Reprieve | Two Brothers Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
46.7%
Liked This Beer
3.61 w/ 45 ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Two Brothers Brewing Company
Illinois, United States
twobrothersbrewing.com

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.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
29
Ratings:
45
Liked:
21
Avg:
3.61/5
pDev:
14.13%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
4
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 45 |  Reviews: 29
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3.25/5  rDev -10%

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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3/5  rDev -16.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -30.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Front lit the beer is a dark chocolate color and back lit it's deep ruby hughlitghts. A nice head rises to a tan froth settling slowly.

Nice aroma of Euro hop possibly Saaz and english malt roasted nicely with a scotch ale nuance and also a bit of smoke.

A deep dark malt flavor with the smokey and roasty toasty. Honey malt of a pilsner is in the mix. Nice subdued hops provide the balance.

Mellow, smooth mouthfeel.

A very nice lager from the bros.

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Photo of Dope
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A dark brown pour with a large tan head atop it. Retention is good and leaves small lines of lacing on the glass.

S: Pretty mild aroma. Mild chocolate notes with some roasted malt. Hints of toffee and a bit of dark fruit. Finally, a touch of caramel.

T: Strange taste. There are notes of roasted malt, chocolate and coffee. Some dark fruit and caramel. Things you would expect from a schwarzbier. But it tastes like it was mixed with a pilsner; a black and tan of sorts.

M: A bit watery but otherwise smooth.

O: Very unique beer, as mentioned it tastes like two styles combined. Ends up dark with a bit of roasted malt character, but notable pilsner characteristics and a fairly thin profile.

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3.25/5  rDev -10%

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2/5  rDev -44.6%

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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

Poured into a snifter.

3.5 A: Black color. Two fingers of cramy tan head. Retention is average and a honeycomb pattern of lacing is left behind.

3.5 S: Clean roastiness, herbal and earthy hops. Grainy with undertones of caramel and chocolate. Good, but could use some more power. Not particularly sweet, but not dry at all.

3.5 T: Taste is more assertive. Big earthy hoppiness, light roast, moderate chocolate, light caramel. More doughy than grainy.

3.5 M: Medium to heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Could use a bit more creaminess, but I do like how thick this is.

3.5 D: Good, solid schwarzbier. This one is a lot less dry than most of that I've had of the style. Definitely worth a buy if black lagers are your thing.

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3.93/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Blind Beer #3 from TMoney2591; thanks Kyle. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into my Cigar City snifter.

a - Pours a very dark brown color, almost black, with two inches of dark tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Head lasts for about a minute and leaves very light lacing on the glass.

s - Smells of milk chocolate, roasted malts, sweet milk and cream, sweet dark fruits, spices, vanilla, and maybe a tiny bit of coffee. Sweet chocolate and vanilla dominate the nose…it's pretty nice. I'm thinking it is an American Double Stout or a Milk Stout at this point. As it warms up, a lot more dark fruit comes out.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, vanilla, cream, sweet milk chocolate, toasted malts, spices, very light coffee, and light sweet fruits. Again, sweet vanilla and chocolate dominate here, though there is more vanilla and less chocolate here than in the nose. Still think it is one of those 2 styles, leaning towards the American Double Stout as the taste wasn't quite as sweet as the nose. A little spicier. As it warmed up more dark fruits came out here as well.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Very smooth and creamy, and very easy to drink again. Third beer in row that had an awesome mouthfeel…makes it much easier to drink these.

o - Overall I liked this one quite a bit. Lots of sweet vanilla and chocolate with a touch of spice, and an awesome, smooth and creamy mouthfeel. I'm thinking this is an American Double Stout in the 7-8% ABV range. It reminds me a little bit of Half Acre's Big Hugs and given my targets geographical location, I am going to go with that as my guess.

And the reveal is…Two Brothers Reprieve, which is a Schwarzbier (and only 5.5% ABV). Looking at the label I'm thinking those spices I felt were from the rye, and can definitely see how the chocolate and roasted malts could make it a schwarzbier. Looks like I got more cream/vanilla than most people. Only 1/3 on styles so far but 3/3 on beers I enjoyed so I'll take it. Hope these keep being good and I don't hit a kill shot, though there is a large blind can looming in the fridge that looks like it could be a Bud Ice tall boy. After a California Steam, Quad, and Schwarzbier, I'm thinking I'll have to think out of the box regarding beer style from here on out. Lots of fun, thanks Kyle!

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

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3/5  rDev -16.9%

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of rtepiak
4.07/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

marketed for those who don't like 'dark beer' as a bohemian pilsner gone dark. so its like light as a pilsner but um... dark.

all in all this is a very well made schwarzbier with a nice sense of accent that is nothing like the expected solid chocolate but a dimension of fruits coming both from hopping and malt. good balance. pour with a fluffy head. coca cola. more mineral than most. but dry and grassy. like a very thin coffee varietal. nice subtlies and nice notes but still unique enough that it still sits as a craft... may even say dark pilsner if i'm feeling idealistic. good 'light' beer. lots of hints. nothing dominating. nice beer by a brewery that never seems to go wrong with the experimental bombers.

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4.08/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is very dark - cola color with a tan head that lasts a good amount of time. Rich maltiness with a spicy backing. Hits the style quite well - full flavored but smoothness of a lager. Crisp finish.

A hint of smoke, chocolate and fruitiness from german malts.

Nice beer - to style, well done

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3.28/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz. Very dark brown pour, a whispy thin layer of white head.

Aroma, toasted malt, bready, some chocolate and light earthiness.

Taste, very carmelly, not as much chocolate or roast. Some herbal spice, leather, yeast. Light citrus. Almost tastes like they used ale yeast.

Lighter bodied, higher carbonation. Drinks easy enough, but maybe a little off for the style.

Really more pilsener qualities than Dark Lager.

The Red Eye coffee porter I had from these guys was so good. This one, not quite as good.

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3.4/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

Finally got it in me to pull the trigger on this guy today. It pours a dark ruby-brown topped by a finger of pale ash foam. The nose comprises molasses, light roasted malts, mandarin orange syrup, and a touch of tobacco (like that found in a nice dark cigar). The taste focuses on the mandarin orange syrup, adding in extra oranges and a touch of ruby red grapefruit juice, all wrapped in a light bit of roasted malts and cocoa powder. Things just seem way the hell too fruity here... The body is a rather light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly watery feel. Overall, a decent schwarz, but the fruitiness and thinness don't help things all that much.

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Photo of uwmgdman
4.03/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The contents of my bomber pours nearly jet black with just a ruby glow when held to a bright light. The head is ample, tan colored that diminished to a skim, but left some lacing. The aroma is quite nice, roasted malts, chocolate, a bit sweet, inviting. The flavor is moderately roasty, hints of coffee and bittersweet chocolate, smooth and pleasantly acidic from the dark malts. The bittersweet dark malts linger after the swallow. The body and carbonation are very Pils like--appropriately so. Overall a fine Schwarzbier, it is too bad they are not in the Madison distribution channels anymore, thanks for the beer bro!

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Reprieve from Two Brothers Brewing Company
Beer rating: 46.7% out of 100 with 45 ratings
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