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RATINGS: 178   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 25   EST. CALORIES: 177   ABV: 5.9%
Dark Helmet is a German-style black lager (or Schwarzbier) brewed with 10% malted rye. Chocolate and Carafa malts give this beer its dark color and ludicrously smooth, roasty flavor. May the Schwarz be with you!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
jgb9348 (5555) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - MAR 31, 2016
Dark brown coloured body with a two centimetre tall tan head, with the body showing about 60% opacity - not incredibly dark. Aroma of roasted malt, prunes, earth, cream and a touch of burnt metal. Medium-bodied; Thinnish feeling of roasted malt up front with some oatmeal and specialty grains noticeable, but the burnt flavours persist and ends with a hint of caramel sweetness. Aftertaste shows a bit of prunes alongside the earthy malt notes and ends with grain, oatmeal and some bitter fruit flavours. Overall, a decent beer, if that - much too thin and not enough complexity at all; Definitely below expectations, whatever they happened to be. I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Murray’s Cheese in New York (Greenwich Village), New York on 06-December-2015 for US$8,99 sampled at home in Washington on 29-March-2016. Bottled On Date of 09-October-2015.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
blankboy (7134) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 16, 2016
[My bottle (650ml) shared with GregClow, jercraigs & mabel] Pours a dark brown with an average size lasting frothy tan head. Minimal lacing. Aroma of toasted malt, coffee, a hint of chocolate, very light hops, eggshells and rye malt. Only slightly watery flavour is malty along with a hint of nuts, notes of coffee & chocolate and light hops. Average bodied. Pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jercraigs (9681) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 14, 2016
2016-02-26. Black body nice foamy tan head. 3++ Aroma is dry, dusty malt has a bit of cocoa like chocolate. Flavour is moderately bitter, dusty dry malt muted cocoa. Average bodied palate, soft effervescent carbonation. 3+ Okay, a bit milder than expected overall. 7/4/7/3/14-15 Bottle shared by Blankboy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Johnsense (1283) - - MAR 5, 2016
Dark black pour, smaller head. Huge roasted malt bill in aroma and taste. Lighter spice, chocolate. Medium body.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ordybill (1301) - Douglasville, Georgia, USA - FEB 24, 2016
Poured from the tap into a pint glass. The appearance is a deep brown color with a large tan head. The aroma is big on malt with roasted malt and some spice tossed in for good measure. The flavor is spiced cocoa with hops mixed in. Overall a really interesting beer that I would drink again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
pressboxjoe (400) - , New Jersey, USA - FEB 16, 2016
Bottle. Malty and roasty, a bit thin. Chocolate, rye bread. Next time I have this I will have to think of exactly the right time to have it - when I did have it was after a succession of stronger beers, and that is *not* the right time to have it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mansquito (5107) - Nueva York, New York, USA - FEB 6, 2016
Associated, Bushwick bottle: pours black with a tan head. Aroma is chocolate and rye. Nice light rye bitterness which mixes well with the chocolate. Nice slightly chewy body. Good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JaBier (6773) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JAN 15, 2016
Bottle shared by a friend. Darkest brown pour with a medium tan head. Aroma of malt and some chocolate. Malty flavor with lager yeast and chocolate accents before a roasty finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DocJitsu (1587) - Pensacola, Florida, USA - JAN 8, 2016
Pours a very dark brown with a taupe-tan head. Dark malt, some chocolate, and lactose on the nose. Full mouthfeel, but becomes thin and sharp. Coffee, dark malt, red fruit briefly in the middle, cola, and chocolate. Pretty dry all the way through.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Aurelius (5006) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 8, 2016
Dark, clear root beer black-brown. Slightly sweet, mild roast aroma. A little vacant, mild roast, nutty sweetness, maybe a little cocoa. Body is a little watery. On tap, Just Tap’d, Warner Robins.

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