Kidd Lager | The Fort Collins Brewery

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Brewed by:
The Fort Collins Brewery
Colorado, United States | website

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
194
Ratings:
316
Avg:
3.74
pDev:
16.84%
 
 
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7
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Photo of kmwood11
3.3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into standard US Tumbler style pint glass

A- Cool, black logo'd "FCB" (Fort Collins Brewery) cap. Label seems thrown together with a few things out of 'Clip Art'. No brew date printed on bottle. Pours a dark black body with a one finger tan head, dissipated after one minute to a lacey collar.

S- Deep roasty malts, a bit of a plum/raisin note and some chocolate notes as well.

T- Sharp assault on the pallet on first sip. An rush of smokey, malty, relatively bland flavors that don't linger for long and then quickly change into a smokey, almost unsatisfying finish.
M- Lots of carbonation that goes as quickly as any flavor. Smokey and dry after.

O- I'm alright with it. I'm disappointed with how quickly the flavor finishes. I find after 15 seconds there is no remaining tastes. This I think is just the beer being a relatively light beer, which I was not expecting, a pleasant surprise. Not sure on the date of this beer, bought a single, loose bottle at the local liquor store.

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Photo of Vancer
3.35/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The Kidd pours out a blackish hue, with edges of mahogany and capped with a thin ivory cap. Looks pretty good in the freebie Sammy glass.

Lots of chocolate malt in the aroma and the quaff. Reminds me of a thin bodied chocolate stout. Surprising how sweet this one is, not balanced too well. Drinks ok, but this may get cloying after a bottle or two - only sampling the one bottle.

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Photo of gmfessen
3.35/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a very deep brown, almost black - but not quite with a thin, creamy, yellow-white head. The nose is all malt with chocolate taking center stage, light caramel and toffee notes with a slightly stronger roasty, smoky smell as well. The flavor is well indicated by the nose with the sweeter notes like caramel and chocolate hitting the palate first and are finished up with a bitter, acrid burnt taste. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a creamy carbonation and a dry, acrid finish. Drinkability is decent, the finish does detract from the overall rating of the beer and to my understanding of what a Schwarzbier is, this does not fit the bill. However, not a bad beer by any means but definitely one I will not intentionally seek out in the future.

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Photo of veachster
3.38/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a very dark amber body with a small, tannish head. Ok head retention. No lacing.

S - It smells sweet & malty with some robust, roasted undertones with light smokiness.

T - Roasted malts and coffee... slightly on the sweet side. I'm not tasteing much of the smokiness I was expecting.

M - It crisp and smooth with a medium body. The carbonation gives it the crispiness.

D - A good mouthfeel and taste combination made this beer very drinkable. I was hoping for a bit more smokiness but it was still good.

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Photo of ruckus232
3.4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 Ounce brown bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Dark brown with a small amount of tan head

Smell: Toasted malt scent with a little bit of a fruit smell similar to raisins.

Taste: You definitely get the toasted flavor but there is also something else that seems almost sweet but not as much like the raisins in the smell.

Mouthfeel: Fairly thin in feel but the carbonation is pretty good.

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Photo of number1bum
3.41/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One of my contributions to NEPA BC Split #3.

Pours jet black, somewhat translucent with lots of ruby hues where the light hits. Smallish tan head that dissipates pretty quickly, leaving just a touch of lacing. Smell says hello malts, with some dark chocolate and roasted malts, followed by an odd sour and sort of acidic aroma. Looks and smells a lot like a porter, maybe even a smoked porter.

Taste starts out with an odd combo of roasted and chocolate malts, which lend a bit of sweetness, with a strange tart/sour/smoky flavor of some sort. There's a hit of earthy, bitter hops through the finish, but that tart/sour flavor that I'm really not too fond of smooths out to a very nice, clean, dry finish with some lingering malty sweetness. This is light and easy drinking, but a little strange. I wouldn't seek this out again but I wouldn't turn one down, either.

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Photo of zeff80
3.42/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a deep mahogany color with a small, tan head. It left small traces of lace.

S - It smelled of caramel, toffee and some grassy hops.

T - It tasted of roasted malt and was very spiced with a nice hoppiness.

M - It was crisp and smooth. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a very nice schwarzbier. The folks a Fort Collins have done a very good job on this one.

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Photo of divineaudio
3.42/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pint glass.

a - pours a translucent mahogany shade with some faint red highlights showing through. gave me a thin film of greyish head that dissipated rather quickly. spotty lacing

s - dark chocolate, prunes, faint charcoal.

t - chocolatey and smokey. some spicy/peppery notes crop up then fade into a lightly bitter finish. not much going on here, but it's a nice flavor profile.

m - lighter in body with adequate carbonation. a coarser co2 profile brings out the spiciness in the taste.

o - pretty satisfying on this cool summer night, but nothing i would go out in search of.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.45/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Poured a very dark brown, almost black, almost opaque, with a medium foam consisting of some very large bubbles.

The malt smell hit me first followed by notes of chocolate and toffee.

Taste opens with the malt and finishes very crisp and clean. There are some metallic hints in here, and as I worked through the 12 oz., the flavor became smokier. Kept thinking it would turn peat-y, but never quite did.

Mouthfeel was relatively unintersting - very little action from the carbonation.

Good drinkability, could have had another.

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Photo of phishsihq
3.45/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

The beer pours a deep, dark brown color. A decent, light-tan head provides a decent lacing. Smoky aromas dominate the nose, and hints of chocolate and cocoa poke through as well. Roasted malts mix with smoke on the palate while a thin earthiness and a touch of nuttiness make an appearance before fading into a spicy hop bitterness. Medium-light in body, Kidd is moderately carbonated.

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Photo of coolitamigo
3.46/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Pouring into pint glass it is very dark brown, leaving one of the shortest lived heads i have ever poured. A tan film follows the beer to the bottom of the glass. Holding the dark liquor up to the light tints of cherry red appear.

S- Clean mocha, chocolate. My first experience with an American brewed dark lager. Similar yet slightly cleaner smell than a porter or dark ale varieties.

T- Thick almost porter style dark malty flavor, the malts added to this don't only impart their black color but give it a robust and even smokey flavor. The hop character is minimal as expected for this style.

M- The Aroma and Taste would suggest a heavier body than you are greeted with on first sip.

D- Nearly finished the glass and would gladly pour another from the FCB "Brewer's Lunchbox" if i wasn't so anxious to burst open another I haven't tried. There is a certain lightness to this beer that is hard to find with complex dark beers like this.

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Photo of mactrail
3.48/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Dark chestnut in the glass. Rather hoppy and aftertaste surprises with its bitterness. Good flavor for mild alcohol content. Very light body but rich in the taste of malt. Rather a lot of sourish, bitter burnt malt, however.

Quite drinkable with the low body and spirits. Good session beer if you like the hop plenitude.

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Photo of cro250klr
3.48/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Got this one from a recent beer split. I don't know what I'm in for.
Pours a dark stout like color. The nose is that of coffee stout. So far, so good. A very light dark tan head floats lazily on top. The moment of truth arrives and the first sip is imbibed. Very soft on the palate, not much carbonation to speak of.
Taste seems to be a bit off. For as strong as the nose seems, the chocolate, coffee and smoke flavor are a bit subdued. I't's like drinking a Coke after all of the ice has melted in the glass. You know what flavor it is, it just doesn't have the zing of a just opened bottle.
To me drinkability suffers a bit because of that fact. I'd take this one as a compliment to a dessert. Maybe a pair it with a piece of cheese cake to end a meal.
Overall, not bad; however, I've had better offerings from this brewer.
Worth a try to form your own opion but, I don't thing I'll be searching for this one any time soon.

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Photo of treehugger02010
3.48/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I bought the Forth Collins Brewery variety case from Bryn Mawr Beverage in Bryn Mawr, PA and poured it into a pint glass.
Appearance: The body is a very dark opaque brown color. The head is a nice tan color formed by lots of tiny bubbles and has fine retention leading to decent lacing.
Smell: The aroma is very roasty with a fair amount of toffy.
Taste: The flavors are dominated by roasted coffee, but provide some sweetness.
Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is smooth but has very crisp edges.
Drinkability: This beer is very drinkable.
Don't drink and review.

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Photo of bristol2120
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not the biggest fan of this style, but found this to be an enjoyable beer. Nice reddish/ruby appearance with a decent head and retention. Not an overpowering aroma, but a pleasant smoky/burnt character comes through. Taste is nicely rounded, with some briny overtones. Mouthfeel full and smooth, with an enjoyable lingering presence of smokiness. Very drinkable for this style.

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Photo of Mitchster
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brewed with chocolate malt, "a hint of smoked malt", and hopped with Tettnang. About 24 IBU and 4.4% ABV.
Part of a mixed 12 pack for $16.99 at BevCo.

Pours out to a clear very dark brown, near black, forming a nice creamy light tan head with very good retention and solid sheets of lace. Moderate carbonation.

the aroma has a nice mild chocolate flavor with a touch of biscuits, black walnut and vanilla. No smoke malt noted. Mouthfeel is bright and crisp with a medium light body. Easy to drink but full of flavor. Opens with light spicy hops, followed by the black walnut and chocolate of the nose, then there is a subtle touch of smoked malt in the aftertaste. Mild bitterness. Clean finish. No perceptable off-flavors, although it is a touch on the acidic side and has a moderate mineral aftertaste.

An interesting beer. This could be a good sessionable beer as it is easy to drink and has enough flavor to keep me interested, but it is acidic enough that it prevents it from being a good sessionable beer for me.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

In the world of dark lagers, Kidd borrows elements of German Dunkels, Bockbiers, Schwarzbiers, and even Porters for a robst version of Schwarzbier that's sure to satisfy the biggest fans of dark roasted beers.

Kidd opens with a very dark brown color, brilliant clarity, and a creamy lightly tanned foam stance. Great retention and lacing patterns round out the appearance that could easily be mistaked for Porter.

Clean roast aromas allow for the accompany of deep caramel and toffee. Light smoky chocolate, coffee, and char give a dry but robust impression. No fruitiness or yeasty spice keep the aroma profile clean and focused.

Clean malt flavors carry a bit of heaft and causing the beer to be maltier than normal for Schwarzbier and edging close to the world of Bocks. The complementary smoke and bittersweet chocolate notes add layers of flavors to accompany the dry toast and roast, but also muddle the otherwise clean flavor of the base black beer. Moderately grainy in taste, the slight ashy flavor from char begins to hint toward Stouts to a small degree.

Again, robust in body and slightly less palatable than is intended for the clean and effortless Schwarzbier. Added caramel and overall malty weight balances the slightly acrid and powdery roast texture but gets away from what Schwarzbiers do best.

Perhaps forgetting strict adherence to style is the way to go with this beer and it has a tasty balance and satisfies the palate well. Aside from slight watery and empty mid palate and slightly harsh roast in finish, the beer works well for a non-descript dark lager.

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Photo of setexascustoms
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I acquired this as an extra in a recent trade with Exiled, Thanks!

A: It looks almost black at first, but in fact a lot of light makes it through. One finger of head dissipates quickly, but does leave some nice lacing.

S: Roasted malts with a slight nutty character, but not much else going on.

T: Dark roasted malts with a slight sweetness. A nice smokiness is also present, which I really enjoy. Clean, with no off flavors and very easy drinking.

M: Light bodied and maybe a little watery, nice carbonation.

O: Clean and very sessionable. I enjoyed the smoked malts that found their way in, and feel fortunate to have gotten to try this, thanks again. Over all, not at all a bad schwarzbier. If you're a fan of the style I'd certainly recommend it.

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Photo of ToAzwethinkweizm
3.54/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The moderators say this is a duplicate beer from the "KIDD BLACK LAGER" which clearly has a different label than the one pictured:

Date: 1 February 2011
Glass: Sierra Nevada XXX snifter
Type: 12fl oz bottle

Came from a mixed 'beers of the world' mixed pack from a family member at Xmas time.

Poured aggressively to give no head nor lacing, color is black. Aroma of heavily roasted malts, chocolate malts, and some smoked malts, touch of caramel. Taste is heavy in roasted/slightly-burnt malts, touch of smoke...probably only a 5% ABV brew. Pretty smooth, no heavy unpleasant bitterness. Not bad.

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Photo of maddogruss
3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got a bottle of this from a friend.

A: Pours a very dark amber body with a small, tannish head with pretty nice retention and lacing.

S: A sweet, malty smell with some robust, roasted undertones with some smokiness as well.

T: A slightly, roasted toffee and slight coffee tastes with some bacon and smoky undertones that were not overbearing. The sweet, roasted malts returns in the aftertaste and as the beer warmed up.

M: A fairly thin mouthfeel that was also slightly watery, but overall the feel was pretty good for the style.

D: A good mouthfeel and taste combination made this beer very drinkable. I was hoping for a bit more smokiness to really balance out the sweeter malts, but it was still very nice.

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Photo of e11iott
3.56/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: 12 oz bottle. 1 finger head, very frothy. Poured a pitch black color. Heavy lacing when cold, almost none once room temp.

S: The dark chocolate and coffee smell is almost over powering.

T/M: Highly carbonated, got better as it got warm, the flavors came out. It tastes like there should be more alcohol in it.

D: Was looking forward to this one, reminded me of "OLD ENGINE OIL", but not quite as tasty. Way better warm.

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Photo of Sammy
3.57/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle fom Angotti Beverages. Bang on for the style, an aroma of roast an chocolate malts on a black body with very little white head. A below average mouthfeel, the taste is there a little peaty an smokey, a mold scotch ale. The taste is not very bold, as it is a tad watered down and the carbonation is a tad too much. Finishes coca-colish. Drinkable.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance- The beer pours a dark brown color with a two finger brown colored head. The head fades rather fast to leave a lighter level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell-The aroma is sweet of caramel and has a nice backbone of roasted malt and a touch of smoke.

Taste- The taste begins with some roasted malt and some sweet caramel upfront. As the flavors advance, some flavors of coffee and a bit more roastedness come to the tongue with the dwindling of some of the caramel. A toffee like sweetness replaces the caramel though, maintaining the sweetness of the brew. In the end a light smokiness comes to the tongue leaving a pleasant sweet and roasted flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel- The body of the beer is average to light with a carbonation level that is on the average side. A slightly thicker body may have been better for the roasted flavors of the brew, although the carbonation level was rather fitting for the drinkability and strength of the beer.

Overall- A rather decent black lager with a decent flavor and mix between sweet and malt. Rather easy drinking overall.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased at Hyvee in Council Bluffs, IA.
No bottled on date.
Poured into a standard US pint glass.

Out of the light, this pours a very dark brown, opaque body with a >2cm tan head of mixed small and medium-sized bubbles. Held up to the light reveals this beer to actually be a very dark amber color and transparent. The head declines within a few minutes to a thin cap atop the glass, leaving spotty lacing along all sides of the glass.

Dominant aroma of chocolate malt with supporting scents of nearly burnt malt, molasses, light coffee with heavy cream, and slight smokiness and meatiness.

Flavors of roasted, blackened malt arise, giving expected chocolate and café mocha flavors. Slight pleasing bitterness alongside some smoked malt components. Could be a bit heavier in these flavors, or more complex (more flavors) and not suffer.

Body is medium in weight, with carbonation strong enough to make itself present, but not overpowering. Wouldn't mind a slight bit more carbonation, probably would make aroma and taste all the stronger, but pleasant and agreeable on the palate. Finish is semi-dry.

Generally a good schwarzbier, though perhaps too influenced by US stout/porter nuances. Quite drinkable, sessionable, and a surprisingly hearty brew for days of craving roasted malts and chocolate flavors.

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Photo of mcraw88
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Very dark almost black with a slight tinge or red. About an inch of beige colored head.

Smell - Right of the bat i think very dark chocolate, might be completely wrong kind of have a head cold, closer inspection get some smokey and maybe peppery flavors.

Taste - The dark chocolate smell turns out to be more of a coffee taste, very nice malty flavors, even get a hit of smokiness towards the end. Not to much bitterness but just enough well balanced brew

Mouthfeel - Light carbonation, dry in the mouth, feels thin

Drinkability - Not what the bottle says about being a blonde but it does go down easy. Good brew overall

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