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Titletown Dark Helmet Schwarzbier
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RATINGS: 31   MEAN: 3.37/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.27   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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This German-style black lager has a rich aroma of coffee, chocolate, caramel, and toasted malt, medium-full body, and a roasty yet smooth finish. Bronze medalist in the Great American Beer Festival.
2011 vintage: 5.5% abv


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Name: Dark Helmet
Date: 06/24/2007
Mode: Draft
Source: Brewpub

dark with ruby edges, short lived fine beige head, drops of lace, dark chocolate and roasted malt aroma with a touch of sweetness, creamy body, rich chocolate flavor, nice dark caramel sweetness, touch of roasted comes in to balance and assist with a light bitter finish,

Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 12/20
Rating: 3.2/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: *4

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gnoff (7664) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - OCT 15, 2012
Sampled at GABF on Saturday October 13, first session
Black color, brown head. Sweet, pop-corn scent. Sweet, malty taste. Medium mouthfeel, low bitterness.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 18, 2007
On tap at the brewpub on 6/24/07: Barely transparent dark mahogany with a thin ring of light tan head. Aroma of lightly sweet dark caramel and roasted malt with a hint of noble hops. Body starts with decent viscosity and semi-sweet earthy dark roasty malts and bitter German hops toward a roasty finish with a touch of dark chocolate. A pretty good schwarzbier.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ughsmash (7086) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 8, 2009
On tap at Titletown. Poured deep brown, near black with a short cap of beige head. The aroma was very rich with deep chocolate and coffee upfront.. wafts of vanilla and earth accented.. not much of a hop presence here, but the malts were presented well. The flavor found sweeter chocolates than the nose indicated, along with black patent, coffee, and a touch of vanilla.. the bitterness that surrounded was hard to place and lacked direction.. sweet overall and a little spicy on the back. Medium-bodied with scratchy carbonation on the palate.. OK flow.. only the bitterness stuck on the finish. Aiight.

1.5
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 3/20
crossovert (6934) - Illinois, USA - AUG 21, 2011
Didn’t remind me of a schwarzbier in the least. Too raoasty and not carbonated enough.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BVery (5937) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - SEP 3, 2011
Tap at the brewpub. Jet black pour with a grayish-white head. Roasted coffee, malt, and mild chocolate on the nose. Moderate mouthfeel. Taste was roated malts, coffee, and a touch of sweet.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheAlum (5530) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - JUL 30, 2013
Draft on tap at The Old Fashioned (Madison, WI). I love me some Titletown rates. Pours a deep blackish ruby hue, good haziness in the body but not opaque. Ruby glow shows dulled light on the bottom and edges. A frothy tannish head atop stays as a filmy layer, sticks around and laces ok. Aromas show gentle toastiness, biscuit and cocoa. Some toffee, gentle sweetness, mellow roast, faint kiss of dried fruit. Nice, neutral, and quite appealing. Initial is medium bodied, a bit creamy off the bat with cocoa and sweeter chocolate elements dancing in and out. Biscuits, gentle toast and caramel. Mellow roastiness starts to kick. Middle is toasty, biscuity, a bit creamy still. Quite drinkable, smooth as it goes down. Chocolate, bit of toffee. Not overly sweet but a firm body sits within. Some roastiness, bakers chocolate, and more sweet chocolate elements as we move on. Backend is toasty and biscuity, gentle roast and carmelized elements are distinct as we finish up with a more significant dry toasty feel, bit of creamy sweetness, caramel and cocoa. Really put together quite well. Finish is lingering cocoa, a touch of Tootsie roll, dry gentle roast and coffee grounds, bakers chocolate. Really nice Schwartz with a distinct flow, good rich flavors, creamy front end that moves to a more toasty and dry back. Nicely done here. Nose a touch subtle but I think that’s how it should be.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Skyview (5150) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - JUL 2, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2009 On tap at the Titletown brewpub, this beer pours an opaque dark brown brew with a thick, off-white head that dissolves slowly. Aroma of thick molasses, dark chocolate and toffee. Taste is that of toasted dark malt, a little lactic acidy with some flowery hop flavor. Finish is slightly bitter and a touch of tartness. As Mel Brooks may be proud to see as it was written on the brewery menu chalkboard, "May the Schawrz be with you."

The flavor has appears to be slightly different each year.

2007: Toasted dark malt with some tart berry character

2008: Toasted dark malt with some dry hop and smoked character

2009: Toasted dark malt with some chocolate and a very smooth finish

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
notalush (4765) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 23, 2008
A solid schwarz that drinks more like a porter - medium-bodied, with a strong roasty character and bitter chocolate flavor - a bit of coffee and sweet cream flavor - the sweetness gets stronger in the finish, but the roasted flavor keeps it in balance - quite good.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nuplastikk (4269) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 29, 2009
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2010 Draft at OF. Opaque black with a respectable, lasting head. Nice roasty bittersweet chocolate aroma. Very nice. Full out flavor yet a medium bodied watery finish. Solid specialty malt bill. Creamy with a borderline lactic touch. True to style and right on.


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