Kidd Lager - The Fort Collins Brewery
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3.3/5 rDev -11.1%
Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a very deep brown, almost black - but not quite with a thin, creamy, yellow-white head. The nose is all malt with chocolate taking center stage, light caramel and toffee notes with a slightly stronger roasty, smoky smell as well. The flavor is well indicated by the nose with the sweeter notes like caramel and chocolate hitting the palate first and are finished up with a bitter, acrid burnt taste. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a creamy carbonation and a dry, acrid finish. Drinkability is decent, the finish does detract from the overall rating of the beer and to my understanding of what a Schwarzbier is, this does not fit the bill. However, not a bad beer by any means but definitely one I will not intentionally seek out in the future.
10-14-2009 03:31:53 | More by gmfessen
4.1/5 rDev +10.5%
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.
05-12-2008 01:39:58 | More by NittanyBeerFan
3.63/5 rDev -2.2%
A - Dark brown. Nice tan head. Leaves alot of lace on the glass.
S - Roasted malts and worchester sauce.
T - Very smoky flavor, roasted malts, and toffee. Chocolate towards the end.
M - Medium bodied. Well carbonated.
D - Average. A good beer, but don't think I want another.
01-02-2011 00:22:35 | More by BeerDawgs
3.88/5 rDev +4.6%
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....
07-22-2008 02:27:56 | More by dacrza1
3.75/5 rDev +1.1%
Pitch black colored beer with a very rapid fading head.Aroma is cocoa.Taste is chocolate and smoked malts.You could almost call it a smoked beer from the ashy taste.Overall pretty decent and something I think people should try at least once.I personally would try again!!
03-07-2009 06:44:07 | More by matty
2.8/5 rDev -24.5%
I was about to trade for some of this when it started popping up on my local shelves.
Note: Empty BB/BO date box on the bottom left corner of the label.
Poured into my Ommegang Anniversary glass. Frothy coffee creamer-colored head that completely whitewashes the sides of the glass. A dash darker then the color of what Guinness passes for these days.
The smell of malted milk balls, a touch of hazelnut syrup, & a ticklishly sharp edge of caramel & nutmeg.
Smoke is at least somewhat evident in the taste, somewhat. I was looking forward to that part. Coffee backs that up in a bigger way then I'd like. Roasted sweetness is all up front, with minuscule flavors of cream, salt, & tin in between. An earthy bitterness accompanies a "newspaper between your fingers"(smoked?)finish.
Minute amount of carbonation, & a thin feel, which is helpful, but it only evens out the dryness developing on my tongue.
It tastes like a flat stout. Do with that what you will. Sam Adams Black Lager is a better choice at two bucks cheaper a six.
02-05-2009 01:47:50 | More by PEBKAC
4.22/5 rDev +13.7%
Black color with a small yet respectable head with a bubbly lace.
The aroma of malts,coffee,toffee and caramel.
The taste started with smoky malts,chocolate hints,coffee and a dash of oatmeal.
The feel was light body,medium to high carbonation and hop bitterness. Some mild metallic notes.
Notes: A really good beer which I thoroughly enjoyed.I will look for this one. Summer or winter this one is a treat.
03-24-2009 00:49:40 | More by Lexluthor33
3.35/5 rDev -9.7%
12 Ounce brown bottle poured into a pint glass
Appearance: Dark brown with a small amount of tan head
Smell: Toasted malt scent with a little bit of a fruit smell similar to raisins.
Taste: You definitely get the toasted flavor but there is also something else that seems almost sweet but not as much like the raisins in the smell.
Mouthfeel: Fairly thin in feel but the carbonation is pretty good.
08-08-2010 21:58:19 | More by ruckus232
3.25/5 rDev -12.4%
The bottle says drinks like a blonde , not true.
This bottle came from the sampler pack.
A- A beautiful medium chocolate brown with a small tan head that disappears quickly and completely.
S- The smell is faintly smokey with a small amount of sweet.
T- The taste is overpowering smokey. Not enjoyable for me. Revisted 5/17/13 not to smokey at just a little roasty.
D- I will not buy again, but I have to finish the couple included in the sampler.
02-07-2009 03:59:44 | More by confer
3.63/5 rDev -2.2%
on tap at the brewery. schwartzbiers are not my favorite style, so fair warning. very malty, but it seemed to have no mouthfeel at all. dark ruby in color, with a very light white lacing. Compared to other schwartzbiers, this one is memorable an I would drink it again.
10-28-2007 07:57:54 | More by paulthebeerguru
4.03/5 rDev +8.6%
Started out with a nice head that that went fast with almost no lace, was as black as a stout and BEADS. It formed beads at the end of the pour. I know what that means....
Wow, this is billed on the bottle as a lager, but the dark roasted caramel malt smell was a real sniffer. It even had a greek-olive fruit like scent, like nothing I've had before. Thick in the mouth with a malty nutty aftertaste but not as heavy as a porter or stout. Spot on.
There was an odd overtone, like that of the greek olives that were in the scent, but it only slightly detracted as the caramel, and the coffee leaped into action. It sort of tasted like a better bock beer, was a little sour on the finish and ever so slight hops bitter. It was all burnt malt but subdued so I could appreciate the other flavors.
Verdict, very good beer for something different but not my preference in styles/tastes.
09-08-2007 11:43:40 | More by Ricochet
3.7/5 rDev -0.3%
Nice subtle nose on this one. It's a light slightly-burnt roasted coffee bouquet with hints of chocolate. Hops come through as a mild herbal/spice, really pleasing on the aroma.
Pours out a very dark black with slight brown highlights around the edges of the glass where light gets though. The head is very very persistent (used 2 'very's on purpose) and a khaki color. Generous lacing is left behind. Nice stability on this one.
This is only my fourth or fifth Schwarzbier, so I don't have a giant pool to pull from for comparison. The Kidd is, just like the aroma, light on flavor.. but the flavors are good. It has that same coffee note, but instead of burnt, I just get the roast upfront. The roast carries though the finish. Mid-palate I get a subtle chocolate flavor that comes though, but it's dominated by the roast.
Light bodied and well carbonated, this beer is incredibly easy to drink and very appropriate as a session beer.
01-22-2012 17:07:25 | More by tlazaroff
4/5 rDev +7.8%
12oz brown bottle
The Kidd Lager was dark red-brown in color with a medium size tan head. The head dissipated to a thin layer that remained for the duration, leaving a little lacing behind. The aroma was of chocolate and roasted grain. The taste started out a little sweet, but balanced out nicely; mainly chocolate with a roasty backround. The mouthfeel seemed a little thin at first, but seemed about right as the beer warmed a bit. This is a very drinkable beer. It would work great for a session beer. Recommended
09-06-2006 03:39:30 | More by afinepilsner
2.45/5 rDev -34%
A dark ruby-brown, not quite opaque, with a 1 finger tan head. What else can you do with this brew, other than improve the head a little.
I'm mostly getting...smoked bacon? I don't get any hops coming through, though that isn't necessarily bad. I want to say there is some sweetness, but I'm not sure I just want there to be. Smokiness is soft yet still overpowering.
Tastes like smoked bacon. I guess that I can get behind some smoked malt, and it isn't too strong in this one and I am sure nicely balanced, but I love schwarzbiers and this one takes what I like away from them. A nice toasty maltiness with some balanced hop bitterness, like a savory version of stout. The smoked malt covers up a lot in this brew and I would care to try a non-smoked version.
Mouthfeel is fine. High in dextrins yet dry enough for a lager. Not syrupy.
I'm not a fan. Not that I am a purest or anything, but all I can taste is the smoked malt. This beer lacks the complexity of the style.
03-13-2010 03:59:25 | More by tapman
3.88/5 rDev +4.6%
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.
01-17-2008 23:16:00 | More by MMAJYK
3.43/5 rDev -7.5%
a - pours a translucent mahogany shade with some faint red highlights showing through. gave me a thin film of greyish head that dissipated rather quickly. spotty lacing
s - dark chocolate, prunes, faint charcoal.
t - chocolatey and smokey. some spicy/peppery notes crop up then fade into a lightly bitter finish. not much going on here, but it's a nice flavor profile.
m - lighter in body with adequate carbonation. a coarser co2 profile brings out the spiciness in the taste.
o - pretty satisfying on this cool summer night, but nothing i would go out in search of.
05-22-2012 05:54:25 | More by divineaudio
2.8/5 rDev -24.5%
Nooo! I was really looking forward to this one--especially since they only put two in each sample case. Schwarzbier is one of my favorite styles and I actively seek them out where I can. This one poured beautifully, rich black/mahogany in the glass with a gorgeous tan to brown head. Subtle hint of (smoky?) malts in the nose and then that initial taste. Rich roasted malt and then (ugh!) smoked malts! Like drinking a great black lager mixed with the ashes of a campfire. Definitely not as bad as a Rauchbier, but the same smoked malts render the Schwarzbier only moderately drinkable (unless you're a smoked malt fan... and I'm not). Sorry, but just couldn't give this a better rating.
11-09-2010 23:50:04 | More by tugdriver7
3.95/5 rDev +6.5%
Pours very dark - slightly darker than most of this style. Nice white head - beautiful lacing - inviting.
Stand out nose - chocolate and hints of smoke.
Beautiful entry - smooth yet full of flavor. Silky. The smokiness lingers through, but far from detracting...just leaving a hint there throughout.
Lots of chocolate flavor with roast malt. Subtle hopping on the finish. Somewhat chalky finish too.
A clean beer with lots of flavor and variation of flavor attributes.
This is a welcome addition to this under-represented style here in the states.
03-19-2006 05:48:17 | More by sweethome
Kidd Lager from The Fort Collins Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 306 ratings.