Wild Oats Series No. 23 - Dark Helmüt | Beau's All Natural Brewing Company

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Wild Oats Series No. 23 - Dark HelmütWild Oats Series No. 23 - Dark Helmüt

Brewed by:
Beau's All Natural Brewing Company
Ontario, Canada

Style: Schwarzbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our Schwarz is bigger than your Schwarz... and tastier too! This extra-strong version of a German black lager displays pronounced roasted flavours juxtaposed with a lager’s enjoyable crispness.

Added by liamt07 on 11-01-2012

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Photo of biboergosum
3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

600ml bottle - any beer with a Spaceballs reference (enhanced by an umlaut, at that) is a-ok by me! Part of the Best of Beau's mixed-pack.

This beer pours a pretty solid black, with subtle red cola basal edges, and four fingers of puffy, rocky, and chunky beige head, which leaves a bit of spectral webbed lace around the glass as it slowly and evenly subsides.

It smells of bittersweet cocoa powder, bready and doughy caramel malt, some free-range ashiness, oily nuts, black licorice root, and a plain earthy, leafy, and gently spicy hop bitterness. The taste is dark-roasted, bready and grainy caramel malt, medium-sweet chocolate, vanilla, sugary Scandinavian anise candies, a mildly milky coffee essence, some pithy bar-top nuttiness, and more understated leafy, spicy, and herbal hoppiness.

The carbonation is adequate in its merely supportive frothiness, the body a sturdy middleweight, and mostly smooth, with a nice creaminess evolving as things warm up a tad. It finishes well off-dry, the cocoa, caramel, licorice, and vanilla parrying the fading verdant hop bitters.

Overall, this is one engaging and enjoyable 'Imperious' version of the style, with the near 15-proof alcohol measure held back by a force field, or something. Easy to drink, nice and warming (behind the scenes, as noted), and worth checking out, even if you don't find things like 'Pizza the Hutt' to be particularly amusing. Ha ha! YouTube, here I come!

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Photo of TheDoctor
4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Service: Bottle
Bottled: Nov-9-2016 (They also have a new, cool little gauge that tells you the beer's life in months when stored at 5ºC. Really cool idea!)

Pours black as pitch with three fingers of stryofoam-tight mocha head, that gloppy droops to a half inch cap that sticks around. Very good retention, swoopy lacing hills. (4.25)

Black bread, light roast, roast nuts, a spicy/herbal hop twang, burnt toast. (4)

Similar to the smell, beyond toasty malt but barely, charred hazelnut, a touch of dried dark fruits, hard water, woodsy hop whiff. (4)

Full bodied, thick, clean(!), medium carbonation, slight astringency. (4.25)

Literally a big schwartz that proves they know how to...brew. Nicely done! But the beauty is, despite any name gimmick, it is a damn fine beer on its own (as per usual from Beau's).
Basically a standard swartzbier that is a little thicker, boozier and develops an Imperial Stout roast finish as you drink it. Hence the style tweak. It looks lovely, smells like rich bread and roast grain. The flavor is a plunge into the spectrum of malt between Vienna malt and whatever you use in RISs (read: toasty to roasty/burnt). It also has that lovely German feeling: practically drinks itself, rich, substantial, shows a unified front, all parts are complimentary to each other and the whole, etc. It gets a little sticky and there is a touch of astringency that I could maybe do without, but all in all this was a very good beer, I will definitely pick up another couple bottles. It is such a treat to have well-made German styles up here it makes me giddy as a schoolgirl. (4.25)

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Photo of slacker79
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

600 ml bottle, like all theirs.
nice good color with a roasty aroma
A little light maybe on the mouthfeel
Tastes as you would expect from a schwarzbier with a touch of alcohol warmth.
Can probably drink a couple before you know it.

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Photo of TheHammer
3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Poured with over three fingers of head that ended up overflowing the glass after a fairly light pour job. Laced like crazy while the head stuck around for a modest period of time. The body is an opaque black. The carbonation needs some reigning in.

Smell: Burnt malt with a coffee background and notes of black licorice. Warming doesn't seem to really help or hinder it here.

Taste: Starts with a reigned in molasses and coffee taste that turns to more cocoa and caramel taste and ends with a dusting of herbal hops, which regrettably seem to carry with it a bit of a black licorice punch that I don't find at all desirable. I'm gonna give it some slack though, as I really don't like black licorice.

Mouthfeel: Has a creaminess that I expect from Stouts, however from my understanding Schwarzbier should be a bit more fizzy. The transitioning in the beer is good, but out of nowhere, a black licorice aftertaste seems to make itself known, lingering for far too long.

Drinkability: It's like a slightly lighter porter, which I suppose is the right track here but I expected it to be a bit lighter. It has a refreshing quality to it and for the most part is easy on the system. I think it would make a great early fall drinker.

Final Thoughts: For the most part this was a positive experience, but I'm left wondering why they didn't just brew a stout? It seems like they are trying to get all of the flavour and richness of a stout, and plugging it into a crisper (albeit bitter) lager style. It just strikes me that the brewer, might have fallen back on what they know works for a dark beer in general and less so for this style. Also, the heavy licorice taste I could do without. Either way though, it's good and worth a try for sure. Thumbs Up.

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Photo of Franck
2.75/5  rDev -28.4%

Nose of roasted malt, coffee and anise
In mouth, the roasted side dominates. Aromas of strong espresso, black chocolate, wood, hint of anis and alcohol.
Bitterness is long and bitter. All flavors disappear quickly.
That's an average beer. Lack of balance and roundness. .

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Photo of thehyperduck
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

600 mL bottle from their Oktoberfest mixer; bottled Aug 28 2014. Served slightly chilled.

Pours black as night, topped with one inch of loose, frothy beige head that slowly degenerates into a bubbly film and collar, with a modest amount of lace. The aroma is fairly subtle and neutral; a few hints of toasted malts, coffee and mocha, but other than that - we ain't found shiat! It's approachable, if nothing else.

As the abv should suggest, this is a bolder affair than the more traditional schwarzbiers I have tried in the past. The malt bill takes full command of this one, starting off with caramel and molasses, and leading into notes of cocoa and dark-roasted coffee. The roastiness gets amped up toward the tail end of the profile, with plenty more chocolate and an herbal, spicy finish that includes a hint of anise. Mildly bittersweet on the aftertaste, with some lingering roasted malt flavour. The alcohol is not quite noticeable, but this beer generally lacks the clean, refreshing nature of the lighter examples of this style. Instead, it is decidedly medium in body, with relatively peppy carbonation that gives it a surprisingly crisp feel on the palate.

Final Grade: 4.03, an A-. Dark Helmüt is a pretty interesting imperial schwarzbier, and even though the branding is far from original, it's still highly appealing to dorks like myself. Better than "Spaceballs: The Beer". Mel Brooks references aside, this brew made a bit of noise back when it was first released two or three years ago, and I am glad to see Beau's has brought back one of their best lagers for this sampler pack. Not a traditional schwarz at all, but well worth a try regardless.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

600 ml bottle served cold into a pint glass. About $6 CDN for a bottle. Star Wars esque looking label.

Appearance - very black, all light it is eradicated when looking in the glass. Two fingers of tan head are poured, but it dissipates quickly. Some strongly lacing left behind.

Smell - roasty coffee aroma stands out of front, but there's a hidden black lidocaine smell in there too. Other than that not a lot, but the aroma is simple straightforward and moderately potent. Also a whiskey like aroma blended in.

Taste - starts mildly sweet like a vanilla and caramel cutting through the coffee and black licence bitterness, before turning rather bitter for good with a lasting aftertaste. Slight booziness of this beer shines through here. Very well crafted.

Mouthfeel - spritzy, highly carbonated, but with a light feel given the appearance and flavor profile. Moderately wet finish.

Overall - a very well crafted brew, one of my new favorites in the schwarzbier style, and probably one of the best five offerings I've had from Beau's. Some thing I would spend money on to purchase again and a great afternoon sipper while watching football.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Bottle: Poured a dark black color lager with a huge dark foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of chocolate malt and dry roasted coffee is quite enjoyable. Taste is also dominated by some black chocolate notes with some dry roasted coffee. Limited residual sugar with a dry but not astringent finish. Body is about average for style with great carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Easy and smooth drinking with enough complexity.

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Photo of ssmack
4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650 ml bottle from Beau's Oktoberfest pack.

A dark dark brown, almost black with just a touch of red on the edge when held to the light.
3 inches of dark beige, fine at the surface and large bubbles inside.
Great lacing and retention.

An inviting aroma of semi-sweet chocolate.

There is lots going on with the taste. Bitter chocolate. Most of the sweetness is gone. Black licorice. Dark roasted nuts that are like oak. Very good grassy hops blossoms in the mouth and forms the big aftertaste.

On the heavy side of medium. Creamy feel.

Excellent. Full flavour. Often the hops are missing in this style. The brewer when over the top with everything and it works.

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Photo of mick303
4.11/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Got from the Beau's oktoberfest mixer pack. Colour is black with a good lacing, tight film, dark tan colour.

S - aroma holds a potent black malt aroma, licorice, quite roasty and tarry, but not overwhelmingly bitter. Get a lot of black strap molasses notes, syrupy dark maltiness, some cooked apple fruits hidden in there, as well as cherries, there are some lighter hop aromatics here also. A thick and intriguing aroma.

T - smooth coffee, grapefruit, smooth toffee, some licorice comes through, has a really complex start with some yeasty aspects (minerality, bright citrus, and light anise spice?) a touch of harshness then more of the molasses and dark malts, bitter cocoa, not a very heavy beer despite the abv, it does have a slick syrupiness and has some of the heavier syrupy molasses/licorice character but this is mostly balanced. On the finish these are tied up with a crisp enduring spice.

M - a full bodied beer with a good balance of black and roasty malts and brighter yeasty and hop notes, rounded smooth gentle carbonation. Great drinkability to it, with a subtle roasty bitterness on the end.

I have to agree with the supplied notes on this on, retains a crisp and drinkable edge with a restrained roastiness for such a dark lager. No shortage of complex malty flavours and the aroma captures some of coffee and subtle spiciness. Altogether a robust and very flavourful interpretation. Beau's continues to impress and this is certainly no exception, a very nice and balanced example of the style. Worth seeking out, really solid stuff.

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Photo of SebD
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: It has a nice almost jet-black color to it with some ruby hues shining through. It has a nice thick mocha head that dies down moderately slow and leaves nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of chocolate, sweet roasty malts, caramel and eathy hops.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has alot of chocolate, a nice roasty character, light caramel and a decent earthy bitterness.

Mouthfeel: It has a low/medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas. Props to Beau's on making such a great Schwarzbier.

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Photo of Sammy
3.11/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Black with a big bubbly head and lacey. A strange sulpher aroma. Wine like initially, and a chocolate taste, thinner than expected for the style.Roasted, but some astringency in the finish. so-so drinkability owing to flaws. Private Beaus buying club bottle..

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Photo of CanuckRover
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, deep, deep, near-black red. Nice thick off-white head.

Dark read fruit with just a bit of roastiness on the nose.

Sweet dark fruit gives way to bittersweet chocolate, verging on coffee.

Almost porter-like. Really complex dark malt flavours, but supremely drinkables. Nice stuff.

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Photo of liamt07
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at BarHop, for the Black and Orange Hallowe'en event. Served in a snifter - described as an imperial schwarzbier. Wild Oats #23.

Black with some deep red translucence, dense crimson brown head with good lace and moderate retention. Nose of heavy chocolate and dark malts, earthy with even some caramel. Taste has tons of dark malt character, some bakers chocolate but lesser than the nose, even some oats or wheat in here perhaps? Caramel as well. Medium full feel and medium carbonation that's almost perfect after a bit of swirling down. Only a touch of alcoholic warmth. A delicious black beer, something to certainly revisit and perhaps one's of Beau's best offerings.

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Wild Oats Series No. 23 - Dark Helmüt from Beau's All Natural Brewing Company
3.84 out of 5 based on 52 ratings.
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