Mikey T's "Black Helmet" Schwartz Bier | Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery

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Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
United States

Style: Schwarzbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by BuckeyeNation on 08-25-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"I bet she gives great helmet"

--Dark Helmet (Rick Moranis) in 'Spaceballs'

Opaque burnt pecan with golden brown edges. The coffee-with-cream colored head greeted me at a creamyfirm one finger and lasted for a good bit. It also left a decent amount of thin, smeary lace in wavery rings. You gotta love a schwarzbier that's darker than many porters.

The nose was on the mild side (thankfully, the flavor didn't follow suit). It was dark fruity and somewhat cocoa-like with no further dissection possible due to a lack of power. By the time I got around to the aroma assessment, the cap was a paper thin film, so that couldn't have been it.

My first thought on tipping the glass up was that I was drinking a coffee porter. Mikey T's was one of the biggest, creamiest, most flavorful schwarzbiers that I've ever had the pleasure to drink (Sprecher's Black Bavarian is still my clear favorite). Ground coffee beans, cocoa powder and roasted malt were the three major components of the flavor profile.

Black coffee held the lead early in the pint, cocoa edged ahead as the beer warmed and roasted barley was there every step of the way. The finish, in contrast to what came before, consisted of unripe dark fruit and surprisingly (pleasantly so) bitter hops. In fact, this beer was a fascinating study in contrasts. Also, like the altbier that I drank a mere 48 hours ago, it was an extremely well-brewed, classic example of its style.

The best phrase that I can think of to describe the mouthfeel is luxuriously lagery. It was more full than what I've come to learn is the style average and was softly creamy to boot. A low-key amount of carbonation with no trace of fizziness was icing on the Black Forest cake.

Mikey T is a Rock Bottom regular whose input was used in the creation of "Black Helmet" Schwartz Bier. Although I've never met him, the man must know his stuff because this is clearly top-notch beer. Of course, wdmrock is more than talented enough to have come up with this delicious, tremendously drinkable lager on his own. Recommended.

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Mikey T's "Black Helmet" Schwartz Bier from Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
3.98 out of 5 based on 1 ratings.
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