Kidd Lager | The Fort Collins Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Fort Collins Brewery
Colorado, United States
fortcollinsbrewery.com

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
Ratings:
316
Reviews:
194
Avg:
3.74
pDev:
13.1%
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
7
For Trade:
0
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Photo of grahamboudreaux
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Photo of ChrisKayler
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Photo of bzach
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Photo of rabbitguy
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Photo of kelvarnsen
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Photo of Cronkite11
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Photo of Polarslag
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Photo of feelmefoam
3.28/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque black with glistening ruby highlights when held up to the light. The Kidd put up a finger of off-white head that dissipated fairly quickly, leaving a decent amount of lacing around the glass. Looks good.

In the nose, I can smell some smoky malt, a little chocolate, and some earthiness. Not exciting, but not bad either.

The taste and mouthfeel let me down a little bit. Still good flavor, the smokiness is there up front with a tiny amount of caramel malt and chocolate, followed up by the earthy hop finish. Still, it was a little bland and somewhat acidic, and the mouthfeel was pretty thin. I know this is part of the style, but it was pretty watery for me.

Overall, this is a beer I probably won't search out again, but if I have one handed to me I certainly wouldn't turn it away. It's good, but the Sam Adams Black Lager I had in this style was better.

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Photo of confer
3.3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The bottle says drinks like a blonde , not true.
This bottle came from the sampler pack.
A- A beautiful medium chocolate brown with a small tan head that disappears quickly and completely.

S- The smell is faintly smokey with a small amount of sweet.

T- The taste is overpowering smokey. Not enjoyable for me. Revisted 5/17/13 not to smokey at just a little roasty.

D- I will not buy again, but I have to finish the couple included in the sampler.

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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 jfcaa193
3.4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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 The_1084
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Kidd Lager from The Fort Collins Brewery
3.74 out of 5 based on 316 ratings.
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