Black Lager
Persephone Brewing

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Style:
Lager - European Dark
Ranked #25
ABV:
4.5%
Score:
84
Ranked #18,412
Avg:
4.08 | pDev: 5.39%
Reviews:
1
Ratings:
12
From:
Persephone Brewing
 
British Columbia, Canada
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  0
Gots
  3
SCORE
84
Good
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biboergosum from Canada (AB)

3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

650ml bottle - I sometimes wonder if I shouldn't read beer labels before writing about them - now, of course I'm going to be looking for a 'graham cracker' finish!

This beer pours a clear, dark red cola highlighted brown colour, with three fat fingers of puffy, foamy, and moderately bubbly beige head, which leaves some bonsai tree garden lace around the glass as it lazily recedes.

It smells of musty and dusty cocoa powder, roasted and sort of meaty caramel malt, dry black coffee grounds, and gentle earthy and leafy hop bitters. The taste is grainy and bready caramel malt, some free-range wet ashiness, wan chocolate wafers, subtle black licorice root, slightly milked-up java, a bit of earthy nuttiness, and more plain weedy and leafy noble hoppiness.

The bubbles are adequate in their supportive and sometimes just frivolous frothiness, the body a so-so medium weight, and kind of smooth, but in the way that cigars or cigarettes can also be smooth, amirite? It finishes off-dry, but trending towards the latter - ethereal chocolate and coffee, with some lingering wispy smokiness.

Overall, a rather bang-on version of the style, in the sense that it could easily make the step into Schwarzbier territory, due to its prominent flavours, and not just some catch-all, bland dark beer 'character'. Oh, and I just up and forgot about the proclaimed graham cracker thing - yeah, it's not there.

Feb 16, 2016
Black Lager from Persephone Brewing
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 12 ratings