Leavenworth Bakke Hill Black Lager - Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub
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3.68/5 rDev +5.7%
Undated 22 oz bottle (almost certainly 2013 vintage) served in a Belgian snifter.
Pours very dark mahogany, clear but nearly black in the glass. The head is small but partially durable and leaves some spotty lacing.
This is an American style Schwarzbier: less sweet and more flavorful and hoppy than the standard German version. Hints of dark chocolate. Some smoke and expresso too, but only the slightest hint of burnt grain.
Feel: medium-light body with well-matched medium carbonation.
01-22-2014 00:14:23 | More by chinchill
3.8/5 rDev +9.2%
Pint at Beer Revolution in Cowtown.
This beer appears a very dark, somewhat hazy ruddy brown hue, with one finger of thin foamy tan head, which leaves a solid wash of painted lace around the glass as it seeps away. It smells of sweet roasted caramel malt, some cereal biscuit, and leafy hops. The taste is nutty, slighty toasty chocolate malt, some further cereal graininess, and soft earthy, musty green hops. The carbonation is moderate, and a tad frothy, the body a decent medium weight, and haltingly smooth. It finishes off-dry, but with the roast and the newly invigorated hops pressing the issue.
A decent black lager, at first it quite resembled OK Springs' version, but slowly grew apart, showing greater cocoa notes, as well as a sturdier countenance. Drinkable, and fairly enjoyable.
12-23-2011 21:45:27 | More by biboergosum
3.75/5 rDev +7.8%
Poured from a brown 22 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of roasted malts, a touch of coffee. Taste is also roasted malts up front, some coffee, just a touch of chocolate. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is an enjoyable beer.
02-26-2012 00:01:18 | More by tone77
3.88/5 rDev +11.5%
Picked up tonight on the way home from work at Brewforia.... Paid $5.40... enjoyed from my Cigar City snifter... Short lasting tan head... the brew is the expected black with a tiny bit of ruby sneaking through near the stem... more retention would be good for sure.
Nose is rich and roasty... very clean.. toasty with hints of coffee without ever becoming burnt.
Flavor is clean and lets the malts shine.. light toast and even lighter roasty malts again no burnt qualities... light French Roast begins mid palate and is drawn out a bit on the finish by a mild malt sweetness that is certainly within style guidelines...
Body is about right... but it shows pretty low carbonation.. could use a bit more bubbles for sure.
Everything about this bottle is nicely done.... except the carbonation... but on such a delicate brew that is a minus for me.. but this is still very good... I am definitely digging the Leavenworth brews as I always appreciate a well made German style brew.
Very happy I was able to try this one fresh... Time in the bottle is only going to hurt it.
12-07-2011 06:16:04 | More by JohnGalt1
3.63/5 rDev +4.3%
A: Inky black with a light beige head.
S: Light dusting of cocoa, mild char, crisp yeast and grain in the nose.
T: Dry roasted grain, very light chocolate, palpable and leafy hop bitterness.
M: Between light and medium-bodied with light carbonation.
O: A good schwarzbier, if not a bit too mild and dry.
12-30-2012 17:41:40 | More by Etan
2.53/5 rDev -27.3%
has a very dark appreance and aroma, good smooth light beer that i thought would be heavy, taste alot like a brown ale, overall a smooth beer i would try it but not have it again but they didnt over do it on this beer. i thought this black lager would be better more like a porter but it is very simple
12-14-2012 19:51:31 | More by chicagoanbeerone
3.36/5 rDev -3.4%
Poured into a dogfish schooner to a coffee color with a tan head. Smell is off sweet malt and earthy hops. Taste is of black licorice nicely balanced consistent throughout with a sweet yet slightly bitter. Only lacking in mouthfeel but it is a lager not a thicker ale. A good session brew tasty. Would seek out again.
04-12-2014 17:02:25 | More by mooseisloose
3.98/5 rDev +14.4%
22 oz bottle from Fred Meyer, S.Salem. $4.59 Black lager..very black with a lovelly creamy,thick yet bubbly tan head. Aroma very lager like..and with hints of caramel and chocolate Smmoth taste low carbonation..roasty ,coffeelike malts..some dark chocolate..slightly burnt notes. Pleasant. Nice smooth palate..the low carbonation works with this beer. Nice beer
11-16-2011 18:08:00 | More by Reidrover
3.9/5 rDev +12.1%
22 ounce bottle into lager glass; October notched, no year (probably 2011). Pours fairly clear very dark brown color with a small fairly dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass; with plenty of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of roasted malt, dark chocolate, caramel, toast, coffee, dark bread, floral, light pepper, and roasted earthiness; with some subtle pear and apple. Very nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark malt notes with hardly any yeast fruitiness surprisingly. Taste of dark chocolate, roasted malt, cocoa, caramel, toast, coffee, dark bread, floral, light pepper, light pear, apple, and roasted earthiness. Lingering notes of dark chocolate, roasted malt, cocoa, caramel, toast, dark bread, coffee, floral, light pear, apple, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a bit. Very nice balance and robustness of roasted flavors; with good complexity and zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy, smooth, and crisp mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with almost zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice schwarzbier! Great balance and robustness of roasted flavors with minimal yeast esters; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyably offering.
04-03-2013 04:05:21 | More by superspak
3.95/5 rDev +13.5%
Very dark ruby brown color with a big frothy head in the tall Belgian glass. Pleasantly sudsy on the tongue. Light mouthfeel. Modest aroma of roasted malt with that nice beery whiff.
Warm and malty with the edge of charred grain. Less burnt flavors and more of a dark roast. This has a toasted, slightly nutty flavor that is much more interesting than the usual Schwarzbiers. Just the right burr of hoppy bitterness at the finish. Light body but quite frothy.
This is a pretty good example of the style. I think it's a style that is deceptively simple and not often brewed well. This has the right balance of dark shades with the malty sweet note and plenty of sudsy mouthfeel. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at the Fish Tale brewpub in Everett.
04-12-2014 04:49:12 | More by mactrail
3.1/5 rDev -10.9%
Appearance: Relatively clear dark brown that looks almost black until held to light. Creamy dark tan head drops to a small cap and creamy collar with slight lacing. Moderate carbonation.
Smell: Nice roasted malt with some very slight burnt edges. Cooked and caramelized in moderation. Some nice chocolate and cocoa. Hops offer some slight citrus and floral elements. Grassy with a ton of roasted barley. Building cocoa and slight bitter dark chocolate as it warms. Clean yeast profile. Slight fruity sweetness, in a vague way.
Taste: Slight malt sweetness. A nice roasted malt as well. Blends of dark chocolate, cocoa, and some sweeter almost milk chocolate. Some backing grassy elements and a bit of lingering yeast. Hints of slightly burnt malt. A touch of citrus with a mildly herbal/floral hop finish. Warming pushes out some of the roasted elements, letting the cocoa come out a bit more. Finishes a bit bright, almost like an apple or pear.
Mouthfeel: Medium body and moderate carbonation. A bit bubbly and clean.
Overall: Insert Space balls reference.
A decent take. Less sweet than other iterations of the style which is a plus. Loses a little as it warms, but it's good.
10-02-2013 01:16:38 | More by Goblinmunkey7
3.46/5 rDev -0.6%
22oz bomber into New Belgium globe
Dark as a moonless night. Looks like a deep, dark, endless brown rather than jet black, but it isn't easy to tell because the beer is completely opaque. No light through and no light reflected. This lager absorbs all light. The head was not quite an inch of latte-colored foam; it didn't last the amount of time it took me to type about the appearance.
Even though Bakke Hill Black is a lager, it smells similar to some winter warmer ales. Caramel and toffee malts are accompanied by more grassy hops than I would expect based on appearance and style. It's a clean-smelling beer, with some fragrant yeast in the aroma. The bitterness come from hops more so than roasted malts (other than a little bit of coffee taste), which is in line with the schwarzbier style but still seems a contradiction given the color of this beer. Very refreshing taste while still holding its own as a winter beer.
The carbonation is not strong, which is typical for a winter variety, though I would prefer some more carbonation and body to balance out the lightness of this dark lager. No stickiness; perhaps a little too thin.
Great beer for those winter nights when 8% alcohol would be too much. Also an elegant deviation from porters and stouts.
01-12-2013 03:28:02 | More by sam_bliss
3.6/5 rDev +3.4%
pours black, looks good for the style, but a bit lacking in structure/head
smell is really nice, all roasty malts, straight up cocoa and coffee with a very nice overall smoke that is present but not overwhelming
taste is good for the style, simple but a little spicy and bitter from the roasted malts - very drinkable and light, mouthfeel is probably right for the style but a little thin.
overall a good example of the style but nothing outstanding
12-31-2011 01:02:09 | More by benclimbs
2.93/5 rDev -15.8%
Appearance: Pours a dark brown, near black body with a Whopper-interior, sudsy head.
Smell: Modest accounts of chalkiness and roast, with increasingly lighter notes of chocolate, yeast, and herb.
Taste: Lightly ashen, chalky roastiness. Slight sweetness. The merest hint of chocolate. Quick herbal hops, lightly bitter. Thins out tremendously, both in body and flavor, approaching the finish, making for a very bland end to the beer.
Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium-light carbonation.
Overall: The two previous Leavenworth beers were embarrassingly dismal, so expectations were set very low. Expectations: met. I want 2013 to be the year Leavenworth Beers gets something right. C'mon, guys. 354 days to go. You GOT THIS!
01-12-2013 00:57:04 | More by ChainGangGuy
Leavenworth Bakke Hill Black Lager from Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub
80 out of 100 based on 24 ratings.