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Kidd Lager - The Fort Collins Brewery

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Ratings: 303
Reviews: 192
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 13.48%
Wants: 9
Gots: 4 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

04-22-2012 23:48:42 | More by DrFunkenstein
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New York

4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

04-22-2012 21:14:29 | More by mitchellaneous
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South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

04-16-2012 23:23:22 | More by buckyp
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New York

3/5  rDev -19.1%

04-15-2012 11:09:51 | More by dgeebs07
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2.5/5  rDev -32.6%

03-22-2012 13:42:39 | More by pajeff
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South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

03-12-2012 01:06:22 | More by UltimateLivewire
Photo of sommersb


3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tasted On: 03-02-2012
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle
Glassware: Willi Becher
Purchased: Single from Whole Foods, Nashville

A: Pours with a huge, rolling head, like a nitro beer. Color is jet black, with only a slight red on the edges when held to the light. Tan head of 4 fingers has good retention and very good levels of lacing.

S: Aromas are of toasted malts, with a slight smokiness as well. I also smell chocolates and coffee in the crisp aromas.

T: Smokey flavors, supported by roasted coffee. Bittersweet chocolate notes, with a moderate level of bitterness and low sweetness.

M: Smooth beer with a moderate amount of carbonation in the feel. Body is in the medium range. Finishes with an aftertaste of dark, roasted grains.

O: Overall an enjoyable beer. I think this one relies heavily on burnt/roasted malts for a schwarzbier, giving it flavors akin to a stout instead of a lager.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2012 03:30:21 | More by sommersb
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1/5  rDev -73%

02-26-2012 02:35:34 | More by Ouroborus
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3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brewed with chocolate malt, "a hint of smoked malt", and hopped with Tettnang. About 24 IBU and 4.4% ABV.
Part of a mixed 12 pack for $16.99 at BevCo.

Pours out to a clear very dark brown, near black, forming a nice creamy light tan head with very good retention and solid sheets of lace. Moderate carbonation.

the aroma has a nice mild chocolate flavor with a touch of biscuits, black walnut and vanilla. No smoke malt noted. Mouthfeel is bright and crisp with a medium light body. Easy to drink but full of flavor. Opens with light spicy hops, followed by the black walnut and chocolate of the nose, then there is a subtle touch of smoked malt in the aftertaste. Mild bitterness. Clean finish. No perceptable off-flavors, although it is a touch on the acidic side and has a moderate mineral aftertaste.

An interesting beer. This could be a good sessionable beer as it is easy to drink and has enough flavor to keep me interested, but it is acidic enough that it prevents it from being a good sessionable beer for me.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2012 01:10:20 | More by Mitchster
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +7.8%

02-25-2012 05:50:43 | More by RoryOMoore
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

02-22-2012 01:11:20 | More by BKBrewer
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4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

02-17-2012 22:49:48 | More by jjholt
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New Jersey

2.3/5  rDev -38%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a deep brown with good clarity and a big tannish head. Lots of black coffee and charcoal on the nose with a touch of leather. As the beer airs out some chocolate and smokey roastiness become present on the nose as well.

Head retains very well, big and clumpy. Very thin in body. Touches of smokiness with a good deal of roasted malt flavors. Some charcoal and chocolate on the pallete as well. Flavors come across at random times and wouldn't be terrible if it weren't for the water like consistency of the beer.

Good flavors despite them being all over the place. The thinness really ruins this beer though. Thin bodies have their place but the flavors of a schwarzbier hold up better in something a little thicker.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2012 19:38:00 | More by jtierney89
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

02-06-2012 23:05:28 | More by LJWalker
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4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Kidd pours a deep blackish brown color that shoes some garnet hues when held up to a light. The head is very nice and possess a deep tan color. It is nice and foamy with great retention. It also leaves excellent lace.

The aroma is very roasty with plenty of bitter cocoa and even some smoky notes. The beer also has a bready sweetness that is blended with a bit of molasses flavor.

The same great characteristics form the aroma come through in the flavor. This beer has a very nice smoothness to it that helps set it apart from a stout or porter. The bitter cocoa really mixes well with the dark bready sweetness and some of the caramel and molasses.

The mouthfeel is on the light side of medium with subdued carbonation. The beer finishes super cleanly with just some sweet dark malt character lingering on my tongue.

This is by far my favorite offering from FCB that I have tried so far. They did a great job crafting a beer in a style that is often overlooked by American craft brewers. Very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2012 21:40:24 | More by zoso1967
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beer poured from 12 oz brown bottle to pilsner glass.

A - A deep dark brown pour, nearly black but not quite, with a small 1/2 finger tan head with adequate retention and little lacing.

S - A good aroma mixed with roasted chocolate malt and a hint of smoke. No alcohol detected. Nice roasty character.

T - Very similar to the nose the beer starts immediately with a medium roast character. Chocolate malt and coffee roast prevalent throughout. The beer finishes clean and crisp.

M - Light bodied with light carbonation.

D - Good drinkability.

Overall, this is a decent brew. If given the situation I can see myself putting down a few more.

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 02-14-2011 14:12:41

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2012 15:05:48 | More by hopfacebrew
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South Carolina

3/5  rDev -19.1%

01-24-2012 08:47:17 | More by Heff19
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3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2012 17:07:25 | More by tlazaroff
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North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

01-15-2012 19:23:29 | More by tclapper
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3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours chocolate brown color but quite transparent, decent cream head. smells very very smokey, rauchbiery in that sense, but not as heavy at all. flavor is smokey too, but tame, with fine caramel and hickory wood vibes. german malt profile and very very easy drinking for its color and aroma. low abv keeps it sessionable, a really complex and pleasing brew. possibly my favorite from their variety pack. not super different from the z lager they make.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2012 06:48:48 | More by StonedTrippin
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New Jersey

3/5  rDev -19.1%

01-10-2012 17:17:24 | More by bonbini26
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3/5  rDev -19.1%

01-04-2012 20:04:50 | More by IPAylor
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3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

In the world of dark lagers, Kidd borrows elements of German Dunkels, Bockbiers, Schwarzbiers, and even Porters for a robst version of Schwarzbier that's sure to satisfy the biggest fans of dark roasted beers.

Kidd opens with a very dark brown color, brilliant clarity, and a creamy lightly tanned foam stance. Great retention and lacing patterns round out the appearance that could easily be mistaked for Porter.

Clean roast aromas allow for the accompany of deep caramel and toffee. Light smoky chocolate, coffee, and char give a dry but robust impression. No fruitiness or yeasty spice keep the aroma profile clean and focused.

Clean malt flavors carry a bit of heaft and causing the beer to be maltier than normal for Schwarzbier and edging close to the world of Bocks. The complementary smoke and bittersweet chocolate notes add layers of flavors to accompany the dry toast and roast, but also muddle the otherwise clean flavor of the base black beer. Moderately grainy in taste, the slight ashy flavor from char begins to hint toward Stouts to a small degree.

Again, robust in body and slightly less palatable than is intended for the clean and effortless Schwarzbier. Added caramel and overall malty weight balances the slightly acrid and powdery roast texture but gets away from what Schwarzbiers do best.

Perhaps forgetting strict adherence to style is the way to go with this beer and it has a tasty balance and satisfies the palate well. Aside from slight watery and empty mid palate and slightly harsh roast in finish, the beer works well for a non-descript dark lager.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2011 05:10:40 | More by BEERchitect
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

12-27-2011 12:05:22 | More by Grebdioz
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North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

12-26-2011 05:40:56 | More by ejohnson654
Kidd Lager from The Fort Collins Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 303 ratings.