Silversmith Black Lager | Silversmith Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Silversmith Brewing Co.
Ontario, Canada
silversmithbrewing.com

Style: Schwarzbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Sammy on 10-29-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
59
Reviews:
14
Avg:
3.9
pDev:
10%
 
 
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Ratings: 59 |  Reviews: 14
Photo of Sammy
3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
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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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 liamt07
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of pathman
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of deonreds
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of Whatup14
3.84/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Photo of tom10101
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of DaPan
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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

Photo of Brewsed
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TerryW
3.27/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Electros
3.86/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of DenisKolkin
3.9/5  rDev 0%
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 FaradayUncaged
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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 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 leaddog
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
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 Bf_89
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of jp32
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
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 hopsolutely
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
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 Coronaeus
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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

Photo of dipso123
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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Silversmith Black Lager from Silversmith Brewing Co.
3.9 out of 5 based on 59 ratings.
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