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 cpetrone84
4.02/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-pours a dark liquid, almost black. Hues of red shine through giving a ruby red color with light shined upon it. The head is tan in color, thin and bubbly, with little retention and virtually no lacing.

S-the nose is quite fair in strength, it brings a good bit of roasted, burnt coffee, lightly smoked, notes of dark chocolate and toffee, a touch of caramel malt underneath. The back end brings a hop aroma of citric and floral esters.

T-big time roasted flavors. Burnt coffee is definintely quite strong giving it a roasted malt taste with a hint of smokiness. The dark chocolate adds a hint of sweetness but isn't very strong. Caramel and toffee lie underneath as a hop presence gives a nice balanced, and slightly bitter finish. the hops do add a nice touch of floral esters with herbal notes

M-this is extremely smooth, so smooth and just a touch of creaminess. It is light bodied, and the carbonation is light but still bringing a crisp finish.

D-this is a very tasty brew. Big bold flavors that blend together very well. Light body and easy drinking, great flavors, easily sessionable

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Budweiser pokal.

Pours a clear dark brown with ruby highlights and a thick finger of frothy ecru head. Lacing is decently thick and tall. The nose is molasses, dark malts, chocolate, figs, and some light coffee. The taste leans toward bitter chocolate, coffee, and hops, adding some cocoa powder and smoked wheat. The body is lightly moderate, with stiff carbonation and a loose watery feel, leading to a highly drinkable brew.

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Photo of tapman
2.45/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A dark ruby-brown, not quite opaque, with a 1 finger tan head. What else can you do with this brew, other than improve the head a little.

I'm mostly getting...smoked bacon? I don't get any hops coming through, though that isn't necessarily bad. I want to say there is some sweetness, but I'm not sure I just want there to be. Smokiness is soft yet still overpowering.

Tastes like smoked bacon. I guess that I can get behind some smoked malt, and it isn't too strong in this one and I am sure nicely balanced, but I love schwarzbiers and this one takes what I like away from them. A nice toasty maltiness with some balanced hop bitterness, like a savory version of stout. The smoked malt covers up a lot in this brew and I would care to try a non-smoked version.

Mouthfeel is fine. High in dextrins yet dry enough for a lager. Not syrupy.

I'm not a fan. Not that I am a purest or anything, but all I can taste is the smoked malt. This beer lacks the complexity of the style.

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Photo of SamN
4.17/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- The Kidd is a dark, dark beer, but not opaque. More like a reddened black, but this beer is hella dark. Not much head to it, though. The half finger head, gray-tanish melts away to wisps skating across the surface.

S- Big smell of woody smoke and porter-like malts. In fact, in a blind smell, I would take this for a porter. Earthen grains, peanut butter, slight crisp hops at the edges, but mostly roasted malts and a rich smokiness.

T- Again, lots of porter character. A malt forward beer, and my personal preference. Very little hops here, a lingering bitterness in the finish, that's about it. Nothing about this beer is aggressive at all, it has a easy flavor, nothing extreme. Schwarzbier is such an underrated style, I don't know why I don't see more of this. This is a very tasty beer, it is a unique style and flavor, but it holds much reward inside.

M- Medium light body, subtle carbonation, nice smoothness, spot on feel, maybe a pinch less bubbles in the finish.

D- Good drinkability, the earthy character may be less appealing as a session beer. This is more like a beer for a specific purpose; a jonesing for a black lager, to be paired with a meal. I wouldn't necessarily want to drink this all night.

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

Served cold from a 12oz. bottle. With a vigorous pour, it forms a 1/2" of head but settles quickly. Kidd is a very dark brown beer with good clarity.

Aroma is sweet with roasty malts, chocolate, and a hint of smoke.

Flavor is more of the same. Sweetness followed by roasty coffee, bittersweet chocolate, and caramel. The smoke seems completely missing until I consider the aftertaste. It's pleasant in that it doesn't slap you around with smoke. More of a gentle brush.

Mouthfeel is nice too - medium bodied and lower carbonation than expected. I would think this could be awesome on cask.

Another good offering from FBC. I'm really looking forward to their new brewing facility. Judging by the lunchbox sampler, this brewery has real potential.

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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 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 Cyberkedi
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark, barely transparent chocolate brown with a fairly thick, if none too persistent, beige head. Aroma is strong, oily and smoky, more like that of a fine stout or porter. Flavor is rich, malty smoky with an undertone of unsweetened chocolate and a hint of fine coffee. Texture is smooth, finely grainy and fairly fizzy. Recommended to all who love dark beers.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of roasted coffee, lager yeast, dark malts and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a strong roasted malt character that is quickly followed by a strong black coffee flavor, then touches of smokiness and dark fruit. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly smoky.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, very good representation of style, this is a very solid beer to drink for a long time if you're in the mood for the style.

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Photo of Sammy
3.57/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle fom Angotti Beverages. Bang on for the style, an aroma of roast an chocolate malts on a black body with very little white head. A below average mouthfeel, the taste is there a little peaty an smokey, a mold scotch ale. The taste is not very bold, as it is a tad watered down and the carbonation is a tad too much. Finishes coca-colish. Drinkable.

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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 oriolesfan4
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

One of my favorite styles of beer.. a Schwarzbier. Pours a nice dark red, almost black. Not much of a head to it.. minimal lacing. Nice roasty aroma to it. Taste is more lighter bodied than heavy, nice mouthfeel to it. Little bit of smokiness to it, roasted malts and some light hop bitterness come out. Finishes clean and smooth.. very drinkable year. Won't blow you out of the park with taste but it's a solid beer, above average for its style and a nice change of pace.

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

Picked up in late September while vacationing in Grand Junction. Sold as part of the Brewer's Lunchbox for $16.99.

Beer poured a dark brown with a decent tan head. Nose is roasted malts and is somewhat sweet. Taste is roasted malts, with a subtle hint of smoke and chocolate, finishing very clean. Mouthfeel is light to meium bodied, and refreshing. Drinkability is good. This is a very nice beer not seen often with a nice twist with the smoked malts. Being that i smoke meats, i can appreciate the enhancement the smoke brings to this brew. Nice job!

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.39/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a nice shiek looking black with cola brown and ruby highlights. Very quick head dissipates to nothing. The aroma is of nicely roasted malts, giving notes of chocolate and light coffee. Then the smokey malts add an air of more milky chocolate to the aroma. The taste starts with malts roated so dark, it gives off a slightly bitter, acidic twang. But the smoke quells the acid in themiddle. While some faint American hops and maybe some brown sugar bring it all together in the finish. Great session beer with its super malt bill and awesomely smooth smokiness.

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Photo of tjd112
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the brewer's lunchbox purchased at Spirits Unlimited (Route 9 and 526, Lakewood, NJ). Poured into Flying Fish pint glass.

A - Black color with a tinge of red, off-white head, moderate lacing
S/T - Slight caramel, with notes of root beer, some toastiness, but not like a stout
M - Light-bodied with a smooth finish
D - A really good beer to have with either German or Mexican food, this is similar in style to Negra Modelo.

Probably the best beer out of all of the Brewer's Lunchbox.

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Photo of morimech
4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark reddish brown color with one inch of tan head that hung around for awhile. The head eventually settles to a thin cap. Thin lacing is left on the glass. Malty aroma with notes of chocolate. More roasted than what is typical for the style. Not as roasted in the flavor. More hints of chocolate with some earthiness thrown in. A real good tasting Schwarzbier. These beers are not suppose to have big bodies but this felt a little thin. Nice carbonation. Another good American Schwarzbier. In fact I am enjoyed the ones produced domestically than the German imports.

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Photo of wiseguy142
3.72/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours balck with a thin off white head that disappears quickly. Aroma is of baked brownies and malt extract. Taste begins and follows through with consistent bitterness and an earthy light coffee taste and pronounced chocolate. Well balanced with good hop flavor towards the end. A little stale tasting.. probably is better fresh. It's a bit heavy on the palate and hard to drink, unlike Koestritzer, but it has a lot of flavor and is enjoyable.

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

This beer pours a clear black color. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes slowly into moderate lacing. The aroma is of roasted malt, chocolate, and had a clean lager quality. The taste is similar to the aroma. It is more stout like than any schwarzbier I've yet tasted, but it works. The mouthfeel is medium-light bodied which is fitting for the style. The carbonation is moderate, and the texture is of velvet. Overall, this is a really nice, sessionable beer. I will certainly drink this again.

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Photo of HeroJH
4.16/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorites from this brewery. Always fun to have a lager, that has more to it than just being a pilsner type style.

A - Dark Brown ruby color, tan head that vanished pretty quick.
S - dark brown sugar, root beer, burnt sugar or smoke
T - clean and full. smokey and toasty. bread/toast finish.
M - good and clean, lasting
D - great alone or with food.

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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 far333
3.92/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mahogany colored with ruby highlights and a beige head that settles out quickly to nothing.

Aroma of fig and prune, some brown sugar and molasses.

Flavor of dark malts upfront, some fig and plum, turns quickly to roasty malt, cocoa and smoke. Mild bitterness, but no hop flavors.

Mouthfeel is initially a bit watery, carbonation builds, finishes a little tannic. Pretty tasty and drinkable selection.

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Photo of glid02
3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from a mixed 12-pack from Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours one shade away from black with light brown highlights and a one-finger tan head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of roasted and black malts with good hints of unsweetened chocolate. As it warms the black malt aromas come out a bit more.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Black and roasted malt flavors up front are joined by hints of cocoa midway through the sip that disappear before a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a solid thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I didn't have a problem finishing the bottle and could have another.

Overall this was a solid schwarzbier and one that I would visit again. The flavors aren't as dark as others I've had in the style and the flavors integrate well. Worth a shot.

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

Serving notes - 45F, poured into imperial pint glass.
A - light smoke and chocolate on the aroma.
A - three fingers of head with large bubbles. Quickly collapses to a thin film. Dark clear red when held up to the light. Out of light has a black appearance.
M - light body with high carbonation
T - Even though the smoke is mild it strikes me first because I do not expect it in a swartzbier. This was followed by light sweet chocolate and some light roast notes. Very crisp clean finish.
D - Nice drinkable beer with enough going on to be rather entertaining.

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Photo of kimcgolf
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle to a dark brown with medium thick bidge head that lingered thru mid-glass and left okay lacing. Aroma was a pleasant mixture of chocolate malt with a hint of smoked wood. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and the taste highlights the choclate, toffe and hint of smoke found in the nose. Unlike other smoked beers I have that are way too smokly, this was just the right tough to offest the malty sweetness, ending in a nice rounded finish.

I'd like to have this again, next time with grilled sausage.

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Photo of GarrisWH
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a very dark brown that is nearly opaque, although deep, ruby red highlights come through when held up to the light. One finger of tan head that leaves a decent bit of lacing as it recedes to a solid cap.

S - Roasted malts with a slight smokiness. There are tones of chocolate, dark fruits, and a hint of coffee. Slight hoppiness lingering in the background.

T - The roasted malts are definitely up front in the flavor as well. A combination of chocolate and coffee with light smoke backing it up. A crisp and slightly fruity hop bitterness adds a nice touch in the finish. Nice combination of flavors.

M - Leans toward the lighter side of medium bodied. Pretty mild carbonation. It seems a little bit more body couldn't hurt with the flavor profile on this one. Can't really complain though, it is smooth and goes down easy.

D - Another interesting, easy-drinking offering from Fort Collins Brewing. I don't have a lot of experience with Schwartzbiers, but found this to be very tasty and drinkable. Could make for a nice session brew in the colder months.

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