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March 2021 DARK LAGERS month
« on: February 27, 2021, 01:34:26 PM »
February is a short month and March is banging down the doors.

This includes:
German-style black lager or schwarzbier
Dunkel and Tmavý
The catch-all term of Premium/International Dark Lager (stuff like Stella Dark or new craft beer that is a dark lager but doesn't fit in a traditional style)

Technically: dark doppelbock, dark eisbock, and lagered baltic porters (I think I was the only one that posted about that style in February) still count.

I a not sure if we want to include amber lagers (Vienna, Polotmavý) and Marzen/O-Fest in this month. It's a pretty large group as is and perhaps amber lagers deserve a month to themselves (we can all drink Dos Equis Amber and Modelo in May!). Obviously, this is for funsies and there are no real rules.

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Re: March 2021 DARK LAGERS month
« Reply #1 on: February 27, 2021, 08:59:12 PM »
schwarzbier  :thumbup:

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Re: March 2021 DARK LAGERS month
« Reply #2 on: February 28, 2021, 10:20:35 AM »
February is a short month and March is banging down the doors.

This includes:
German-style black lager or schwarzbier
Dunkel and Tmavý
The catch-all term of Premium/International Dark Lager (stuff like Stella Dark or new craft beer that is a dark lager but doesn't fit in a traditional style)

Technically: dark doppelbock, dark eisbock, and lagered baltic porters (I think I was the only one that posted about that style in February) still count.

Now you're making shit up. 

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Re: March 2021 DARK LAGERS month
« Reply #3 on: February 28, 2021, 02:29:39 PM »
Getting started a day early ...

Lakefront Brewery
Eastside Dark Lager

Deep mahogany color, with a tan head.  Malty, without being overly sweet.  Subtle hints of cocoa, with a clean finish.  Nice beer, and very drinkable.  5.8% abv. 

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Re: March 2021 DARK LAGERS month
« Reply #4 on: February 28, 2021, 06:30:11 PM »
Lakefront lagers were always solid from my experienxe. Is that still generally the case?

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Re: March 2021 DARK LAGERS month
« Reply #5 on: March 01, 2021, 11:04:36 AM »
Marzen/O-fest is traditionally brewed in March and then lagered until the "fest" season in the Fall, so I agree with leaving them out.

Not to say I won't drink the hell out of a good one any time of year, but we can leave them out of the thread.
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Re: March 2021 DARK LAGERS month
« Reply #6 on: March 01, 2021, 11:16:57 AM »
Rauchbiers. They are dark, and lagers. Talk amongst yourselves.


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Re: March 2021 DARK LAGERS month
« Reply #7 on: March 01, 2021, 01:57:58 PM »
Lakefront lagers were always solid from my experienxe. Is that still generally the case?

I like this one, and their Maibock.  Not a fan of their Oktoberfest.  Can't recall too many others I've had recently.

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Re: March 2021 DARK LAGERS month
« Reply #8 on: March 01, 2021, 03:12:17 PM »
Rauchbiers. They are dark, and lagers. Talk amongst yourselves.


I think smoke deserves a month all to itself. Of course, there are no rules and everyone should drink some Urbock this month.  :)

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Re: March 2021 DARK LAGERS month
« Reply #9 on: March 01, 2021, 03:38:14 PM »
Rauchbiers. They are dark, and lagers. Talk amongst yourselves.


I think smoke deserves a month all to itself. Of course, there are no rules and everyone should drink some Urbock this month.  :)

Agreed. Just had some in the fridge already and wanted to participate. ;D

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Re: March 2021 DARK LAGERS month
« Reply #10 on: March 01, 2021, 03:46:48 PM »
Lakefront lagers were always solid from my experienxe. Is that still generally the case?

I like this one, and their Maibock.  Not a fan of their Oktoberfest.  Can't recall too many others I've had recently.

I like the Lakefront Maibock too and, in fact, bought a case today. Last year I foolishly bought only one six-pack and when I went back for more, it was all gone.  >:(

I like the Lakefront Oktoberfest too. Riverwest Steinbeer I can take or leave.

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Re: March 2021 DARK LAGERS month
« Reply #11 on: March 02, 2021, 11:11:04 AM »
schwarzbier  :thumbup:


I was a day early.  Had the Grains of Wrath schwarzbier on Sunday after disc golf. It was glorious.
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Re: March 2021 DARK LAGERS month
« Reply #12 on: March 02, 2021, 12:30:47 PM »
schwarzbier  :thumbup:


I was a day early.  Had the Grains of Wrath schwarzbier on Sunday after disc golf. It was glorious.

I have some of this coming my way. :thumbup:

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Re: March 2021 DARK LAGERS month
« Reply #13 on: March 02, 2021, 05:05:52 PM »
schwarzbier  :thumbup:


I was a day early.  Had the Grains of Wrath schwarzbier on Sunday after disc golf. It was glorious.

I have some of this coming my way. :thumbup:

nice! 

Now that they have the tap room open in PDX it's my go to stop for a pint after disc golf or to meet buddies or whatever.  No flashy and no frills, but the tap list is always fire.
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Re: March 2021 DARK LAGERS month
« Reply #14 on: March 04, 2021, 09:16:37 PM »
Picked up a few things tonight.

Local brewery (Monument City) just released a dark Czech lager, what timing! (picked up an entire tallboy 4-pack).
DC Brau Bourbon Doppelbock
Cuswha Schwarz (named Illusory Correlation, which endears me to the beer already)
Baltika Baltic Porter (I've had this trash before but had to do it again for this month and last month)


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Re: March 2021 DARK LAGERS month
« Reply #15 on: March 04, 2021, 09:21:31 PM »
I should add that the Czech dark lager is on point. Clean, easy to drink, malty, a little cocoa and well done dark malts (no acid, no malt bitterness, no ash). Ends with a hint of hop bitterness.  A soft feel to the beer.  A bit of perceived sweetness (as opposed to leftover sugars). Leaves my palate and I want to take another sip right away. Highly impressed.

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Re: March 2021 DARK LAGERS month
« Reply #16 on: March 05, 2021, 10:12:18 AM »
I drank a Dovetail Rauchbier last night. :banned:

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Re: March 2021 DARK LAGERS month
« Reply #17 on: March 05, 2021, 10:55:29 AM »
I drank a Dovetail Rauchbier last night. :banned:

Review, please.  It is how we vicariously live through each other.

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Re: March 2021 DARK LAGERS month
« Reply #18 on: March 05, 2021, 11:44:54 AM »
I drank a Dovetail Rauchbier last night. :banned:

Review, please.  It is how we vicariously live through each other.

On that note, thanks to heckmanm and his wonderful reviews. Best on this site hands down.

I drank it, then fell asleep. :zzz:
Seems to have more carb than I remember, less meaty smoke, and some astringency.

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Re: March 2021 DARK LAGERS month
« Reply #19 on: March 05, 2021, 07:57:43 PM »
Warsteiner Dunkel

Toasty, lightly nutty aroma with a hint of that grape-y ester you get from Munich malt.  Brilliantly clear copper/brown, but the head didn't persist very long at all.

Flavor is dark bread crust, again a little nuttiness, and a pleasantly crisp noble hop finish. Nice way to start the month.

Basically zero domestic dark lagers at the store. A couple of my locals brew some for draft, but generally don't package them, so I'll keep my eye out around town.  I had to "settle" for the Warsteiner, plus
- Kostritzer
- Salvator
- Schlenkerla Doppelbock
- Schlenkerla Marzen
And from this side of the pond
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Re: March 2021 DARK LAGERS month
« Reply #20 on: March 06, 2021, 01:04:31 AM »
Augustiner Bräu Maximator

Couldn’t decipher the bottling code on this, so it may be old.

Anyway, it’s as disappointing as I remember (been well over a decade since I tried this and it was likely not fresh at the time). Sweet unbalanced maltiness, nothing clean about it, musty malts. Couldn’t finish the 330mL bottle.

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Re: March 2021 DARK LAGERS month
« Reply #21 on: March 06, 2021, 10:34:17 PM »
Weihenstephaner Korbinian Doppelbock

Dunkles Starkbier on the neck label

Bottled in March 2020

7.4%  One Pint 0.9 oz

Aromas of deep dark malts all melded into a nougaty raisin, dark toast, slight chocolate toffee ending in a bready sweetness.

Tastes of dark malt breadiness, slight fig and dark fruit cake, nougat chocolate shortbread and finishes with a somewhat oily dark bread dryness.

Drinks initially creamy on the palate but disappears quick with soft carbonation that abruptly ends into dry slight chocolate finish.

OUT - FUCKING - STANDING

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Re: March 2021 DARK LAGERS month
« Reply #22 on: March 06, 2021, 10:35:43 PM »
Augustiner Bräu Maximator

Couldn’t decipher the bottling code on this, so it may be old.

Anyway, it’s as disappointing as I remember (been well over a decade since I tried this and it was likely not fresh at the time). Sweet unbalanced maltiness, nothing clean about it, musty malts. Couldn’t finish the 330mL bottle.

Old.

Augustiner Maximator is nearly always old, because it’s so expensive.

Never been a huge fan, in truth, VASTLY prefer the Edel-Hell (when fresh).
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Re: March 2021 DARK LAGERS month
« Reply #23 on: March 07, 2021, 12:56:25 PM »
Titletown Brewing
Dark Helmet Schwarzbier

Pitch black, with a thin tan head.  Thin mouthfeel with bitter notes of bittersweet cocoa and licorice, and a hint of molasses.  Very drinkable.  An OK beer, but not nearly as good as it is (was?) on tap.   Admittedly, I haven't had a lot of Titletown beers bottled/canned, but every time I have they've been different (and not as not as good) as the same beer on tap.  Not sure if it is something in their bottling/canning process, or just my mind playing tricks on me.

Drinking this beer is kind of melancholy for me.  I miss the old brewpub.  It was, by far, my/our most frequented place in GB for about 15 years.
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Re: March 2021 DARK LAGERS month
« Reply #24 on: March 07, 2021, 01:24:41 PM »
Potosi Brewing
Northern Method Dopplebock

16 oz. can

Deep mahogany color with a creamy beige head.  A little lacing, but the head dissipates quickly.  Smooth, oily mouthfeel.  Malty and sweet (too sweet for a dopplebock, IMO) with flavors of caramel, bread crust, and raisin.  8.5% ABV, and you can tell. Halfway through, and I can feel the warming effect. Tastes a little like a blend of dopplebock and a belgian quad.  Not sure it is a good dopplebock, according to style, but it is a tasty beer.  A little too sweet for my preference, but a good sipper for the cool weather of late winter/early spring.

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Re: March 2021 DARK LAGERS month
« Reply #25 on: March 07, 2021, 10:13:13 PM »
Weihenstephaner Korbinian Doppelbock

Dunkles Starkbier on the neck label

Bottled in March 2020

7.4%  One Pint 0.9 oz

Aromas of deep dark malts all melded into a nougaty raisin, dark toast, slight chocolate toffee ending in a bready sweetness.

Tastes of dark malt breadiness, slight fig and dark fruit cake, nougat chocolate shortbread and finishes with a somewhat oily dark bread dryness.

Drinks initially creamy on the palate but disappears quick with soft carbonation that abruptly ends into dry slight chocolate finish.

OUT - FUCKING - STANDING

I had to suffer through 2 bottles doing this review.

Poor me.

This is such a good beer. I made sure to drink lots of it when we visited the brewery six years ago.

There are a few shops I know I could depend on to grab it, but the only one within a 20 minute drive closed during COVID :(

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Re: March 2021 DARK LAGERS month
« Reply #26 on: March 08, 2021, 12:36:06 PM »
Augustiner Bräu Maximator

Couldn’t decipher the bottling code on this, so it may be old.

Anyway, it’s as disappointing as I remember (been well over a decade since I tried this and it was likely not fresh at the time). Sweet unbalanced maltiness, nothing clean about it, musty malts. Couldn’t finish the 330mL bottle.

Old.

Augustiner Maximator is nearly always old, because it’s so expensive.

Never been a huge fan, in truth, VASTLY prefer the Edel-Hell (when fresh).

I had fresh bottles once, and they were really good. Never has been fresh since. :kickrock:

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Re: March 2021 DARK LAGERS month
« Reply #27 on: March 08, 2021, 02:43:52 PM »
Warsteiner Dunkel

Toasty, lightly nutty aroma with a hint of that grape-y ester you get from Munich malt.  Brilliantly clear copper/brown, but the head didn't persist very long at all.

Flavor is dark bread crust, again a little nuttiness, and a pleasantly crisp noble hop finish. Nice way to start the month.

Basically zero domestic dark lagers at the store. A couple of my locals brew some for draft, but generally don't package them, so I'll keep my eye out around town.  I had to "settle" for the Warsteiner, plus
- Kostritzer
- Salvator
- Schlenkerla Doppelbock
- Schlenkerla Marzen
And from this side of the pond
- Xingu!

Drank the Salvator and Kostritzer over the weekend.  Enjoyed both but no detailed notes, as I wasn't at home.
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Re: March 2021 DARK LAGERS month
« Reply #28 on: March 08, 2021, 08:33:34 PM »
Had Kostritzer Schwarz and I am reminded that I keep forgetting how drinkable and flavorful this is for such a commonplace beer. I had a 330mL capped bottle from a random store. However, they sell 4-packs of tallboys for $6.99 at my local beer shop. Real steal for that price. If I had to pull a lager lifestyle, this would be a staple.

The other surprise is Krombacher Dark, again picked up at a random store in Brooklyn when visiting this weekend. While this did not compare to Kostritzer and had less depth in dark malt flavor, it still was rather tasty. A much simpler beer with a bit more of an industrial feel but was a nice surprise.

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Re: March 2021 DARK LAGERS month
« Reply #29 on: March 08, 2021, 09:53:27 PM »
Bought the only locally made dark lager that I know of - Schneepflug. A bock brewed with cinnamon and honey. Turns out it was about 5 months old. Not bad, granola-like sweetness, the cinnamon was subtle but was more prominent as it warmed.

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Re: March 2021 DARK LAGERS month
« Reply #30 on: March 08, 2021, 10:35:03 PM »
Saw that Paradox (NY) released their Schwarzbier, need to pick some of that up.  And probably an Andechs Doppelbock Dunkel because... Andechs. :wub:  Finished off my 4 pack of Simple Roots (VT) Tmavy, it was solid clean and tasty as most of their beers are.  Hoping that Lost Rhino still has their Tmavy in cans when I head south next week.  Big fan of that one.
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Re: March 2021 DARK LAGERS month
« Reply #31 on: March 09, 2021, 06:23:02 PM »
OK, I 'll be buying Xingu more often.  This stuff is fantastic.
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Re: March 2021 DARK LAGERS month
« Reply #32 on: March 09, 2021, 07:41:25 PM »
OK, I 'll be buying Xingu more often.  This stuff is fantastic.
Nice to hear. This is another one that I’m not sure I’ve ever had fresh and haven’t tried since likely the first time over a decade ago.

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Re: March 2021 DARK LAGERS month
« Reply #33 on: March 09, 2021, 07:51:01 PM »
Had Kostritzer Schwarz and I am reminded that I keep forgetting how drinkable and flavorful this is for such a commonplace beer. I had a 330mL capped bottle from a random store. However, they sell 4-packs of tallboys for $6.99 at my local beer shop. Real steal for that price. If I had to pull a lager lifestyle, this would be a staple.


That's another one I forget about from time to time.  I've seen the 500 ml 4 packs as low as 4.99 here in the recent past.

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Re: March 2021 DARK LAGERS month
« Reply #34 on: March 09, 2021, 10:35:24 PM »
Re: Xingu
Never had it fresh, tasted like molasses IIRC.

Dovetail Rauchbier x2 tonight :banned: :banned:

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Re: March 2021 DARK LAGERS month
« Reply #35 on: March 09, 2021, 11:38:02 PM »
Had Kostritzer Schwarz and I am reminded that I keep forgetting how drinkable and flavorful this is for such a commonplace beer. I had a 330mL capped bottle from a random store. However, they sell 4-packs of tallboys for $6.99 at my local beer shop. Real steal for that price. If I had to pull a lager lifestyle, this would be a staple.


That's another one I forget about from time to time.  I've seen the 500 ml 4 packs as low as 4.99 here in the recent past.
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Re: March 2021 DARK LAGERS month
« Reply #36 on: March 10, 2021, 11:00:02 AM »
Picked these up yesterday and drank half of them last night. So tasty

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Re: March 2021 DARK LAGERS month
« Reply #37 on: March 10, 2021, 12:34:12 PM »
Picked these up yesterday and drank half of them last night. So tasty

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Got that one as well. Haven’t tried it yet.

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Re: March 2021 DARK LAGERS month
« Reply #38 on: March 12, 2021, 10:19:20 AM »
I picked up a 4 pack of recently released 16oz cans of Zilker Future You schwarzbier last weekend. It is really nice. Light, toasty and roasty. Easy drinker and goes well with this pleasant spring weather we're having.

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Re: March 2021 DARK LAGERS month
« Reply #39 on: March 12, 2021, 01:09:43 PM »
Only dark lager at the store yesterday was Stella Midnight Lager.  It's actually pretty good.
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Re: March 2021 DARK LAGERS month
« Reply #40 on: March 12, 2021, 02:28:02 PM »
I haven't looked hard but I haven't found any dark lagers with the exception of 1 import.  There are three local breweries who have brewed them in the past but currently don't have any.  Hoping to join the party soon. 

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Re: March 2021 DARK LAGERS month
« Reply #41 on: March 12, 2021, 03:40:28 PM »
I haven't looked hard but I haven't found any dark lagers with the exception of 1 import.  There are three local breweries who have brewed them in the past but currently don't have any.  Hoping to join the party soon.

I don't go to the liquor store often, so I haven't seen any yet either.  Trader Joe's had none yesterday.

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Re: March 2021 DARK LAGERS month
« Reply #42 on: March 13, 2021, 11:29:31 PM »
Had to go across a few state lines and State Line Liquors in MD today. Picked up a bunch of stuff. Got a Ukrainian dark lager, a Czech dark lager, a Czech Baltic Porter, 2 Germans, and some barrel aged Jacks Abbey Baltic Porters. Got a bunch of stuff for the second half of the month.

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Re: March 2021 DARK LAGERS month
« Reply #43 on: March 13, 2021, 11:32:23 PM »
I don't go to the liquor store often

Haven't been since last year. :bag: Feels weird.

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Re: March 2021 DARK LAGERS month
« Reply #44 on: March 14, 2021, 12:18:08 AM »
Flensburger Dunkel. Looks very fresh from the lack of dust on these bottles (unlike it’s self neighbors). Also love the flip top 330ml bottles.

Clean brown bread lager. Low hop. Crust of the bread on the nose. Beer goes down and I want to eat some bread. Light and flavorful.

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Re: March 2021 DARK LAGERS month
« Reply #45 on: March 14, 2021, 12:52:19 AM »
Ayinger Celebrator
 Doppelbock. D/C L0233.

Deep reddish mahogany. Thin and raipidly dissipating head.

Tobacco. Fresh from the field leathery tobacco leaves layered upon bittersweet German baking chocolate and sweet German malt.

“Finest Bavarian Double Bock”. Aroma fresh as an Alpine breeze.

World-class Doppelbock.
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Re: March 2021 DARK LAGERS month
« Reply #46 on: March 14, 2021, 04:19:33 AM »
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Re: March 2021 DARK LAGERS month
« Reply #47 on: March 14, 2021, 04:10:32 PM »
Great Central Brewing Co. - Dunkel - Munich Dunkel Lager - 5% ABV

Dark amber tone with crystal clarity, ample foam that forms a two finger head and rises above the glass rim.  Aromas of toasted multigrain bread crusts, toasted barley, faint apple. Taste is moderately bitter, more than expected, and the earthy hop bitterness lingers in the aftertaste. Malty otherwise, multigrain bread and toasted grain. Light bodied with a slight astringency, dry in the finish. Overall it's pretty good, though it's fairly bitter and could use more smoothness and texture.

Overall: Decent, but nothing i'd go out of the way to buy again.
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Re: March 2021 DARK LAGERS month
« Reply #48 on: March 14, 2021, 05:36:39 PM »
Weihenstephaner Korbinian Doppelbock

Dunkles Starkbier on the neck label

Bottled in March 2020

7.4%  One Pint 0.9 oz

Aromas of deep dark malts all melded into a nougaty raisin, dark toast, slight chocolate toffee ending in a bready sweetness.

Tastes of dark malt breadiness, slight fig and dark fruit cake, nougat chocolate shortbread and finishes with a somewhat oily dark bread dryness.

Drinks initially creamy on the palate but disappears quick with soft carbonation that abruptly ends into dry slight chocolate finish.

OUT - FUCKING - STANDING

I had to suffer through 2 bottles doing this review.

Poor me.

I just finished one and man was it good.  So easy to put down.   :banned:

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Re: March 2021 DARK LAGERS month
« Reply #49 on: March 14, 2021, 08:28:59 PM »
Titletown Dark Helmet Schwarzbier

was a little tipsy when i had it so don't really remember if it tasted normal, or off like bison said.
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