Cobbs Hill Black Lager | Three Heads Brewing

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Cobbs Hill Black LagerCobbs Hill Black Lager

Brewed by:
Three Heads Brewing
New York, United States

Style: Schwarzbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
Cobbs Hill Park is the spot to follow your passion - be it working out, having winter fun or creating the perfect jam with guitars and bongos. This is our own “jam” inspired by this Rochester destination. Please enjoy the rich malt flavor and noble hops found in this smooth, yet utterly quaffable, dark lager and feel the groove we are laying down for you.

Added by John on 05-30-2012

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Photo of westcott
3.25/5  rDev -11%

Photo of mjtiernan
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of dhmxray
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ABokononist
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of Sammy
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Recent bottle from Premiere. Meets the style, decent roast, drinkable, but not at the tastier satisfying level I have had from many o the other entries. Black with little head. Roast aroma, mouthfeel average but carbonation above average. Still, one of the better ones I have had from them.

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pilsener glass, the appearance was a dark brown close to black color with a white finger's worth of foamy head. Slight messy yet sliding lace ran underneath.
The aroma captured a nice blend of sweet cocoa powder to some rugged roasty malts with some piney hops and a little bit of earthy German lager yeastiness (which is what I expected).
The flavor was moderately lager yeasty sweet with the roasty malts coming strolling in to play with the cocoa powder and a little bit of earthy sweetness (somewhat tea-like). Lager yeastiness, roastiness and cocoa powder conglomerate on the aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was between light and medium bodied with a fine sessionability about it. Carbonation felt on par. ABV felt as projected. Nice lager yeasty to cocoa powdery sort of finish.
Overall, pretty nicely done schwarzbier. I have to admit, I liked it a lot for me as there were some things I did notice that seemed a bit off for the style, but since I didn't notice any flaws, I just chalked it up to brewer creativity. It's one that I would definitely give another shot.

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Photo of spokeydonkey
1.12/5  rDev -69.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

My wife's from Rochester and we now live in Albany, NY. She wanted to pick up a few of the Three Heads Beers and this was one of them. This came in a bomber, and I should have been tipped off by the faint fermentation ring around the bottle's neck--but I wasn't looking that carefully. The bottle was spoiled--sour, watery and overcarbonated. I don't like to slam a beer, but this one obviously had major spoilage issues, so I figured it's worth warning others. (This may also explain the sour notes some other reviewers described).

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4.6/5  rDev +26%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.04/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at Three Heads Brewing in Rochester, NY.

This pours a nice dark black, with a small white head, and a good amount of lacing.

This smells like smokey and roasty malt, a little bit of vanilla, and a hint of piney hops.

This is definitely one of 3HB's better beers. It's a nice creamy taste it, with lots of roasty, earthy, and slightly smokey black malt flavors, just a hint of hops, and a little bit of vanilla to it. It's super drinkable, simple, but well-crafted. I really dig it.

This is medium bodied, with a very creamy mouthfeel, and a normal level of carbonation.

This is a really nice rendition of a style that not enough breweries do.

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5/5  rDev +37%

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2.88/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Savemore Discount Beverage, Clifton Park, NY.

Poured into am imperial pint, formed a 1/4" tan head over the clear dark brown brew. Head melts away, with ample lacing. Aroma is lightly metallic maltiness.

Taste starts with a light tartness coupling to the dark sweetness, touch of sour continues through the middle, and is also in the end with sedate bitterness. Mouthfeel is okay, with drinkability being limited due to the off-putting sour throughout.

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Photo of jlindros
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at British Beer Co in Walpole, MA.

Pours with a light creamy head, the beer is super dark molasses brown-black colored with hints of ruby light coming through.

Nose brings darker malts, a bit of chocolate, toasty bready malts, hint of black patent I think, hint of reddish malt and toastiness, and a light crisp lager.

Taste is a little creamy to start, chalky, with some dark powdered chocolate, crisp lager taste with a little fruitiness, hint of bready earthy malt flavors, hint of grassy hops as well, with a light black patent malt and chocolate. Finish is dry and crisp with lingering dark malts, and light lager flavor.

Mouth is med to lighter bodied, little creamy, decent carb.

Overall pretty good, drinkable and fairly tasty for being lighter beer, nice flavors, I could drink quite a few of these no problem.

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3.61/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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2.72/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a deep amber to black in color with an off white head. In the aroma, not really much there except a small roast. In the taste, a small abrasion, with notes of roasty caramel. A small bite and a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a dryer, small roasty caramel in the aftertaste. A small roast, notes of caramel, and somewhat abrasive.

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Photo of Gavage
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a black color with a two finger head that lasts a while. Some moderate lace develops during the session.

Smell: roasted malts and dark chocolates are easy to detect.

Taste: roasted malt, chocolate, dark fruit sweetness, grass, and a moderate bitterness create a well balanced beer.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp throughout with a short lived aftertaste.

Overall: easy to consume. Nicely refreshing for a black lager.

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4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

Photo of TheBrewo
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

We pour a brew of the deepest nut brown, with golden brown flecks when held to the light. It holds a two finger head of latte-colored bubbles. This retains rather nicely, leaving sheets of spikey lacing around the glass. Carbonation appears average, and no haze or sediment is noted. The aroma gives medicinal phenols, deeply roasted malts, light bubblegum esters, leathery charcoal and smoke, baker’s yeast, and coffee milkiness. Cherry sweetness, Bretty yeast, and booze come with warmth. Our first impression is that it tastes like a coffee cup filled with nickels, but it is tasty nonetheless. As we sip, chocolate and coffee malts start things off with soft bitterness. There is a light char and some white sugar sweetness, with some metallics working their way in. This is cooling, giving the impression that there is fresh vanilla bean. The peak hits with mustiness, light grassy hops, and more of those deep, roasty malts. We finish with significant metals and yeast, in a bittering, yet somehow satisfying puck. Coffee, synthetic vanilla, and walnutty oiliness come in to back more souring grain here. The aftertaste breathes of heavy tin, coffee malts, bittering and souring grain and yeast, light medicinal phenols, light fruitiness of raspberry, and that light Bretty yeast of the nose. The body is medium to full, and the carbonation is medium to high. There is a light prickle to the tongue, with the mouth otherwise coated in an oily, astringent dryness of grain and coffee bean. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks easily.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the taste. There is surprising complexity throughout, with a rich and deep malt profile contrasting with a nice hop and yeastiness throughout. The feel was also especially soft for the brewery, as they escaped the very characteristic slurp of their prior eight beers. This is a tasty beer, and certainly one of the best, thus far, from Three Heads Brewing.

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of superspak
3.51/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into pilsener glass, no bottle dating. Pours fairly crystal clear very dark brown color with a 1 finger dense khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lasts. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of pear, apple, floral, chocolate, toast, dark bread, light roast, and herbal. Decent and pleasant aromas; but are not nearly as roasted as I expected for a schwarzbier. Fruity esters are stronger than the malt notes. Taste of chocolate, toast, roasted malt, toffee, pear, apple, floral, dark bread, earth, and herbal earthiness. Lingering notes of chocolate, toast, roasted malt, toffee, light fruits, floral, dark bread, herbal, and earth on the finish for a short bit. Nice flavor robustness and balance; with zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and crisp mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a pretty good schwarzbier. Nicely robust flavors with good balance; and very smooth to drink. This was a pleasantly enjoyable offering.

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4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -24.7%

Photo of pschul4
4.28/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Another nice extra from Rochesteraaron, thanks bro!

A- Pours WAY darker than any lager I've ever seen. Really dark brown with a lighter head that dissipates quickly

S- Typical malty lager smell but theres more to it. Some chocolate and light coffee hit the nose in a great way

T- Lager + milk chocolate. Doesn't sound like it'd be good but trust me it's killer!

M- Nice and light as with most lagers

O- Best lager I have ever had by far! You rock Aaron!

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3.25/5  rDev -11%

Photo of utopiajane
3.72/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours not quite clear . Darkest browns with blackened hues that show a ruby tint under a haze. Scant head of tan foam that falls but leaves a film and shimmering clinging bubbles. Scent is boiled peanuts. Earthy coffee. Roasty sweet. A hairy little bit of noble hop on the nose. Taste is good. A touch of caramel type sweetness that underlies a very roasty malt that has a bit of bitterness to it. Nutty rather than fruity and finishes with a moderate hop flavor and bitterness. Excellent.

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Cobbs Hill Black Lager from Three Heads Brewing
Beer rating: 3.65 out of 5 with 35 ratings