Insulated Dark Lager | Brooklyn Brewery

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Insulated Dark LagerInsulated Dark Lager

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Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States

Style: German Schwarzbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brooklyn Insulated Dark Lager is your protection against biting wind and soggy weather. German Munich, roasted Carafa, and Pilsner malts create a nimble, racy body, while a helping of American black barley adds just a hint of roast coffee. A light dry hopping of American and German hops pitter-patters across the nose and dives into the dry, warming finish. Try it with dark breads, hearty meats, and sturdy cheddars. If you still feel the chill, just add another layer and enjoy your insulation.

Added by ThatsThatDude on 08-03-2015

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Reviews by ChuckHardslab:
Photo of ChuckHardslab
3.26/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I tried this on tap tonight. It looks and feels like a schwarzbier, but it smells and tastes more like a black pale ale. It's a good beer, just not the schwarzbier I was expecting. In typical American fashion they have added a hops character that doesn't jive with the style. I liked it, but it was not what I was expecting

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More User Reviews:
Photo of utopiajane
4.4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Brooklyn uses the word nimble to describe this beer and I think it's the perfect word to do it. Pours the darkest brown with a with a glowing tint from ruby. Fat tan head that fell slowly to cling and leave lace. Nose is hop prominent alright! At least at first it is because it's so fresh. They seem to burst forth.. Beautiful spice and floral from those noble hops. They shimmer even on the nose. A fruitiness that smells fresh and vibrant and a firm hop herbal that is just darn sexy. The malt that seemed shy at first keeps coming forward until you have earthy coffee, bread like pumpernickel. Flavor is mellow earthy and round. Those abundantly fragrant hops are much lighter on the palate but the herbal is the most forward flavor from them. Peppery. Coffee and a tempting dryness from the malt. Here is the part that I think is nimble. It's so dry as to show itself off. A touch nutty, toasty and all that bread. The bitterness in the flavor is just a light touch from both hops and the malt itself and that highlights the earthy coffee . It also shows me some very smooth richness from the malt that is not caramel. Oh boy! It finishes like silk with only a tickle from bubbles and gives up some bitter chocolate in the last moments. No harshness, no astringency, no diacetyl. Lingers leisurely and shows you a last peek at those hops and all that roastiness. Just a light residual sweetness. Nimble indeed and very hearty while showing a subtle richness underneath that is the very expression of the black beer. Exemplary and outstanding.

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Photo of got2
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Brooklyn Insulated Dark Lager is a really nice beer for people who find Guinness Stout too heavy. It smells vaguely of coffee and is colored a deep, dark chocolatey brown.

Flavor-wise, it reminds me of a typical blond lager, with a silky tongue-feel. I wouldn't call it a stout in that it's pretty lively, though it's pretty close.

Good stuff. Easier to drink than most stouts, with characteristics of both a stout and a lager.

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Photo of oberon
3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my schwarzbier glass a deep dark garnet color with a lighter beige head atop that settles very slowly,love the rich color here.Cocoa powder and earthy notes stand out most in the nose,lingering roast is detected as well.Caramel and chocolate sweetness upfront on the palate,maybe a hint roasted red peppers?A drying earthy and lightly roasted finish,my only problem is the feel is a little fizzy and light wich I wasn't expecting.All in all a decent black lager,not enough good ones out there in my opinion.

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Photo of SmellsofMahagony
4.14/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jason
3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle, sample from the brewery.

Nearly full black in color, tan lacing sticks well to the glass. Old school malty nose with some herbal hop that brings everything together. A little bit of roastiness on the palate, more toasted grain and breadiness middle to end. A bit of oily hop resin with a delicate but balanced bitterness. Flavor lingers with hints of orange zest and wild herbs. Subtle chocolate and coffee flavors within. With each sip this one grows on me.

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Photo of Billolick
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle w/ best before dating

Pours darkest of amber, moderate cap leaving a few strands of sticky lace

Dark toasty malts and orangy hops on the nose

Tasty dark lager, with more toast, more floral hops....tasty stuff, well crafted, better then decent offfering from BKLYN

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Photo of innominat
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the Pig and fiddle L: Pours brilliant deep dark brown with ruby highlights under a thin tan foam cap.
S: Clean dark malt aromas rise form the glass – no roast or burnt aromas, clean fermentation aromas.
T: Rich dark malts, traces of dark bread and bread spice, hop spiciness, nothing burnt, harsh, or roasted. Well balanced with medium to just above medium malt, medium to medium low bitterness.
F: Very clean and smooth, medium body and carbonation.
O: Very easy to drink, flavorful Schwartzbier.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.29/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Brooklyn pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark blackish brown with a hint of amber. One finger of light tan head that settles into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: A roasty and bready malt forward aroma with a scent of toast, chocolate, and coffee. Dark roasted barley malt with hints of toast, coffee, chocolate, grains, caramel, nuts, yeast, and subtle smoke. Light earthy hops. A pretty solid toasty aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a roasty and bready malt driven taste with notes of toast, coffee, and chocolate. Dark roasted barley malt with notes of toasted bread, smoke, coffee, chocolate, grains, nuts, caramel, and yeast. Some nice moderate earthy hop bitterness. A pretty nice taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, crisp, and drying on the finish.

Overall: A very good take on the style. Nice dry and roasty malt flavor with a solid hop backing.

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Photo of DrKarl
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HopsForBrains
4.21/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chinchill
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 12 oz bottle into a Belgian snifter after 15 minutes of warming.

Pours dark red-brown with a modest off-white head that quickly subsides to a thin ring; light lacing. Essentially black and opaque in the glass.

Nose: bread, subtle coffee, cocoa, and faint spicy hops.

Flavor: lightly sweet up front with a mildly bitter finish. Medium and dark roasted grains dominate but there's more than a touch of hoppy spiciness. Coffee and cocoa notes.

Mouthfeel: smooth, medium-light body and near medium carbonation, semi-dry finish.

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Photo of weareallfalafel
3.52/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Beersilio
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of JMS1512
3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MTLDOG
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of tdm168
3.76/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.31/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The Brooklyn Brewery "Brooklyn Insulated Dark Lager"
12 oz. brown glass bottle, "BB APR 2016"
$2.29 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Quite nice! A medium-rich dark lager with a chocolatey and subtly roasty component to it. The first sip reminded me a bit of the same chocolate character that you find in their Black Chocolate Stout. Of course this is nowhere near as rich and full, no, this is done in the schwarzbier style! It's got some nice floral and spicy hops to it, and it's perfectly balanced by a median bitterness. Nor is it too rich and full, nor too light - that's the secret to schwarzbier, getting that balance right so that it remains refreshing and keeps pulling you back again and again for another sip. It finishes dry with a light touch of ashen roastiness and baker's chocolate, and a sprinkling of spicy and grassy hops. I can see why they'd market this as a winter beer, but in all honesty I'd drink this year-round. Really right on for the style.

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Photo of UnderStageMan
3.69/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cliff1066
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mlockman
3.18/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Man, this was an odd brew. Drank in mid-April, the expiration date was March 2016, but the flavor was just so odd. I don't have the language to describe the flavor accurately, but it toed the line between bizarre and unpleasant.

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Photo of ordybill
3.89/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap into a pint glass. The appearance is a dark brown with a large tan colored head. The aroma is a full on hop experience. the taste is hoppy with some pepper and a good blend of malt that has a dry effect on the palate. A fairly unique flavored beer from Brooklyn.

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Photo of jheezee
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chrishiker1409
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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