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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 TheBierdimpfe
3.74/5  rDev -3.1%
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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Photo of StormAles
4.77/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.84/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

600 mL bottle. Black body with a little transparency. Smells very nutty with roasted malts and some milk chocolate. Tastes much the same. Milk chocolate more prominent, nutty malts behind it with a bit of caramel sweetness. Roasty finish, but mostly sweet. Medium bodied. Pretty sweet, but tasty.

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Photo of papposilenus
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

From a 600ml bottle dated 11/02/16 so, what, about 2/3's of the way through its projected life expectancy? Served in a pilsner glass.

Pours opaque mahogany-black with just a suggestion of honey-gold highlights along the margins. An enormous foamy cloud of coffee-coloured head lasts and lasts, finally settling into a solid cap with generous streaks of lacing.

A substantial nose of roasted-toasted chicory and acorns, earthy minerals and dried flowers.

Taste follows the nose so precisely there is no need to repeat - it tastes just like it smells with, maybe, a little plum and mocha java stirred in. Finishes clean, dry and mildly astringent with just a lingering hint of bitter chicory on the palate.

Feel is remarkably crisp and clean for such a medium-hefty-bodied, malty beverage. Maybe a little over-carbonated, but easy drinking regardless.

Overall, a well-brewed delicious and substantial schwartzbier which, I think, steps over the boundary into porter territory in many respects - not that I'm complaining, because I'm not. Treacherously easy to drink; I was going to have half the bottle and then go do some work but, instead, I'm going to finish the bottle and maybe dick around for a while. Good stuff.

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Photo of GoHabsGo
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of biboergosum
3.84/5  rDev -0.5%
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%
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 tyronegangsta
3.89/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Pmicdee
3/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of slacker79
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
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 Jerk_Store
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of JakerLou
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ikidunot
4.01/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of TheHammer
3.71/5  rDev -3.9%
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 MJ63
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of djrn2
3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mklisz
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of johnnnniee
3.4/5  rDev -11.9%
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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Photo of nullbort
3.67/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bf_89
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Mr_Rocca
3.74/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of peensteen
3.89/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dogfishandi
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of lgmol
3.54/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Molson2000
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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