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RATINGS: 96   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48   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!


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
poochy (10) - Aiken, South Carolina, USA - DEC 3, 2012
A bold beer great for a cold month. Excellent malty nose with strong chocolate character and yet, hint of vanilla. Light on palette for its weight but leaves with a full mouth feel. Highly recommended on tap.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
SSSteve (3661) - - DEC 3, 2013
Bottle. Black with small beige head. Smooth and velvety palate. Roasty. Stout like. Some chalkiness.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cybercat (2985) - Georgia, USA - DEC 11, 2013
Pours a deep, warm coffee brown with a thick and rather persistent fine-bubbled tan head. Woody aroma has notes of coffee, semi-sweet chocolate, hay and caramel. Robust flavor has bold coffee, caramel, woody hop, and subtle licorice and horehound notes. Texture is smooth and fairly fizzy. Get your dark helmet on!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
woodychevy (258) - - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Imaena (1701) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 31, 2013
Draught @ Brickstore. Super roasted malts with a nice smooth mouthfeel. I could see coming back to this again and again. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tillmac62 (135) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - DEC 22, 2013
Pours almost black with a thick head and long lasting lacing. Nose is of chocolate against a slightly sweet background with a hint of smoke. I could not detect any rye or hops in the nose. Light medium bodied and a smooth mouthfeel. Balanced carbonation typical of a lager. The taste is a fine balance of chocolate against a slightly sweet background with a tick of rye and smoke. An undertone of coffee is also present. Smooth finish of chocolate with a light rye spiciness and smoke that lingers. The lingering finish is where the coffee flavor is most evident. Very impressive.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ladnewton (1325) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 2, 2013
Keg at CBI, London on 16th June 2013. Black with tan head and almost no lace. Rich berries, fruitcake and roasty aroma. Rich roast malts in-mouth with tanginess. Grassy and tangy flavours in finish with touches of smoke. Zingy mouthfeel and solid body. A good mouthful!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wnoble (1214) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 3, 2013
Bottle thanks to SSSteve, thanks!. Pours black with some light brown head that stays at a dense brown ring. Nose is chocolates, roasted malts, and some various sweet bready malts. Flavor is toasty biscuit, chocolate, and breads. Medium full body velvety and good.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerandBlues2 (9068) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JAN 27, 2012
Bottle. Pours clear black with a small, fizzy tan head, short retention with light lacing. Aroma is caramel, chocolate and toast malt with dates and earthy esters. Flavor is malt dominant with licorice, dates, chocolate and toast malt and a dry finish. Medium body, warmth and carbonation.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopscotch (8529) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 17, 2012
Bottle… Pours black with a huge, frothy, cappuccino head that never fully dissipates. The aroma is straight-up café con leche accompanied by a big hunk of fudge. Very, very nice. Full-bodied with a silky mouthfeel and dancing carbonation. The flavor is of unsweetened dark chocolate, espresso and a touch of carbonic charcoal. Finishes crisp, burnt, moderately bitter, and then presents a lingering, spicy dryness. Borderline world class beer. Terrific for a Schwarzbier. Bottle generously provided by ElliesBrown. Zack’s good people!


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