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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Added by Sammy on 10-29-2012

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Photo of bendythumb
4.55/5  rDev +17%
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 +16.2%
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 Koopdad
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
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 CAMRAhardliner
4/5  rDev +2.8%

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 TheManiacalOne
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
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 DenisKolkin
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes. Enjoyed a a winery tour with friends and a delicious lunch. Served into a giant wine glass.

Appearance - Very dark brown, nearly black. An impressive finger and change of deep tan head is poured and takes it's time in diminishing. Some lacing left behind.

Smell - Roasty as hell, some coffee elements but more of a earthy well roasted malt.

Taste - Close to the nose, with a touch less assertiveness. Hints of coffee. Moderate bitterness, leaning towards more intensely bitter, but just about in the middle for the style.

Mouthfeel - Smooth, rather light expressive carbonation.

Overall - A beer that will stack up with some of the best Germany has to offer. Would love to try this again.

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Photo of leaddog
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Pours a dark cola brown with a finger of bubbly beige head.

Smell- Roasted malts, cocoa, hint of dark fruits, light earthy hops.

Taste- Roasted malts, moderate bitterness from the cocoa and light earthy hops, and a dollop of dark fruits.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with light-to-moderate carbonation.

Overall - A pleasant schwarzbier with nice roasted malt flavours and earthy hop / cocoa bitterness that lasts well into the finish.

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Photo of yesforbeer
3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had this beer on a crisp Spring day. Perfect for the weather. Poured dark. Carbonation was spot on with light delicate head. Notes of mocha on the nose that carried through on the palate with a refreshing lager acidity and light body. Nice finish and low alcohol made for easy drinking.

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Photo of hopsolutely
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Picked this bottle up at the "brewery" yesterday - a beautifully re-purposed church in Virgil that will be the site of future brewing after the tanks get installed later this year. Have thoroughly enjoyed this beer on tap at several Kitchener & Stratford establishments and wanted to visit/support the new brewery.

Unfortunately, much prefer the mouthfeel of this beer on draught as this bottle strikes me as thinner and less carbonated than I’d choose. Still pours an attractive near-black, albeit with a limited coffee-coloured head that dissipates quickly. Aroma of roasted dark malts with a bitter edge and a hint of anise. Not an element I'd ever noticed before, so it may be my imagination. Pleasantly complex flavour of dark malts with some chocolate tones, ending with a nicely dry finish. Definitely a decent black lager.

Think this beer will appeal to a wide audience and the brewery is likely to become a real attraction in the Niagara area. Congratulations, Silversmith!

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Photo of jp32
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours black in color with good head retention. Roasted dark malts dominate both the aroma and the flavor of this beer. It seems quite simple, basic, and true to it's style.

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Photo of Sammy
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

So-so serviceable dark beer. shwartz. Enjoyed at Wvrst. Black bodied, with lots of lace. Like a nitro beer, as it is missing taste, kind of watered down sweet with licorice finish. A Basic roast taste, a more engaging taste. Would like more body. Still OK drinkable.

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Silversmith Black Lager from Silversmith Brewing Co.
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