Schwarzbier - Blue Stallion Brewing Co.
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Ratings: 12 | Reviews: 2 | Display Reviews Only:
3.78/5 rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
The lights were low in the Stallion but I'd have to assume this poured black and not a deep brown. The head was light and wispy and depleted quickly leaving limited lacing.
The scent was subtle, soft and roasted. Light caramel malts, some roasted char and even a little smoke hits the nose.
The taste hit far more pronounced than the aroma with some very nice diversity. What started off very chocolatey edged to a caramel malt and finished with smokiness, char and a deep roasted character. The roast had some toasted grain, nut and a smokey coffee finish.
The feel is very light, watery and a touch too carbonated.
Overall, we drink beer for taste so the other parameters are specious(how's that for some big words). The flavor is reminiscent of the smoked lager with a bit more chocolate and that's a good thing.
Serving type: on-tap
09-08-2013 12:31:47 | More by KYGunner
3.48/5 rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
Ok, the lager gets funky by introducing a roasty edge to its soft and smooth profile. What was once elegant and refined goes manly and rugged with a touch of roast. But this is no surprise- the Germans have been doing this for hundreds of years. Yet its taken this long to bring its genuine taste to Central Kentucky.
The black lager pours with a mysteriously clear darkness that's deep and dark- much like an onyx-like sheen. Highlighted with crimson ribbons, its clarity is compromised only by a deep and dark glow. Its surprising how such a dark beer can shed such a rich lather of ivory-white foam that caps and retains the session so confidently.
Most subtly, the scent of faint roast, caramel, and cream reaches the nose in the most delicate fashion possible. Its delicate aromas are void of any hop notes, sulfur or unnecessary grain- though there's absolutely nothing to detract, there's equally little to celebrate in the nose.
But its taste pulls ahead with pleasant roast as the taste of nutty coffee grounds, mild cocoa, walnut and faint caramel gain command of its flavor. Subdued in its middle palate, the beer trails with a mildly thin taste that's mildly cola-like before trailing with coffee grounds and walnut-type bitterness.
Medium-light, its textures start out moderately supported before its carbonation and malt subsides and leaves the beer somewhat naked underneath. Its then that a mildly anorexic thinness ensues and carries the beer to a lightly watery finish with roast and warmth.
Though the words ring harsh, the beer is actually quite refreshing and rewarding. I liked its simplicity in malt and roast balance. But I think a crisper, roastier and drier finish would overcome its over-simplified middle palate and body.
Serving type: on-tap
08-23-2013 07:15:02 | More by BEERchitect
Schwarzbier from Blue Stallion Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 12 ratings.