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Kidd Lager - The Fort Collins Brewery

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308 Ratings
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Ratings: 308
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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Photo of moester13
4.38/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown, not at all what I expected to see. Not much head to it.

S: Delicious chocolate and roasty malt aroma.

T: Heavy roasted malts up front, progresses into a lighter, macro-like lager taste, finishing with a thick portery chocolate.

M: Creamy but surprisingly light.

D: The complexity of this beer was very surprising. The flavors blend into one another flawlessly. Awesome beer.

moester13, Sep 09, 2010
Photo of matjack85
4.43/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I found this single brown 12oz bottle at the Binnjy's store in Glen Ellyn, IL for $1.99. No freshness date anywhere that I could see.

The beer poured a dark brown color that had purple highlights to it when held to the light. The 1-finger light brown head lasted a decent amount of time and produced some nice lacing on the glass with each sip.

Wow! You can smell the smoked malts in here immediately. Almost as strong as a German rauchbier. Under all that smokey toasted malt I was also picking up chocolate and a raisiny smell. Cant wait to find out what this tastes like.

This is one delicious schwarzbier. Rich burnt malt flavor - I swear you can taste the smoke. Then under the toasted malt there is a layer of chocolate, and then just a hint of German tettnang hops for balance - just 22 IBU's.

The mouthfeel may be the most surprising part of all. It's thin, but flavorful. I was expecting something heavier with chocolate in it, but it's not, it's smooth and refreshing, perhaps helped along by its moderately high carbonation.

I liked this beer a lot. The smoke catches you by surprise at first but once you taste it you can't put it down.

matjack85, Aug 21, 2010
Photo of ruckus232
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.

ruckus232, Aug 08, 2010
Photo of BlackDogBrews
4.35/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is my favorite offering from FCB and one of my favorite black lagers. Love how dark this beer pours. Quite deceptive with regards to how it tastes. Expected it to be heavier, but drinks light...just as advertised. The smoke flavor that comes through is wonderful, especially if accompanied with some treats off the grill. I have introduced this beer to friends who will not drink "dark" beers and have created fans out of every one. Another home run by the boys at FCB.

BlackDogBrews, Aug 08, 2010
Photo of Brenden
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Notes are from yesterday afternoon.

This beer is a pretty dark brown with just a bit of clarity and a softer brown color in the light. A tan head comes out pretty small and doesn't take particularly long to diminish, though there's always a bit there. Some, though very little, lacing is left behind.
The aroma's pretty full and robust, with plenty of malt and, appropriately or not, the emphasis on smoke. In fact, this reminds me very much of a Rauchbier. There's a bit of chocolate in here too. There's something earthy and leafy in here too, but very much underneath the smoke and malts.
True to form, the flavor keeps the same profile. The emphasis is all smoke, though there is just a touch of sweetness and nice earthy and woody notes to round it out. There's a metallic tinge to this one that I just can't get past, though it doesn't ruin it by any means.
There's nothing wrong with the mouthfeel, but I think it improves as it warms. There's a very light nip of crispness at the beginning of each sip, and with some time it gets a little smoother. It is just a touch flat, though. Body is medium-full.
This has good drinkability and is a nice interpretation of the style.

Brenden, Aug 07, 2010
Photo of jadpsu
4.08/5  rDev +10%
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.

jadpsu, Jul 29, 2010
Photo of TangTKE402
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a beer mug, this beer looked like melted licorice in the glass with a thin, 1/2 finger head the color of ivory.

The smell is malty and robust with strong hints of toasted caramel and resin.

The color betrays the flavor, as this beer is much lighter in feel and taste than it appears. Malt flavors abound, with hints of hickory smoke and plum on the swallow. It is surprisingly clean and light, without an overpoweringly robust feel, and it leaves the mouth feeling like a campfire.

It is surprising how much flavor is packed into this beer without it getting bogged down in heady richness, which can sometimes be off-putting to those seeking a more refreshing beer. If there was such a thing as clean smoke, the Fort Collins Brewing Company has bottled it, and it tastes good.

TangTKE402, Jul 16, 2010
Photo of ZAP
4.13/5  rDev +11.3%
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..

ZAP, Jul 12, 2010
Photo of emmasdad
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.

emmasdad, Jun 06, 2010
Photo of coolitamigo
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.

coolitamigo, Jun 04, 2010
Photo of DrDemento456
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Got this in the variety case with 6 types.

A - Pitch black with decent head. Really good looking Schwartz
S - Mostly roasted malt backbone with a solid chocolate or coffee malt and slight rum but very faint.
T - Wow very delicious! Full of roasted and burt malts along with mild chocolate and coffee with not bitter bite to speak of.
M - Very thin yet full of flavor. Really liked it
D - If I could see this stocked around my town I would drop 12 dollars a sixer easy. Very drinkable and succession-able yet I drank through too quick as the two I had are gone already.

DrDemento456, Jun 03, 2010
Photo of beerthulhu
4.08/5  rDev +10%
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.

beerthulhu, Apr 26, 2010
Photo of Rayek
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Stange.

A: Deep mahogany, but not quite black. A dense and soapy cream head has nice retention and leaves a good amount of lace.

S: Chocolate, molasses and a hint of smoke make up most of the nose. There's a light scent of lemon in the background.

T: Tastes similar to Fort Collins' Rauchbier in some respects. Molasses and a pronounce smokiness are out front. Some bittersweet baking chocolate is along for the ride. Bitterness is very light and lemony. Finishes with slight astringency and lingering burnt wood flavors.

M: The light body is slightly dry and has the right amount of fizz.

D: I liked this beer, but it tastes slightly conflicted to me. It seems to be trying to ride the line between a Schwarzbier and Rauchbier. Thankfully, it does a pretty decent job of it.

Rayek, Apr 02, 2010
Photo of indiapaleale
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour - dark, dark, dark brown, almost like an Oreo in color. Head is rather thin, foamy and lager-like. When held to the light you get the reddish hues from the dark malted barley. Very nice.

Aroma - a little smokey, sweet and peaty. Pretty similar to their Z lager in aroma actually. There is some nice subtle malt sweetness and some toasted bread notes as well. As it warms there is some licorice and some caramel as well. The smoke, however, is what really shines through.

Taste - quite light bodied and very malty, sweet and a tad smoky. There is some caramel and prune flavor to this that combines with the subtle smokiness quite well. Plenty of roasted malt flavors come out and form the bulk of the flavor profile of this crisp and easy drinking dark lager.

Overall - I like it. Its a very light bodied beer with plenty of flavor. Since it clocks in at only 4.5% this is one hell of a session beer candidate. Cheers!

Would I buy more of it? - I may seek this out again, I really enjoy the smokiness of this beer as well as the fact that it is low in alcohol.

indiapaleale, Mar 30, 2010
Photo of cpetrone84
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-pours a dark liquid, almost black. Hues of red shine through giving a ruby red color with light shined upon it. The head is tan in color, thin and bubbly, with little retention and virtually no lacing.

S-the nose is quite fair in strength, it brings a good bit of roasted, burnt coffee, lightly smoked, notes of dark chocolate and toffee, a touch of caramel malt underneath. The back end brings a hop aroma of citric and floral esters.

T-big time roasted flavors. Burnt coffee is definintely quite strong giving it a roasted malt taste with a hint of smokiness. The dark chocolate adds a hint of sweetness but isn't very strong. Caramel and toffee lie underneath as a hop presence gives a nice balanced, and slightly bitter finish. the hops do add a nice touch of floral esters with herbal notes

M-this is extremely smooth, so smooth and just a touch of creaminess. It is light bodied, and the carbonation is light but still bringing a crisp finish.

D-this is a very tasty brew. Big bold flavors that blend together very well. Light body and easy drinking, great flavors, easily sessionable

cpetrone84, Mar 20, 2010
Photo of TMoney2591
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Budweiser pokal.

Pours a clear dark brown with ruby highlights and a thick finger of frothy ecru head. Lacing is decently thick and tall. The nose is molasses, dark malts, chocolate, figs, and some light coffee. The taste leans toward bitter chocolate, coffee, and hops, adding some cocoa powder and smoked wheat. The body is lightly moderate, with stiff carbonation and a loose watery feel, leading to a highly drinkable brew.

TMoney2591, Mar 19, 2010
Photo of tapman
2.45/5  rDev -34%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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.

tapman, Mar 13, 2010
Photo of SamN
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

SamN, Mar 06, 2010
Photo of GilGarp
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served cold from a 12oz. bottle. With a vigorous pour, it forms a 1/2" of head but settles quickly. Kidd is a very dark brown beer with good clarity.

Aroma is sweet with roasty malts, chocolate, and a hint of smoke.

Flavor is more of the same. Sweetness followed by roasty coffee, bittersweet chocolate, and caramel. The smoke seems completely missing until I consider the aftertaste. It's pleasant in that it doesn't slap you around with smoke. More of a gentle brush.

Mouthfeel is nice too - medium bodied and lower carbonation than expected. I would think this could be awesome on cask.

Another good offering from FBC. I'm really looking forward to their new brewing facility. Judging by the lunchbox sampler, this brewery has real potential.

GilGarp, Mar 02, 2010
Photo of brewbasterd
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown color with reddish tints and a tan head that falls away rather quickly.Definately tons of chocolate on the nose, just a slight hint of smokiness with some sweet qualities also. More chocolate on the palate, the smoked malt comes through more here with just a touch of hop bitterness. Very light bodied, typical for this style, flavors dont linger for too long, leaving you wanting more. Good session beer, great floavors and overall well brewed.

brewbasterd, Feb 26, 2010
Photo of veachster
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.

veachster, Feb 25, 2010
Photo of Cyberkedi
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark, barely transparent chocolate brown with a fairly thick, if none too persistent, beige head. Aroma is strong, oily and smoky, more like that of a fine stout or porter. Flavor is rich, malty smoky with an undertone of unsweetened chocolate and a hint of fine coffee. Texture is smooth, finely grainy and fairly fizzy. Recommended to all who love dark beers.

Cyberkedi, Feb 24, 2010
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

TheManiacalOne, Jan 31, 2010
Photo of Sammy
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.

Sammy, Jan 24, 2010
Photo of feelmefoam
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque black with glistening ruby highlights when held up to the light. The Kidd put up a finger of off-white head that dissipated fairly quickly, leaving a decent amount of lacing around the glass. Looks good.

In the nose, I can smell some smoky malt, a little chocolate, and some earthiness. Not exciting, but not bad either.

The taste and mouthfeel let me down a little bit. Still good flavor, the smokiness is there up front with a tiny amount of caramel malt and chocolate, followed up by the earthy hop finish. Still, it was a little bland and somewhat acidic, and the mouthfeel was pretty thin. I know this is part of the style, but it was pretty watery for me.

Overall, this is a beer I probably won't search out again, but if I have one handed to me I certainly wouldn't turn it away. It's good, but the Sam Adams Black Lager I had in this style was better.

feelmefoam, Jan 15, 2010
Kidd Lager from The Fort Collins Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 308 ratings.