Blackwing Lager | Union Craft Brewing Company

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very good
124 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Union Craft Brewing Company
Maryland, United States
unioncraftbrewing.com

Style: Schwarzbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by RichardMNixon on 01-13-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
124
Reviews:
17
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
10.39%
 
 
Wants:
0
Gots:
27
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3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Abramson10
3.26/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ConradKenney
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of OnryAndMean
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Herky21
3.61/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jjboesen
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Lucular
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Big_V
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of wanderlust389
4.06/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BDetwiler
4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beer4Baltimore
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of VeganUndead
3.42/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bierleichen
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Mhalaiko
4.75/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Very good Baltimore based beer

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Photo of bluehende
3.49/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This one is a bit light in mouth feel. There is really nothing here to excite at all.

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3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of alyssa1224
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Gervaise
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BBQWhisperer
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of ERMD56
3.66/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of woodychandler
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I was down in Baltimore during the Fall for Baltimore Beer Week and I had occasion to stop by the brewery to score any of their CANs that I had not previously reviewed. This one required an approved pic before it could be included in The CANQuest (TM), but here we are!

From the CAN: "Give This CAN a [CAN]tract"; "A Champion of Flavor"; "Don't Ruffle Our Feathers [-] Recycle This CAN"; "This crisp, clean dark lager begins with hints of roasted coffee beans and rich chocolate but showcases a surprisingly light body and mouthfeel. This Schwartzbier, German for 'black beer,' is moderately hopped with Noble German hops that [CAN]plement the delicate malt backbone. Not to be underestimated, this dark lager is a true champion of flavor! Caw-caw!"

The Crack! unleashed a squirt from the brimful CAN and I could only smile. I upturned the CAN and began an inverted Glug, producing a finger of dense, light-tan head with decent retention. Color was Dark Brown to Very Dark Brown (SRM = > 27, < 34) with mahogany highlights. Nose had a chocolatiness that I would characterize as milk chocolate, as opposed to dark or bittersweet. Roasty? Not really, at least not on the nose. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, approaching creamy. The taste was very much of milk chocolate, leading me to wonder about their mention of "roasted" in the description. Was I missing something, or did they overstate their case? No matter, either way, but it might lead to misplaced expectations. Granted, I got a light smokiness of the finish that rendered it semi-sweet overall, but this was sweeter than I expected.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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4.24/5  rDev +10.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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5/5  rDev +29.9%

Blackwing Lager from Union Craft Brewing Company
3.85 out of 5 based on 124 ratings.
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