Silversmith Black Lager | Silversmith Brewing Co.

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Silversmith Black LagerSilversmith Black Lager

Brewed by:
Silversmith Brewing Co.
Ontario, Canada

Style: Schwarzbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Ratings: 58 |  Reviews: 13
Photo of StormAles
4.72/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of bendythumb
4.55/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This brew is named Silversmith Black Lager. With the quality of product they have here, they best rename that shit to Goldsmith Black Lager. With hops, malts, yeast and anvil, this brewery has succeeded in forging beauty in simplicity.

Very unassuming in terms of appearance and smell. Looks and pours like a typical porter or stout. A frothy yet quickly dissipating head is present. Mild to moderate lacing. A light mouthfeel combined with a subtle-yet-distinct taste leaves me coming back for more. Though I haven't had many schwarzbiers, this brew seems to epitomizes the style with a clean, dry finish and aftertaste not found among porters and stouts. Notes of chocolate, caramel and coffee are present along with a balance of hops and malts. The yeast is present, but not as overpowering as other dark, Ontario brews. A simple, elegant taste with a crisp mouthfeel results in a beer that stabs through the heart of a beerdrinker and punctures his soul.

Paul Revere would be proud of this one, boys.

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Photo of akdo
4.52/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I had this bar on tap at Bar Hop Brewing Co. in downtown Toronto. The beer was served in a pint glass.

Look: Whilst Shwarzbier are supposed to be dark brown, this beer's body is pitch black with a tan two-finger head. This goes without saying that the beer's blackness might upset a few purists. Speaking about the head, its retention is darn good as it recedes to a layer that is less than one finger high. That layer ends up having a few small holes. Moreover, as you drink and later on tilt the glass, you see shades of brown to meant to make this beer look like coffee.

Aromas: The nose has low hints of sweetness.However, a discernible hint of roasted malt akin to light roasted coffee is well felt. There are no fruity notes.

Taste: The palate is a clean replay of the aromas. It has no hint of sweetness. The malt profile is very neutral on the front-end and the middle part in that it tastes like lightly roasted coffee beans, which is the dominant taste as a whole. Of course, one can briefly sense brief notes of dark chocolate.

Feel: The carbonation on the front-end is moderate to the point that it reminded me of black soda. The beer is a little bit creamy and the bitterness is not astringent. There is a little bit of after taste in your throat, but there is no alcoholic warmth as the ABV is at 5%.

Overall: Although I am not a huge fan of lagers and their stylistic variations, this beer had a simplicity that went beyond what lagers usually offer. Although it slightly falls short of being to style because of its blackish looks, Silversmith Black Lager sticks to what textbooks about beer say. Moreover, this can be thought of as a cousin of stouts and dark browns as its taste and mouthfeel feels like being toned down, which is meant to make it a drinkable beer. I would drink this again.

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Photo of heerboth
4.49/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Evanimal
4.49/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of grfakejr
4.29/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of liamt07
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Jotora
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Koopdad
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Deceptively dark, lighter-than-expected finish and body.
Not what you'd think after pouring into a frosted glass.
Love the fact that the Founders of Silversmith engaged the local craft-beer scene and
have slowly launched across the markets thereto.

Always bringing some home with the select wines from NOTL.


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Photo of Cadbury
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Sayne
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of kkazemi
4.16/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of KyleMcD
4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ssmack
4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I finally tracked this down during a trip to Niagara Falls. Smooth, full flavour of burnt dark malts. Excellent

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Photo of pathman
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Rlombardi75
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of leaks
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of ktat
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Pours near total black, with only a few amber edges. The frothy, tan head doesn’t last that long, but coats the glass in swathes of lace. The aroma is of roasted dark malts with some coffee and fruityness. A substantial roasty, dark chocolatey maltiness takes the lead in the taste. Some citric, woody hops lay in the background. The mouthfeel is lighter than the appearance and aroma would give on, with a creamy, soft carbonation. The finish is bittersweet with a long cocoa flavor mixed with black malt roastyness.

This is a fantastic black lager. More stout like than the other couple examples of the style I’ve tried, but still light bodied and ‘lagery’. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Sathanas
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Mr_Hoptimistic
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of mlockman
3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A very good schwarzbier; initial coffee bitterness transforms into sweeter taste of chocolate malts as the brew warms.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color with a large light brown head that fades quickly and leaves a thick but spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains coffee, chocolate, lager yeast, roasted malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out smoky and sweet with flavors of coffee and chocolate. Then a strong breadiness comes in from a hearty roasted malt character and lager yeast. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly smoky and slightly bready.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for the style.

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bomber from the LCBO; bottled May 25 2017 and served slightly chilled. First time I've seen a Silversmith brew for sale in the Lambton county area, so naturally I jumped at the opportunity to try it.

Pours a deep, opaque brownish-black colour with mahogany highlights, giving rise to roughly one finger of loose, frothy, khaki-tinged head. It proceeds to weaken and fade over the next three minutes or so; a wide, foamy collar and an uneven coat of lacing are the primary remains, with only a thin, bubbly film left behind to partially obscure the surface of the liquid. The nose is dominated by roasty dark malts, characterized by notes of mocha coffee and baker's chocolate, as well as hints of molasses, caramel and charred wood. Fairly aromatic for the style, and enticing to boot.

A well-made schwarzbier, for sure. Light hints of smoke accent the dark malt backbone, which features flavours of toasted bread, lightly-roasted coffee and some dark chocolate. Molasses and caramel sweetness are also present, with the tail end of the profile featuring some earthy, leafy hop bitterness prior to a mildly sweet, roasty finish; the aftertaste leans towards the dry side. Medium-light in body, with moderate carbonation levels that gently brush against the surface of the palate, giving this dark lager a smooth, rather soft texture. Highly quaffable, and certainly one of the best Ontario-made schwarzbiers that I can recall trying.

Final Grade: 3.96, a B+. Silversmith Black Lager is a rock-solid flagship beer. The aroma is almost a little too rich for a schwarz - coming close to reminding me of a porter at times - but the flavour profile itself is a fine interpretation of a classic German dark lager, with toasty dark malt notes rounded out by a dry, roasty, moderately bitter finish. While this is a very good beer, the fact remains that it's (nearly) 8 bucks a bomber, so I don't know how often I'd select it over, say, Köstritzer (which is cheaper, easier to find, and comparable in terms of quality). A bit pricey, but it's still well worth sampling if you're presented with the chance.

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Photo of CurtisD
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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