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Kidd Lager - The Fort Collins Brewery

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Ratings: 306
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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3.53/5  rDev -4.9%

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.

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
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3/5  rDev -19.1%

12-24-2011 11:45:21 | More by jophish17
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2.65/5  rDev -28.6%

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a true imperial pint glass in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average on account of the brewery.

A: Pours a four finger head of tan colour, great cream lacing, good thickness, and impressive retention - though in fairness the ABV is rather low.

Sm: Heavy roast is the first thing I get, followed by chocolate, heavy caramel, and smoked malt. Very appealing. A strong aroma.

T: Smokey flavour evocative of rauchbiers more than black lagers. The chocolate and caramel from the nose are nowhere to be found, eclipsed by the smoke. This ruins the balance. It's built decently, but without subtlety or inspiration. A bit simple, actually.

Mf: Slightly coarse and wet. More wet towards the third act. It doesn't really suit the flavour.

Dr: Overall, it's largely unremarkable. Rauchbier fanatics may be attracted on account of the smokey notes, but the bad balance and lack of complexity turn me off to it.

12-20-2011 04:40:46 | More by kojevergas
Photo of falloutsnow


3.58/5  rDev -3.5%

Bottle purchased at Hyvee in Council Bluffs, IA.
No bottled on date.
Poured into a standard US pint glass.

Out of the light, this pours a very dark brown, opaque body with a >2cm tan head of mixed small and medium-sized bubbles. Held up to the light reveals this beer to actually be a very dark amber color and transparent. The head declines within a few minutes to a thin cap atop the glass, leaving spotty lacing along all sides of the glass.

Dominant aroma of chocolate malt with supporting scents of nearly burnt malt, molasses, light coffee with heavy cream, and slight smokiness and meatiness.

Flavors of roasted, blackened malt arise, giving expected chocolate and café mocha flavors. Slight pleasing bitterness alongside some smoked malt components. Could be a bit heavier in these flavors, or more complex (more flavors) and not suffer.

Body is medium in weight, with carbonation strong enough to make itself present, but not overpowering. Wouldn't mind a slight bit more carbonation, probably would make aroma and taste all the stronger, but pleasant and agreeable on the palate. Finish is semi-dry.

Generally a good schwarzbier, though perhaps too influenced by US stout/porter nuances. Quite drinkable, sessionable, and a surprisingly hearty brew for days of craving roasted malts and chocolate flavors.

12-08-2011 21:47:17 | More by falloutsnow
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

11-25-2011 16:43:27 | More by joelBfrasier
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

11-24-2011 03:45:16 | More by dexterk1
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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

11-24-2011 00:06:52 | More by jmdrpi
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Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +7.8%

11-15-2011 02:47:43 | More by loupap
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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

A - We'll just call it black. No light coming through. Three-finger soapy, tan head quickly settles to thin collar. Leaves some patchy lacing.

S - Roasted dark malts. Slight hint of dark chocolate. Not getting much else.

T/M - Lots of smokiness. Bitter dark chocolate. Finishes very dry. Light body, almost watery. Light carbonation.

O - Easily drinkable and decent enough. I likely won't pick up more, but willing to check out some of their other offerings.

11-06-2011 00:27:15 | More by bigaltemple
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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Bottle poured into standard US Tumbler style pint glass

A- Cool, black logo'd "FCB" (Fort Collins Brewery) cap. Label seems thrown together with a few things out of 'Clip Art'. No brew date printed on bottle. Pours a dark black body with a one finger tan head, dissipated after one minute to a lacey collar.

S- Deep roasty malts, a bit of a plum/raisin note and some chocolate notes as well.

T- Sharp assault on the pallet on first sip. An rush of smokey, malty, relatively bland flavors that don't linger for long and then quickly change into a smokey, almost unsatisfying finish.
M- Lots of carbonation that goes as quickly as any flavor. Smokey and dry after.

O- I'm alright with it. I'm disappointed with how quickly the flavor finishes. I find after 15 seconds there is no remaining tastes. This I think is just the beer being a relatively light beer, which I was not expecting, a pleasant surprise. Not sure on the date of this beer, bought a single, loose bottle at the local liquor store.

10-27-2011 23:28:01 | More by kmwood11
Photo of setexascustoms


3.58/5  rDev -3.5%

I acquired this as an extra in a recent trade with Exiled, Thanks!

A: It looks almost black at first, but in fact a lot of light makes it through. One finger of head dissipates quickly, but does leave some nice lacing.

S: Roasted malts with a slight nutty character, but not much else going on.

T: Dark roasted malts with a slight sweetness. A nice smokiness is also present, which I really enjoy. Clean, with no off flavors and very easy drinking.

M: Light bodied and maybe a little watery, nice carbonation.

O: Clean and very sessionable. I enjoyed the smoked malts that found their way in, and feel fortunate to have gotten to try this, thanks again. Over all, not at all a bad schwarzbier. If you're a fan of the style I'd certainly recommend it.

10-24-2011 01:10:48 | More by setexascustoms
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3.1/5  rDev -16.4%

Poured into my FCB pint glass, dark brown/almost black. Very little head, just constant lacing the whole time. The aroma is of slightly toasted malts, a hint of dark chocolate, somewhat sweet. The taste is somewhat interesting. I guess it is the chocolate malts but every sip I get a toasted marshmallow that picks up about 1/2 way thru then finishes and just lingers. The sweet chocolate sticks to the tongue a bit but there is very little bitterness. Very drinkable, enjoyed it but not the best from FCB by far.

10-13-2011 23:24:29 | More by lonestar4lunch
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3.28/5  rDev -11.6%

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

10-08-2011 04:23:44 | More by JoeAmerican77
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3.9/5  rDev +5.1%

A: Pours a virtual black with a small head and some lacing.

S: Aroma of dark chocolate, coffee, roasted nuts and and an intangible earhiness.

T: Taste follows the aroma with bitterswett chocolate, coffee and roasted nuts. Just a mild bitterness and a fairly dry finish.

F: Fairly medium body, crisp and refreshing.

O: Good lager, nice for the style. Good change of pace beer.

10-03-2011 01:15:58 | More by soju6
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3.88/5  rDev +4.6%

Pretty cool label. Pours a dark brown ale with a nice beige creamy head that lingers. A rather fruity and smoky aroma with some very light chocolate whiffs. There is also a nice roastiness to it. Taste is slightly bitter with roasted malts and light hops in the finish. There's some espresso-like qualities shining through as well. The mouthfeel is kinda watery. I guess for the style it's good but was wanting more. Overall I feel this is good for the style. Rather light and crisp with good flavor. A nice beer from the Ft. Collins crew.

09-27-2011 00:51:32 | More by kaseydad
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4.1/5  rDev +10.5%

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.

09-08-2011 00:35:18 | More by JayS2629
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3.88/5  rDev +4.6%

Part of the mixed 12 pack, I don't think I've ever tried anything from Fort Collins, so why not...

Pours a dark brown color with a faint white head.

Aromas are of brewed coffee, cream, dark chocolate, and hints of smoke. Nice nose.

Taste is kind of cola like, nutty, with light creamy chocolate. Finish is lightly bitter, with some hints of smoked malts.

Mouthfeel is ok, but on the thin side.

Overall, this is a pretty nice little beer. If they upped the body a bit this might be excellent. But it's still good, and the light body certainly lends well to the drinkability.

08-28-2011 19:33:51 | More by flexabull
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4.03/5  rDev +8.6%

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a 1 inch khaki head that fades to a film on the top of the beer. Random splotches and streaks of lace stick to the glass on the drink down. Smell is of roasted malt, roasted peanuts, and roasted coffee beans. Very roasty overall. Taste is of roasted malt and peanuts with a slight coffee grounds aftertaste. Mild roasty bitterness on the palate after each sip. A crisp mouthfeel with a pretty good level of carbonation. Overall, this is a good schwarzbier with a nice set of roasty smells and flavors.

08-27-2011 23:23:01 | More by UCLABrewN84
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3.8/5  rDev +2.4%

Look: Deep purple almost black in color with traces of brown throughout. 1/4 tan frothy head and ok retention and there are lots of carbonation bubbles present

Smell: Lots of roasted malt hit the nose to go along with some coffee notes

Taste: Wow first thought is that of licking an ashtray very brash bitterness. Traces of chocolate and dry roasted coffee

Mouthfeel: Light body with medium to high carbonation levels and leaves kind of a sticky feel in your mouth

Overall: Not a bad little black lager honestly. Pretty easy drinkability if you like dark beers. I would recommend trying this beer

08-17-2011 03:47:33 | More by DarthKostrizer
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3.95/5  rDev +6.5%

Served on tap at Fort Collins Brewery:

A- Dark espresso brown color, healthy head

S- Espresso and slight cherry smell

T- Nice bite, extremely nutty yet has an intense coffee taste

M- Goes down fairly smooth, carbonation is a bit too intense, but it works

O- Great beer, quite possibly the best lager I've had in a while.

08-14-2011 05:37:11 | More by MrDonQuixote
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4.22/5  rDev +13.7%

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.

08-04-2011 03:29:51 | More by Halcyondays
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South Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -0.8%

RB style review from over-due notes!

The Kidd is a really serviceable cool n clean black lager... clear and dark, low head. Not much German malt here, but it's roasty enough and hop-reserved with some tasteful dark malts that run the line between sweet and dry. I like the low ABV on this beer and it's very easy to put back. Fizzy and a fine brew for when you want something to change up in your craft lawnmower set.

Will buy again.

07-06-2011 23:28:25 | More by kkipple
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3.78/5  rDev +1.9%

I know the label says that this is a pretty light schwarzbier, but the aroma is pretty thick for style. A lot of chocolate and roasted notes...especially chocolate.

The taste comes across as certainly full of roasted malt and bitter chocolate....somewhat burnt as well. Really isn't any sweetness to this one at all. Not really any hop presence to speak of on this one...finishes pretty clean though, for the simple fact that it seems rather watery. A roasted note hangs around after the swallow a while.

Not bad, if simple. A very thin consistency doesn't mean it's lacking in flavor. It does fine for itself. Just don't go in expecting a really chocolate-filled beer here....it's like a thin stout, really.

06-24-2011 01:23:44 | More by NODAK
Kidd Lager from The Fort Collins Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 306 ratings.