Brooklyn Silver Anniversary Lager - Brooklyn Brewery
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4.69/5 rDev +20.9%
This is a stunning tribute to the beer that started it all in Brooklyn. Yes it is a different style. Yes that should preclude comparison, but it is the similarity of drinking experience that makes the comparison inevitable and necessary. Reviewing this is like listening to Ornette Coleman. If you do not keep the original melody as a reference to what you are currently hearing you get lost. You lose the full value of the experience. You almost want to have a glass of the lager to alternate sips with. Don't, have that lager first if you are unfamiliar with it. If you know the lager let the anniversary surprise you and drink it without immediate reference.
A huge head with chunks of lace and and nice covering. Reddish amber fluid. Not crystal clear but my pour disturbed the yeast, ( I did not see it ) so I give it the benefit of the doubt and a perfect score. Smell is bready malt with a delicate doughy sweetness. Clean overall with a light bit of alcohol sweetness. Hops are mild and nicely integrated. It has a delicate, inviting, overall signature Taste superb. Big caramel malt front with a sweetness that while true to style is held in check and expertly balanced without a heavy hop presence. Alcohol is so well integrated as to be invisible. No small feat for a 9% beer with a smooth mild hop balance . Nice bready quality to the swallow that leans to the lager characteristics with a clean persona. This is like a bigger smoother Brooklyn Lager. The ability to make this the flavor of this one recall the other is impressive. Finish is also quite clean and artfully hopped with a short dry quenching quality. Feel is lighter than the abv deserves and crisply carbonated. It drinks like a perfect sessioning lager while being a high strength dopplebock. This bee is remarkable in its ability to recall the flavor of the lager while giving a bigger, smoother, drinking experience. Beyond impressive!
04-08-2013 00:34:13 | More by scootny
4.64/5 rDev +19.6%
date of tasting: 4-27-2013
place of tasting: Barley Vine - Bristol, CT
beer: 25th Anniversary Lager
brewery: Brooklyn Brewery
brewery location: Brooklyn, NYC, NY
glass: mug w/appearance test in tasting glass
temperature of beer: 55F
Appearance: looks like perfectly caramelized sugar on creme brulee. Head pours rich and wonderful. no carbonation present.
Smell: the beer gods blessed this beer with a helluva nose. At first whiff I stick my nose into a bag of dried apricots with candied grapefruit rind. Then I sniff a bit more and the bag falls into a bowl of creme anglais. I shove my nose in one more time and someone snuck up behind me and dusted the whole damn thing with dried lavender. By now my nose is fatigued but I can’t help myself. I’m addicted, get me another hit. I must be fatigued now I get lakewater, like I’m fishing for freshwater trout with powerbait. ok, no more sniffing, let’s get this party started.
Taste: hoppier than I expected, first thought:”I wish this was aged a year or two” second though, “this wouldn’t sit around for a year or two, I’d drink it all first”. So take some dried apricots, soak them in wood barrel aged chardonnay then coat them in caramel, like those caramelized apples and put ‘em on a stick. wash them down with birch beer and you start touching the surface of what this beer offers.
Mouthfeel: creamy smooth with lovely hop balance and slightly sharp carbonation
Overall Impression: Happy Anniversary Brooklyn! Any brewery would be proud to have this beer to celebrate with.
Food Pairings: grilled vegetables, roasted portobello and chickpea salad, butterscotch icecream and Brooklyn 25th Anniverary float. spicy buffalo jerky
04-28-2013 04:15:22 | More by dpianka
4.64/5 rDev +19.6%
Poured a wonderful honey hued elixer that had quit the the fluffy off white head that stuck leaving deep sheets of lacing.
A huge medley of nice sweet malt and earthy minty hay like grand noble hops. A nice spicy noble hop aroma finishes with a caramel and cream finish.
So soft noble hop flavors with a creamy maltiness, caramel and earthy spicy flavor that finishes so so so so smooth and balanced caramel and earthy spicy hop flavors.
Amazingly juicey and dry, I am lost.
SO GLAD I GOT A BOT OF THIS! Wonderful stuff to behold!!!!
02-06-2014 03:22:29 | More by welldigger888
4.5/5 rDev +16%
On tap at "On Tap" in Whole Foods TWC" NYC.
Extremely smooth, especially for the ABV. Just the right balance of hops and malt.
I see where this is a nice build upon the classic Brooklyn lager. Richer in flavor and much more mouthfeel but still quite smooth.
04-06-2013 19:10:11 | More by Oldbrownale
Brooklyn Silver Anniversary Lager from Brooklyn Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 426 ratings.