Reasonably Corrupt | Great Raft Brewing

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Reasonably CorruptReasonably Corrupt

Brewed by:
Great Raft Brewing
Louisiana, United States

Style: Schwarzbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 22 | Ratings: 120
Photo of HattedClassic
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown color. Medium body. Smooth and slightly creamy. Good sweet caramel notes with a light roast a D decent floral hop notes. Malt is more than hops. Hops give a nice compliment to the malt.

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Photo of russpowell
4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours an effervescent ruby tinged chestnut with 3+ fingers of tan head. Nice lacing & head retention

S: Brown bread & a little carob

T: Follows the nose, a little herbal & wood hops as well, a little anise as well. Cocoa & brown bread as this warms, a little more herbal hops as well, dryness too. Finishes dry with brown bread woody hops & carob

MF: Medium body, modest carbonation, really complements the beer style

Drinks pretty darn easy, a very nice take on the style, probably buying this again soon

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Photo of Myotus
4.09/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured gently at 47°F from a 12oz can (canned on 02May16) into a Pilsner glass. Consumed on 21Jun16.
SMELL:  Mild aromas of sweet chocolate, graham cracker, biscuits, and bittersweet coffee are balanced by subtle aromas of bitter roasted malts, earthy hops, and floral hops.
4.25 out of 5
TASTE: Mild flavors of sweet chocolate balanced by mild bittersweet coffee flavors first flow on to the palate. The bitterness is quickly strengthened by mild flavors of roasted malts while the sweetness is simultaneously increased by mild flavors of graham cracker. Mild biscuit flavors and subtle earthy and floral hop flavors finish off the taste profile as all previous flavors persist.
4 out of 5
NOTE: Granted that this is only my third of the style, it is the one that I have tasted. This was slightly stronger than the previous ones that I have had, which helped the overall rating. This was wonderfully balanced, maybe even a little too balanced. I was hoping for a sweeter tasting brew that would have mocked the sweetness in the aromas. This is a very easy drinking beer. I hope these guys will consider distribution to Texas soon.

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Photo of johnnyd10vt
3.69/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Beautiful black color like a porter, almost no head. Super subtle smell. The flavor is more malt than hops and I get an odd grain/hay flavor that I can't quite place. Good, but not great in my book. Tasty, drinkable, but not as complex as I would like it to be.

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Photo of jeranbrews
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - foamy robust khaki head. Some lacing. Dark brown coffee hue. 4

S - peaty anise and tea leaves and tobacco. Bold. 4

T - flavors mimicking smells. Strong sea water and oak.not light bodied. Mine must be too cold. 3.5

M - powerfully dense tasting and thick. 3.75

D - not bad perhaps too simple in its directness 3.75

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz can. Nearly black with thick frothy head, great retention and lace. Roasty chocolate aroma with mild smoke. Taste is chocolaty with a touch of char, semi-sweet, a little buttery, very flavorful. Medium chewy mouthfeel. Good brew.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.69/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

No label information. Reasonably Corrupt is brewed in the style of a Black Lager (Schwarzbier), available in 12 oz. canned 6 packs and on year-round draft.

Poured from a 12 oz. can to a snifter glass.

(Appearance) Pours a crisp frothy head of a mocha brown color over a dark brown body with mahogany highlights, light speckled sediment and light, rapid carbonation. Retention is average and lacing is light and spotty. 3.75

(Smell) Biscuit malts, sourdough bread malts, a touch of caramel body, light stone fruitiness, trace chocolate and a pinch of black patent edge. Soft hop notes of earthy and spicy hop aromas with a light bitterness. Distinctively clean lager aroma overall, revealing the subtle yeast characteristics of this beer. Potency is moderate. 3.5

(Taste) Toasted bread crusts, biscuit grains, sweet chocolate nibs, tangy cherry juice with a light acidity. Nice malt and yeast profile sharing this ale, making for high drinkability plus satisfying flavor. Finishes medium dry with a pinch of chocolate and sourdough. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, light, lightly acidic, clean, medium dry. Carbonation is medium, generating a medium frothiness and a medium crisp finish. Body is medium for the style, medium overall. Balance is nearly balanced with tangy and acidic to sweet. Alcohol presence is light and there are no off characters. 3.75

(Overall) A lighter-bodied substitute for porter and stout lovers, Reasonably Corrupt is a pleasant and highly drinkable lager that feels at home when consumed in autumn. Lots of malt diversity without distraction, gruffness or headache-inducing alcohol content. The yeast profile generates a lot of fruit and a subtle acidity which complements the ale well. If more Black Lagers followed suit behind this example I think the style would take off in popularity. Certainly one of the better stateside representations of the style. 3.75

Great Raft Brewing's
Reasonably Corrupt Black Lager

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Photo of brewskifan55
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a teku glass.

A: Blackish brown with a tan one finger head that went quickly.

S: Dark chocolate. Smokey. Malty. Light grains.

T: Charred chocolate with a bready malt underscore. Reasonably sweet, robust. A chewy finish.

M: Medium to heavy with medium carbonation.

O: Would go well with chocolate chip cookies and cheesecake. A nice dessert beer.

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Photo of Beer-Revelry
3.23/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this on tap at Great Raft brewing

A - 3.5 - Color was a very dark brown, appears black but some light can pass through. Light tan half finger and quick subsiding head. Low head potential and retention.
S - 3 - Reminds me of a doppelbock. Quite malty, little distant hints of chocolate, not a whole lot going on.
T - 3.5 - Roasty malt, light touches of caramel and chocolate.
F - 3 - Middle of the road, medium body.
O - 3 - A decent brew. Reminds me of a strong porter or doppelbock.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can, poured into glass. Pours dark brown, so have to knock its lake of schwarz color. Slightly roasted aroma, a touch of mild chocolate. Good flavor, good balance, neither sweet nor dry. Solid mouthfeel.

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Photo of BigGold
3.69/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

First had at Herby-K's, Shreveport, poured from 12-oz. can into mug, and most recently in New Orleans on draft in plastic go cup for line at Deanie's Seafood. As intended, this black lager is not challenging, but is beautifully made.

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Photo of tempest
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown, near black. It reminds me more of a dark lager for the slightly lighter body, but there's still the cocoa, coffee, toffee, and light roast of a schwarzbier. It needs to warm up for the flavors to come out, but it's highly drinkable cold or just cool.

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Photo of tigg924
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice dark black color with 1/4 inch head. Incredibly smooth, easy drinking beer. Nice combination of milk chocolate, sugar, and light roasted malt. This is one I could drink all night.

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Photo of tone77
3.3/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, some roasted malts. Taste is light and mild, roasted malts, a hint of coffee. Feels light in the mouth and overall, while not a bad beer, it's not exactly going to overwhelm you with flavor, or otherwise.

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Photo of Jason
3.72/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz can, sample from the brewery.

Yes, it is black ... great suds on top. Soft roasted malt nose and flavor, very malty with a subtle bready yeasty tone. Modest hopping, very easy drinking. Very much a black lager. This is the lagers answer to the drinkable stout or easy drinking porter.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great Raft Reasonably Corrupt has an extremely thick, foamy, creamy, beige head, a dark brown appearance, and heavy lacing left behind. The aroma is of cream, coffee (medium roast), mild chocolate, and brown bread crust. Taste is of sweetness, brown bread, some char, coffee, and a bit of chocolate. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Great Raft Reasonably Corrupt finishes crisp, clean, and refreshing.


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Photo of a0lbudman
4.21/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L-Black with a tan small tan head that fades, and a red tint when held up to the light
S-roasted aroma that has hints of chocolate and a bread smell in the background
T-same as smell with a strong roast taste yet the chocolate taste is not there. It has a real smooth aftertaste with light hops and a roast finish
M-creamy highly carbonated and medium body
O-had this on draft at the brew house and had the can. Both had a very smooth feel and came thru in the finish. I enjoyed both and look foward to trying it again when I pass thru Shevport

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Photo of SHODriver
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

A: pours a deep brown and is nearly black with a finger and a half of dense light tan head that retains well and leaves some lacing
S: smells of roasted malts and a little bit of fruitiness. some chocolate and coffee as well
T: taste is a little nutty with some roasty malt flavors and coffee. swallow is more roasted malt and coffee with a little bit of cocoa powder.
M: light but not too light with soft carbonation and a slightly dry finish
O: This is a well made beer with good flavors and decent complexity. It isn't bad but I feel that htere are better representatives of the style.

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Photo of WTKeene
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A generous gift from my friend Yeti1979, poured from a can into a Treehouse pint glass.

Appearance: Dark and thick, with hints of mahogany when held up to the light. Head is thick and creamy eggshell, with lots of lacing.

Smell: Like most lagers it's relatively light and hard to discern much. Hints of roast and a little bit of lager yeast.

Taste: Hints of burnt malt over a light banana flavor from the lager. Sweet, with a bitter toasty finish, this is really easy drinking.

Mouthfeel: To me, this is where this beer shines. Really thick for 5.5%. I've had 10% beers that were lighter. Not much in the way of linger, the finish is quite clean.

Overall: Never had a schwarzbier before, but this is lovely. Could definitely see myself drinking this as a dark, every day session beer.

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Photo of donspublic
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Have had this several times when I have been visiting in north Louisiana. I cannot wait for this beer to make it over to Texas. It is a great example of a Schwarzbier. I think I like this favor and complexity of this better than the Shiner Black. As mentioned in a previous review if you like stouts and porters, then this is your all night beer

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Photo of whmike5050
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

This beer is a great example of the schwarzbier style. It is not a session beer, but it is lighter in body than the taste profile's depth/complexity would suggest. It is an excellent alternative to a stout or porter, particularly during the summer.

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Photo of bmwats
3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a fresh growler into a pint.

A: Black. Pours a 1 finger, tight, foamy, brown head. Settles fairly slowly, leaving a thick blanket of foam on the surface, a thick beer ring, and some residue. Spotty lacing, mostly retreats into the body of the brew.

S: Roasted coffee, a little dark chocolate, black licorice, and oak.

T: Lightly bitter roasted coffee beans, a bit of unsweetened bitter dark chocolate, with a nice oaky flavor, a touch of licorice, and a bit of peat.

M: Thick and hearty. A bit smoky. Bitter finish.

D: Not quite sessionable. More of a sipping brew.

Atmosphere is really nice. Tight head, and some fair lacing. Nose is char roasted coffee with chocolate, licorice, and oak accentuates. Bitter coffee stands out, bitter chocolate, licorice, and pungent peat. Overall, this is a good quaff.

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