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RATINGS: 175   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54/5   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
markwise (5096) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 30, 2014
Bottle courtesy of PaulUnwin. Pours a porter brown with a tan head. Nose is rye, malt, and earth with hints of lager yeast. Flavor is similar with rye, malt, earth, and lager yeast. Light to medium in body and lingering yeasty finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
yngwie (16395) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAR 15, 2014
Bottle, 22oz. It’s a dark reddish brown beer topped by a dense, finger-thick beige head leaving lacings. The aroma has toffee, some chocolate and roasted malts and a faint note of corn. Dark bread as well. The flavor has the same chocolate and toffee, with roasted malts, dark rye bred and some faint notes of corn. Semi-sweet on the palate, with a nice carbonation level. Roasted finish with chocolate and some salty hints. Not very true to style this one, but nice and tasteful anyway. Complex in a subtle way. 140315

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Meilby (10789) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAR 15, 2014
Bottle 650ml @ home
Pours clear dark reddish brown with a off-white head. Aroma has notes of roasted malt, chocolate, caramel, rye and toasted bread. Taste is medium sweet and light bitter with a roasted and chocolate finish. Body is medium, texture is thin to oily, carbonation is soft.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Itzjerm (2162) - Taft, Tennessee, USA - MAR 10, 2014
For a swartzbier pretty good. Nice chocolate flavors come through with nice hop bitterness. Sweet profile. Slight chalk common in this style but less than many. Overall nice beer good mouthfeel. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Valgreen (768) - DENMARK - FEB 22, 2014
Bottle @ Maxi. Very dark brown, small off white head, some lacing. Aroma and taste, roasted malts, quite hoppy, chocolate, caramel, brown sugar. Lively carbonation. Bitter sweet aftertaste, with roasted notes. Dry mouth feel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
VsXsV (3857) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 17, 2014
Bottle. Opaque black liquid with small off-white head. Aroma of coffee, bread, pumpernickel, ash and light fruity yeast esters. Taste is very light sweet and light to medium bitter with notes of coffee, ash and bread. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Nice but very roasted.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jcartamdg (2959) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 13, 2014
Pours a murky brown with no head. Aroma of malt, banana esters, pineapple. Taste is light, malty, banana esters. Very light, but not a great flavor. Not great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
woodychevy (822) - - JAN 26, 2014
So I used to think this was not my favorite brewery in Charleston - too much german influence- but the past couple of brews (one claw and this) have pretty much changed my mind. This is exceptional. Pours a jet black with a decent head. Carbonation appears to be low. Nose is coffee, chocolate and maybe some smoke? Body is medium to heavy (heavier than I would expect for a lager) and totally, totally smooth. Taste is same as nose but the rye definitely comes through for me- even at only 10% of the brew. Adds a really nice subtle note. Finish is smooth but lingering. The best kind. Really excellent brew. Will be visiting brewery next time I am in CHS.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MrTipple (3105) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 25, 2014
Aroma: toasted malts. Appearance: black, small white head. Taste: light bitter. Palate: smoked flavours, dry malts. Overall: decent Schwarzbier. Pint at Euston Tap, London.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (16262) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 19, 2014
Keg at the Euston Tap, 15/01/14. Light black with a good sized faded tan head that dissipates to a covering and edgework. Nose is dark malts, sweet tones, earthy cocoa backdrop, toffee fudge, soft brown bread dough. Taste comprises cocoa powder, dark toffee fudge, a sweet lead schwarz, muscavado sugars, hint of dark fruits. Medium bodied, fine carbonation, sweet closure. Nice schwarz, pretty sweet but well balanced, a pint of this would likely be a little too much for my palate but a half is fine.

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