a very good beer. I would love to spend an evening with this beer.

Serving type: on-tap

10-10-2004 00:40:24 | More by Gagnonsux
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Gavage

New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brownish red in color with a thin 1/2 " head. No lacing develops with this. The aroma is almost no existant except for the malt. The flavor is nicely malty with some caramel tones. Little to no bitterness. The mouthfeel is smooth and a pretty clean finish, but the malty sweetness lasts a second or so on the tongue. Light-medium bodied and nice carbonation. Not a bad dunkle.

Serving type: on-tap

06-18-2004 00:50:27 | More by Gavage
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far333

Connecticut

3.93/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a 20 ounce pilsner glass. Dark brown with ruby highlights with a high, chunky, light brown head that settles quickly. Aroma is light, and consists of dark malt. Mouthfeel is smooth, moderately carbed. Flavor is roasted malt, some plum and brown sugar, with a lingering cocoa. Very enjoyable and very drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

04-22-2004 03:44:34 | More by far333
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Boto

Connecticut

3.35/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was a brown color with hints of red to it. The beer was fairly clear. The nose was pretty much devoid of hops. There was a hint of roastiness, as well as a malt sweetness to the nose. The beer itself was closer to a medium body than a full. Probably a result of the fact that it never gets too cold down in "Nawlins". Some hints of chocolate and roastiness to the taste. Mostly a sweet, malt taste with little or no hops.

Serving type: on-tap

11-09-2003 15:31:20 | More by Boto
Black Forest from Crescent City Brewhouse
82 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.