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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3.62/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque deep cola brown with amber highlights and a quarter inch tan head that quickly dissipates, leaving no lacing.

Roast malt, with hints of caramel and chocolate and a tobacco finish comprise the aroma. Notes of soy emerge as it warms.

Flavor is dominated by roast malt throughout, with heavily toasted, burnt breadcrust, a touch of molasses sweetness, and an herbal hop finish adding complexity. There's a touch of bitterness at the finish. Notes of coffee grounds and chocolate surface late.

Body is moderate, with moderate carbonation and a bit if of astringency at the finish.

Overall, one of the more characterful beers I've tried from Fort Collins. The roast burnt flavor is a bit overwhelming, though.

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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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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tasted On: 03-02-2012
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle
Glassware: Willi Becher
Purchased: Single from Whole Foods, Nashville

A: Pours with a huge, rolling head, like a nitro beer. Color is jet black, with only a slight red on the edges when held to the light. Tan head of 4 fingers has good retention and very good levels of lacing.

S: Aromas are of toasted malts, with a slight smokiness as well. I also smell chocolates and coffee in the crisp aromas.

T: Smokey flavors, supported by roasted coffee. Bittersweet chocolate notes, with a moderate level of bitterness and low sweetness.

M: Smooth beer with a moderate amount of carbonation in the feel. Body is in the medium range. Finishes with an aftertaste of dark, roasted grains.

O: Overall an enjoyable beer. I think this one relies heavily on burnt/roasted malts for a schwarzbier, giving it flavors akin to a stout instead of a lager.

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