Nightshine Black Lager | Catskill Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Catskill Brewery
New York, United States
catskillbrewery.com

Style: German Schwarzbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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BEER STATS
Ranking:
#11,532
Reviews:
7
Ratings:
16
pDev:
7.9%
 
 
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Ratings: 16 |  Reviews: 7
Reviews by Premo88:
Photo of Premo88
4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

32 oz. crowler poured into tall mug
(filled on 2/17/18 at the brewery; courtesy of @tongorad)

L: darkest dark brown, almost purple, topped by thick head of beige foam over 2 inches tall; super sticky head with a little lacing on the way down; keeps a fluffy thick collar and most of a skin; beautiful brew ... hard to say if it's murky or just too dark for light to pass through it, but either way, it's a beaut!

S: roasted bakers chocolate, lightly sweet at first with a growing fruity sweetness as it warms ... toasted apricot/peach kolache, dates ... lots of bread malt ... almost like a chocolate-covered donut at times

T: just a hint earthy and "darker" than the nose, though there's plenty of the roasted bakers chocolate similar to the aroma; slight bitterness/medicinality either from some hops, the burnt malt or simply the alcohol, but the "medicinal" quality is so slight as to be easily ignored; the lingering aftertaste of slightly charred wood is a highlight ... the malt in this beer is definitely not pale two-row

F: lovely ... plenty of carbonation combined with a solid middle weight ... somehow the mouthfeel seems like it's helping the overall "moreish" quality of the beer

O: loads of flavor and like most schwarzbiers relatively easy to handle; between Catskill's pils and this black lager, I could go months drinking just the two ... what a fantastic brewery! this beer in particular is a roasted malt showcase; it reminds me of a good "moreish" porter I've had, only better

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More User Reviews:
Photo of SomethingClever
4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16 oz can poured into a water glass canned on 10/10.

A: Nice taught slightly khaki colored creamy head sits atop a black brown body.

S: Some Light toasted breads with a little bit of light toffee peeking out. A little bit of a metallic sourness at first blush.

T: Light clean beer with nice toasted maltiness with a little coffee in the finish.

M: Lighter bodied but a little creamy too.

O: This is a nice beer. It is very easy drinking with nice bready, roasted malt flavors.

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Photo of logicalparadox
3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Timfromthemainland
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of WesMantooth
4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pour looks fairly viscous for a 5% range Schwarz. We shall see if I’m right. It is sort of a black cherry hue. Huge beige colored soapy head that leaves some sticky lacing as it subsides.

Smells like dark cocoa powder, a bit of smoke bordering on coffee, and a slight nuttiness on top of a doughy/malty backdrop with lager yeast.

First sip is a lot of chocolaty cocoa then some of that nuttiness comes through. There is a nice amount of smoke and noticeable roast flavor in the middle along with the barley and it is rounded out with a pretty significant hoppiness. Some floral and citrus notes, but more of a bitterness than flavor. It is pretty creamy and lucious.

Definitely a solid medium body. I wouldn’t say it is too heavy, but definitely one of the bigger bodied Schwarz I have had. Would guess it to be a hair higher on ABV.

It definitely finishes dry and crisp. Fairly significant amount of resin.

I would say that it is just a bit Americanized as it touches on some Porter/Dry Stout attributes with more roasted flavor than many, and a significant hop profile, but it balances out any sweetness nicely. That being said, a lot of people call them “black pilsners” so this one would fit the bill. Curious if they used Hallertau and Noble hops or the American versions of them. My biggest critique from my experience is that it doesn’t drink quite as light as most even though it’s right in the optimal abv range. But that’s nitpicking. Damn fine Schwarz.

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Photo of xungmound98
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of utopiajane
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours not quite clear mahogany brown leaning toward chestnut. Some honey hues around the edges. Fat off white head that was loathe to fall. It left sheets first and then rings. The black lager is very dramatic. The nose is a touch of roasty elegance. A dry unsweetened chocolate biscuit. Only a cool whisper from hops. The hop pepper makes up for the lack of sweetness on the palate. Finishes dry and with a silken moment at the very end of that shows bitter chocolate and walnuts. The hops leave the tongue tingling lightly from a mild bitterness.

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Photo of prisdefer
3.12/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Zai
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of strohme2
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16 ounce can, dated Oct 10 18. Poured into tulip glass.
Pours dark brown, but as it sits in glass appears black. One finger’s worth of light khaki foam. Sticky foam lacing.
Aromas of medium roast, dusty baker’s chocolate, ash. Earthy hops.
Roast, nutty coffee, vanilla, malted milk, licorice. All very mellow flavors and complimentary to each other.
Lighter mouthfeel, smooth finish. Good body.
Very tasty and well done. This would be a constant in the fridge if I could get it.

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Photo of Andarel
4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of elamb106
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheBeerdedCharmer
4.19/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of SonictheBeerhog
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TongoRad
4.67/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is Catskill's greatest beer, imo. Every nuance and detail has been completely nailed- from the balance of roast malt flavor, base malt 'nutty' background, residual dryness, bitterness, seamless blending of hop aroma and flavors to the malt flavors, that silky/milky mouthfeel- all at just the right levels and in perfect balance and harmony. Made for 'session' drinking, and gets better with each successive glass. One of the best Black Lagers in the US, outstanding job!

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Received from @TongoRad – thanks Michael! Reviewed 11/29/18.
“Oct 10 2018” on bottom of 16 oz can. Stored at 42 degrees and served at 42 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Appearance – 4.
Body – Dark brown/black, opaque. When held to the light, some penetration occurs around the edge.
Head – Large (Maximum 6.5 cm, aggressive center pour), tan, high density, average retention, diminishing to a five to seventeen mm scalloped ring and a partial layer.
Lacing – Excellent. Wide band of tiny bubbles.
First pour – Medium brown, hazy.
Aroma – 4 – Malt and char.
Flavor – 4.25 – Begins malty with char flavor but not char bitterness. Ends with hop bitterness, but not bitter like an IIPA – more like the crisp bitterness of a lager. No alcohol (5.5% ABV), no diacetyl, no dimethylsulfide.
Palate – 3.25 – Medium, almost creamy, lively carbonation.
Impression and interpretation – 4- Very pleasing take on a schwarzbier.

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Nightshine Black Lager from Catskill Brewery
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 16 ratings