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Krombacher Dark | Krombacher Brauerei

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Krombacher Brauerei
Germany
krombacher.de

Style: Schwarzbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-22-2009

BEER STATS
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#41,386
Reviews:
44
Ratings:
237
pDev:
13.91%
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.44/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 2/5/13. Best before 2/5/14.

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of beer form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is mainly of malt and caramel-like aromas. Taste is much the same with dark roasted malt and burnt toast flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an pretty good beer that is easy to drink but the flavors are better on the aftertaste than at first sip.

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3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of metter98
3.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very dark amber (near black) in color. It poured with a small beige head that has good retention properties and consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of dark malts in the nose.
T: Similar to the taste, there are flavors of dark malts and notes of chocolate malts.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a bit smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer goes down very easily and is rather drinkable. It is a good representation of the style.

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3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz glass, on-tap at Terroni, an Old World pizzeria in downtown Toronto, before my flight back home.

This beer appears a clear, very dark reddish cola hue, with two fingers of puffy, foamy, and lightly bubbly beige head, which leaves a splattering of lightning strike lace around the glass as it gently retreats.

It smells of lightly roasted pale and caramel malts (hard to shake a certain lager association), some very mild mocha, dank wet earth, a touch of wispy smoke, and weedy, leafy hops. The taste is more roasted caramel malt, burnt whole wheat toast, dry pithy chocolate, nutty coffee, softly sour black fruit notes, and meek floral, earthy hops.

The carbonation is quite moderate, bordering on innocuous, the body medium-light in weight, a tad slick in its plain smoothness, and somewhat clammy. It finishes off-dry, the weakly sweet and toasted malt offset by the soft green bitterness evolving out of the hops.

A generically flavoured, yet suitably agreeable black lager, a kind of macro-Euro essence seeping out of the edges. Not all that complex, but it of course went well with the spicy Neapolitan pizza and expense account.

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3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of chinchill
3.93/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

300ml brown bottle with both production (4 May 2011) and "best before" dates (4 May 2012) on the back label. [bravo!]

A: This "dark" beer is really dark: near opaque with reddish-brown highlights at the edges. The large dark tan head picks up some of the coloration, having traces of reddish-orange. Certainly a good looking beer before the head dies.

Aroma: rich but not very complex, featuring medium and dark malts with a hint of smoke. Faintly reminiscent of Negro Modelo, but much richer and better.

T: Dominated by roasted/toasted malts, some spicy hops make a noticeable and well proportioned contribution to a fine schwarzbier. Very tasty yet neither bitter nor sweet. Finishes with a lasting toasted malt flavor with hints of smoke, spicy hops and coffee.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with perfect carbonation. Some appreciated dryness in the finish.

O - easy recommendation for malt lovers, this one has plenty of rich dark malt flavor, mostly dark roasted without any off- or burnt-flavor qualities. A very fine German dark beer. Reminds me of the world-class Andecher. Despite nearly identical ratings, the taste is better than the aroma and really outstanding for style.

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3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear near black in color with some hints of dark amber near the edges of the glass and the surface when held up to the light. The beer has a quarter finger tall beige to dark beige head that reduces to a thin film covering about half of the surface of the beer and a ring of medium thickness at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of dark malts and possibly some chocolate malts.

T: Like the smell, the dominant flavors of the beer come from the malts - mostly dark malts with some light amount of chocolate malts. Light bitterness is present but does not really linger.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Very easy to drink, enjoyable, and sessionable. Though this appears as a dark beer that might put some people off, this is light enough to be a very enjoyable summer beer. I like the flavor quite a bit.

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Photo of oberon
3.41/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my Monchshof Schwarzbier glass a medium chocolate color with reddish hue through out a 1/2 finger off white head atop.aromas are light with some choclate and mineral notes.somewhat bready with a real tinny/metallic element to it,a doughy chocolate finish.It's decent,not overly sweet by any mean but not overly complex either.

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

Photo of dcmchew
3.3/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of vfgccp
2.5/5  rDev -27.5%

Photo of atrocity
3/5  rDev -13%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.03/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16 ounce pint - Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Effectively a black body with an inch of airy, light beige froth. Thin sheets of lace on the way down.

Smell: Incredibly modest, disinterested notes of roast, semi-sweet chocolate, coffee, and vanilla.

Taste: Very, very light touches of cola, roast, chocolate. There's really just not much to it at any point. Mildly sweet. A drop of faux vanilla flavoring. Very light herbal hops and accompanying bitterness. Soft, roasty-ish finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Inoffensive, easy drinking. Just as the Krombacher Weizen was a bit on the "light" end of the flavor spectrum, so, too, is the Krombacher Dark a wee bit wimpy.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.58/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served from tap in a tall pokal at Firkin.

How have I not tried this stuff before? Rectifying that, it pours a deep midnight smoked sienna (nearly black, frankly) topped by a finger of sandstone foam. The nose comprises mild maple syrup, roasted malts, and a hint of greenery. The taste brings in more of the same, along with some grass and a twinge of cola near the finish. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a crisp-ish finish. Overall, a pretty nice schwarz. 'Nuff said.

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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Tone
3.16/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear, dark brown. One inch head of an off-tan color. Great retention and decent lacing. Smells of sweet malt, roasted malt, slight yeast, slight burnt toast, and a hint of syrup. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, slight caramel malt, hint of roasted malt, hint of wheat, hint of adjunct, and burnt toast. Overall, good appearance, but weak body and aroma, the burnt toast aroma and flavor is unpleasant.

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Photo of tone77
3.56/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts, molasses. Taste is malts, sweet, somewhat like the non alcoholic malta drink. Feels light in the mouth and overall is an interesting take on this style, and a good beer.

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2.75/5  rDev -20.3%

Photo of tempest
3.13/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a single from Euro Market. Not a bad beer, but it comes off like a Euro dark lager. This beer has a touch of roast, but no cocoa. Instead, the malt character has a stronger fruity barley. It's a smooth beer with a slightly dry finish. Not bad, but not a schwarzbier. Eh.

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3.41/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Krombacher tulip glass.

A - Poured dark brown with 2 fingers of off white head. Some light cane through around the edges of the glass but otherwise opaque.

S - Light nose. Some dark roasted malts with a slight bitterness evident.

T - Roasted malts, chocolate and a prominent hop bitterness. There is also a decent sweetness that takes on caramel and mollases flavours at times.

M - Light to medium body. Moderate carbonation.

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Photo of plaid75
3.54/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of sd123
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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Krombacher Dark from Krombacher Brauerei
Beer rating: 3.45 out of 5 with 237 ratings
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