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 humanawho
4.12/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A- nice dark ruby with a ok off white head

S- nice smooth flowery aroma and some roasty background

T- very interesting with a light front end and a roasty finish again the dominant flavor is "flowery"

M- nice medium light body fits the taste there is a little stickeyness in the finish

D- very nice light but flavorful

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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 Beefeater57
3.01/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Very dark, black that gives off a wine red color in light. Clumpy mocha-colored head, decent retention that leaves some sticky lacing down the glass.

S: Small hint of milk chocolate, get a good sense of smoke, ash. Get a really slighty spicy smell as well.

T: Not much hits you right away. There is some slight roasted malt sweetness at the front but doesn't last long. Get some sense of grapefruit in the aftertaste. Dry and sour finish, a tad astringent.

M: Thin, a little watery.

D: It is technically easy to drink, and it wasn't unbearable, but there wasn't much to it. No noticeable flavors hit me right away or lingered very long. The aftertaste is a tad sour which would keep me from drinking a couple in one sitting.

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Photo of riversider76
4.12/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours the darkest of browns with ruby highlights. Thin tan head with some retention and a very nice lacing. Aroma is of dark chocolate and malts. Body is medium with some carbonation. Taste is of hazelnut and chocolate. Smokey edge,with hints of licorice. Slightly bittered finish. Execellent!

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Photo of pmcadamis
4.32/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

My wife and I watched Dances With Wolves on TV last night, and I thought that the label of this beer is highly appropriate for a western flick.

A - Deep chestnut/woodstain-varnish brown in the light, but it's nearly black when sitting on my desk. This color is beautiful and beguiling since it seems to change a bit depending on how I'm holding the pint glass. The head is about half an inch of light brown cream, and lots of really creamy lace is left around the glass.

S - Chestnut, almond, and hazelnut with some smoky wood fire notes. This smells like a smoldering wet fire the morning after a night of camping in the woods. Some bitter dark baker's chocolate is there too.

T - Smoky, meaty, and nutty. These flavors of roasting chestnuts, wood-smoke, and shelled mixed nuts are wonderfully balanced with a hint of what I always think of as "dead-crunch leaf" hop notes that remind me of autumn.

M - Light bodied and highly carbonated. The label says "looks dark, drinks blond" and while I don't think that the dark smoky flavors have anything to do with blond ales, the mouthfeel is definitely light and spot on for the style.

D - I love this style of beer... some of my favorite session choices are Schwazbiers (I took out a 5L mini-keg of Monschof over the Thanksgiving weekend ... everyone else was drinking wine, so I killed that puppy all by myself). This is definitely well made and it stands up to the Germans, and probably even beats them in terms of complexity of flavor.

Note: Paired excellently with a big hunk of turkey sausage.

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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 stephens101
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Haven't had a lager in a while, and I figure it's time to get back to the basics. Sometimes I get so involved in the panoply of big brews coming out that I forget how tasty even a simpler brew can be if done right. Pours black with cherry red hues that envelop themselves around the darkness. A good sized tan head floats above and fades in it's own sweet time. Very little lacing is left behind at first, but after a few drinks some slim fingers of lace wrangle themselves to the top of the glass. Smells of roasted malts. Tastes big on the roasted malts at first, but after a few drinks some vanilla and nuttiness come out. Goes down smooth, kind of like a subdued doppelbock. This is just plain and simple good drinking. . . with color.

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Photo of ATPete
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

pours a very deep mocha brown color with a medium sized tan head that leaves some sticking. Decent nose of big powdered chocolate. Roasted chocolate malt is obviously dominant, a bit of smoke, charcoal and sweetened coffee beans. Impressive body! Smooth as all hell, very moderate carbonation makes the beer creamy with just the right amount of chew. I dont have too much experience with schwarzbier' but i can definitely tell what they are trying to do here, this is a beer with flavor and high drinkability.

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Photo of mikereaser
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured from a bottle into my hazed and infused pint glass

A - pours a dark brown color that barely lets light through it with no foam whatsoever to speak of

S - strong smokey earthy aroma

T - smoked chocolate flavor

M/D - too smokey for me, i wasn't expecting it to be that smokey, but it was very drinkable

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Photo of Bighuge
4.18/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark crimson tone. Very nice clarity. Thin and bubly chocolate brown head. Lace is quite full. Pretty nice aroma of smoked malts and chocolate here. Nice mixture of caramel malts and roasted malts with the slight emphasis being on the roasted characteristics. A little smokiness as well. Very palatable and quite drinkable. Even keeled mouthfeel with a very drinkable aspect about it. One of the better Schwarzbiers I've had in a while.

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Photo of BWH3
3.1/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Dark chocolate brown with a garnet undertone. Tan head pours big then dies back quickly. Largely still.

S: The smoke aroma of roast grain and caramel notes fuse to create a toasted nut and toffee scent. Could be more robust.

T: Really very mild malt character on the palate. Neutral and not overtly sweet. The roasted malt is not impressive. The bitterness rolls in at the end but is not very significant either. Dry lasting finish. The flavor is just not robust or prominent.

M: Average head retention. Still. Thin even for a lager.

D: Average beer. A change of pace from a basic lager and enjoyable enough to have a second but still just average.

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Photo of NEhophead
3.67/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 fl oz brown bottle; served in a tumbler.

Pours a deep maple with a ruby hue. Creamy, light brown head that slowly fades to an intact sheet. A few patches of less than strong lacing.

Notes of brown sugar, coffee, and milk chocolate. Semi-sweet malts with a pleasant spice profile: nutmeg, hazlenut; touches of cream and vanilla.

Artificially sweetened malts with a wheat and grain-filled flavor. Notes of brown sugar and nutmeg that is much more mild than the aroma foreshadows. Intensely sweet vanilla by mid-sip with a brisk, grain-filled finish. Hints of smoke in the aftertaste.

Medium bodied; initially smooth due to the artificial sweetness, but quickly turns rough and grainy. A balanced mouthfeel for the style.

A pretty flavorful Schwarzbier despite some flaws and mild imbalance. A nice change of pace to the typical domestic lager.

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Photo of dbtoe
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a pint glass

Look very black body with a 2 finger tan head that reduced down to a thin layer cap.

Smell toasty malt and hint of coffee. Nothing real strong in the smell but I really liked it.

Taste roasted malt then a slight coffee flavored ending mildly bitter. Maybe some nutty taste in there too. I enjoyed this alot.

Feel thin with lively carbonation.

Drink was very good and it made me want a few more. A good beer for a party easy to have a few.

Comment I really liked this beer and wish it was available around here. My favorite black lager so far. The 4 pack went in one sitting. I liked it a lot more than SA's Black lager.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.66/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

As I pour this into my 25cl tulip glass I get a full, roasted aroma. The head forms an initially three finger thick, slightly brown, tan color that recedes at a medium pace. The beer is an opaque black color that shows a stunningly, brilliantly clear, rich ruby hue when held up to the light. Roasted notes take on flavors of deeply browned bread crust, black coffee, burnt grain flavors and a soft, but substantial salty smokiness; this last made me look at the bottle & yep there is some smoke malt in the grain bill. I really like the extra depth that the smoked malt adds to the aroma.

Fairly light bodied with a touch of sweetness to it that is accentuated by the fact that it is a bit cold. Warming the beer helps a bit, including a boost to the body which seemed a bit thin before. The finish has a touch of chalkiness to it in addition to a thin smoke note that isn't nearly as lush and appetizing as it is in the aroma. A significant roast character provides lost of burnt flavors, a touch of acidity, some astringent burnt grain husk flavors. A touch of fruitiness seems to be here at times, though it is very subtle, but most reminds me of burnt cherries. The roast grain here definitely supplies a bit of bitterness to the finish.

This has a great aroma to it, but unfortunately the flavor doesn't quite live up to the promise of the nose. Not bad, but the aroma got me expecting something that was quite tasty.

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

This beer pours an inky black color, with maybe a hint or two of ruby notes when held up to the light. Not much head with this beer, and it dissipates to just a fine ring after a short while. The beer has a rather pungent aroma of chocolate, deep roasted malts, coffee mocha, caramel in there too.

The taste is pretty much in line with the taste. Lots of deep roasted sweet malts, coffee mocha, chocolate, maybe some butterscotch. This isn't a particularly sweet cloying beer, its a bit more watery than medium bodied, and it has a refreshing edge to it. This is not an entirely flat beer, but there isn't heaps of carbonation either. There is a little nuttiness balanced out by some hop bite in the finish. Overall, this is quite a nice beer well worth seeking out.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.12/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in my Warsteiner pilsener. Poured a deep, opaque brown with ruby red highlights when backlit. One inch loose, khaki-colored head lost half its volume in under a minute before settling into a solid quarter inch cap; strands of sticky lacing present during the tasting. Strong nose of coffee, chocolate and malt without being cloyingly sweet. Flavors consistent with nose, with a smokey character present in the foreground. Light-bodied and lively mouthfeel with a mild carbonation burn across the tongue and a residual smokiness that lingers lightly at the end. Alcohol is well-hidden and brew is both flavorful and refreshing at the same time. A solid example of the style.

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Photo of ectomorph
3.16/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Another one from the Lunchbox...

A - My 1st Black Lager so everything is shocking me... Pours jet black with a small tan head and little lace.

S - Chocolaty breads and sweetness. Very clean.

T - Interesting mix of smokey chocolate flavors and sweetness. Tastes like a Blonde?

M - Medium body and carbo. my mind sees Stout and expects more.

D - Nice finisher but not more than 1 or 2.

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Photo of Donnie2112
4.02/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

very dark translucent chocolate brown in color with hues of dark cherry that comes through with the light a thin film of head

aromas of caramel and some chocolate

not too much unlike a typical American lager in a certain respect but with a lot more roasty bitterness and a bit of chocolate notes. Very nice

light in body, plenty of carbonation just a hint of astringence

very drinkable beer, tasty and light. Just good stuff

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Photo of dacrza1
3.92/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark solid body that reddens slightly in light... head is whtitish gray and dissipates swiftl...effervescent if inspected closely... smoky peat aromas, nicely befitting a schwarzbier , with a bit of chocolate malt added in.... alluring, even on a summer night... provides an ale's body and breath but the actual palate is slightly fizzy and oily, with a substantial softness that disallows scrutiny--save for a final smoky flourish... a flat, almost undercarbonated soda pop taste arrives in bubbles.... the malts are playful but not impactfulas promised... this beer doesn't rival the Germans or the Japanese within the style... a different take in this respect, but judging by the rating at this site, perhaps I will revisit this at a later (and perhaps in more complimentary weather--it was 95 degrees at the time of drinking!)... the Fort Colllins sampler has become my most favorite 12-pack lately....

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Photo of Greenlabel
3.04/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I purchased this at Yankee Spirits in Attleboro, MA as I enjoy many of the craft lagers. When I opened the bottle, I was overwhelmed by the roasted malt (or something similar) smell. It sure didn't smell like a lager. Then I poured and was surprised by the dark coloring. Guess I should have read the small print on the label which indicated this was a Black Lager. No wonder the smell surprised me.

I'm usually not a big fan of this type of beer as I much prefer hoppier beers. However, I would imagine this might be a very sessionable beer for others as it had a light body and mouthfeel. Had I been blindfolded, I would probably have guessed I was drinking a Guinness.

Not a bad product but I wouldn't purchase it again. Next time I'll read the small print rather than make an assumption.

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Photo of micahgoldfus
3.77/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a black-brown color with a well-carbonated, tan head. The smell was strong: smokey chocolate malts and roasted grain. The taste was similar to the smell up front: a blend of smokey, roasted dark malts. In the end, there was a mild presence of hops and even a touch of sweet nuttiness. The body was must lighter than expected: this is my first beer of this style, so I was not quite used to such a powerful taste with such a thin mouthfeel. It took a while to get used to, but I was happy in the end.

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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 joezak5
4.47/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got as part of a "Brewer's Lunchbox" variety pack from Fort Collins; props to them for including 6 varieties and not 4. This was the selling point for me. $14.99 for a 12 pack.

Appearance: Poured into a Duvel sniffter; perfect pitch black with an overflowing loose cocoa head, good retention and lacing.

Smell: Very delicate burnt and roasted chocolate, an earthly malt background.

Mouthfeel: Subtle, easy and smooth feel with slight hoppiness on the edges, very nice.

Taste: Slight burnt roasty malt with coffee and bitter cocoa hints, mainly chocolately, bone dry coffee finish after a creamy swallow. I swear this is the Chocolate Stout and Z Lager mixed, but it's beautiful.

Drinkability: Where you would have a Guinness, insert Kidd Lager instead; I originally said this about Rogue Shakespears Stout and it's been replaced at a fraction of the cost. It's not the visual spectacle the Guiness is, but the feel and taste is just way beyond in every way. A beautiful drinking beer that leaves you wanting more after each sip.

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

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

Pours very smooth with very little head, even when poured right down the middle of the bottle. Color is a dark reddish brown.

The smell was intriguing, with a strong roasted smell of something that I couldn't quite pinpoint, though I am guessing it is the grains.

The taste gives a good variety of flavors, from a coffee-ish taste, to a sweeter taste, and a mild nutty finish.

The beer tingles the palette with a little bit of carbonation. The texture of the beer fits the style well.

The overall drinking experience was quite good and I really enjoyed the fact that as the beer warms and you sip it slowly, you can fully appreciate all the flavors that this beer has to offer.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.91/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - a very dark ruby red. A fair mocha head forms up and sinks down slowly, leaving a thin solid wall of lace behind.

Aroma - a good dose of roast grain on the pour. A faint touch of metal, too.

Taste - decent roasted grain, again some light metallic notes. The swallow has a low-key smokiness along with a moderately roasty, almost coffeeish finish. A little sweeter at the end.

Mouthfeel - surprisingly smooth for a lighter body. The carbonation is a bit below average, which is a good fit for the flavor.

Drinkability - a nice session lager. Enough of a flavor variety to hold my interest for awhile.

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Kidd Lager from The Fort Collins Brewery
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