Kidd Lager | The Fort Collins Brewery

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Kidd LagerKidd Lager

Brewed by:
The Fort Collins Brewery
Colorado, United States

Style: Schwarzbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
"A hint of smoked malt compliments the chocolate malt in this surprisingly light bodied Schwarzbier. Experience Kidd's intriguing aroma and complex flavor as you enjoy this remarkable style of beer."

Added by Beaver13 on 02-01-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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5/5  rDev +34.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +28%

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4.75/5  rDev +28%

Photo of DrDemento456
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Got this in the variety case with 6 types.

A - Pitch black with decent head. Really good looking Schwartz
S - Mostly roasted malt backbone with a solid chocolate or coffee malt and slight rum but very faint.
T - Wow very delicious! Full of roasted and burt malts along with mild chocolate and coffee with not bitter bite to speak of.
M - Very thin yet full of flavor. Really liked it
D - If I could see this stocked around my town I would drop 12 dollars a sixer easy. Very drinkable and succession-able yet I drank through too quick as the two I had are gone already.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted on 1/18/06 at Bricks (Beer Bar) in Cedar Rapids, IA.

Dark brown in color with a nice light beige head, decent carbonation, and some lace. Nice light chocolate aromas and flavors. The flavor was more robust than the aroma. Medium bodied with a clean finish.

Per Label: "Schwarzbier" & "Tettnang hops"

A very nice offering that seems true to the style.

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4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark, barely transparent chocolate brown with a fairly thick, if none too persistent, beige head. Aroma is strong, oily and smoky, more like that of a fine stout or porter. Flavor is rich, malty smoky with an undertone of unsweetened chocolate and a hint of fine coffee. Texture is smooth, finely grainy and fairly fizzy. Recommended to all who love dark beers.

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Photo of joezak5
4.47/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got as part of a "Brewer's Lunchbox" variety pack from Fort Collins; props to them for including 6 varieties and not 4. This was the selling point for me. $14.99 for a 12 pack.

Appearance: Poured into a Duvel sniffter; perfect pitch black with an overflowing loose cocoa head, good retention and lacing.

Smell: Very delicate burnt and roasted chocolate, an earthly malt background.

Mouthfeel: Subtle, easy and smooth feel with slight hoppiness on the edges, very nice.

Taste: Slight burnt roasty malt with coffee and bitter cocoa hints, mainly chocolately, bone dry coffee finish after a creamy swallow. I swear this is the Chocolate Stout and Z Lager mixed, but it's beautiful.

Drinkability: Where you would have a Guinness, insert Kidd Lager instead; I originally said this about Rogue Shakespears Stout and it's been replaced at a fraction of the cost. It's not the visual spectacle the Guiness is, but the feel and taste is just way beyond in every way. A beautiful drinking beer that leaves you wanting more after each sip.

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Photo of ScorpyX
4.43/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very very dark brown pour, almost black, with a small, tan head. This one disappears quickly.

S: Smoky and chocolatey smell.

T: The smell is definitely there in the taste with roasted chocolate accompanied by that smoky taste. Reminds me of my favorite New Belgium brew, 1554.

M: In spite of the color and taste, it's still called a lager and the lighter feel fits. The chocolate and light coffee notes had a little heaviness, but for the most part it's smooth with just a touch of carbonation.

D: I hadn't had this one in a while, and thus forgotten just how drinkable it is. Delicious taste, light and smooth body, and fairly low alcohol put the drinkability pretty darn high. If one enjoys the flavor as much as I do, you'll be having a few of these.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.4/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appears a deep cola brown with a tightly formed beige head, forms minimal specks of lacing with each sip. Aromatics bring a mild smokiness with roasted coffee and dark cocoa maltiness with a touch of herbal hoppiness. Toffee seems to meld it's way into the dark chocolate and java combo. Flavor is upfront with the smokey roasted malt character, a ton of flavor with dark chocolate and watery coffee edge. A minimal layer of fruitiness often found in a good schwarzbier. Body is light to medium with a soft yet poignant level of carbonation. Drinkability overall is solid from front to back, one of the tastiest and most spot on American versions I've had in quite some time. I could drink this in number and my wife loved it as well.

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Photo of matjack85
4.4/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I found this single brown 12oz bottle at the Binnjy's store in Glen Ellyn, IL for $1.99. No freshness date anywhere that I could see.

The beer poured a dark brown color that had purple highlights to it when held to the light. The 1-finger light brown head lasted a decent amount of time and produced some nice lacing on the glass with each sip.

Wow! You can smell the smoked malts in here immediately. Almost as strong as a German rauchbier. Under all that smokey toasted malt I was also picking up chocolate and a raisiny smell. Cant wait to find out what this tastes like.

This is one delicious schwarzbier. Rich burnt malt flavor - I swear you can taste the smoke. Then under the toasted malt there is a layer of chocolate, and then just a hint of German tettnang hops for balance - just 22 IBU's.

The mouthfeel may be the most surprising part of all. It's thin, but flavorful. I was expecting something heavier with chocolate in it, but it's not, it's smooth and refreshing, perhaps helped along by its moderately high carbonation.

I liked this beer a lot. The smoke catches you by surprise at first but once you taste it you can't put it down.

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4.39/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a nice shiek looking black with cola brown and ruby highlights. Very quick head dissipates to nothing. The aroma is of nicely roasted malts, giving notes of chocolate and light coffee. Then the smokey malts add an air of more milky chocolate to the aroma. The taste starts with malts roated so dark, it gives off a slightly bitter, acidic twang. But the smoke quells the acid in themiddle. While some faint American hops and maybe some brown sugar bring it all together in the finish. Great session beer with its super malt bill and awesomely smooth smokiness.

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4.38/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Taco Mac in Duluth in a 20 oz mug. They had this one listed as a dark lager. Small tannish head, slight lacing. Smell is chocolatey, slight coffee notes and sweet. Taste is heavenly. Chocolate, coffee and a slight unknown sour flavor. I'm a porter lover and this is right up my alley. I could drink this all day.

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Photo of moester13
4.37/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown, not at all what I expected to see. Not much head to it.

S: Delicious chocolate and roasty malt aroma.

T: Heavy roasted malts up front, progresses into a lighter, macro-like lager taste, finishing with a thick portery chocolate.

M: Creamy but surprisingly light.

D: The complexity of this beer was very surprising. The flavors blend into one another flawlessly. Awesome beer.

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Photo of BlackDogBrews
4.33/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is my favorite offering from FCB and one of my favorite black lagers. Love how dark this beer pours. Quite deceptive with regards to how it tastes. Expected it to be heavier, but drinks light...just as advertised. The smoke flavor that comes through is wonderful, especially if accompanied with some treats off the grill. I have introduced this beer to friends who will not drink "dark" beers and have created fans out of every one. Another home run by the boys at FCB.

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Photo of pmcadamis
4.32/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

My wife and I watched Dances With Wolves on TV last night, and I thought that the label of this beer is highly appropriate for a western flick.

A - Deep chestnut/woodstain-varnish brown in the light, but it's nearly black when sitting on my desk. This color is beautiful and beguiling since it seems to change a bit depending on how I'm holding the pint glass. The head is about half an inch of light brown cream, and lots of really creamy lace is left around the glass.

S - Chestnut, almond, and hazelnut with some smoky wood fire notes. This smells like a smoldering wet fire the morning after a night of camping in the woods. Some bitter dark baker's chocolate is there too.

T - Smoky, meaty, and nutty. These flavors of roasting chestnuts, wood-smoke, and shelled mixed nuts are wonderfully balanced with a hint of what I always think of as "dead-crunch leaf" hop notes that remind me of autumn.

M - Light bodied and highly carbonated. The label says "looks dark, drinks blond" and while I don't think that the dark smoky flavors have anything to do with blond ales, the mouthfeel is definitely light and spot on for the style.

D - I love this style of beer... some of my favorite session choices are Schwazbiers (I took out a 5L mini-keg of Monschof over the Thanksgiving weekend ... everyone else was drinking wine, so I killed that puppy all by myself). This is definitely well made and it stands up to the Germans, and probably even beats them in terms of complexity of flavor.

Note: Paired excellently with a big hunk of turkey sausage.

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Photo of BeerRun13
4.32/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a super dark ruby color with a thin but firm tan head. Some lace.
Very roasty in the nose. Maybe a touch of fruitiness, and some caramel.
Dark & roasty malt. A grassy hoppiness. Some caramel. Maybe a little dark fruit flavor. Nice, slight bittering aspect.
Medium bodied and very nicely carbonated. Fizziness on the tounge finishes quite clean. A sweet and slightly roasty bitterness is left behind.
Forgot what style this was before I opened this one. Very pleased with what came out. One of the best I've had in this style.

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Photo of Rifugium
4.31/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

First had: bottle from Pinocchio's beer garden, Media, PA

Poured into a pint glass, a cola brown with a pinky finger of tan head that receded a bit quickly to a spotty layer, then to nothing at all; left some nice lacing. Nice aroma: roasty malts, leather, tobacco, and VERY heavy on the molasses. Smokey flavor! Smokey up front, with more roasted malts, nuttiness, and some coffee bitterness in the middle. Distinct dark sugar sweetness in the end, but finishes dry and a bit bitter. Love this beer! Very complex for a schwarzbier, which usually is just malts, malts, and more malts (which isn't necessarily a bad thing). Slightly heavier than medium mouthfeel, and very drinkable. Cheers!

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Photo of TYE
4.3/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured dark with a really nice off-white head. Unfortunately, it doesn't last long, but a light lacing is evident.
S - One sniff gave a coffee aroma, the next of cocoa, both with roasted undertones. Smells slightly sweet.
T - No bitterness at all. Good lasting flavor and aftertaste. Rich malty, coffee taste. Smooth.
M - Light carbonation mixed with a full body. Good pairing.
D - Definitely a love at first sip kind of beer for me. I enjoy the sweeter side yet, as I am still transitioning. Recommend and will buy again.

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Photo of gbontrag
4.3/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A leathery smell, old leather. Also, a sweet, dark cigar with cherry lipstick on it. And, old man smell. Grandpa? Brown with ruby wash, and clear. Spritzy froth that is tan, light, but holds well - grabs at the glass, but doesn't stick.
Oh yeah! Chocolate the way I like it: Bitter but not astringent. Tobacco, really nice cigar smoke. Elderberries. It kinda stops there, but that's enough. I really like this.

hey, I just had a couple more of these, and it is right on - G-O-O-D.

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Photo of WesWes
4.3/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a nice dark brown color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a malty scent that boasts of crystal and chocolate malts. It's sweet with a dry lager yeast aroma. The taste is great. It has a smooth and creamy black and chocolate malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes dry with some residuasl sweetness. It has a bit of an earthy feel, but the malt sweetness balances the taste. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn fine black lager. I love the taste. This is a good drinker anytime; one of their best.

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Photo of TexIndy
4.27/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. No dating info. It was a dark russet brown color with no visible carbonation and no lacing. It had an average sized tan head that quickly faded into a thin collar.

The aroma was good with smoked malt, chocolate malt and toffee. No real hop presence. Wish it was just a big smokier and lasted a bit longer. It had faded away by middle of session. Good but want it their for whole drink. The taste was also pretty good. I love a good schwarzbier and this one fit the bill. Very smooth and drinkable. Would be a good session beer. Medium carbonation and mild finish.

Overall, a really good beer that I highly recommend. Another winner from FCB. Not avail here but it'd be in my rotation if it was for a sixer or three a year. Would be great on a hot Texas summer day.

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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

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