Dark Knife | Elysian Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Elysian Brewing Company
Washington, United States

Style: German Schwarzbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.30%

Availability: Fall

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Added by Taphouse_Traveler on 11-12-2017

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Ratings: 14 |  Reviews: 6
Photo of Keepnitrl
3.31/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Was expecting a little more pumpkin on this. It was more reminiscent of a you stout or porter

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Photo of Birdlegs
3.69/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerDawgs
3.71/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L - A fingernail of foamy head, dark brown with no clarity

S - Nutmeg and cinnamon

T - German malts melded with pumpkin, cinnamon, and spices. Most of the flavors are subtle

F - Medium body and carbonation

O - An easy drinking, light, dark brew

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Photo of hreb
3.47/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle served in a tapered glass. Black, of course. Not much aroma. Thin mouthfeel and a very gentle flavor of blacked malt and pumpkin spices. It makes very a very sessionable beer, but not a very exciting experience, especially compared to the label. The label does indicate that I should pour carefully on account of the beer being unfiltered and containing sediment. Giving it a good swirl and re-pour obviously doesn't affect the appearance at all, but produces a bit more of the cinnamon and ginger flavor.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a very dark mahogany brown with little light transmission in the glass and a quarter finger dark khaki head with good retention and nice lacing. Aroma of lightly toasted malt, light cocoa, pumpkin and cinnamon. Flavor is toasted malt, pumpkin, mild cocoa and cinnamon. Malt and pumpkin fade out into a cinnamon and ginger finish with light grassy hops and a little char. Light to medium bodied with sharp carbonation. An interesting idea and my first pumpkin schwarzbier. The first part of the taste is pretty good, but flavors fade away except for the spices, leaving a somewhat spice astringent finish. I think a little more malt depth and perhaps ABV would help this, supporting the finish spices a little better. Drinkable and seasonal, but seems like a tamed down version of Dark O' the Moon, which I don't see on the list this year, but used to be an annual tradition along with the Great Pumpkin. Elysian does a fine pumpkin beer and this one delivers what it promises.

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Photo of Gkruszewski
3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of beeragent
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not much in the way of pumpkin character, but a great version of a schwarzbier!

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Photo of stratusjeans
3.56/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of oberon
3.89/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours into my Monchshof Schwarzbier glass a deep cola color with a large two finger tan colored head that leaves 'globs' of broken lace behind as it settles into a frothy mass,great lookin pour.Aromas of dark roast coffee over top of roasted pumpkin and earth,it's delicate and refined.Cocoa powder and earth on the palate over top of roasted pumpkin with no spice detected.This beer is better than the ratings,if you take it for what it is it's really nice.It's a German black lager with pumpkin added.

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Photo of teromous
3.61/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

I don't see a bottle date listed. The front label does mention that this is a "PUMPKIN SCHWARZBIER."

Appearance: The beer is black with a light khaki head. The head is medium sized with a creamy textured top and good retention. It leaves good lacing on the glass.

Aroma: There is a nice burnt wood aroma to the beer, with a light earthy scent.

Taste: It has a wonderful woody flavor with a light carbon taste.

Mouthfeel: It has a fantastic light body. The beer is very clean and very easy to drink.

Overall: This is a a fantastic Schwarzbier so I would recommend it on that merit alone. I would certainly drink it again if I wanted a Schwarzbier. This is mainly the case because it is not an easy style to find, and even more importantly it is hard to find a fresh variation of the style, having a majority of them being imported to where I live. As a pumpkin beer it ultimately falls short. The label says It is made with "cinnamon and ginger" but this doesn't come through in the aroma or flavor of the beer. Those spices don't even appear in this beer in the slightest way. In the end you are left sipping an excellent Schwarzbier but wanting some pumpkin pie spice, thinking about how perfect this could have been and how much they missed the mark on this one. I would not recommend it as a pumpkin beer and I would not drink it again if that was what I was looking for.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.21/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Dark brown with an apparent clarity that the dark color conceals. Fizzy light beige head maintains a thin film and a medium ring, and produces a few lines of lacing.

Nose is light, but there’s a light tang of pumpkin flesh with a slightly less light spice presence.

The beer opens with an earthy, dry, unsweetened cola flavor. There’s a little spice, and an above average carbonation, but not much else.

A rather dull beer that seems to more or less miss the target on the pumpkin addition on a lackluster base beer.

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Photo of Bierliebhaber3
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
3.44/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Dark Knife from Elysian Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.64 out of 5 with 14 ratings