Xingu Black Beer | Cervejaria Kaiser

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Xingu Black BeerXingu Black Beer

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Cervejaria Kaiser

Style: German Schwarzbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by kbub6f on 08-20-2001

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Photo of Sammy
3.18/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

OK black appearance with a bit of head. And lace. Some licorice initial scent, that carried into first taste then dissipitated. A big bottle, thanks Joey for coming to help me finish. Bit aggressive carbonation.Simpicity lead to boredom after a few sips.added a new country. A shwartbier

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

this is better than people give it credit for being. a boldly flavored and intensely roasty black beer, but light on the palate, almost even thin in body, and quicker finishing for the style. its got an almost lagered yeast character to it, and a pretty solid off white head. its clearish beer too, which is cool, different, and welcoming. its a lower abv beer which makes it drinkable, and i think it fits in all seasons. i get a dried fruit thing here, not raisin but something like it, even prune or plum in the taste before the burning malt takes over. just a pinch sweet there in the middle, but it recedes completely by the end. carbonation is great from the tap, although i have had less impressive bottle experiences. i think its one of the more underrated beers in the style, and if i was actually in brazil, this would be far better than almost anything else on offer. the whole thing is impressive if you take in it context, of course its a letdown against the schwarzbiers of old world germany, but its not that far off.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.11/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Single finger tan head with nice lacing on a deep brown body with some light passing through. Aroma of lightly smoked and roasted malts, breads. Flavors also very bready with dark malts, earthy malts and slightly burnt toast. Hint of cocoa came out with the spicey chicken i had at the brazillian steakhouse. Medium body and moderate to high carbonation. Nice balance between sweet and roast. Went well with the multiple meats at the Brazilian steakhouse in Vegas.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.46/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a 1/2 inch khaki head that fades to an oily film. Random splotches and streaks of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of roasted malt, caramel, and some chocolate notes. Taste is of the roasted malt with some off-chocolate flavors and a fruit flavor I can't put my finger on. A prickly carbonation makes for a crisp and clean mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer and an interesting style choice to be coming out of Brazil.

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Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of Knapp85
3.73/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was pretty interesting, This poured out as a nice black color with a fluffy tan head on top. the smell of the beer is roasted and malty, it's also got a strong lager-like aroma too. The taste of the beer is much like a dark German Lager to me but with a more creamy mouthfeel in my opinion. Overall I found this brew to be pretty good all around, it's actually a very easy drinking dark beer, sure to please a casual drinker.

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Photo of GRG1313
2.7/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very dark brown/black with a thick smooth tan head. Very, very light floral nose but you have to look for it. Not much in the nose department.

Interesting mouth and flavors. Very sweet on front palate with strong cooked fruit, plum character but not a particularly good flavor. Perhaps not bad but "interesting" and "different" would be better words.

Light sweet mouth feel, almost like a light plummy burnt carmel like soda. Short finish with a hint of bitter hops and a short finish of fruit compote/apricot/cooked pears. Might be interesting with some foods, perhaps is made to pair with Brazilian cuisine.

Different and perhaps worth a second try with food.

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Photo of djrn2
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of metter98
3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very dark amber in color (near black) and poured with a thin tan head that took a very long time to fade away. A medium amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: There are strong aromas of caramel malts, dark fruits and sweetness in the nose.
T: The taste is both nutty and sweet with flavors of caramel and dark fruits. Grapes stand out in particular. No hop bitterness is detectable.
M: It feels light-bodied and thin on the palate with a light to moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is very easy to drink, goes down smoothly and is quite sessionable.

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Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of biboergosum
3.44/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. I found this beer with the strange name in a coffee shop/beer store in Missoula, MT. "Black Beer", and "Imported from Brazil" are the only useful tidbits of information on the label.

This beer pours a near opaque black, due to strong chestnut edges, and one finger of puffy, and densely foamy beige head, which leaves a few silhouettes of iceberg floe lace around the glass as it quickly recedes.

It smells of fairly sweet toasty caramel and bready malt, an apple core and red grape fruitiness, a hint of stale coffee, and somewhat metallic, earthy, leafy hops. The taste is softly grainy pale and caramel malt, some latent breadiness, a bit of bittersweet chocolate, sugary apple and cherry fruit, and a slight, but still strange wet tin can essence.

The carbonation is quite low, just a wee frothiness emanating throughout, the body medium-light in weight, generally smooth, and yet a tad chalky. It finishes off-dry, the bready malt and orchard fruitiness combining to outshine the equally lingering wet flintiness and underlying earthy hops.

An ok, pleasantly rounded, and somewhat drinkable black beer - fruity, malty, with a brave, but in the end, futile attempt at balance. Too sweet overall, however, for any repeat visitations, I would imagine.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.43/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not the best Schwarzbier I've tried but still pretty good I must say. It is very drinkable and has a good mouthfeel and body but it seems to be lacking a bit in the flavor department compares to Saranac and Sam Adams. Those two had some very good roasted flavors while this has a little but they aren't very pronounced. Glad I tried it, but I would reach for a different schwarz in the future.

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into lager glass, no bottle dating. Pours slightly hazy very dark reddish brown color with a 1 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, dark bread, molasses, raisin, plum, fig, light char, and yeast/roasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and light-moderate dark fruit notes; with solid strength. Taste of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, dark bread, molasses, raisin, plum, fig, light char, and yeast/roasted earthiness. Minimal roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, dark bread, molasses, raisin, plum, fig light char, and roast/yeast earthiness. Nice complexity and robustness of dark/roasted malt and light-moderate dark fruit notes; with no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth and moderately creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 4.6%. Overall this is a nice Schwarzbier style. All around good complexity and robustness of dark/roasted malt and light-moderate dark fruit flavors; and very smooth to drink. A fair bit fruity in the nose and taste, but not by an overwhelming amount. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Caught somewhere between a Schwarz and a Bock, this dark lager might even carry a Belgian Dubbel Ale note here and there.

The black beer opens with a very dark brown, nearly clear, but in the end carries a moderately opaque haze. Lightly tanned foam creates a short statured head but retains well while leaving streaks of lace on the glass as the beer falls.

Aromas of light caramel, charred toast, and currants give a glimpse into the smooth lager make up but with fruity estery complexities.

Suble caramel maltiness rests in the background of flavor while toast and bread crust takes the foreground. Still, a berry-like estery note mixes well with the sweeter malts for a typical Schwarzbier but with atypical fruitiness. As the beer warms, it kinda takes on Belgian Dubbel fruity-malty tastes.

Medium and moderate texures give the impression of creaminess early, but the carbonation falls off leading to a quick transition to lightness and lager-smooth drinkability.

A good Schwarzbier but a bit fruity and not as powdery-dry as expected from classic examples.

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Photo of Boone757
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of zeff80
3.43/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a dark black with a sizeable mocha-colored head. It left lacing and the head never completely diminished.

S - It smelled like roasted malt.

T - It was a very malty brew. A little hop bitterness was present and a little coffee-like flavors, too.

M - It was soft and medium bodied.

D - I thought it was pretty good. I would have to say it is my favorite Brazilian beer. In fact it's the only Brazilian beer I've ever had.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of brentk56
3.14/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a cocoa black blody with a tan head that persists and leaves a fiar amount of lacing

Smell: Smells a bit like wet hay; not particularly agreeable

Taste: Starts out sweet, with some coffee, caramel and molasses flavors that persist into the finish; the hops never kick in

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a good bit of carbonation

Drinkability: Way to sweet to be consumed in any volume; a bottle is tough enough to finish

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.71/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Xingu Black Beer is indeed black. The light brown head is of moderate height and mildly sticky. Aroma is of light dark malts with a touch of grain smell thrown in. The taste is of chocolate malt flavor with a touch of coffee in the finish. Malts dominate here. This is easily the richest euro dark lager that I've had and in some ways I think it might be closer to a Munich dunkle. I would have this in my fridge more often if it weren't $10+ a sixer.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.27/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a big rich light brown head and leaves a nice big lacing that slowly fades away.
Very light roasted malt aroma, maybe some caramel hints coming through.
Roasted malt with a very light caramel to coffee hints couldn't really distinguish which is sometimes a good thing. When a beer tastes to much like coffee couldn't you just go to Starbucks?
Likewise if a beer is too fruity why not just have some pie and ice cream? anyway....
Decent almost full bodied mouthfeel with a light almost pasty dry after taste.
After my anitial drink or two I was hoping this beer had more of a Murphy's or Guinness taste but by the time I finished my 12 oz. glass of this I was pretty satisfied with it.
For a black or dark looking beer it was surprisingly easy to drink, without an overbearing coffee or other taste as some blacks and stouts carry with them, could probably go through a 6 of these pretty quickly.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque near black in color with some highlights of dark amber and some light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation near the surface. The beer has a finger tall tan head that slowly redues to a thin film with several small slightly thicker patches and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of roasted and caramel malts with light hints of sweetness and some dark fruits.

T: This beer has a very pleasant moderately malty flavor with notes of roasted, caramel, and burnt malts flavors that includes nutty and sweet notes. There is also a hint of dark fruits and very little bitterness.

M: Slightly heavier than light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin.

O: Very easy to drink and enjoyable - nothing exceptional but it is definitely a sessionable beer. This was the first time I had this beer since my college graduation when I initially tried this beer - this was the mid-1990s when there was not nearly the craft beers available... Still enjoyable.

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Photo of paulish
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of smithj4
3.67/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

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