As I cracked open this beer Amber probably said it best, “I Love Black Lagers.” Black lagers are the best of two different worlds. You get a light crisp tasting lager with the roastedness of a porter or a stout. This is the second black lager we’ve reviewed (if you remember Seventeen by Avery Brewing Co.). Sam Adams offers their Black Lager as a year round beer so unlike Seventeen you can pick up a six pack anytime you want. I’m going to keep the introduction short so I don’t ramble on about it. So here’s the review.
The beer poured a tan colored head and the body was black (a very dark red brown when held to direct light). The aroma was that of roastiness and a hint of lightness (by that I mean it wasn’t an overwhelming or overly heavy roasted smell). I thought it smelled sour, but Austin and I have concluded that I associate dark smells with sour (Thanks La Folie!). The beer tasted light and crisp. It had a bitter coffee like finish but this wasn’t unpleasant. To me it was a little chocolaty and a little coffee-y (Thanks Maillard chemistry!). The mouthfeel is very similar to most other lagers in that it is very carbonated (my tongue is attacked by bubbles).
I know. Seriously. He takes the best beer pictures.
Seventeen – Avery Brewing Co.
Pinkus Jubilate Dark Lager – Pinkus-Muller Brewery (highly recommended, review pending as I get some more)
Shiner Bohemian Black Lager – Spoetzl Brewing Co.
Rogue Chatoe Dirtoir Black Lager – Rogue (also highly recommended, see above about review)