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Black Forest | Crescent City Brewhouse

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Crescent City Brewhouse
Louisiana, United States

Style: Munich Dunkel Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A full-bodied dark mahogany beer, with a rich malty texture. It is sparsely hopped, in the traditional Munich style.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-11-2003

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3/5  rDev -16.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of tigg924
2.53/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Pours clear, dark brown in color, with minimal head. Taste is coffee, roasted malt, and light chocolate. Sweet, roasty with light body. To me this beer just fell flat. Was expecting more body for the roastiness. For me this is a huge pass.

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Photo of far333
3.89/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a 20 ounce pilsner glass. Dark brown with ruby highlights with a high, chunky, light brown head that settles quickly. Aroma is light, and consists of dark malt. Mouthfeel is smooth, moderately carbed. Flavor is roasted malt, some plum and brown sugar, with a lingering cocoa. Very enjoyable and very drinkable.

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Photo of javlin624
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of jimbomill
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Was lucky enough to try this one on-tap on 2/22. The beer arrived with an adequate (inch) head of foam on it. The look was dark, even touching on black. The aroma was a deep, raisin-like richness.
The taste was malty, which I prefer. The hop presence was minimal, which again for this type of beer I also prefer.
The mouthfeel was so-so, almost watery thin. For a dark beer with the nice aroma, I was surprised. Drinkability, because of the thin mouthfeel was no more than average.
On arriving, the visual on the been boosted hopes, but the beer can use a little more body to be excellent.

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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of VABA
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Treyliff
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Stopped in for a couple of beers on my trip to New Orleans.

A- pours a dark mahogany color with a brownish hue, creamy thick tan head and pretty good lace.

S- cereal grain, cocoa powder, sweet and toasted malts, nearly no trace of hops.

T- bold toasted malt, chocolate, cereal grain and faint hops. Follows the aroma profile spot on.

M- light carbonation, medium body, slightly creamy, finishes a little thin.

O- good malty brew, slightly dry finish with just a trace of hops. Overall a pretty good sampling, but nothing to write home about.

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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of metter98
3.49/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Crescent City Brewhouse, New Orleans, LA

A: The beer is crystal clear dark mahogany amber in color (brown when viewed from afar). It poured with a finger high beige colored head that settled down, leaving a thin head covering the surface.
S: Moderate aromas of toasted malts and malt extracts are present in the nose.
T: The taste mostly follows the smell and has flavors of malt extracts, although there are just enough noble hops to mask any sweetness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is rather malty, but isn’t heavy on the palate and isn’t sweet. It’s not bad for a hot day in New Orleans.

Serving type: on-tap

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Photo of stortore
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of Stoffel
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of MaxOhle
3.34/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of WholeLottaTricks
3.96/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of stouty5
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of JohnBender
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerBucks
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of rfgetz
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark, chalky dark brown, moderate cap of off-white froth, gone quickly. Nice whiffs of dark malts, lightly sweet caramel, roasted grain, hints of cocoa powder, faint hints of dark fruit. Full flavor profile had me questioning the style a bit as Ive had porters with weaker characteristics than this beer presents. Medium bodied, light lingering sweetness. Overall, the best of the bunch from this brew pub.

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Photo of Drknight
3.42/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jmbranum
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Update from July 17, 2012: I adjusted the numerical score for the last number (which is now Overall, instead of what it was then Drinkability). I gave it a 3.0 back then, but obviously it should be a 4.0 when scored with the more rational "overall" rating.

Original review May 26, 2006:

This was my favorite of the ones I tried while in N.O. recently (I also would recommend Crescent City's Red Stallion and the offerings of Abita but I didn't take notes on them).

Poured a nice rich black color in a large pilsner glass.

Nice roasted flavor with a moderate amount of hops. This reminds me of a cross between a Porter and Dopplebock if that makes sense.

Velvety on the tongue.

A welcome respite from the macro-beer infestation in the French Quarter and a step up from Abita Turbodog (a good beer, but this is much better)

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Photo of baklo
3.51/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of smcolw
3.77/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Neutral brown in color, some light shines through--seems clear; no lace, no head.

Aroma of a mild porter; coffee and cocoa smells. Attractive

Great chocolate flavor which lasts through the swallow. The body detracts: too watery with low carbonation. Think thin porter...my neighbor (and the bartender) declared this their favorite of the bunch. I prefer the Red Stallion.

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Photo of Gavage
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brownish red in color with a thin 1/2 " head. No lacing develops with this. The aroma is almost no existant except for the malt. The flavor is nicely malty with some caramel tones. Little to no bitterness. The mouthfeel is smooth and a pretty clean finish, but the malty sweetness lasts a second or so on the tongue. Light-medium bodied and nice carbonation. Not a bad dunkle.

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Photo of Chickenhawk9932
3.72/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep dark muddy brown with an ample tan head that lingers.

Mild hop punch, slightly medicinal and herbal. Smells of sour yeast and roasted malt.

Taste is roasted malt - chocolate, coffee - with a slight spicy note of rye, a slightly bitter hop herbal hit. This is a solid beer, but nothing stands out.

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Black Forest from Crescent City Brewhouse
Beer rating: 3.59 out of 5 with 63 ratings
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