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
Reviews:
194
Ratings:
316
Avg:
3.74
pDev:
13.1%
 
 
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7
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Reviews: 194 | Ratings: 316
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 Durge
3.87/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

After sitting in my fridge for a couple years I'm feeling a little dubious about any hopes here, but, here goes. Pours a very dark brown/mahogany color with two fingers high of light tan colored head that settles to a fair cover and leaves healthy swaths of lacing. The aroma delivers a wonderfully deep malt and slight juniper with a bit of Mars bar chocolate and definitely an occasional licorice waft. Very intriguing! The first mouthful brings another element adding obvious smoked ham over a much more reserved herbal hopped malt. I imagine some licorice edges as well. But generally this is not as wonderful as the aroma suggested. It's quite thin in body with modest sprite carbonation. There is a little dryness in the feel, but it's a reasonably drinkable brew. I would like to see something with more body and flavor that holds together better. It's sort of weak and watery but it's not bad. Worth a try if you like the style.

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

Notes are from yesterday afternoon.

This beer is a pretty dark brown with just a bit of clarity and a softer brown color in the light. A tan head comes out pretty small and doesn't take particularly long to diminish, though there's always a bit there. Some, though very little, lacing is left behind.
The aroma's pretty full and robust, with plenty of malt and, appropriately or not, the emphasis on smoke. In fact, this reminds me very much of a Rauchbier. There's a bit of chocolate in here too. There's something earthy and leafy in here too, but very much underneath the smoke and malts.
True to form, the flavor keeps the same profile. The emphasis is all smoke, though there is just a touch of sweetness and nice earthy and woody notes to round it out. There's a metallic tinge to this one that I just can't get past, though it doesn't ruin it by any means.
There's nothing wrong with the mouthfeel, but I think it improves as it warms. There's a very light nip of crispness at the beginning of each sip, and with some time it gets a little smoother. It is just a touch flat, though. Body is medium-full.
This has good drinkability and is a nice interpretation of the style.

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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 KTCamm
3.45/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Poured a very dark brown, almost black, almost opaque, with a medium foam consisting of some very large bubbles.

The malt smell hit me first followed by notes of chocolate and toffee.

Taste opens with the malt and finishes very crisp and clean. There are some metallic hints in here, and as I worked through the 12 oz., the flavor became smokier. Kept thinking it would turn peat-y, but never quite did.

Mouthfeel was relatively unintersting - very little action from the carbonation.

Good drinkability, could have had another.

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Photo of rawfish
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straight pour into an Odell tulip, dark cola brown, fizzy white head that maintains a fluffy character for a while.

Roasted dark malt, sweet molasses and a trailing dark smokey chocolate nose. Color and nose would indicate more flavor but it's a lager not an ale.

Light touch of smoke, cocoa and roasted coffee throughout but mainly crisp and refreshing. Smooth but rather dry finish. Lighter mouthfeel than expected and perfectly carbonated.

A great session beer, finally something from FCB I can embrace, a quencher for these spring months for when the weather could be anything.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.04/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a stange.

4.0 A: Black color. Two fingers of frothy tan head. Retention is good and plenty of lacing is left.

4.25 S: Decidedly grainy - this reminds me of gathering up the grains needed for my RIS. There's also a ton of chocolate, which reminds me of the mash of that same brew. Plenty of roastiness as well. Caramel and molasses to round this off.

4.0 T: Roasty foremost, but chocolatety enough to balance it out. Grainy with layers of caramel and the slightest hint of ash. Very tasty and every sip is as good as the last.

3.75 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Lightly creamy and super smooth.

4.0 D: Really good beer. Solid all around. Pick it up.

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Photo of jsh420
2.33/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

pours dark dark brown almost black 1 finger head no lacing

smells of sour apples? and some chocolate

taste just does not mesh well - sour fruiit chocolate roasted malts and smoke - just a mess

mouthfeel was nice and light with ok carbonation

drinkability is low - dont care for the taste dont care to drink again

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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 cokes
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Clear midnight copper topped with a plump fluff of beige.
It smells of coffee grounds, burnt prairie, and cocoa.
Begins with a semi-acrid coffee bean note, quelling over time to caramel, chocolate, and roasted grain. It lingers with a toasted dark bread notion, then a brief yelp of blackberry. Clean through the middle, and evidently well-lagered, with its free-flowing briskness. Ends with a reedy Hallertau bitterness, and a continuing burned caramel.
Medium-light bodied, and deftly structured and dymanic in the mouth. Fluffly, without being gaseous or abrasive. Weigh is carried in the flavor, as this absolutely screams down the chute.
This is very nice drinking schwarz. Kudos.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.96/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The Schwarzbier poured a dark black with a thick creamy tan head that quickly went to a collar and laced the glass. It's aroma is of roasted malt with some hints of chocolate - a little subtle though. The taste is initially of sweet roasted malts and chocolate with a bitter coffee-like finsh that is slightly acidic. It was a little thinner than I expected, but was a very easy-drinking beer. Overall, it reminds me of a sweeter step-child of NBB's 1554. So far it is my favorite of FCB's offerings.

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

A brew I received from prAna. I am sampling the beer at room temp in a pint glass.
The beer pours a dark cola brown which reveals garnet tints when held ot the light. A 3 cm fluffy beige head fades slowly as I sample.
Aroma is sweet chocolate and roasted malt dominant.
The first sip reveals a silky smooth texture and average body with fine rolling carbonation.
Flavor is mostly roasted malt and chocolate and some sweet brown sugary flavor that hits for 1/2 a second and then gives way to the roasted flavors on the finish.
I have a rich roasted flavor in the back of my mouth after each swallow . The beer is quite tasty and I wish more brewers would make the style. But I do think this one is a little less clean than I would expect from a lager.

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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 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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Photo of Mitchster
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
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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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer poured into the glass clear blackish brown wtih a tan and medium head which was small bubbled and well formed to lace the glass.

The aroma was coffee and chocolate most prevalent with, heck, a buncha coffee and chocolate (yep, enough to type it twice). The aroma had just a bit of grainy character and a strong roast presence. A light bit of caramel was present, but at a low level.

The flavor was smooth and creamy with no grainy character at all. Chocolate and coffee were present with more chocolate than anything else. The flavor contained a nice roast and a smooth crispness with just a bit of caramel.

The finish was dry with a lasting impresion of coffee and roast. The body was medium light and just a bit on the watery side. A nice Schwarz, but could use a bit of a body boost.

12 ounce bottle.

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Photo of flexabull
3.87/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Part of the mixed 12 pack, I don't think I've ever tried anything from Fort Collins, so why not...

Pours a dark brown color with a faint white head.

Aromas are of brewed coffee, cream, dark chocolate, and hints of smoke. Nice nose.

Taste is kind of cola like, nutty, with light creamy chocolate. Finish is lightly bitter, with some hints of smoked malts.

Mouthfeel is ok, but on the thin side.

Overall, this is a pretty nice little beer. If they upped the body a bit this might be excellent. But it's still good, and the light body certainly lends well to the drinkability.

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Deep purple almost black in color with traces of brown throughout. 1/4 tan frothy head and ok retention and there are lots of carbonation bubbles present

Smell: Lots of roasted malt hit the nose to go along with some coffee notes

Taste: Wow first thought is that of licking an ashtray very brash bitterness. Traces of chocolate and dry roasted coffee

Mouthfeel: Light body with medium to high carbonation levels and leaves kind of a sticky feel in your mouth

Overall: Not a bad little black lager honestly. Pretty easy drinkability if you like dark beers. I would recommend trying this beer

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Photo of emmasdad
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a rich black color, with a nice rocky off-white head. Really looks like a porter more than anything else. Aromas are porter-like as well, roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate chips and just a hint of smoke. Pretty similar on the palate, but much crisper and more refreshing than most porters.

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Photo of matjack85
4.4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I found this single brown 12oz bottle at the Binnjy's store in Glen Ellyn, IL for $1.99. No freshness date anywhere that I could see.

The beer poured a dark brown color that had purple highlights to it when held to the light. The 1-finger light brown head lasted a decent amount of time and produced some nice lacing on the glass with each sip.

Wow! You can smell the smoked malts in here immediately. Almost as strong as a German rauchbier. Under all that smokey toasted malt I was also picking up chocolate and a raisiny smell. Cant wait to find out what this tastes like.

This is one delicious schwarzbier. Rich burnt malt flavor - I swear you can taste the smoke. Then under the toasted malt there is a layer of chocolate, and then just a hint of German tettnang hops for balance - just 22 IBU's.

The mouthfeel may be the most surprising part of all. It's thin, but flavorful. I was expecting something heavier with chocolate in it, but it's not, it's smooth and refreshing, perhaps helped along by its moderately high carbonation.

I liked this beer a lot. The smoke catches you by surprise at first but once you taste it you can't put it down.

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

Got it on tap at the Lionheart in Albany, where it's listed on the board as "Kidd (Black) Lager". . . .

A: Dark brown, nearly black body with some mahogany/crimson highlights noticeable only when held up to the light. Small light brown head leaves behind a little bit of lace.

S: Chocolate -- no, make that cocoa powder, kind of like a packet of hot chocolate mix. Not terribly strong in the nose, but what's there is pleasant.

T: Cocoa powder and milk chocolate, like the nose. Also a bit of roasted malt. There's a nice dry, hoppy taste at the end, however, so it finishes pretty clean. Despite the nose and dominant chocolate flavors, this is nicely balanced.

M: Light in body, pretty smooth drinker.

D: Very good. Tasty but light in heft, this one went down very easily. I could see this being sessionable.

Notes: But for the light body, this one almost borders on porter territory in some ways, as the nose and flavor are pretty full for a light-bodied lager. For some reason I usually expect Schwarzbiers to have a more smoky taste to them, but frankly, I think I prefer the dominant chocolate that you get here. Well done and worth checking out.

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

This is a roasty black that is almost a rauchbier. It is black and nearly opaque but with very little head.. The aroma is close to that of a smoked beer.

The taste is of smoke as well, roasty to an extreme. Otherwise it has a clean crisp taste, and the aftertaste works the same way - very cleanly.

Kidd is one of many Colorado beers we are drinking this week while skiing in Vail. Like many of the others, it is a credit to the state.

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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 secondtooth
3.87/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This schwarzbier (black beer) pours an oil-black with almost no lacing. The nose is chocolatey and tastes like dark bittersweet chocolate with a slightly burnt "smoking gun" finish, as the bottle proclaims. That seems an apt description. A tasty and unusual beer, and one lager that strays far from the beaten path.

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Datk brown with crimson highlighting. Head is a light tan in color but does not retain much. No lacing or legs which is normal for style but I do love to hope. Aromas are fairly light and one-dimensional. Cocoa notes and pale sweetness.

Coffee adds to the notes of bittersweet chocolate, providing much needed depth to the flavor. Still somewhat light and with notes of aspirin, but the earthy hops are much more prevalent. Good balance, but overly light. Respect the drinkability while wishing for a bit more body.

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