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."

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Photo of Bizz88
3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown with a single fingered tan head that disappeared fast but left a fair amount of sticky lacing the entire pint glass. On the nose molasses, chocolate and a touch of hickory smoke. The bitter sweet chocolate and coffee on the palate for this medium light lager that went down quite well. Two thumbs up.

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Photo of blackjack000
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours as an attractive dark amber, sits in the glass near black with ruby highlights. Light head.

Smell: Sweet, cedary smell. A nice malt scent comes up when the lager is swished in the glass. A thin brown sugar scent is also present.

Taste: The lager has a pleasant, light, and crisp hop aftertaste. The hop flavor has a good range to it.

Mouthfeel: Light feeling on the tongue, without feeling too light. A good feel of carbonation brings out the hops, while there is a pleasantly light amount of body to the beer.

Drinkability: The beer has a good flavor and crisp aftertaste, leaving me with feeling light. This is a beer I could definitely drink a few of. It's well balanced, and for some odd reason, I would really like to drink it with chicken in curry with coconut milk.

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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 TYE
4.3/5  rDev +15%
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 drummstikk
2.85/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown/light black clear color. Smells of German hops and roast barley. Tastes like nice and strong roasted malts, much more roasty than a Koestritzer, which I think is great. Also much hoppier than the German version of this beer, which again is fine because the beer's authors stick to clean spicy and earthy hops. But this beer misses the whole point of the Schwartzbier; the roast flavor is not balanced with maltiness or brisk sulphury yeast flavor! Kidd needs much more Munich malt and a more flavorful German lager yeast. As it is, this beer comes across as a subdued stout, and I like my stouts to be more roasty and more estery, thank you very much. Kidd's designers seem to have simply applied the American beer transformation to a Schwartzbier: clean up the yeast, simplify the lightly-kilned malts, and accentuate the highly-kilned malts and hops. I understand that this will sell, but it's just a formulaic interpretation.

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Photo of smerkinb
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 finger fizzy dust-colored head which dissipates quickly. Chocolate black color with hints of deep red wen held to the light. Minimal fall-down lacing.

Smells chocolate rich malt. There something light, crisp and hinting at floral swirling faintly in the background. .

This one is a bit off the beaten path for me so I won't be able to do it justice, but we'll just view this review as a personal note--maybe even a bookmark.

Taste is rich roasty malt with a slight sharp peppery note that fades quickly into the finish. The finish is what grabs my focus. It's roasty, smoky, with some hop bitterness--not big or pronounced--it just swings the pendulum the other way towards the end.

Very light bubbles and carbonation wake up my tongue. Thin and slightly oily this finishes in a dry quenching style.

This was not a drink I couldn't keep my hands off--not because it wasn't good, but because it made me contemplate. I found myself concentrating and trying to place the components--which is a testament to the complexity.

Very good drink--although I disagree with the label's designation of "Looks Dark, Drinks Blonde". Blonde my ass. Nothing like some misplaced advertisement to throw off someone's expectations. This would be quite the surprise to someone who just picked it up because of the label.

As the beer warmed it was even more intriguing. to be fair, I don't think I'm up to par with this beer. It was good and I liked it, but truthfully I don't think I could fully appreciate it. I'll be glad to revisit this one down the road.

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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 brewbasterd
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown color with reddish tints and a tan head that falls away rather quickly.Definately tons of chocolate on the nose, just a slight hint of smokiness with some sweet qualities also. More chocolate on the palate, the smoked malt comes through more here with just a touch of hop bitterness. Very light bodied, typical for this style, flavors dont linger for too long, leaving you wanting more. Good session beer, great floavors and overall well brewed.

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Photo of heavy216
2.29/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: 12 oz bottle. 1 finger frothy head fades fast, heavy lacing, looks like coke in color....

S: strang chocalate, burnt/smokey smell

T/M: strong carbonation like coke heavy and then fades like flat cola.

D: taste like it smells with a heavy burnt coffee aftertaste...not very good

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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 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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Photo of lvbs
2.72/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

While our 11 tasters appreciated the "chocolate tones" of the beer, no one loved it. It was received as too bitter, and the lack of body kept our stout lovers from really getting into it. One commented, in colorful language, that Jesse James was more virile. One of our hop-heads thought it "tastes like the living room smells."

It is worth pointing out that most of our tasters were unfamiliar with schwarzbier, and so they were thrown when a "lager" came out black and "smelling like a porter." That cognitive dissonance probably contributed somewhat to the low rating.

Overall: 2.8

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Photo of moester13
4.37/5  rDev +16.8%
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 +15.8%
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 Sgolenbo
3.08/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Not overly impressed by this beer (however I'm not much of a fan of the style in general)..found this in the back of the fridge, no idea where it came from. looks nice poured out of the bottle, but with a quickly disappearing head.

1. Looks, 2. smells, 3. tastes: Chocolate. All the way. Burnt malts too, and maybe some coffee; I feel like I should be drinking this in the morning to wake up. Didn't want to finish it. Eh..

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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 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 lawnbitis
4.12/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

great aromas of hay and mocha. Light on the tongue, but still a persistent and lingering handful of malty goodness.

This beer is a great American version of the style. I'm very much looking forward to the Oldsmar Tap House launch of Fort Collins this weekend.

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Photo of acmebbq
4.12/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a pint glass with about a finger, light tan head. Head lessened fairly quickly but foam covered the surface all the way down leaving substantial lacing. Beer appeared dark brown to black. Dark copper/reddish when held to the light.

S - Malty, some chocolate, a bit of smoke.

T - Malty, milky chocolate, bitter coffee, smooth lager finish.

M - Light to moderate body. Some creaminess.

O - Enjoyable overall. Could drink two or three in a sitting.

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