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

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
Ohio, United States | website

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
Reviews:
59
Ratings:
149
Avg:
3.68
pDev:
18.48%
 
 
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Reviews: 59 | Ratings: 149
Photo of MbpBugeye
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my new New Glarus pilsner. Thanks FrankenBrew!

Clear yet murky brown to copper.

Slightly weak, roasty nose. some chocolate and caramel

Same with the taste. Very sweet and sugary.

smooth and creamy mouth feel

really drinkable for a 10%abv lager

Not the best Schwarzbier but worth trying nonetheless. I would like to see more balance. Less sweetness, more roastiness and chocolate notes would improve this beer.

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Photo of beveritt
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured from a 22 oz brown bomber into a standard pint glass. Label depicts some type of small rodent wearing an over sized black helmet. The top is sealed in green wax.

Appearance: Pours with 2 fingers of light tan head. This settles to a quarter inch coating of foam. Nice lacing as I sip. The beer itself is medium brown with slight hints of red. Perfectly clear, but dark enough that it is difficult to see through.

Smell: Grainy aromas upfront, well caramelized. Slight bitterness and nutty flavor with hints of roasted barley. Notes of coffee and chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level. Body is good.

Drinkability: An example of what lagers can be; not just watered down rice water, but flavorful and nuanced dark beer.

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Photo of Zorro
3.28/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Very dark brown colored beer with a small tan colored head.

Smoky caramel aroma with a slight patent malt scent.

Taste starts of chocolate and smoke without much sweetness and very dry like a Belgian ale. The flavor doesn't develop much, just a dry smoky beer.

Good mouthfeel.

OK beer but it doesn't have much of a zing to it.

According to the fact sheet this beer is 8.9% ABV and 38 IBUs.

Sampled May 2008 but I forgot to upload my review and this notebook has been sitting in a suitcase since then.

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Photo of weeare138
3.03/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to sydpanz for this...
Appears a dark crimson toned chestnut with a soapy tan head that quickly fades into a mild collar. Spotty bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of cocoa, toasted nuts, and vanilla, with a touch of dried coffee beans.
Taste is of doughy bread, nuts, sweet brown sugar, and mild grainy bitterness.
Mouthfeel is thin, medium bodied, sugary, and syrupy in the finish.

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Photo of hopdog
3.3/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle shared courtesy of axilla.

Poured a deeper reddish-brown color with a very small sized off white head. Aromas of nuts, roast, and I was getting some dark fruits. Tastes of chocolate, lighter nuttiness, raisins and plums. This one was very sweet. Not cloying, but getting there.

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Photo of UA8
3.08/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- Dark mahogany with a light head

S- Sweet and heavily roasted malts

T- Rolls in with heavily roasted malts and sweet bread yeast

M- Viscous with light carbonation

D- Not all that great not all that bad, if you like sweeter beer with heavy malt and yeast presence here ya go

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I can see it now... Imperial Schwarzbiers are all the new rage. I was surprised to find that this beer did not fall on a dry stout, porter, brown, or any other heavier concoction. But it does show a strong schwarzbier character, but in an amped up form. Muted aromas with a dry, roasted character makes me beleive that there's not much there. Flavors, on the otherhand, beg to differ. Big, clean roasted notes with a slight touch of fully-attenuated caramel and a hint of lactose. Otherwise, no fruits, fermentation byproducts, phenols, sweetness, or sulfers-- just a crystal clean beer. The body seems higher, but remains chalk-dry with a soft roasted coffee astringency that balanced the beer. Finishes quite the same. The flavors are the same as good schwarzbiers, but the weight is increased-- why not.

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Photo of Bierguy5
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours almost completely black. Thin tan head holds for a few minutes, then fades away.

Clean, chocolate and dark malty aroma. Not much in the way of hops.

Chocolate malt, a bit of bittersweet chocolate, and a slight roasty component. Medium body, a bit creamy. Very easy to drink.

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Photo of mcallister
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark caramel colored with a small tannish head that fades quickly.

Milk and dark chocolates with hints of vanilla. Clean dark malts with hints of caramel.

Caramel malty mouthfeel with chocolate undertones and bits of dark fruit. Creamy smooth and drinkable

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Dark Helmet Imperial Schwarzbier from The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
83 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.
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