Achluophobia Black Kölsch | Stoudts Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Stoudts Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Schwarzbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Rifugium on 08-25-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 4 | Ratings: 13
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Photo of Griffith
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of philbe311
3.72/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A -A standard pour yields for fingers worth of dark brown batter like whipped airy froth with a rocky top... Fabulous retention... Dark with little or no light leaking in... Still with no discernible carbonation...

S - The aroma is rather subdued... A slight charred character... Some lightly roasted malts... A subtle caramel sweetness... Not much else...

T - A bit of sweetness to start... Caramel... Bitter dark chocolate... Roasted malts... A slight burnt charred flavor lingers on the finish...

M - Light to medium bodied... Mostly chalky throughout... A good carbonated bite... Clean and crisp... Consistency with each and every sip...

D - An effective and rather quaffable schwarzbier... While achluaphobia may mean fear of the dark, there is nothing to be afraid of in this Stoudt's offering... Slightly one dimensional, but still quite effective... A good representation of an under represented style... Definately worth checking out if you're given the opportunity...

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Photo of campfirebrew
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Pinocchio's, Media, PA

A black Kölsch sounded new and interesting, so I figured I'd give it a try. Basically falls under the characteristics of a schwarzbier or black lager. Poured a dark brown-black with a thin off-white head that didn't stick around too long. Aroma of dark roasty malts, ash, notes of coffee and light, indistinct fruity esters. Again, dark roasty malts and ash in the taste, along with some distant pils malts, yeast, coffee, and something almost banana-like in there as well. Aftertaste was a bit stale and bitter. Light-medium mouthfeel and pretty easily drinkable, thinner than your typical schwarzbier, which I guess is what they were going for by calling this a "black kolsch." Not likely something I'd go back for, but not a bad one overall.

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Photo of VikeMan
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of 57md
4.02/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is solid black with a finger of tan head that dissipated quickly, but left a touch of lacing behind on the glass. The nose is surprisingly smokey. Smoke is present in the upfront taste, as well - it's light, but distinctly there. The roasted malt flavor is a bit light for a schwarzbier, but there is a solid dry finish that combines with a touch of bitterness to end this offering on a high note.

Even in the finish, there is the faint essence of smoke. I hate to belabor the focus on the smokey flavor, but I see it as a surprise bonus! Frankly, the smoke profile of this beer outdistances several beers I have had that are marketed as rauchbiers.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.46/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jk3
2.75/5  rDev -26.3%

Photo of Slatetank
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – Served a very deep brown colored beer with a small just off white head. The head faded relatively fast to leave a lighter amount of lacing.

Smell – The aroma was a mix of caramel sweet and roasted malts. There was a nice light cocoa, coffee, nuttiness and a smoky aroma mixed with the roasted malt and caramel; rounding out the aroma quite nice.

Taste – The taste started of a sweeter caramel and lighter chocolate flavor. With this was a more brown bread flavor that acted as a base for the beer. As the taste went on some of the sweet caramel faded as a bit more roastiness, smokiness and nuttiness comes to the tongue. In the end a slight bittering comes to the flavor balancing out some of the sweeter and roastier flavors well.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer was on the lighter to average side in terms of creaminess and thickness with a carbonation level that was rather average. The carbonation was fitting for making it rather drinkable, but a bit more of a body would have been quite nice for the roasted and chocolate flavors.

Overall – Quite a good dark kolsch. Somewhat sweet up front with a more subdued and balanced taste at the end. Quite drinkable.

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of stephenjmoore
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of MarvinSnyder
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Achluophobia Black Kölsch from Stoudts Brewing Co.
3.73 out of 5 based on 13 ratings.
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