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
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Photo of jtierney89
2.3/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a deep brown with good clarity and a big tannish head. Lots of black coffee and charcoal on the nose with a touch of leather. As the beer airs out some chocolate and smokey roastiness become present on the nose as well.

Head retains very well, big and clumpy. Very thin in body. Touches of smokiness with a good deal of roasted malt flavors. Some charcoal and chocolate on the pallete as well. Flavors come across at random times and wouldn't be terrible if it weren't for the water like consistency of the beer.

Good flavors despite them being all over the place. The thinness really ruins this beer though. Thin bodies have their place but the flavors of a schwarzbier hold up better in something a little thicker.

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Photo of LJWalker
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of zoso1967
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Kidd pours a deep blackish brown color that shoes some garnet hues when held up to a light. The head is very nice and possess a deep tan color. It is nice and foamy with great retention. It also leaves excellent lace.

The aroma is very roasty with plenty of bitter cocoa and even some smoky notes. The beer also has a bready sweetness that is blended with a bit of molasses flavor.

The same great characteristics form the aroma come through in the flavor. This beer has a very nice smoothness to it that helps set it apart from a stout or porter. The bitter cocoa really mixes well with the dark bready sweetness and some of the caramel and molasses.

The mouthfeel is on the light side of medium with subdued carbonation. The beer finishes super cleanly with just some sweet dark malt character lingering on my tongue.

This is by far my favorite offering from FCB that I have tried so far. They did a great job crafting a beer in a style that is often overlooked by American craft brewers. Very drinkable.

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Photo of hopfacebrew
3.72/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beer poured from 12 oz brown bottle to pilsner glass.

A - A deep dark brown pour, nearly black but not quite, with a small 1/2 finger tan head with adequate retention and little lacing.

S - A good aroma mixed with roasted chocolate malt and a hint of smoke. No alcohol detected. Nice roasty character.

T - Very similar to the nose the beer starts immediately with a medium roast character. Chocolate malt and coffee roast prevalent throughout. The beer finishes clean and crisp.

M - Light bodied with light carbonation.

D - Good drinkability.

Overall, this is a decent brew. If given the situation I can see myself putting down a few more.

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 02-14-2011 14:12:41

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Photo of Heff19
3/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of tlazaroff
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nice subtle nose on this one. It's a light slightly-burnt roasted coffee bouquet with hints of chocolate. Hops come through as a mild herbal/spice, really pleasing on the aroma.

Pours out a very dark black with slight brown highlights around the edges of the glass where light gets though. The head is very very persistent (used 2 'very's on purpose) and a khaki color. Generous lacing is left behind. Nice stability on this one.

This is only my fourth or fifth Schwarzbier, so I don't have a giant pool to pull from for comparison. The Kidd is, just like the aroma, light on flavor.. but the flavors are good. It has that same coffee note, but instead of burnt, I just get the roast upfront. The roast carries though the finish. Mid-palate I get a subtle chocolate flavor that comes though, but it's dominated by the roast.

Light bodied and well carbonated, this beer is incredibly easy to drink and very appropriate as a session beer.

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Photo of tclapper
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.82/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours chocolate brown color but quite transparent, decent cream head. smells very very smokey, rauchbiery in that sense, but not as heavy at all. flavor is smokey too, but tame, with fine caramel and hickory wood vibes. german malt profile and very very easy drinking for its color and aroma. low abv keeps it sessionable, a really complex and pleasing brew. possibly my favorite from their variety pack. not super different from the z lager they make.

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Photo of bonbini26
3/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of IPAylor
3/5  rDev -19.8%

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 Grebdioz
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of ejohnson654
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of jophish17
3/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of kojevergas
2.7/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a true imperial pint glass in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average on account of the brewery.

A: Pours a four finger head of tan colour, great cream lacing, good thickness, and impressive retention - though in fairness the ABV is rather low.

Sm: Heavy roast is the first thing I get, followed by chocolate, heavy caramel, and smoked malt. Very appealing. A strong aroma.

T: Smokey flavour evocative of rauchbiers more than black lagers. The chocolate and caramel from the nose are nowhere to be found, eclipsed by the smoke. This ruins the balance. It's built decently, but without subtlety or inspiration. A bit simple, actually.

Mf: Slightly coarse and wet. More wet towards the third act. It doesn't really suit the flavour.

Dr: Overall, it's largely unremarkable. Rauchbier fanatics may be attracted on account of the smokey notes, but the bad balance and lack of complexity turn me off to it.

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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 joelBfrasier
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of dexterk1
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of jmdrpi
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Photo of loupap
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of bigaltemple
3.23/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - We'll just call it black. No light coming through. Three-finger soapy, tan head quickly settles to thin collar. Leaves some patchy lacing.

S - Roasted dark malts. Slight hint of dark chocolate. Not getting much else.

T/M - Lots of smokiness. Bitter dark chocolate. Finishes very dry. Light body, almost watery. Light carbonation.

O - Easily drinkable and decent enough. I likely won't pick up more, but willing to check out some of their other offerings.

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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 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 lonestar4lunch
3.1/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into my FCB pint glass, dark brown/almost black. Very little head, just constant lacing the whole time. The aroma is of slightly toasted malts, a hint of dark chocolate, somewhat sweet. The taste is somewhat interesting. I guess it is the chocolate malts but every sip I get a toasted marshmallow that picks up about 1/2 way thru then finishes and just lingers. The sweet chocolate sticks to the tongue a bit but there is very little bitterness. Very drinkable, enjoyed it but not the best from FCB by far.

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Photo of JoeAmerican77
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark choclate brown, with some light breaking through uner a finger of cream... Smells of burnt roasty malts and some cocoa. Similar flavor with burnt marshmallow happening with the sweetness. Medium light body gives a good depth to the beer, minimal carbonation is nice as well. Really a nice solid basic American version of a german black beer

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