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Kidd Lager - The Fort Collins Brewery

Kidd LagerKidd Lager

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BA SCORE
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295 Ratings
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Ratings: 295
Reviews: 192
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 13.48%


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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JoeAmerican77

Colorado

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

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2011 04:23:44 | More by JoeAmerican77
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gmfessen

Michigan

3.3/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2009 03:31:53 | More by gmfessen
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Vancer

Illinois

3.33/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The Kidd pours out a blackish hue, with edges of mahogany and capped with a thin ivory cap. Looks pretty good in the freebie Sammy glass.

Lots of chocolate malt in the aroma and the quaff. Reminds me of a thin bodied chocolate stout. Surprising how sweet this one is, not balanced too well. Drinks ok, but this may get cloying after a bottle or two - only sampling the one bottle.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2008 01:17:35 | More by Vancer
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ruckus232

Illinois

3.35/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2010 21:58:19 | More by ruckus232
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veachster

Wisconsin

3.4/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a very dark amber body with a small, tannish head. Ok head retention. No lacing.

S - It smells sweet & malty with some robust, roasted undertones with light smokiness.

T - Roasted malts and coffee... slightly on the sweet side. I'm not tasteing much of the smokiness I was expecting.

M - It crisp and smooth with a medium body. The carbonation gives it the crispiness.

D - A good mouthfeel and taste combination made this beer very drinkable. I was hoping for a bit more smokiness but it was still good.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2010 23:35:21 | More by veachster
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phishsihq

Colorado

3.41/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

The beer pours a deep, dark brown color. A decent, light-tan head provides a decent lacing. Smoky aromas dominate the nose, and hints of chocolate and cocoa poke through as well. Roasted malts mix with smoke on the palate while a thin earthiness and a touch of nuttiness make an appearance before fading into a spicy hop bitterness. Medium-light in body, Kidd is moderately carbonated.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2013 01:48:32 | More by phishsihq
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number1bum

Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One of my contributions to NEPA BC Split #3.

Pours jet black, somewhat translucent with lots of ruby hues where the light hits. Smallish tan head that dissipates pretty quickly, leaving just a touch of lacing. Smell says hello malts, with some dark chocolate and roasted malts, followed by an odd sour and sort of acidic aroma. Looks and smells a lot like a porter, maybe even a smoked porter.

Taste starts out with an odd combo of roasted and chocolate malts, which lend a bit of sweetness, with a strange tart/sour/smoky flavor of some sort. There's a hit of earthy, bitter hops through the finish, but that tart/sour flavor that I'm really not too fond of smooths out to a very nice, clean, dry finish with some lingering malty sweetness. This is light and easy drinking, but a little strange. I wouldn't seek this out again but I wouldn't turn one down, either.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2007 18:23:41 | More by number1bum
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zeff80

Missouri

3.43/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a deep mahogany color with a small, tan head. It left small traces of lace.

S - It smelled of caramel, toffee and some grassy hops.

T - It tasted of roasted malt and was very spiced with a nice hoppiness.

M - It was crisp and smooth. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a very nice schwarzbier. The folks a Fort Collins have done a very good job on this one.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2007 02:50:38 | More by zeff80
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KTCamm

New Jersey

3.43/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Poured a very dark brown, almost black, almost opaque, with a medium foam consisting of some very large bubbles.

The malt smell hit me first followed by notes of chocolate and toffee.

Taste opens with the malt and finishes very crisp and clean. There are some metallic hints in here, and as I worked through the 12 oz., the flavor became smokier. Kept thinking it would turn peat-y, but never quite did.

Mouthfeel was relatively unintersting - very little action from the carbonation.

Good drinkability, could have had another.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2009 03:00:06 | More by KTCamm
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divineaudio

Michigan

3.43/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pint glass.

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2012 05:54:25 | More by divineaudio
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cro250klr

Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Got this one from a recent beer split. I don't know what I'm in for.
Pours a dark stout like color. The nose is that of coffee stout. So far, so good. A very light dark tan head floats lazily on top. The moment of truth arrives and the first sip is imbibed. Very soft on the palate, not much carbonation to speak of.
Taste seems to be a bit off. For as strong as the nose seems, the chocolate, coffee and smoke flavor are a bit subdued. I't's like drinking a Coke after all of the ice has melted in the glass. You know what flavor it is, it just doesn't have the zing of a just opened bottle.
To me drinkability suffers a bit because of that fact. I'd take this one as a compliment to a dessert. Maybe a pair it with a piece of cheese cake to end a meal.
Overall, not bad; however, I've had better offerings from this brewer.
Worth a try to form your own opion but, I don't thing I'll be searching for this one any time soon.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2007 02:03:31 | More by cro250klr
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treehugger02010

Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I bought the Forth Collins Brewery variety case from Bryn Mawr Beverage in Bryn Mawr, PA and poured it into a pint glass.
Appearance: The body is a very dark opaque brown color. The head is a nice tan color formed by lots of tiny bubbles and has fine retention leading to decent lacing.
Smell: The aroma is very roasty with a fair amount of toffy.
Taste: The flavors are dominated by roasted coffee, but provide some sweetness.
Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is smooth but has very crisp edges.
Drinkability: This beer is very drinkable.
Don't drink and review.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2009 01:01:57 | More by treehugger02010
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coolitamigo

Florida

3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Pouring into pint glass it is very dark brown, leaving one of the shortest lived heads i have ever poured. A tan film follows the beer to the bottom of the glass. Holding the dark liquor up to the light tints of cherry red appear.

S- Clean mocha, chocolate. My first experience with an American brewed dark lager. Similar yet slightly cleaner smell than a porter or dark ale varieties.

T- Thick almost porter style dark malty flavor, the malts added to this don't only impart their black color but give it a robust and even smokey flavor. The hop character is minimal as expected for this style.

M- The Aroma and Taste would suggest a heavier body than you are greeted with on first sip.

D- Nearly finished the glass and would gladly pour another from the FCB "Brewer's Lunchbox" if i wasn't so anxious to burst open another I haven't tried. There is a certain lightness to this beer that is hard to find with complex dark beers like this.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2010 21:58:15 | More by coolitamigo
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mactrail

California

3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Dark chestnut in the glass. Rather hoppy and aftertaste surprises with its bitterness. Good flavor for mild alcohol content. Very light body but rich in the taste of malt. Rather a lot of sourish, bitter burnt malt, however.

Quite drinkable with the low body and spirits. Good session beer if you like the hop plenitude.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2011 03:19:49 | More by mactrail
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Mitchster

Michigan

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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bristol2120

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not the biggest fan of this style, but found this to be an enjoyable beer. Nice reddish/ruby appearance with a decent head and retention. Not an overpowering aroma, but a pleasant smoky/burnt character comes through. Taste is nicely rounded, with some briny overtones. Mouthfeel full and smooth, with an enjoyable lingering presence of smokiness. Very drinkable for this style.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2009 01:22:37 | More by bristol2120
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

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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maddogruss

New Jersey

3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got a bottle of this from a friend.

A: Pours a very dark amber body with a small, tannish head with pretty nice retention and lacing.

S: A sweet, malty smell with some robust, roasted undertones with some smokiness as well.

T: A slightly, roasted toffee and slight coffee tastes with some bacon and smoky undertones that were not overbearing. The sweet, roasted malts returns in the aftertaste and as the beer warmed up.

M: A fairly thin mouthfeel that was also slightly watery, but overall the feel was pretty good for the style.

D: A good mouthfeel and taste combination made this beer very drinkable. I was hoping for a bit more smokiness to really balance out the sweeter malts, but it was still very nice.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2009 19:41:47 | More by maddogruss
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2010 00:33:46 | More by Sammy
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e11iott

New York

3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: 12 oz bottle. 1 finger head, very frothy. Poured a pitch black color. Heavy lacing when cold, almost none once room temp.

S: The dark chocolate and coffee smell is almost over powering.

T/M: Highly carbonated, got better as it got warm, the flavors came out. It tastes like there should be more alcohol in it.

D: Was looking forward to this one, reminded me of "OLD ENGINE OIL", but not quite as tasty. Way better warm.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2011 04:16:14 | More by e11iott
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ToAzwethinkweizm

Maryland

3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The moderators say this is a duplicate beer from the "KIDD BLACK LAGER" which clearly has a different label than the one pictured:

Date: 1 February 2011
Glass: Sierra Nevada XXX snifter
Type: 12fl oz bottle

Came from a mixed 'beers of the world' mixed pack from a family member at Xmas time.

Poured aggressively to give no head nor lacing, color is black. Aroma of heavily roasted malts, chocolate malts, and some smoked malts, touch of caramel. Taste is heavy in roasted/slightly-burnt malts, touch of smoke...probably only a 5% ABV brew. Pretty smooth, no heavy unpleasant bitterness. Not bad.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2011 07:19:16 | More by ToAzwethinkweizm
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a four finger, brown head that fades to a shallow layer leaving a good lace. Deep mahogany color. Light carbonation and light bodied. Chocolate nose. Starts with an almost sweet chocolate flavor that becomes bakers chocolate. Good flavor but body is thin. $1.49 for a 12oz bottle from John's Grocery Iowa City, IA.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2006 23:28:41 | More by jdhilt
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mcraw88

Nebraska

3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Very dark almost black with a slight tinge or red. About an inch of beige colored head.

Smell - Right of the bat i think very dark chocolate, might be completely wrong kind of have a head cold, closer inspection get some smokey and maybe peppery flavors.

Taste - The dark chocolate smell turns out to be more of a coffee taste, very nice malty flavors, even get a hit of smokiness towards the end. Not to much bitterness but just enough well balanced brew

Mouthfeel - Light carbonation, dry in the mouth, feels thin

Drinkability - Not what the bottle says about being a blonde but it does go down easy. Good brew overall

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2009 23:54:54 | More by mcraw88
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emmasdad

Colorado

3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a rich black color, with a nice rocky off-white head. Really looks like a porter more than anything else. Aromas are porter-like as well, roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate chips and just a hint of smoke. Pretty similar on the palate, but much crisper and more refreshing than most porters.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2010 02:54:10 | More by emmasdad
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setexascustoms

Texas

3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2011 01:10:48 | More by setexascustoms
Kidd Lager from The Fort Collins Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 295 ratings.