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RATINGS: 129   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 25   EST. CALORIES: 177   ABV: 5.9%
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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!


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
olio (6512) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUN 25, 2014
65 cl bottle. Bottled on 22.10.2013.
Pours dark red, almost black color with a small head. Very malty on the nose, roasty, some wooden notes, dark chocolate and some faint smoky notes. Malty and roasty flavor also, dark chocolate, dried fruits, some faint hops. Very pleasant and balanced, yet another success from Westbrook. The half year age doesn’t really feel on this one. Nice.
4425

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
blipp (6349) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - APR 20, 2012
Bottle. Pours dark brown with a thin beige head. Rye malty aroma, with lightly roasted malts and a hint of chocolate. The flavor has rye and lightly roasted malts, and a light chocolate sweetness. Nice.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Camons (6314) - Hasselager, DENMARK - JUL 4, 2013
Bottle @ Christers. Pours dark brown with light brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, dark chocolate, dark fruits. Flavor is malts, chocolate, light licorice, dark fruits, plums. Medium body, soft carbonation. 030713

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
drowland (6156) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - DEC 11, 2013
12/11/13. 22oz bottle from Five Points. Deep brown pour, almost black, with a nice khaki head that sticks. Toasty aroma, malty, biscuit and caramel, with a bit of roast, coffee, and chocolate. Nice flavor, smooth maltiness that is more chocolate forward than the aroma led on, a hint of fruitiness, plenty of roast, some ash, lingering biscuit and chocolate. Tasty!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
blutt59 (6035) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 22, 2013
on tap, dark brown to garnet colored pour, coffee and some dark walnut shell, roasty, smoke or rye notes, light finish

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
jredmond (5628) - Manhattan, New York, USA - APR 13, 2012
Bottle at Max’s Tasting. Pours a deep mahogany brown with frothy brown lacing. Aroma is sweet caramel malts, light wet wood, light roasted chocolate. Mouthfeel is thin with notes of watery chocolate, roast, smoke, wet dog, and sweet roasted caramel malts.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sfhodense (4790) - Odense NØ, DENMARK - MAY 17, 2013
Pours black with a dense beige head. Aroma is roasted malt, sour notes, dark fruit and herbal hop. Flavour is roasted malt, chocolate, dark fruit, malt acidic, liquorish and herbal hop.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
markwise (4544) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ChainGangGuy (4420) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - NOV 28, 2013
22 ounce bottle - $8.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Bottled on: 10/22/13.

Appearance: Pours a near (very near) black body with just under an inch of sandy beige foam.

Smell: Chilled coffee and less-than-sweet chocolate wrapped in a thin layer of clean, worksafe smokiness. Ashen grains. Bruised grapes.

Taste: Roast, baker’s chocolate, and a subtle rye quality. Coffee-toned. A little sweet present, but, not overly so. Pinch of ashes (a bit smokey). Faint licorice. Grape-y dark fruitiness. Scant hop character but some light bitterness showing. Semi-dry, roasty finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Smooth, soft texture.

Overall: Being notably fuller in all its regards it is not exactly a classic, traditional schwartz. Still, it’s a reasonably nice beer. Can’t we just like nice beers?

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
allmyvinyl (4224) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 8, 2014
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours dark brown, thin beige head. Aromas of malt extract, rye spice. Taste is clean and malty sweet. Bit thin on the finish.


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