After the Love Has Gone (B-Sides Series)
Woodland Empire Ale Craft

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Style:
German Helles
ABV:
4.6%
Score:
Needs more ratings
Avg:
4.06 | pDev: 4.68%
Reviews:
4
Ratings:
5
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Woodland Empire Ale Craft
 
Idaho, United States
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Notes: Helles lager brewed with raw cocoa, cold brewed coffee, ancho chilies, lactose, cinnamon, and vanilla.
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Reviews by superspak:
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4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16 ounce can into lager glass, canned on 10/4/2019. Pours slightly hazy medium golden amber color with a 1 finger dense and rocky off white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Thick foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big cocoa, nutty medium roast coffee, cinnamon, vanilla, cream, chile peppers, cracker, white bread dough, and lightly toasted biscuit; with lighter notes of pepper smoke, wood, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of cocoa, coffee, ancho chiles, lactose, cinnamon, vanilla, pale malts, and light-moderate earthy hop notes; with big strength. Taste of big cocoa, nutty medium roast coffee, cinnamon, vanilla, cream, chile peppers, cracker, white bread dough, and lightly toasted biscuit; with lighter notes of pepper smoke, wood, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate herbal, floral, woody, grassy bitterness; and cinnamon/pepper spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of cocoa, nutty medium roast coffee, cinnamon, vanilla, cream, chile peppers, cracker, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, pepper smoke, wood, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of cocoa, coffee, ancho chiles, lactose, cinnamon, vanilla, pale malts, and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; with an awesome malt/bitter/spiciness, and no astringent flavors after the finish. Fairly crisp/clean finishing. Perfectly clean lagering, no fruity/yeasty notes. Light-moderate increasing dryness from lingering bitter/spiciness and carbonation. Medium-plus carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, and moderately creamy/bready/grainy/sticky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming as expected of 4.6%, minimal lingering Ancho chile heat after the finish. Overall this is an awesome flavored Helles lager. All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of cocoa, coffee, ancho chiles, lactose, cinnamon, vanilla, pale malts, and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; very smooth, refreshing, and fairly crisp/clean to drink with the mellowly bitter/spicy/drying finish. Very flavorful and not watery for the ABV. Perfectly balanced between cocoa, coffee, chiles, cinnamon, vanilla, and lactose flavors; with a great clean pils malt malt backbone and earthy hop presence/balance. Mild residual sweetness with crisp dryness. A really enjoyable offering, and outstanding style example. Loved this one a lot. Nailed both the style and the experimental aspect. Nothing overwhelming.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

its insane how much these guys are doing with their lager base, just packing it with unique flavors and popping a new beer out every month or so it seems. a solid base lager again here, shockingly clear for what all is in it, heady from the tap, and with some light german character to the grain. the added flavors in this are many, cold brew coffee, ancho chillies, cinnamon, vanilla, raw cocoa, and lactose. the coffee is the most robust, and the beer is sweet with the lactose and the vanilla, i could do without the milk sugar, but its hard to argue in favor of any changes to this, its unique and delicious. the pepper comes through really well and works oddly nicely with the german malts, some smoke coming in is cool with the coffee and cinnamon, and there are synergies between these ingredients all over the place. some roast char and even bitterness from the coffee, a honey note in here, the earthy dark cocoa character too, just super good. none of it really jumps out, its all so well integrated, and i think the base beer is curiously perfect for this. it really all comes down to the dose of these things and the balance, but they somehow nailed it. my guess is this took a fair few test batches to get right, but boy did they. one of my favorites in this weird lager series so far, shockingly light and drinkable for all thats going on. totally unique beer here from these guys, who remain one of my favorites in boise!

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Photo of Oh_Dark_Star
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

L: Dark golden lager with a half finger light beige head sizzling down to a thin cap. Some clumpy lacing.

S: No chili on the nose for me, but any lager funk is covered by sweet chocolate aromas with a cinnamon presence.

T: Super slight Ancho chili flavor. No heat, but a wonderful balance of pepper acridity. Sweet but not cloying. Otherwise follows the nose.

F: High medium to full weight and body. Much more than the ABV would ever indicate is possible. Smooth and exceptionally creamy. This should be 7-8% ABV for the feel. Amazing.

O: This reminded me of a golden stout, but without the booze and calories to show it. This was exceptionally well balanced and awesome. I will get this again if available. With current market saturation this is saying a lot.

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Photo of beersampler6
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a very interesting Helles lager. You don’t usually see these with coffee, chocolate and stout-like flavors. This was a very good blend of balance and complexity. Canned date 10/4/19. Pours a fairly clear golden color with just a little fluffy white head and some spotty lingering lacing. Smells of medium roast coffee, milk chocolate, caramel, vanilla and some brown sugar. Also some malt and grain in there. No real hops or cinnamon. Tastes great, again there’s a good balance and blend of lighter stout-like flavors with the German lager notes. Somehow it all worked together in harmony. Couldn’t really detect any chili flavors, however. Smooth, clean, mild mouthfeel with good carbonation. Just very slightly creamy. I will definitely keep an eye out for more beers of this type.

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Photo of smithj4
3.87/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

After the Love Has Gone (B-Sides Series) from Woodland Empire Ale Craft
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 5 ratings