Reprieve | Two Brothers Brewing Company

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Two Brothers Brewing Company
Illinois, United States

Style: Schwarzbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
This black beer is a Bohemian Pilsner gone dark. German malts, noble hops, and lager yeast combine for our take on this traditional beer style. 28.1 IBU

Added by MillRat on 04-06-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 29 | Ratings: 45
Photo of alleykatking
3.18/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz bottle. Thanks go out to betsona for cracking this one open.

A- Pours a black color. I didn't see any light pass through this one. One and a half finger tan head shows medium retention. While drinking this there was specks of lace on the glass but most fell back into the beer.

S- The aroma was interesting to say the least. Light roasted malts linger in and out of a distinct grassy hop aroma. More of a biscuty malt overtone to everything. Other than that not much else going on.

T- Light grassy hops in the front of the beer. This gives way to more of a straight pilsner taste with a little added biscuit like flavor. Hint of roasted malt about midway through for a second before it dies quickly and does nothing else. Alcohol is tame in this beer which for some reason I expected to play a bigger role.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Grassy hops and biscuit flavors are left on the palate. Aftertaste is light alcohol, biscuity malts, and grassy hops. Flavors were well put together but muted overall for the hybrid style. No off flavors were present in the beer. Light alcohol drying on the palate.

O- This beer was interesting. Neither over the top or underwhelming it was just there. The aroma and flavor profile should have been worked on a little more. Too bland for me to buy all the the time but in the same turn it would be a nice throw back treat.

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.11/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance -- Pours a cola brown with cherry highlights and a voluminous frothy mocha head. Looks beautiful.

Smell -- Cocoa powder, coffee, and a faint molasses-like sweetness are most present at first, followed by dark roast bitterness and slight ashiness. Plum-like fruitiness from the lager yeast is apparent.

Taste -- This one is definitely well-roasted, showcasing notes of baker's chocolate, coffee, and slight wood ash. Very dry, minimal malt sweetness. Lager yeast fermentation character makes itself known with a modicum of plum-like fruitiness. There is what seems to be a mineral character that I have a hard time describing. Hop bitterness seems a lot stronger than the 28 IBU would suggest, though it may just be the compounding of the earthy hops and the slightly ashy roast character. What little malt sweetness is well-hidden. Lingering flavor of mineral water, cocoa, and ash.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-bodied, perhaps a hair lighter, with crisp carbonation. Solid, but nothing to write home about. Could stand to be lighter in body.

Overall -- On the whole I'm fairly unenthused about this beer. I'm actually quite fond of the style. In fact, I was expecting to really enjoy this beer after the Two Brothers' Oktoberfestbier, Atom Smasher, but this one just doesn't do it for me. Less roast acridity and hop bitterness would've done this beer a lot of good.

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Photo of cjacobsen
3.05/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

(A) Poured into a snifter. Pours a really dark brown, almost black. There are hints of ruby around the edges when in the light. There's about a half inch of beige head that hangs for a while atop the beer.

(S) Smell is biscuit with fruits, roasted malts, some crystal malt and some faint hops.

(T) Tastes earthy and has a bit of a wood/oak-ness to it. The roasted character is quite big. The hops are a bit more present in the taste than they were in the nose. The lager yeast gives a sharp crispness.

(M) Ends a bit dry, slightly grainy, but is quite a full body beer.

(O) It's basically a hoppy pilsner beer overtone with a brown ale body.

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Photo of codsmith
2.89/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Black beer with a nice small light tan head that sticks to the sides of the glass. Foam stays around

S: Very mild smell. Nearly a Pils with some SLIGHT amount of roasted gain to balance out that off-smell of a full Pils and make it more neutral, but still give it a bit of roasted character. No hint of other grain characteristics like caramel or coffee.

T: Very bland for a Schwarzbier. This beer holds more to true to a regular American Pilsner style in taste. It lacks characteristic and/or full flavor. No hop characteristic or bitterness that needs to be present.

M: Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Keeps good with the style

O: Stays within style guidelines for some of the aspects like appearance and mouthfeel, but really lacks the flavor and bitterness that is usually present.

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