Black Knight
Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon

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From:
Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon
 
Ohio, United States
Style:
Lager - Schwarzbier
ABV:
5.3%
Score:
88
Avg:
3.93 | pDev: 8.65%
Ratings:
60
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Sep 02, 2018
Added:
Sep 28, 2013
Wants:
  3
Gots:
  3
SCORE
88
Very Good
Notes: This knight rides alone with a lighter body than traditional black beers, lifted to it’s mount with a great show of hop bitterness. Lighter body than one would expect but deep in flavor. Notes of coffee and chocolate swirl from the glass while the flavors drift to sweet, dark malt. Balanced, earthy tones ride throughout this well balanced brew.
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Photo of ONUMello
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by ONUMello from Ohio

Poured into an imperial pint glass at the brewery
A: Dark brown, 1/2 finger head
S: Malty, a bit of smoke
T: Matches the nose
M: Medium-bodied
O: Tasty, I just wish the nose were a bit bolder/smokier

Sep 02, 2018
Photo of cjgiant
3.91/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by cjgiant from District of Columbia

On tap at brewery:
A nice dark brown trying to disguise itself as black. It’s too is a light tan than spits a few spider-webbed lines onto the glass wall. A medium thick collar aids in this.

Nose is cocolately dark malt that has a little char. A very light floral aspect is involved, but it’s not well defined.

Taste starts thin and light. The feel boldness with a fairly heavy does of cigar-smoke char. This grows more intense near the end, and leaves a very slightly numbness on the palate despite a fairly smooth, near creamy feel in between.

Taste is mostly driven by the dark malts. A bit of a medium-dark toast opening gets more burnt toast aspects, then some burnt coffee notes, and finally that lingering cigar smoke note.

Definitely a bolder schwarzbier that many I’ve had. Damn near a porter, save for a seeming lack of hop bitterness.

Aug 31, 2018
Photo of schoolboy
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by schoolboy from Ohio

This is one of my favorite brews to have when I go to Fat Heads. Because the restaurant is really far from home, I usually cannot drink anything too big, and this one is very satisfying even though it won't get you wasted (unless you have several).

It's pretty and dark with decent head. The aroma is right where it should be plus a little extra malty roasty smell. The taste similarly is well balanced yet very interesting. It goes down quite easily, and it would be nice to drink a couple liters of it some time, but since I live 41 miles away (and no longer work in the area), I really need to limit my intake when I go there.

Highly recommended.

Sep 05, 2017
 
3.69 by Taphouse_Traveler from Florida on Aug 26, 2017
 
4.23 by mpolewan from Ohio on Jul 22, 2017
 
3.4 by brutalist from Pennsylvania on Mar 24, 2017
 
3.6 by JohnBradSC from South Carolina on Feb 21, 2017
Photo of SomethingClever
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
by SomethingClever from Ohio

4 Oz pour on tap.

A: Light brown black body with a light off white head.

S: light grains malts a little hoppy.

T: tastes a lot like a mild but even more watery and with a floral Hop bite on the end.

M: thin light

O: I was not too impressed with this beer. I would drink an English Mild over this any day.

Feb 05, 2017
 
4.05 by ClePaul from Ohio on Jan 29, 2017
 
4.1 by DrBier from Pennsylvania on Oct 08, 2016
 
3.87 by Kegatron from Pennsylvania on Aug 22, 2016
Photo of Bluerabbitbell
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Bluerabbitbell from Pennsylvania

From tap at Fat Head's Saloon South Side Pittsburgh. Unfortunately ate their buffalo sauce cauliflower (which are excellent) which killed my taste buds. From what I can tell, this is a smooth, drinkable offering!

Aug 01, 2016
 
2.98 by thedifferencemaker from Ohio on Apr 30, 2016
Photo of brewskifan55
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by brewskifan55 from Mississippi

On tap at the PDX brewpub

A: Dark brown/black with a tan one finger head that lingered.

S: Roasty malts, chocolate and cafe au lait.

T: Sweet, with dark chocolate, roasty malts and a nice coffee back.

M: Medium with medium carbonation.

O: A tasty schwartzbier. Score another for Fathead's.

Apr 25, 2016
 
3.5 by tjcamm from Oregon on Apr 18, 2016
 
4 by jduprey007 from Michigan on Apr 15, 2016
 
4 by kylehay2004 from Illinois on Apr 04, 2016
 
4.04 by Gregf51 from Ohio on Apr 02, 2016
 
4 by sposter4 from Pennsylvania on Mar 29, 2016
 
3.96 by prototypic from Ohio on Mar 19, 2016
 
3.8 by Nunya from Ohio on Mar 06, 2016
 
3.67 by EdgarGerik from Venezuela on Feb 07, 2016
 
4 by billbeers from Pennsylvania on Feb 06, 2016
Photo of Sabtos
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75
by Sabtos from Ohio

This is an easy drinking darker sort of Lager, with a bit more roast in the bready smell, and a balanced taste of sweet mild mocha and floral hops. I enjoyed it.

Dec 17, 2015
 
4.56 by siege06nd from Virginia on Oct 01, 2015
 
3.5 by ejimhof from Pennsylvania on Sep 24, 2015
Photo of SteveLimoncello
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by SteveLimoncello from Pennsylvania

Jet black. Pretty smooth and close to a stout in look and taste. A lot of carbonation but would definitely order again.

Aug 27, 2015
 
3.63 by jjd315 from Pennsylvania on Aug 25, 2015
 
4.29 by Ohiovania from Ohio on Aug 16, 2015
 
4.04 by Dogleg from Pennsylvania on Aug 14, 2015
 
4 by SGerrard from Ohio on Aug 14, 2015
 
3.51 by kaiyote from Ohio on Jun 12, 2015
 
4.25 by Beef_Curtains from Ohio on Apr 02, 2015
Photo of jp32
4.29/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by jp32 from Michigan

Black. Little head retention (almost none). Very malty, almost reminds me more of a Stout than a Schwarzbier. Enjoyed it. This may be my favorite Fat Head's offering I've tried yet.

Mar 29, 2015
Photo of GOBLIN
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by GOBLIN from Ohio

Gold medal winner I believe . . . Fat Heads seems to have more medals than Michael Phelps and the USA basketball teams combined. Anyway, Fat Heads is flying high on the success of their hoppy stuff all the while brewing some really solid lagers. Any brewery that can diversify that much and still produce top notch ales and lagers should be noticed.

Mar 22, 2015
 
3.59 by Beer21 from Florida on Mar 11, 2015
 
3.92 by Sound_Explorer from Washington on Feb 27, 2015
 
4.16 by gregcordle from Ohio on Feb 25, 2015
 
4.39 by BT_Bobandy from Ohio on Feb 23, 2015
 
4 by Lanstrum from Ohio on Feb 07, 2015
Black Knight from Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 60 ratings