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B3K Black Lager - Wynkoop Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
80
good

95 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 95
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 16.52%
Wants: 1
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Wynkoop Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Schwarzbier |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: smcolw on 06-06-2004)
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CORunner01

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +28.2%

05-02-2013 15:19:55 | More by CORunner01
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bootsandbeer

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +28.2%

11-27-2012 02:35:11 | More by bootsandbeer
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comfortablynirm

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +28.2%

09-06-2012 14:43:41 | More by comfortablynirm
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.38/5  rDev +24.8%

Had this on tap when it was 100+ & it went down too easy!!

Pours black,black with a 1/2' white lead. Some lacing & good head retention

S: Roasted malts, choclate & slight licorice

T: Choclate & toasty grains, fruitness, licorice pepper & grainy notes. Finish with choc & fruit

MF: Semi-silky but still refreshes. Near perfect carbonation

Flavor makes this super drinkable, a really nice schwartz!

07-17-2006 03:49:15 | More by russpowell
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champ103

Texas

4.3/5  rDev +22.5%

On tap at the Cherry Cricket in Denver, CO

A: Pours a dark brown, nearly black color. A small beige head forms and sticks around as a tiny cap. Some light lace.
S: Toasted malts, bread and biscuit. Light chocolate and coffee. I like it.
T: Very simple, but I love it. Toasted malts that are great. Bread and biscuit with some great complimentary chocolate and coffee. Everything works together perfectly.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Very crisp and clean. So easy to drink. All day with this one, and went perfectly with my burger.

A great Schwarzbier IMO. Full of malty goodness. Well done and something I would highly recommend.

06-07-2012 23:06:44 | More by champ103
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Mospaw

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +21.1%

07-08-2013 00:35:51 | More by Mospaw
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Hacksaw34

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +21.1%

03-09-2013 21:03:09 | More by Hacksaw34
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

4.04/5  rDev +15.1%

Another of the Blargimus trade haul in support of The CANQuest (TM)! I experienced a backlog and then realized that no picture existed or was pending of this one and so that added to the lead time as a basic tenet of The CANQuest (TM) states that "No CAN shall be Cracked open unless a picture already exists or one CAN be approved. Cracked CANs are unsightly and should NOT be used for photographic purposes except in extreme cases."

From the CAN: "Pack It In, Pack It Out."; "Our acclaimed German-style schwartzbier features roasted flavors, understated hops and a hint of smoke. An uncanny, all-season version of dark beer, it's spectacular and sessionable."; "2011 Great Ameri[CAN] Beer Festival Bronze Medal - Kellerbier or Zwickelbier *** 2008 Great Ameri[CAN] Beer Festival Gold Medal - German-Style Schwartzbier"; "Brewed & CANned at Wynkoop Brewing Company Est. 1988 Denver, Colorado"; "Please Keep Refrigerated".

No explanation of the name, which is too bad, as it puts me in mind of Dennis Rader, the BTK killer. That is just how my twisted brain works.

The Crack was followed closely by an inverted Glug which produced two fingers of thick, deep-tan head with great retention. Color was a deep, dark-brown allowing light penetration only near the top of the glass. It was as deeply dark as Rader's heart must have been to commit such atrocities. Nose was rich with a smoky chocolate scent, like a liquid dark chocolate bar. Mouthfeel was medium and the chocolate taste even more pronounced on the tongue than it had been on the nose! Understated hops? More like unspoken. This was very sweet, especially on the finish and between that and its > 4% ABV, I would not find it "sessionable". Hey, that was their claim, not mine. Stylistically, I have no problem with it, but the style is just not my cuppa meat, dig?

07-05-2013 14:55:44 | More by woodychandler
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4/5  rDev +14%

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a dark black body with a medium sized creamy tan head. The body is to dense to see any sign of carbonation.

S- This beer has a soft smooth roasted black malt note with a hint of cream. There are graham notes that increase as the beer warms.

T- This beer has as smooth roasted malt flavor with hints of coffee malt and chocolate malt notes. There is a soft dry pine note to the finish with a light chalk flavor in the finish. As the beer warms there are some notes of cream in the malt.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a dry finish.

D- This beer has nice big malt flavors with some fruity ale qualities but it still has a very smooth quality to it. Nice session beer.

05-21-2007 03:10:42 | More by rhoadsrage
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ste5venla

California

4/5  rDev +14%

11-26-2012 21:32:09 | More by ste5venla
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Canoman

Texas

4/5  rDev +14%

06-13-2014 16:01:41 | More by Canoman
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stampfler07

Colorado

4/5  rDev +14%

01-13-2013 22:26:09 | More by stampfler07
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kaltkaelir

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +14%

07-13-2014 21:22:43 | More by kaltkaelir
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stumac

Texas

4/5  rDev +14%

06-12-2013 18:17:47 | More by stumac
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grubefresh

Arizona

4/5  rDev +14%

11-13-2013 17:50:27 | More by grubefresh
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duds4suds


4/5  rDev +14%

07-16-2014 20:59:06 | More by duds4suds
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mschofield

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +14%

Deep dark ruby-black, topped with a one finger light tan head, thin partial rings of lacing mark off sips down the glass.
Coffee aroma, prompting my gf to tell the beer "oh yeah, you're lovely coffee beans" when she smelled it. Earthy and roasty.
Roasty malt, coffee, earthy taste, pretty sweet for a Schwarz.
Light to medium bodied, very smooth with good drinkability.

03-01-2005 01:04:49 | More by mschofield
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Ispeakforthetrees

Colorado

4/5  rDev +14%

06-29-2012 02:28:37 | More by Ispeakforthetrees
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MsRif

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +14%

12-24-2011 06:06:58 | More by MsRif
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TaylorBrake

Colorado

4/5  rDev +14%

04-12-2014 17:12:40 | More by TaylorBrake
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afsdan

Colorado

4/5  rDev +14%

05-22-2014 21:21:02 | More by afsdan
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ZoomanCru

Colorado

3.86/5  rDev +10%

App: Very dark, more so than say a bock. As dark as a stout without that black hole characteristic. One finger, dark tan head that dissipates quickly leaving very little lacing.

Smell: Chocolatey nose very present and predominant. Medium bouquet, and a nose that is very true to style. Hops disguised under significant malt presence, but not absent entirely. Pretty mellow smell.

Taste: Very deep and interesting taste. Lots of malt flavors battling one another without a decisive victor. Chocolate malts dominate with some roastiness bringing up the rear. Caramelized flavors intertwined with a mild woodiness. Tastes a lot like a porter without the heavy bodied lingering flavors. Very clean with a slight lingering sweetness. Mild hops bite that is noted but subtle enough to let the malts perform center stage. Slight lingering sourness that harmonizes with the brews sweetness.

Mouth: Carbonation light for a lager which really allows the creaminess of the malts to bloom on your tongue. Light bodied considering its strong malt presence.

12-11-2013 00:24:34 | More by ZoomanCru
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +9.7%

First had: on tap at their brewpub

Good schwarzbier. Poured brownish-black with a moderate tan head. Dark roasted malts in the nose, caramel and dark chocolate. Similar taste, with big roasty malts, licorice, and some cocoa bitterness. Smooth and silky, not quite full-bodied, and very drinkable.

08-17-2011 15:47:32 | More by Rifugium
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev +9.1%

12oz can, from the King Soopers across from my hotel in the Glendale area of Denver a few weeks ago.

This beer pours a fairly dark brown hue, bordering on the eponymous black, with rampant cola highlights, and three fingers of foamy, spongy, and dense beige head, which leaves some decent stormy, run for cover cloudy lace around the glass as it gently seeps away.

It smells of lightly roasted, somewhat mealy pale, grainy malt, dry cocoa nibs, faintly buttered toast, a hint of brown sugar, and rather vegetal earthy, leafy hops. The taste is more roasted malt, with stronger caramel twinges to go along with the doddering pale malt, bittersweet chocolate, a touch of day-old coffee, ashy burning embers, a suggestion of peppery umami, and weak earthy, leafy hops.

The carbonation is generally on the down low - nothing really sticking its head up from its plebeian toil, the body an adequate medium weight, and fairly smooth, but for a niggling pithy clamminess. It finishes on the dry side, the roast, toast, ash, spice, and hop all too much for the other party to get a grip on.

An enjoyable and approachable schwarzbier, the roasted character doing well to branch out, spread itself around. My experience thus far with this style has unfortunately mostly been with thin, overly lagery versions, so this is a nice surprise - fuller, but still a lager, the smoky essences not totally overriding that.

10-24-2013 00:18:27 | More by biboergosum
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minterro

Colorado

3.83/5  rDev +9.1%

Decided to give it a shot, no real expectations for this one. Got it for free at Morgans Liquor store as part of a promotion.

A&S: Pours about a finger of creamy tan head, not a ton of retention, but not awful. The beer has a medium black coloration. Light grains and bitter hop components, with some smokiness thrown in there.

T&M: Really not bad. Pretty large hop component. Smokey, lightly malted, milk chocolate also present in the taste. Light body, but not super crisp, more smooth than I expected. Medium high carbonation, but not sharp.

Overall: I'm not too familiar with this style (Schwarzbier), however this beer seems to fit for the most part. Pretty refreshing and not completely flavorless. Opposed to the season suggestions for this style (winter), I think this beer goes great on a warm early summer night.

04-16-2014 04:14:57 | More by minterro
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B3K Black Lager from Wynkoop Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.