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

Dark Helmet Imperial SchwarzbierDark Helmet Imperial Schwarzbier
BA SCORE
61.6%
Liked This Beer
3.76 w/ 151 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:
#20,507
Reviews:
59
Ratings:
151
Liked:
93
Avg:
3.76/5
pDev:
10.64%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
13
Gots:
24
Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 151 |  Reviews: 59
Photo of ohiobeer29
2/5  rDev -46.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of bwarren82
3.4/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BeerBeast
3.87/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Swettenham_Shire
3.33/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jp32
4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours black in color with a surprisingly white head. The nose is malty, roasted, rich, and sweet. The flavor also is of, you guessed it, roasted malts. A hint of smoke pokes through to make an appearance in the first 2 sips, then disappears for the remainder of the beer. The high malt character reminds me just as much of a stout as it does a schwarzbier. Usually I can tell a significant difference, but not here.

Medium-bodied mouthfeel. Good drinkability.

This is one of the best schwarzbiers I've tried. My taste buds like this style, and this is one of the best ones. It would be nice to see this made available year-round.

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Photo of jsurfs82
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Wolfeman1704
4.28/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of paresis
3.81/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TequilaTom
4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ryan33iowa
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Stinger80OH
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Brewstradamus
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of leprechaunandfatman
3.52/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tedvr
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BPMeyer27
3.62/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of gobuccos
4.04/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of msquared36
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ChrisMon02
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of edsales
3.74/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of dkeav
4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lanstrum
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of JB62
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of buschbeer
3.99/5  rDev +6.1%

12 FL. OZ bottle
Served in a pokal glass

It is very dark in color, almost black. When held to the light some ruby highlights are evident. It has two to three inches of head. There is some lacing.

It is sweet smelling with chocolate and coffee notes.

The taste is semisweet. Roasted flavors come through with hints of coffee and chocolate.

Medium mouthfeel

I like it. This is a great beer for when your are not in the mood for hops. The 9% abv adds a nice punch to the liver. It pairs well with Spaceballs the Movie which I am enjoying both immensely.

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5/5  rDev +33%

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.51/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Undated bottle at 40 degrees into standard pint glass
Aroma of roasted malt
Head small (1 cm), light brown, frothy, diminishing to 2 mm ring
Lacing – none
Body dark brown, opaque
Flavor begins with roasted malt bitterness and ends with a slight sweetness; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl.
Palate medium, watery, lively carbonation

This is a very nice interpretation of a schwarzbier – the alcohol is well hidden which makes this very drinkable. The appearance detracts somewhat, but still a very desirable brew. I first had this at a beer fest – based on this beer alone I made the Brew Kettle a routine stop when I’m in the Cleveland area.

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Dark Helmet Imperial Schwarzbier from The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
Beer rating: 61.6% out of 100 with 151 ratings
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