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Dark Helmet Imperial Schwarzbier | The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works

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3.77/5
Very Good
152 Ratings
Dark Helmet Imperial SchwarzbierDark Helmet Imperial Schwarzbier
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
Ohio, United States
thebrewkettle.com

Style: Schwarzbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
A true TBK original, we kick this German-style black lager up a couple notches. Big clean malty flavor with just a hint of roasted malt.
"May the Schwartz be with you!"

Added by mcallister on 12-30-2007

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#20,534
Reviews:
60
Ratings:
152
pDev:
10.34%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
13
Gots:
24
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 152 |  Reviews: 60
Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is a great malt imperial black lager. It adds a little bit of extra sweetness to the schwarzbeir flavor profile. Alcohol is almost completely hidden.

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Photo of SomethingClever
3.35/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into nonic pint

A: small off white brownish soapy head that settles to a film. Body is a rich brown color with some lighter caramel colors on the edges.

S: Smells like sweet doughy bread, a little alcohol, some clove, a little of a maple syrup hint, and a lot of rich malts and grains.

T: Lots of grainy malty richness and some lingering bitterness on the finish surprising amount of lingering bitterness on the finish like the end of a grapefruit

M: medium to lighter carbonation with a solid medium body

O: Lots if nice layered sweet bread grain and malt flavors interspersed with some caramel and toffee but the almost metallic bitter finish is unpleasant at best.

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Photo of nrbw23
3.62/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of xcdarrel17
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of do_ob
3.79/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown in appearance, 1 finger of mocha-colored foam on top. Nose is roasted malt, chocolalte, light baking spice, coffee, caramel, and bit of smokey tobacco. The taste follows pretty closely. Feel is on the thinner side. Moderate carbonation. Overall, this was okay but not overly impressive.

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours clear nearly opaque dark brown color, with a 2 finger dense and fluffy tan head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of chocolate, cocoa, caramel, brown sugar, toasted dark bread, and nuttiness; with light coffee, raisin, plum, herbal, pepper, and roast/toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt and light earthy hop/fruity yeast notes; with good strength. Taste of big chocolate, cocoa, caramel, brown sugar, toasted dark bread, biscuit, and nuttiness; with light coffee, raisin, plum, herbal, pepper, and roast/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate herbal hop and roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, caramel, brown sugar, toasted dark bread, biscuit, nuttiness, herbal, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and light earthy hop/fruity yeast flavors; with a great roasted bitter/sweet balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light dryness from roast/bitterness as well. Nicely clean on lager flavors with minimal yeast notes present. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, creamy/bready/silky, and lightly sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice imperial schwarzbier style. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and light earthy hop/fruity yeast flavors; very smooth and easy to drink for the ABV. Very rich and well rounded in malt complexity. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of damndirtyape
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle (no date) with a different label than the picture here - just the words "Dark Helmet". Served in a snifter glass.

Appearance: Black (more like a stout), letting no light through until near the bottom of the glass where a very dark clear cola brown was noted. Thin tan head with some strands of fine lacing noted.

Smell: Clean malt, a bit like a Schwarzbier, but with underlying booziness and an occasional metallic note.

Taste: Roasted malt, just a hint of noble hops, some underlying sweetness and warming alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Nicely thick - as you would expect from something made "Imperial" and not very lager-like. Good carbonation though, but more like a stout than a Schwarzbier.

Overall / Drinkability: An interesting take on a Schwarzbier. Dangerously drinkable - very balanced and simply tasty like a Schwarzbier can be. I could easily have another, although I would probably regret it later.

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Photo of ItsBeer4Me
3.71/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sabtos
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark but clear reddish brown with practically no head.

Pretty exclusive nutty and chocolate aromas.

Dark Helmet is actually quite stout-like, with chocolatey roasty flavors, supported by dry walnut, and faint bitter coffee. Some vanilla creeps in, assisting in the fact that overall this is a sweet beer.

Frothy with a little spicy tang and some boozy heat coming in here and there.

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Photo of jeremy3311
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gaddabble
4.19/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of C_Adams
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of travelguy
3.56/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of PhineasMcClintock
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Nunya
4.06/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of XmnwildX12
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of dailyminefield
3.96/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of caahare
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lightman
3.67/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Erockss
3.74/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chrismattlin
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gregf51
3.87/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Hopmeplease
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of drdiesel9483
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of glass_house
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I've not had many schwarzbiers, but this is one of the few I enjoyed. Nice clean feel, with just enough body from the smooth, roasted malts. Subtle notes of chocolate and coffee, but no real dominant flavor. Very little hop presence. Extremely easy drinking for an 8% beer.

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Dark Helmet Imperial Schwarzbier from The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
Beer rating: 3.77 out of 5 with 152 ratings
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