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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Ratings: 56 |  Reviews: 17
Photo of Franck
2.75/5  rDev -28.6%

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 Pmicdee
3/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Sammy
3.11/5  rDev -19.2%
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 dogfishandi
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of johnnnniee
3.4/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

One of a large number of samples I had at the Extreme Beer Fest in Boston 3/21/32014. Diacetyl choc and roast.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of lgmol
3.54/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of spinrsx
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of nullbort
3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TheHammer
3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
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 slacker79
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
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 Mr_Rocca
3.74/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheBierdimpfe
3.74/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Would not recommend to serve this in a pils glass, better in a tulip. Almost opaque black color with a faint copper hue, and some kind of moderate Guinness construction effect with a very fine line definition. Creamy and frothy light brown 3-4 finger head, lasting around 10-15 minutes, with good legs. Flavors of coffee, chocolate, toffee, raisins, prunes, liquorice, vanilla, dark malts and herbal hops. Slick light oily medium body with a light crisp. Strong strength finish, quite roasted and earthy, including brown sugar and cinnamon. It's packed with flavors and balanced nicely. Feels more like a mellow Russian stout than a typical more delicate Schwarzbier. Got a light barrel effect, and a bit smokey. I like the intensity, it's not quite accessible from the thick tongue coat, yet it remains pleasant by being decently fresh. Good warmth and filling, though the body is a bit bland and not well rounded enough. Also a tad too much boozy. Overall high quality craft.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of GoHabsGo
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.76/5  rDev -2.3%

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