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Blackwing Lager - Union Craft Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

89 Ratings
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Ratings: 89
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 10.1%
Wants: 1
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Union Craft Brewing Company visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Schwarzbier |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: RichardMNixon on 01-13-2013

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Ratings: 89 | Reviews: 12
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I was down in Baltimore during the Fall for Baltimore Beer Week and I had occasion to stop by the brewery to score any of their CANs that I had not previously reviewed. This one required an approved pic before it could be included in The CANQuest (TM), but here we are!

From the CAN: "Give This CAN a [CAN]tract"; "A Champion of Flavor"; "Don't Ruffle Our Feathers [-] Recycle This CAN"; "This crisp, clean dark lager begins with hints of roasted coffee beans and rich chocolate but showcases a surprisingly light body and mouthfeel. This Schwartzbier, German for 'black beer,' is moderately hopped with Noble German hops that [CAN]plement the delicate malt backbone. Not to be underestimated, this dark lager is a true champion of flavor! Caw-caw!"

The Crack! unleashed a squirt from the brimful CAN and I could only smile. I upturned the CAN and began an inverted Glug, producing a finger of dense, light-tan head with decent retention. Color was Dark Brown to Very Dark Brown (SRM = > 27, < 34) with mahogany highlights. Nose had a chocolatiness that I would characterize as milk chocolate, as opposed to dark or bittersweet. Roasty? Not really, at least not on the nose. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, approaching creamy. The taste was very much of milk chocolate, leading me to wonder about their mention of "roasted" in the description. Was I missing something, or did they overstate their case? No matter, either way, but it might lead to misplaced expectations. Granted, I got a light smokiness of the finish that rendered it semi-sweet overall, but this was sweeter than I expected.

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Blackwing Lager from Union Craft Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.