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Kidd Lager - The Fort Collins Brewery

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311 Ratings
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Ratings: 311
Reviews: 193
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 13.48%
Wants: 9
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
The Fort Collins Brewery visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Schwarzbier |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
"A hint of smoked malt compliments the chocolate malt in this surprisingly light bodied Schwarzbier. Experience Kidd's intriguing aroma and complex flavor as you enjoy this remarkable style of beer."

(Beer added by: RoBotGod on 03-27-2005)
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Reviews by HeroJH:
Photo of HeroJH
4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorites from this brewery. Always fun to have a lager, that has more to it than just being a pilsner type style.

A - Dark Brown ruby color, tan head that vanished pretty quick.
S - dark brown sugar, root beer, burnt sugar or smoke
T - clean and full. smokey and toasty. bread/toast finish.
M - good and clean, lasting
D - great alone or with food.

HeroJH, Oct 15, 2009
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Monchsof Swharzbier glass a deep chocolate color with a thinner but tight light mocha colored head.Light earthy and chocolate notes in the nose with a hint of smoke like a few others have noticed as well.A good mix of dry earthy flavors to go along with some bitter chocolate and dark bread,the earthy tones really hit home in the finish.A nice black beer I havent had many but this is quite good.

oberon, Apr 29, 2008
Photo of Beaver13
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The Schwarzbier poured a dark black with a thick creamy tan head that quickly went to a collar and laced the glass. It's aroma is of roasted malt with some hints of chocolate - a little subtle though. The taste is initially of sweet roasted malts and chocolate with a bitter coffee-like finsh that is slightly acidic. It was a little thinner than I expected, but was a very easy-drinking beer. Overall, it reminds me of a sweeter step-child of NBB's 1554. So far it is my favorite of FCB's offerings.

Beaver13, Feb 01, 2004
Photo of far333
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mahogany colored with ruby highlights and a beige head that settles out quickly to nothing.

Aroma of fig and prune, some brown sugar and molasses.

Flavor of dark malts upfront, some fig and plum, turns quickly to roasty malt, cocoa and smoke. Mild bitterness, but no hop flavors.

Mouthfeel is initially a bit watery, carbonation builds, finishes a little tannic. Pretty tasty and drinkable selection.

far333, Sep 30, 2009
Photo of mrbill57
4/5  rDev +7.8%

mrbill57, Jun 21, 2012
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.43/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appears a deep cola brown with a tightly formed beige head, forms minimal specks of lacing with each sip. Aromatics bring a mild smokiness with roasted coffee and dark cocoa maltiness with a touch of herbal hoppiness. Toffee seems to meld it's way into the dark chocolate and java combo. Flavor is upfront with the smokey roasted malt character, a ton of flavor with dark chocolate and watery coffee edge. A minimal layer of fruitiness often found in a good schwarzbier. Body is light to medium with a soft yet poignant level of carbonation. Drinkability overall is solid from front to back, one of the tastiest and most spot on American versions I've had in quite some time. I could drink this in number and my wife loved it as well.

WVbeergeek, Jun 29, 2009
Photo of glid02
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from a mixed 12-pack from Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours one shade away from black with light brown highlights and a one-finger tan head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of roasted and black malts with good hints of unsweetened chocolate. As it warms the black malt aromas come out a bit more.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Black and roasted malt flavors up front are joined by hints of cocoa midway through the sip that disappear before a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a solid thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I didn't have a problem finishing the bottle and could have another.

Overall this was a solid schwarzbier and one that I would visit again. The flavors aren't as dark as others I've had in the style and the flavors integrate well. Worth a shot.

glid02, Sep 17, 2009
Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -19.1%

acurtis, Nov 04, 2012
Photo of Brenden
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Notes are from yesterday afternoon.

This beer is a pretty dark brown with just a bit of clarity and a softer brown color in the light. A tan head comes out pretty small and doesn't take particularly long to diminish, though there's always a bit there. Some, though very little, lacing is left behind.
The aroma's pretty full and robust, with plenty of malt and, appropriately or not, the emphasis on smoke. In fact, this reminds me very much of a Rauchbier. There's a bit of chocolate in here too. There's something earthy and leafy in here too, but very much underneath the smoke and malts.
True to form, the flavor keeps the same profile. The emphasis is all smoke, though there is just a touch of sweetness and nice earthy and woody notes to round it out. There's a metallic tinge to this one that I just can't get past, though it doesn't ruin it by any means.
There's nothing wrong with the mouthfeel, but I think it improves as it warms. There's a very light nip of crispness at the beginning of each sip, and with some time it gets a little smoother. It is just a touch flat, though. Body is medium-full.
This has good drinkability and is a nice interpretation of the style.

Brenden, Aug 07, 2010
Photo of IntriqKen
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As the style implies, it fills the glass with an opaque practically black liquid that is topped with a white half finger of sticky lacing.
Aromas are toasted dark malts and a hint of chocolate with a tiny tinge of citrus hops at the end keeping it fresh. These are subtle scents that involve themselves in the overall experience as compliments rather than distinctive things on their own.
Taste is dark toasted malt, chocolate powder, coffee, and again the citrus hops at the end keeping everything fresh and clean.
Mouthfeel is creamy and aftertaste is slightly cappuccino in character.
Nice drying as you swallow and a light alcohol warmth afterwords.
I'm giving it 4's across the board because I really enjoy this lager, however if I were honestly judging to style, I think this is a little more stout like than swartzbier due to the rich flavors of chocolate and coffee.

IntriqKen, Sep 17, 2006
Photo of dacrza1
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark solid body that reddens slightly in light... head is whtitish gray and dissipates swiftl...effervescent if inspected closely... smoky peat aromas, nicely befitting a schwarzbier , with a bit of chocolate malt added in.... alluring, even on a summer night... provides an ale's body and breath but the actual palate is slightly fizzy and oily, with a substantial softness that disallows scrutiny--save for a final smoky flourish... a flat, almost undercarbonated soda pop taste arrives in bubbles.... the malts are playful but not impactfulas promised... this beer doesn't rival the Germans or the Japanese within the style... a different take in this respect, but judging by the rating at this site, perhaps I will revisit this at a later (and perhaps in more complimentary weather--it was 95 degrees at the time of drinking!)... the Fort Colllins sampler has become my most favorite 12-pack lately....

dacrza1, Jul 22, 2008
Photo of IPAylor
3/5  rDev -19.1%

IPAylor, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of GilGarp
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served cold from a 12oz. bottle. With a vigorous pour, it forms a 1/2" of head but settles quickly. Kidd is a very dark brown beer with good clarity.

Aroma is sweet with roasty malts, chocolate, and a hint of smoke.

Flavor is more of the same. Sweetness followed by roasty coffee, bittersweet chocolate, and caramel. The smoke seems completely missing until I consider the aftertaste. It's pleasant in that it doesn't slap you around with smoke. More of a gentle brush.

Mouthfeel is nice too - medium bodied and lower carbonation than expected. I would think this could be awesome on cask.

Another good offering from FBC. I'm really looking forward to their new brewing facility. Judging by the lunchbox sampler, this brewery has real potential.

GilGarp, Mar 02, 2010
Photo of cokes
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Clear midnight copper topped with a plump fluff of beige.
It smells of coffee grounds, burnt prairie, and cocoa.
Begins with a semi-acrid coffee bean note, quelling over time to caramel, chocolate, and roasted grain. It lingers with a toasted dark bread notion, then a brief yelp of blackberry. Clean through the middle, and evidently well-lagered, with its free-flowing briskness. Ends with a reedy Hallertau bitterness, and a continuing burned caramel.
Medium-light bodied, and deftly structured and dymanic in the mouth. Fluffly, without being gaseous or abrasive. Weigh is carried in the flavor, as this absolutely screams down the chute.
This is very nice drinking schwarz. Kudos.

cokes, Apr 20, 2005
Photo of Sammy
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle fom Angotti Beverages. Bang on for the style, an aroma of roast an chocolate malts on a black body with very little white head. A below average mouthfeel, the taste is there a little peaty an smokey, a mold scotch ale. The taste is not very bold, as it is a tad watered down and the carbonation is a tad too much. Finishes coca-colish. Drinkable.

Sammy, Jan 24, 2010
Photo of pmcadamis
4.3/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

My wife and I watched Dances With Wolves on TV last night, and I thought that the label of this beer is highly appropriate for a western flick.

A - Deep chestnut/woodstain-varnish brown in the light, but it's nearly black when sitting on my desk. This color is beautiful and beguiling since it seems to change a bit depending on how I'm holding the pint glass. The head is about half an inch of light brown cream, and lots of really creamy lace is left around the glass.

S - Chestnut, almond, and hazelnut with some smoky wood fire notes. This smells like a smoldering wet fire the morning after a night of camping in the woods. Some bitter dark baker's chocolate is there too.

T - Smoky, meaty, and nutty. These flavors of roasting chestnuts, wood-smoke, and shelled mixed nuts are wonderfully balanced with a hint of what I always think of as "dead-crunch leaf" hop notes that remind me of autumn.

M - Light bodied and highly carbonated. The label says "looks dark, drinks blond" and while I don't think that the dark smoky flavors have anything to do with blond ales, the mouthfeel is definitely light and spot on for the style.

D - I love this style of beer... some of my favorite session choices are Schwazbiers (I took out a 5L mini-keg of Monschof over the Thanksgiving weekend ... everyone else was drinking wine, so I killed that puppy all by myself). This is definitely well made and it stands up to the Germans, and probably even beats them in terms of complexity of flavor.

Note: Paired excellently with a big hunk of turkey sausage.

pmcadamis, Jan 05, 2009
Photo of secondtooth
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This schwarzbier (black beer) pours an oil-black with almost no lacing. The nose is chocolatey and tastes like dark bittersweet chocolate with a slightly burnt "smoking gun" finish, as the bottle proclaims. That seems an apt description. A tasty and unusual beer, and one lager that strays far from the beaten path.

secondtooth, Dec 19, 2010
Photo of JoeAmerican77
3.28/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark choclate brown, with some light breaking through uner a finger of cream... Smells of burnt roasty malts and some cocoa. Similar flavor with burnt marshmallow happening with the sweetness. Medium light body gives a good depth to the beer, minimal carbonation is nice as well. Really a nice solid basic American version of a german black beer

JoeAmerican77, Oct 08, 2011
Photo of cjgator3
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle

A- Pours a dark brown color with reddish hues and a light tan colored head with decent lacing and retention.

S- The aroma smells great, there is a lot of chocolate malts along with a hint of smoke.

T- The taste like the aroma features a lot of dark chocolate malts that are roasted with a smokey finish with just a mild touch of hops.

M- The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, a pretty tasty brew that is worth picking up. Another solid beer from Fort Collins.

cjgator3, Jul 24, 2009
Photo of McNealc31
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

The Kidd Black Lager pours very dark brown, but you can see through it when held to light. Smells of some roastiness and coffee. I think the best way to describe this is the flavors of a porter, but with the texture and mouthfeel of a Bud Light. It's lighter and less bitter than a porter, but with very similar flavors. There's some roast, some smoke, subtle coffee and chocolate. I like it, but I feel like something is missing.

McNealc31, Jan 28, 2011
Photo of tempest
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single at Bocktown Beer and Grill

Appears dark brown with a white head.Big aroma during the pour of sweet bready malts with a hint of cocoa. The most distinct flavor is a dry, slightly roasted, somewhat chocolately grain taste. It mixes with a candy-like sweetness that balances the drier flavors to make for a very drinkable beer. I had this with some spicy sausage and peppers and thought it stood up nicely to the heat.

tempest, Apr 28, 2008
Photo of Larrydoherty
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Larrydoherty, Jan 16, 2013
Photo of russpowell
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly musty, leather nose that went well with appearance & taste. Malt and more body than I'd expect from a blackbier, but I like it. Hints of raisin and fruit are steamrolled by maltiness (not a problem for me!) I Like this as good better as most blackbier I had Germany, but then again I prefer bock to most anything else. Poured a brilliant tan head and retained throughout. I will buy it again.

russpowell, Aug 14, 2005
Photo of MMAJYK
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Medium to dark brown with light brown head. Nontransparent. The lacing is nice down the sides of my flute glass.

S- Chocolate and caramel malts, somewhat smoky and roasty, but calm; not too overpowering.

T- Clean and refreshing tastes of slightly smoked chocolate malts. Not heavy on the palate at all. Carries flavors of a stout but with a nice and easy vibe.

M- Thin in the mouth and high carbonation.

D- Very likable, but I do not think it a great session beer. 2-3 would be just fine though.

Overall- This is my first beer of this style, and I will have to say I really liked it. From what I have read about the style, this beer stays true and is a good representation of it. I liked the taste alot and the fact that is was not too heavy is a bonus. Nicely done.

MMAJYK, Jan 17, 2008
Photo of The_1084
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

The_1084, Aug 17, 2012
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Kidd Lager from The Fort Collins Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 311 ratings.