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Kidd Lager | The Fort Collins Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Fort Collins Brewery
Colorado, United States | website

Style: Schwarzbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

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."

Added by Beaver13 on 02-01-2004

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Reviews: 194 | Ratings: 316
Photo of Halcyondays
4.19/5  rDev +12%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a very deep brown with a light white head, spotty lace.

S: Nice note of campfire smoke with a lot of dark chocolate.

T: Real nice dark chocolate and roast flavour with that background smoke. Subtle hint of dark fruit in the finish.

M: Medium-bodied, smooth, creamy, a bit spritzy.

O: The winner of the Fort Collins mix pack is the Kidd Lager. Excellent flavour and very much to style, the smoked malt adds a nice touch. Just wish I got more than the one bottle in the mix pack.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.18/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark crimson tone. Very nice clarity. Thin and bubly chocolate brown head. Lace is quite full. Pretty nice aroma of smoked malts and chocolate here. Nice mixture of caramel malts and roasted malts with the slight emphasis being on the roasted characteristics. A little smokiness as well. Very palatable and quite drinkable. Even keeled mouthfeel with a very drinkable aspect about it. One of the better Schwarzbiers I've had in a while.

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Photo of SamN
4.17/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- The Kidd is a dark, dark beer, but not opaque. More like a reddened black, but this beer is hella dark. Not much head to it, though. The half finger head, gray-tanish melts away to wisps skating across the surface.

S- Big smell of woody smoke and porter-like malts. In fact, in a blind smell, I would take this for a porter. Earthen grains, peanut butter, slight crisp hops at the edges, but mostly roasted malts and a rich smokiness.

T- Again, lots of porter character. A malt forward beer, and my personal preference. Very little hops here, a lingering bitterness in the finish, that's about it. Nothing about this beer is aggressive at all, it has a easy flavor, nothing extreme. Schwarzbier is such an underrated style, I don't know why I don't see more of this. This is a very tasty beer, it is a unique style and flavor, but it holds much reward inside.

M- Medium light body, subtle carbonation, nice smoothness, spot on feel, maybe a pinch less bubbles in the finish.

D- Good drinkability, the earthy character may be less appealing as a session beer. This is more like a beer for a specific purpose; a jonesing for a black lager, to be paired with a meal. I wouldn't necessarily want to drink this all night.

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Photo of HeroJH
4.16/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

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Photo of morimech
4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark reddish brown color with one inch of tan head that hung around for awhile. The head eventually settles to a thin cap. Thin lacing is left on the glass. Malty aroma with notes of chocolate. More roasted than what is typical for the style. Not as roasted in the flavor. More hints of chocolate with some earthiness thrown in. A real good tasting Schwarzbier. These beers are not suppose to have big bodies but this felt a little thin. Nice carbonation. Another good American Schwarzbier. In fact I am enjoyed the ones produced domestically than the German imports.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of roasted coffee, lager yeast, dark malts and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a strong roasted malt character that is quickly followed by a strong black coffee flavor, then touches of smokiness and dark fruit. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly smoky.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, very good representation of style, this is a very solid beer to drink for a long time if you're in the mood for the style.

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Photo of ZAP
4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pretty close to black...some brown hues..

S-Interesting...milk chocolate....smoked meats...nice mix...

T-Nice flavor to this...roasted malts... milk chocolate..some smokiness....maybe a tich of caramel...enjoyable..

M-Medium to light medium...about perfect...smooth, clean
texture..

D-I'm impressed....excellent schwartzy with a twist..

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Photo of loren01
4.14/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass a cola color with small amt of white head, no lacing observed down the glass. Smells of chocolate, also has a sweet malty smell and slight hint of yeast. Taste is a smoky malt flavor, with a hint of chocolate. Pretty easy drinking, smooth beer. Very interesting beer, nice change of pace because I rarely drink this style.

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Photo of orangemoustache
4.14/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours black with a thin brown cap. Some nice lace. The nose is so nice. Aromas of malt and sweet cocoa and dark chocolate. This is right on par for the style. Lightly chard malts, light coffee and smoke. Lightly carbonated and little if any alcohol flavor make this highly drinkable.

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Photo of humanawho
4.12/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A- nice dark ruby with a ok off white head

S- nice smooth flowery aroma and some roasty background

T- very interesting with a light front end and a roasty finish again the dominant flavor is "flowery"

M- nice medium light body fits the taste there is a little stickeyness in the finish

D- very nice light but flavorful

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Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.12/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

Pours very smooth with very little head, even when poured right down the middle of the bottle. Color is a dark reddish brown.

The smell was intriguing, with a strong roasted smell of something that I couldn't quite pinpoint, though I am guessing it is the grains.

The taste gives a good variety of flavors, from a coffee-ish taste, to a sweeter taste, and a mild nutty finish.

The beer tingles the palette with a little bit of carbonation. The texture of the beer fits the style well.

The overall drinking experience was quite good and I really enjoyed the fact that as the beer warms and you sip it slowly, you can fully appreciate all the flavors that this beer has to offer.

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Photo of lawnbitis
4.12/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

great aromas of hay and mocha. Light on the tongue, but still a persistent and lingering handful of malty goodness.

This beer is a great American version of the style. I'm very much looking forward to the Oldsmar Tap House launch of Fort Collins this weekend.

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Photo of JayS2629
4.12/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brown color with good clarity, a creamy white head that fades slowly but leaves nice walls of lace.

The aroma is of chocolate, some roasted coffee notes, and toasted nuts with a grassy, earthy hop finish.

The taste follows the nose with a good dose of cocoa, roasted malt, and toasted nuts balanced with grassy, earthy hops. Nice balance, and the roasty qualities make it different than the average lager.

Clean, crisp, but creamy.

Overall, nice neutral lager yeast lets chocolate notes shine in a style not regular. Pretty good lager.

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Photo of acmebbq
4.12/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a pint glass with about a finger, light tan head. Head lessened fairly quickly but foam covered the surface all the way down leaving substantial lacing. Beer appeared dark brown to black. Dark copper/reddish when held to the light.

S - Malty, some chocolate, a bit of smoke.

T - Malty, milky chocolate, bitter coffee, smooth lager finish.

M - Light to moderate body. Some creaminess.

O - Enjoyable overall. Could drink two or three in a sitting.

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Photo of riversider76
4.12/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours the darkest of browns with ruby highlights. Thin tan head with some retention and a very nice lacing. Aroma is of dark chocolate and malts. Body is medium with some carbonation. Taste is of hazelnut and chocolate. Smokey edge,with hints of licorice. Slightly bittered finish. Execellent!

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Photo of Jwale73
4.12/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in my Warsteiner pilsener. Poured a deep, opaque brown with ruby red highlights when backlit. One inch loose, khaki-colored head lost half its volume in under a minute before settling into a solid quarter inch cap; strands of sticky lacing present during the tasting. Strong nose of coffee, chocolate and malt without being cloyingly sweet. Flavors consistent with nose, with a smokey character present in the foreground. Light-bodied and lively mouthfeel with a mild carbonation burn across the tongue and a residual smokiness that lingers lightly at the end. Alcohol is well-hidden and brew is both flavorful and refreshing at the same time. A solid example of the style.

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Photo of Kromes
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: pitch black with a thin off white head. Nice lacing down the glass.

S: Sweet roasted honey malts. A nice deep roasted malt aroma.

T: A sweet smokey roasted malt flavor. It's interesting as it has a strong smokey flavor, I wasn't expecting that. There is also a bit of fruitiness in the beer that keeps it light. The sweetness and roasted bitterness play well together.

M: medium bodied and good carbonation.

O: I like this beer. I think is very well crafted, balanced, and right in style. Very nice.

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Photo of dbtoe
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a pint glass

Look very black body with a 2 finger tan head that reduced down to a thin layer cap.

Smell toasty malt and hint of coffee. Nothing real strong in the smell but I really liked it.

Taste roasted malt then a slight coffee flavored ending mildly bitter. Maybe some nutty taste in there too. I enjoyed this alot.

Feel thin with lively carbonation.

Drink was very good and it made me want a few more. A good beer for a party easy to have a few.

Comment I really liked this beer and wish it was available around here. My favorite black lager so far. The 4 pack went in one sitting. I liked it a lot more than SA's Black lager.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a clear black color. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes slowly into moderate lacing. The aroma is of roasted malt, chocolate, and had a clean lager quality. The taste is similar to the aroma. It is more stout like than any schwarzbier I've yet tasted, but it works. The mouthfeel is medium-light bodied which is fitting for the style. The carbonation is moderate, and the texture is of velvet. Overall, this is a really nice, sessionable beer. I will certainly drink this again.

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Photo of Kendo
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got it on tap at the Lionheart in Albany, where it's listed on the board as "Kidd (Black) Lager". . . .

A: Dark brown, nearly black body with some mahogany/crimson highlights noticeable only when held up to the light. Small light brown head leaves behind a little bit of lace.

S: Chocolate -- no, make that cocoa powder, kind of like a packet of hot chocolate mix. Not terribly strong in the nose, but what's there is pleasant.

T: Cocoa powder and milk chocolate, like the nose. Also a bit of roasted malt. There's a nice dry, hoppy taste at the end, however, so it finishes pretty clean. Despite the nose and dominant chocolate flavors, this is nicely balanced.

M: Light in body, pretty smooth drinker.

D: Very good. Tasty but light in heft, this one went down very easily. I could see this being sessionable.

Notes: But for the light body, this one almost borders on porter territory in some ways, as the nose and flavor are pretty full for a light-bodied lager. For some reason I usually expect Schwarzbiers to have a more smoky taste to them, but frankly, I think I prefer the dominant chocolate that you get here. Well done and worth checking out.

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Photo of jadpsu
4.09/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Could not find an ABV on bottle or on the Fort Collins Brewery Web site.
Not positive that this is not already listed n Beer Advocate as KIDD LAGER. However, the bottle is different than the one shown for just KIDD LAGER. On further examination of the Fort Collins site I only see one of the two listed and the one listed is called 'BLACK' LAGER.

Pours black with a brown head that lacks good retention but does have good lacing.
Smell provides some toasty, smokey malts and some biscuity breads.
Taste includes some molasses, coffee and chocolate. Can't say I pick up much in hops in either aroma or taste.
Surprisingly light in body and low carbination.
Enjoyable session beer with some complexity in its aroma/flavor.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours from 12oz bottle a deep brown with reddish hues and a medium sized head of tannish foam. After a few minutes, it settles down to a fine broken layer with lots of lacing.

The smell has a lot of chocolate and grain in the nose.

The taste is big on the chocolate up front but it's a semi-sweet chocolate. Could be desribed as a cocoa flavour. Further sips in and I'm getting some caramel with a bit of a hop bite that makes for, an overall, very balanced flavour. The finish has a touch of smoke to it. Very nicely done indeed. The flavours work so well together; tast, really smooth, and very darn drinkable. Good mouthfeel too. I really like this Schwartzbier...wish they carried it here in Casper.

Bottom line: Like I said, this is a very drinkable and tasty Schwarzbier. I'll have to pick up some more on my next trip to Ft Collins! Recommended!

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.07/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: From the bottle poured a rich deep chocolate coloring, while in the glass was a flat black. The head was disappointing, never really gathering enough strength to form nor retain and was khaki in color for its brief stay.

S: Light roasty malt and chocolate appears on the nose with moderately good results and strength. Earthy with a light charred character and burnt caramel sweetness. Per style this was pretty generous in the aromatic sense.

T: Light roasty grains, burnt chocolate and a bit of smokiness starts things off in the right direction. There is a nice bit or burnt grain sweetness coming through initially that is accompanied by creamer enriched coffee notes. Earthy roastedness and a residual lacing ensures on the swallow with a moderate bitterness of freshly roasted beans. Overall had a pretty robust flavor per style, with just a touch of smokiness that borders almost on porter strength.

M: Pretty good fullness for a Schwarz, would even be good for a porter. Roasty with a smoky charred coating that sits well on the tongue. Light carbonation factor with a silky texture suits this well.

D: Good drinkability, rich and robust flavor while still maintaining a smooth and easy to consume nature makes this a prime example. Six pack worthy.

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Photo of GarrisWH
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a very dark brown that is nearly opaque, although deep, ruby red highlights come through when held up to the light. One finger of tan head that leaves a decent bit of lacing as it recedes to a solid cap.

S - Roasted malts with a slight smokiness. There are tones of chocolate, dark fruits, and a hint of coffee. Slight hoppiness lingering in the background.

T - The roasted malts are definitely up front in the flavor as well. A combination of chocolate and coffee with light smoke backing it up. A crisp and slightly fruity hop bitterness adds a nice touch in the finish. Nice combination of flavors.

M - Leans toward the lighter side of medium bodied. Pretty mild carbonation. It seems a little bit more body couldn't hurt with the flavor profile on this one. Can't really complain though, it is smooth and goes down easy.

D - Another interesting, easy-drinking offering from Fort Collins Brewing. I don't have a lot of experience with Schwartzbiers, but found this to be very tasty and drinkable. Could make for a nice session brew in the colder months.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.04/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a stange.

4.0 A: Black color. Two fingers of frothy tan head. Retention is good and plenty of lacing is left.

4.25 S: Decidedly grainy - this reminds me of gathering up the grains needed for my RIS. There's also a ton of chocolate, which reminds me of the mash of that same brew. Plenty of roastiness as well. Caramel and molasses to round this off.

4.0 T: Roasty foremost, but chocolatety enough to balance it out. Grainy with layers of caramel and the slightest hint of ash. Very tasty and every sip is as good as the last.

3.75 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Lightly creamy and super smooth.

4.0 D: Really good beer. Solid all around. Pick it up.

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Kidd Lager from The Fort Collins Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 194 ratings.