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Brooklyn Silver Anniversary Lager - Brooklyn Brewery

Brooklyn Silver Anniversary LagerBrooklyn Silver Anniversary Lager

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BA SCORE
87
very good

392 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 392
Reviews: 99
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 10.31%


Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: palma on 03-05-2013)
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sfsean28

New Jersey

4.09/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was a special treat for me. I bought this bottle around the end of 2013 and its been sitting in the fridge until now.04062014.

A- Hazy, unfiltered,orange-copper color. Big foam and then dissipates to a quarter inch film.

T- Sweet malt all the way until the end for a long lasting dry after taste. A small hint of hops.

M- medium body and low carbonation. Very smooth and drinkable.

O- fantastic brew. Very enjoyable to drink. First serving I drank just for enjoyment and second one I had with food and I still felt the warmth of the alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2014 18:03:53 | More by sfsean28
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StuyBeerGuy

New York

4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer entices curious brew fans with the hypnotic label and keeps their attention after the top pops off satisfyingly. When poured into a big pint glass the beer comes to life with a surge of dense white foam that dissipates slowly with concentric layers of lace along the sides demonstrating the mature qualities contained within the bottle. After finishing this beer I am anxiously awaiting the next anniversary batch from Brooklyn Brewery.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2014 19:58:41 | More by StuyBeerGuy
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SLeffler27

New York

3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours clear as a copper penny (SRM 11-14) with a two-inch off-white foam. The head has longevity and leaves dense patches of lace on a hand-blown pilsner glass.

The aroma is sweet and fruity with a mix of caramel and a few spicy notes.

Quite sweet, with toasted malt and spices. Light to modest bitterness on entry that builds into a long finish. The character is relatively simple.

Watery texture and fizzy carbonation in this light-to-medium bodied beer with alcohol about as expected.

This Doppelbock was enjoyable on its own, but improved when paired with charcuterie.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2014 22:24:56 | More by SLeffler27
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fourstringer

Maryland

4.23/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a corked & caged 750 mL bottle into a Brewer's Art goblet. Moderate hand. Label is numbered 0433. Intriguing artwork on the front.

A: Hazy, orange-red body. 1+ finger of off-white head with good retention. Light lacing.

S: Spicy, slightly musty Belgian-type yeast. Light fruity notes with touches of peach, pear. Bread, biscuit. Honey. Candi sugar.

T: Fruity malt and toasted notes initially. A moderate hop bitterness develops for balance. Finds its way nicely to a surprisingly dry finish. Some lingering nuttiness & light bread in the aftertaste. Alcohol presence is soft for 9% ABV.

M: Moderate carbonation with a moderate body. Smooth and rich - accentuates the malt qualities in this brew.

O: I read "lager" on the front and "doppelbock strength" on the back. There's definitely some Belgian yeast-fueled fruit as well. It's a well balanced, tasty hybrid that makes for a Silver Anniversary beer worth celebrating.

Prost!

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2014 04:46:24 | More by fourstringer
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DaveBlack

Virginia

3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: HUGE head on this beer. 3+ fingers, off-white and leaves behind lots of lacing. The beer itself is copper and surprisingly clear.

S: Bready malts, quite a lot of orange peel, raisins, and a hefty amount of alcohol to round it all out. The aroma is quite powerful, you can smell it as soon as the bottle is opened.

T: After the aggressive aroma, the beer itself if a bit of a letdown. The flavor brings biscuity malts, alcoholic esters, and actually a lot more hops that I was expecting. It drinks surprisingly easy, and seems to get better with each sip.

M: medium body, slightly chewy, with a lot of carbonation.

O: I wish i would have bought another one of these to lay it down for a while. The beer is good, but I feel like it needs to finish rounding out and developing flavors. that being said, the flavor is good, and it goes down easy.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2014 00:56:35 | More by DaveBlack
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welldigger888

South Carolina

4.64/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

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!!!!

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2014 03:22:29 | More by welldigger888
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pkalix

California

4.24/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

smoke pop off the cork. light, airy bubbles comprise the opaque colored foam, settling to form a tight layer on top. darker apricot color body with carbonation bubbles rising from the floor of the snifter. smell is sweet, with grapes. champagne? taste is smooth, slight hop bitter but not close to being prevailing. sweet, a little syrup-y. some toffee. I love the dopplebock but this one is a little different. light in the mouth, kind of airy. still, not a bad brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2014 21:22:35 | More by pkalix
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stuppy

Maryland

3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: light amber/ gold Color, thick White head, head goes down but is persistent, good clarity

Aroma: light toasted maltiness, floral hops, some pepper, caramel

Flavor: toasted malty front with slightly bitter finish, well balanced, pepper, some alcohol

Mouthfeel: med light body, high carb

Overall: strong lager, rich malt, lighter version of doppelbock, worth a taste, but nothing special

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2014 03:51:46 | More by stuppy
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RickS95

Indiana

2.88/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Classic look, if a bit light. Faded burnt orange pour. Just dark enough to keep light at bay. Fairly typical lager head, two fingers at pour, nice retention, lots of contrast between the uniform white bubbles and the orange beer. Moderate lace.

I was hoping for more in the nose. The nose picks up a standard issue pilsner, but instead of a floral citrus notes, it's very earthy. For an annivesary beer, I expected more.

This too was a letdown. Yes, there is flavor. But that's about it. No chocolate or roasty notes, again, par for the pilsner course with some savory hops. Fortunately, there is flavor, so it's not just a glorified macro, but it misses the boat for me.

Nothing to write home about. Very grainy feel with plenty of prickly carbonation. The bitterness is lingering, and very American macro lagerish. Light bodied. No alcohol presence whatsoever.

Overall, this was a huge let down. I'm not a fan of lagers and this is a perfect example. The majority of them taste the same. Despite some color and high ABV, it's hard to distinguish this from something you can find at Applebee's.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2014 04:04:35 | More by RickS95
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mverity

Florida

4.34/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

NYE bottle share at Proof. Pours a perfect light amber brown. Really good amount of cream colored head. Head and collar last really well. Aroma is biscuity, caramel and some floral hops. Taste is wonderfully the same. Well balanced and delicious. Great medium body and carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2014 22:38:16 | More by mverity
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a beautiful clear chestnut with a thick, fluffy, pale buff head. Aroma has a strong and somewhat sweet fruity overtone atop malty and subtle caramel notes. Bold flavor builds fruity, hoppy and caramel notes on a malty core. Fruit sweetness and hoppy bitterness balance each other very nicely. Firm texture has a decent amount of fizz, and goes down smoothly but leaves a fair tingle. Happy Anniversary, Brooklyn!

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2013 02:23:48 | More by Cyberkedi
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drpimento

Wisconsin

3.86/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Interesting dopplebock - Served at a good temperature with a colossal, cream-colored, foamy, frothy, billowy head that settled to a light cover after a bit and some lace. Color is a hazy medium amber. Aroma is firstly hops, resin, citrus, malt, spice, bread. Flavor has the hop back way off, malt come thru a lot more, quite dry and some tang. Body/carbonation are killer. Finish is like flavor, on the short side and very drinkable. Delish beer! Thanks to Pat and Karen for the treat!

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2013 03:44:58 | More by drpimento
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Thads324

Connecticut

3.74/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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Big pop of the cork. Pours a heavenly deep gold that is almost red. Exceptionally thick head of off white bubbles. Tight and going nowhere. The head dissipates slowly and almost gets thicker in the middle. Very nice
Smells faint. Honey, neutral graininess. Syrupy sugar
Taste kind of goes with the smell. Watery up front, spicy and peppery hop with some sweet grain. Honey like sweetness with toasted white bread and mild grassy tartness.
Medium bodied. Thin at first. Clean and crisp finish. Highly drinkable

I was expecting a better beer. It's good, just a bit thin. Did they play it safe? No I don't think so, but this is a slightly aged bottle. Cheers

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2013 02:44:04 | More by Thads324
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Suds

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a heavy, large bottle, this brew is explosive...the cork literally blew out after emoving the cage. The color is a clear, copper-amber. Thick and lasting foam tops the liquid. Enormous tufts of lace cling to the glass. Clean, malty aroma is notable....a fresh, pale malt scent, backed with a little herbal hops and a hint of yeast. The taste is moderately sweet, vey carbonic, has a notable malt flavor, and lots of mid-tongue bitterness. Firm bitterness through the finish...which has some spiciest and a carbonic bite. The beer hides its alcohol very well. Firm and full in body. This beer is a treat.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2013 21:23:23 | More by Suds
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

3.43/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

(Served in a stemmed strange)
A- This beer pours a clear slightly dense garnet-brown color with strands of tiny bubbles supporting an egg cream head that turns rocky after a few sips.

S- The cream and fruit ether turns into an alcohol smell in the finish with some green woody hop notes to it.

T- The dry woody malt flavor leads to a Noble hop bite in the finish. There is some sweetness in the finish with an alcohol heat lingering. As the beer opens there is more of a mineral taste and some watery notes that grow.

M- The light mouthfeel has a creamy fizz texture and some alcohol heat in the finish.

O- This beer is a bit odd in flavor and aroma. The light flavor has strange qualities to the malt and hops and the alcohol seems to grow and dominate the flavor.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2013 21:58:30 | More by rhoadsrage
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megahurts4

Louisiana

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Brooklyn Silver Anniversary Lager

Appearance: large pillow head, orange, and lacing.

Smell: lots of whole floral hops and grapefruit.

Taste: a dry hopped grapefruit, spice, and orange peel.

Mouthfeel: extremely dry medium.

Overall:
This is an odd brew. While the aroma and flavors are nice, it is very very dry, yet smooth and pleasing. This is a definite try.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2013 06:32:31 | More by megahurts4
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.06/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

750ml corked and caged offering poured into a matching Brooklyn snifter. The brew appears a clear amber color with 2+ fingers of pillow off-white head. The cap fades holding with thick patches of lace. Rising bubbles maintain the cap throughout the duration.

The aroma is strangely soapy upfront blending to citrus, catty and fruity/floral hops. A hint of carbonic and mineral quality is also present. A touch of fusel alcohol. Overall, the aromatics to this are underwhelming and a but distracting for the style.

The taste is mineral filled and carbonic. Hoppy with a citrus to grassy and fruity/floral quality. The alcohol is quite solvent with grassy to almost catty bitterness lasting into the aftertaste. There is a bit of dusty grain inclusion also present.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is dry and crisp but the flavors are really a bit of a turd for the style (even when looking at it as a double version of their staple lager.) It opens up off in aroma and decent in taste. As the experience continues the aroma gets better and the flavor gets worse. Not recommended.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2013 15:08:21 | More by stakem
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the corked caged 750 ml. bottle no. 0323A. Sampled on November 14, 2013.

It has plenty of bubbly carbonation floating gently but incessantly up to the top of the glass with an amber-orange color and a silky beige head. Lots of lacing.

The nose is of toasted, caramel malts mainly with a tip of the hat to clean hops and only a touch of booze.

Bold to medium body but also very smooth.

The taste also brings out a roasted, toasted caramel malt character with a lingering low to moderate bitterness at the end. Alcohol is better integrated than is typical for the style. Just smooth and delightful. But do I want to spend $17.00 for it again? Probably not.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2013 23:34:51 | More by puboflyons
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falloutsnow

Illinois

3.49/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From: Binny's, Bloomington, IL
Date: None on bottle, 2013 release, purchased 8/2013
Glass: Ayinger Celebrator doppelbock glass

Brooklyn's Silver Anniversary Lager is an untraditional doppelbock in many ways: lighter in color and less emphasis on the malt than on the hops. While not bad, this maibock-like doppelbock is neither what I was expecting or what I'd gravitate towards (and at $14 per 750ml bottle, not something I'd purchase regularly, anyway). Interesting to have tried Brooklyn's doppelbock attempt and note what this hop combination can do, but otherwise, not one I'd seek out again.

Pours a 2.3cm tall head of beige to light-tan colored foam, made up of small-sized bubbles that are well-pressed, yielding a very frothy-looking appearance. Retention is excellent, the foam descending slowly over two minutes to thin cap of foam remaining atop the beer for the session. Lacing is also quite good, the head leaving thick, heavy sheets enclosing all sides of the glass. Body is lighter than expected, an orange-brown mix that leans more towards dark orange, with light bringing out deep pumpkin or persimmon-like orange coloration. Carbonation is visible through the slightly hazy (20-30% opaque) body, high in number and medium in activity.

Aroma of spicy phenols, with woodsy, leaf-like, and slightly citrus undertones, from a combination of the Saphir and Cascade hops used. Very little actual malt character, mostly in the background, that being a slight breadiness.

Flavor is of hops that give a woodsy, mossy, spicy edge (from the Willamette and Saphir combination), combined with spicy phenols and a light bread and toast-like malt background. Front of palate of spicy, floral, woodsy, and slightly citrus-like hops (from a combination of all four in this beer, Hallertau, Saphir, Cascade, and Willamette), with phenols from yeast (an incorrect primary fermentation temperature?) and faint bread-like sweetness. Mid-palate of continued hop characters (woodsy, spicy, mossy, with hints of citrus) with strong phenolics and mild, bread-like and slightly toasted malt characters, mild to moderate bitterness. Back of palate experiences ethanol, slightly sharp phenolic notes, woodsy and herbal hop characters, moderate bitterness. Closes drly herbal, with mild bitterness and lingering phenolics joined to slight woodsiness, yeast, and bread-like malt character.

Beer is medium to medium-heavy in body, with carbonation of medium to medium-low intensity, resulting in a mouthfeel that is foamy (1/2) and smooth (1/2), quite nice for the beer and style. Closes quite dry, with moderate stickiness remaining on the palate and lips.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2013 19:19:00 | More by falloutsnow
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Large 2013 bottle served in a small snifter.

Hazy dark amber-brown with a modest but durable head. The glass gets nicely coated with lacing with each tip.

Aroma: strong and malty for a lager. About 50/50 mix of hops and malt.

Flavor: About 70/30 mix of hops and malt.

Feel: medium body and carbonation; slightly dry

O: a rich, strong and malty lager.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2013 00:37:02 | More by chinchill
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a murky orange-brown with a foamy tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, toffee, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with malt and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with some nice caramel and toffee aromas and flavors.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2013 22:10:45 | More by UCLABrewN84
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kojevergas

Texas

3.19/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

1 pint 9.4 fl oz brown glass bottle with great label art and hood-and-wire cap (aka cage) over a cork acquired at Twin Liquors and served into an Independence Brewing pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are fairly high; I like a lot of Brooklyn's work. 9% ABV confirmed per the label. The presentation is great; it's a good looking bottle. Reviewed as a doppelbock because the label claims it's "brewed to a doppelbock intensity." I don't see a best before date.

Served cold, straight from me fridge, and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Cork easily pops out by hand. No liquid surges out. Carbonation seems to be good; perhaps it's due to the bottle re-fermentation.

A: No bubble show forms as I pour.

Pours a 2.5 finger wide head of biege-khaki colour. Nice thickness and creaminess. Complexion is somewhat soft. No real lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Head retention is quite good for the ABV - about 5-6+ minutes.

Body colour is a clear copper of above average vibrance. Translucent and transparent. No yeast particles are visible. Appears adequately carbonated.

Overall, it looks a bit lighter than most good beers in the style. I'm looking forward to trying it.

Sm: True to style, it's heavy on the malts. Sweet German malts including munich, Vienna (okay, it's Austrian...) and biscuit malts. Honey, toasted grains, light caramalt. Surprisingly fruity, actually. Apple and pear. Maybe even fig? I do get a vague fruitcake vibe from it. Hop character is generic and floral. Overall, it seems too sweet, which has me concerned.

No yeast character or alcohol is detectable.

An approachable aroma of mild strength.

T: Fruitcake and caramel on the climax are the first notes I notice. Sweet malts throughout, including plenty of caramalt, Munich malt, and Vienna malt. Abundant sugars. Honey. Toasty graininess. Hints of red apples and a kiss of pear. There's a pleasant fruity sweetness right on the finish, which evokes fruitcake and cherry. I don't get any spiciness or yeast character. Some alcohol is noticeable, but it's not a boozy or hot flavour profile. Hopping is floral in character and timid in strength. It's a light doppelbock overall, if that's really what it is.

Like most beers I review, it could use more complexity and subtlety. It's got a decent balance, but it isn't gestalt; still, there's cohesion. I like it generally.

Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour.

Mf: Definitely overcarbonated. Has a thick full body. Lightly coarse and a bit rough. Wet. Unrefreshing. The mouthfeel suits the flavour profile in a general sense, but doesn't come off feeling custom-tailored to it. There's not a perfect marriage of texture to taste by any means. Decent presence on the palate. A bit sticky.

Not too acidic. Not oily, harsh, gushed, or hot.

Dr: A downable "doppelbock" from Brooklyn Brewing that will satisfy fans of the style. I'll kill the bottle alone without issue, but it does have a light alcohol presence that detracts from drinkability. I could see it aging decently for up to two years. I definitely wouldn't buy it again, but fans of the style ought to give it a go. It's more of a Vienna lager meets a doppelbock, but the result isn't bad. I wouldn't recommend it to friends, but it's a nice little beer for what it is. By no means a paragon of the doppelbock style, though.

C+

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2013 02:23:12 | More by kojevergas
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I picked this up at State Line Liquors in Md, enjoyed for our 4th Anniversary chilled in a tulip and stemmed glass.

The color is dark amber with 3 fingers of light beige cream with average bead and spotty lace. The smell of malt is pleasant with light earthy nutty toffee smell with mild herbal hop ester and sublte scent of aclohol. The feel is mildly sweet with semi-high carbonation level and moderatly dry finish with mild alcohol warmth.

This tastes very nice chilled and has the mild nuttiness of pilsner malt with herbal hop flavors emerging more as it warms with some mild toasted and caramel malt which adds a light dried fruit element. The slight noble hop flavor brings a hint of lemon/floral to the taste which goes well with the toffee notes in the finish. Overall this is a unique strong dark lager with a blend of pilsner flavor and dopplebock which is very drinkable and quaffable with a nice balance of malt and bitterness with decent strength and complexity -well Done Brooklyn!

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2013 18:56:16 | More by Slatetank
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cjgiant

District of Columbia

3.86/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: orange-brown, very light haze, good head that maintains with good lacing
S: not much, but seems malty, maybe some raisin bread notes
T: starts with a little sweetness, light molasses, fading into a light orange-blossom honey. The alcohol content makes a little appearance in the middle. There is an ever-so-little bite of bitterness near the end.
M: balanced and far from overwhelming: sweetness up front, little bite in middle and very light dry pull at end.
O: not quite what I expected from a lager, but a very enjoyable drink. More maltiness than anything, but not too strong and sweet.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2013 21:00:22 | More by cjgiant
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JerzDevl2000

New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up last week at Gary's in Wayne, having never tried this before. I'm old enough to remember what things were like in 1988 and was happy that they put out a beer like this in one of their signature big bottles. Even though this was tough to pinpoint and deceptively smooth for being so strong, I enjoyed this and all of the subtle notes to it. It was not as dark or as sticky as other beers of this style that I've previously had and the secondary fermentation in the bottle made it quite live both in taste and appearance as well!

This beer had a nice dark apricot hue to it and a good head when poured out. Even though the lacing didn't quite match up, there was a bit of cloudiness to it and enough carbonation to make up for that. Lots going on here, with a strong yeast presence, caramel malt, and the lightness of champagne. May seem like an odd combination but it took the features that made the Local 1 and 2 so enjoyable and built upon them, as the same yeast strain and mouthfeel were present here with a darker taste and appearance and a slightly heavier taste.

That was also true for the alcohol, as this was not to be taken lightly. While not outstanding, this was a great beer for an Anniversary and easy to savor slowly. Nothing chocolate or roasted here but there was a faint stickiness from the caramel that was scrubbed away by after each sip, once the beer went down. The artwork on the bottle was nice touch and this was exactly what I expected for a Silver Anniversary Lager and I"m sure that Garrett will have something just as enjoyable in store for when the Brewery turns the big 5-0 way down the road!

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2013 17:31:33 | More by JerzDevl2000
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Brooklyn Silver Anniversary Lager from Brooklyn Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 392 ratings.