In this beer blog, we are going to get into another brew from Brew Kettle Brewery. It is their Dark Helmet Bier. If you read my earlier beer blog posts on their beers, you know the history of this Midwest craft brewery. If you have not, please, read them to get to know Brew Kettle Brewery. Let us get into this dark lager.
It has a jet black color with a white constant head. The aroma has a chocolate to slight alcohol notes. The taste has a chocolate and malty notes with a slight alcohol notes. The aftertaste has a chocolate to malty crisp dry finish. It is kind of drinkable beer.
In the end, I am not huge fan of lagers. I do like black lagers. I will drink them over a normal golden or amber lager. With all that said, I do like the balance in this brew. I believe the Imperial side makes this beer special. I do not think a normal black lager would be good from this brewery. I could be wrong. I am not saying they cannot make a good one. I believe they went the right way and made it an Imperial black lager. It is pretty good beer. It is a nice Imperial beer. I love it. I highly recommend this beer. Go get some! Drink it! Metal it! Enjoy it! \m/
In this beer blog, we are going to get into another beer from Short’s Brewing. It is their Twist Of Cain Black Lager. If you read my earlier beer blog posts on their beers, you know the history of this Michigan craft brewery. If you have not, please, read them to get to know this Midwest craft brewery. Let us get into this Black Lager.
It has a jet black color with creamy tan head that disappears over time. The smell has a chocolate to coffee notes. The taste has a chocolate to hints of coffee. The aftertaste has a dry crisp chocolate notes. It is kind of drinkable beer.
Twist of Cain is a pitch black lager with notable aromas of roast, molasses and hints of sweet chocolate. Intense flavors of rich sugary malt and dark fruit resonate with a big coating sweetness. Coupled with a cocoa like bitterness, all of the flavors seem to linger equally and dry the palate.
Closing, everyone knows how I feel about this beer but they have some good beer. They are just far and between. They make way too many seasonals but I see it is by design. They are attacking craft beer drinkers in a way they do their shopping. This beer is one of the good ones. It is smooth but has some nice flavor. It is pretty average but I wish this beer was everyday. Shiner Black is still king for me but I will search this out if I was looking for a Michigan craft. I recommend this beer. Go get some! Drink it! Enjoy it! Metal it! \m/
In this beer blog, we are going to get into another brew from Perrin Brewery. It is their Black Ale. This beer was a Black Lager. They changed this beer to an ale to keep up with demand. If you read my earlier beer blog posts on their beers, you know the history of this Michigan craft brewery. If you have not, please, read them to get to know this Midwest craft brewery. Let us get into this black ale.
It has a jet black color with a tan color head at first that disappears over time. The smell has a chocolate with coffee like notes. The taste of this light body ale has a chocolate to coffee like notes. It has a heavy malty notes but still light like a light Lager. The aftertaste has a nutty finish that hangs around. It is extremely drinkable beer.
The Black Ale is low in gravity, clean, crisp, and flavor-filled; giving off a bread-like aroma. This beer proves that deep colors do not signify rich potency. Our Black Ale is deceptively light on the tongue.
Closing, this brewery is one of my favorite craft breweries in the State Of Michigan. I am a fan of Petoskey Brewery, Right Brain, Frankenmuth Brewery, and Canton Brew Works. The goal for this craft brewery is to brew beers that are drinkable and does not matter the beer style. I will say they did a great job on this brew. This is not my favorite beer style. I am not saying this is a bad beer. It is a really good beer and respect what they did with this beer. I can see many people liking this beer. I highly recommend this beer. Go get some! Drink it! Enjoy it! Metal it! \m/
While at Ashley’s Westland, we are going to sample Short’s Brewery Bourdon Sustanance. If you read my earlier beer blog posts on their brews, you know the history of this craft brewery. If you have not, please, read those posts to get to know Short’s Brewery. Let us get into beer.
It has a jet black color with a constant off white color head. The aroma has a heavy chocolate to bourdon notes. The taste has a bourdon bite at the front and a nice smooth chocolate malty notes to finish it off. The aftertaste is a nice crisp finish. It is sipping beer.
Bourbon Barrel Soaked Sustenance Beer is our spring Schwarzbier (black lager) aged in bourbon barrels for 10 months. It features rich roasted malt qualities with bold flavors of vanilla, charred oak, and even a slight nuttiness. The light, crisp finish makes this bourbon soaked beer light in flavor, which is wonderful because it highlights the complexities of the bourbon aging process. The light body also makes it an ideal beer for a springtime refreshment.
Closing, I will be upfront and honest. I am not a huge fan of Short’s beers. I just believe almost everyone in the State of Michigan over rates their beers. With that said, I have to say most underrate Greenbush’s beers. So I had the chance to try this beer and a beer from Greenbush at the same time. I can’t remember what beer. I was so disappointed with the Greenbush and was really impressed with this beer from Short’s. No, it is not odd. I love my German Beer Styles and it took me a long time to come around to respect these beer styles. This Black Lager that is aged in Bourdon Barrels gives the beer drinker something different from the normal German Black Lager. Schwarzbier is name Black Lager in German. I highly recommend this beer and I will be searching for this beer in bottles. Go get some! Drink it! Enjoy it! Metal it! \m/
In this beer blog, we are going to get into another Lager from Wolverine Brewery. It is their Dark Lager. If you read my earlier beer blog post on this brewery, you know the history of this brewery. If you have not read it, please, read that beer blog post to get to know this brewery. Let us get into the beer.
It had a clear dark brown color with a nice snow-white color head. The smell is burn to roasted malt. The taste has chocolate to slight coffee malty notes with a crisp chocolate like finish for the aftertaste. It is a pretty drinkable dark lager.
Wolverine Dark Lager 5% abv /19 IBU – Always on Tap
Are you afraid of the dark? Don’t be. This is Michigan’s smoothest dark beer, a dark beer even people who don’t think they like dark beer will love. Wolverine Dark will win you over with a mild maltiness balanced by a crisp feel on your tongue and a smooth finish.
Ending, this craft brewery out of Ann Arbor, Michigan is quickly becoming my favorite craft Lager brewery. I am a fan of their IPL (India Pale Lager). I have always loved imported dark or black lagers. I was interested in getting my hands on this brew from Wolverine Brewery. I love the color and tone of this brew. I love the aroma it kicks out from the beer. This brew is pretty drinkable for being a dark beer. Most general or all beer drinkers think a dark beer means it is a heavy beer. This is urban legend in the beer world. It takes time to pass this on to the beer drinkers of the world. The point I am trying to get across is just because it is a dark lager that does not mean it will drink heavy or light. Most dark beer could drink easier than a golden color beer. It is smooth and drinkable. I highly recommend this brew. Go get some! Drink it! Enjoy it! Metal it! \m/
In this tag team beer blog, we are going to get into a beer called KCCO Black Lager that is brewed by Redhook Brewery and Resignation Brewery. If you read my beer blog posts on the Redhook Brewery, you know the history of this Northwest Craft Brewery. If you have not, please, read those beer blog posts to get to Redhook Brewery. Resignation is a multiple digital media company. The black lager was brewed for the sharing around the office and to close friends and family. Late in 2013, they teamed up with Redhook Brewery to get it into the market. Redhook Brewery refined the beer and shipped it out to the following markets, which are New York City, Boston, Washington DC, Chicago, Dallas, Austin, Seattle, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. In the early part of 2014, KCCO Black Lager will receive a national roll out. Let us get into the beer.
This Black Lager has a dark brown to a light black color with a nice creamy tan head at first. It fades after a while. There is really no smell. The taste is a malty to chocolate notes with a dry chocolate crisp finish. It is pretty drinkable beer.
1-2-3, I have to say for the victory and the match. This beer has won it all. I have been waiting to try this brew since I heard of its launch in a few markets. I am not disappointed. I am really looking forward to see how it will do in the Michigan market. I am also looking forward to trying the other brands from both of these breweries. I am a fan of black lager so I knew I was won over right away. There is some nice chocolate notes and pretty drinkable with a nice balance. I highly recommend this brew if you can find it. It will be in your market sometime in 2014. Go get some! Drink it! Enjoy it! Metal it! \m/
In this beer blog, we are going to get into a beer that I found while out in San Francisco. The brewery is called Moonlight Brewery from Santa Rosa, California. The brewery was started by Brian Hunt in 1992. Death And Taxes is their flagship beer. They do not package any of their beer. They only sell their beers in kegs in the northern part of California. Let us get into the beer.
It has a black color with a semi tan head on the beer. The smell is roasted malts to coco notes. The taste is smoked with coffee to slight chocolate notes. The aftertaste is a dry crisp coco to it. It is a pretty drinkable beer.
In closing, I found this beer at a bar, which is Toronado Bar, that my work took us to for a few beers. I did not want anything heavy. I wanted something with flavor but yet a light in body. I will say this beer covered all those things that I was looking for in a beer. This has some nice notes but yet pretty drinkable. I recommend you trying this beer if you are around the northern part of California. Go get some! Drink it! Enjoy it! Metal it! \m/
In this beer blog, we are going to sample out a new brewery that I brought from Letspour.com. The brewery is called Wynkoop Brewing Company and their beer is their B3K Black Lager. This brewery was founded 1988 by John Hickenlooper with partners Russell Schehrer, Mark Schiffler, and Jerry Williams. This brewery is from the Denver, Colorado. In 2010, they started putting their beers in cans. They brew several different beer styles. Let us try this Black Lager.
This black lager is a black color with a semi white head on the beer. The smell is burn coffee. The taste is burn to roasted melts. It has a crisp finish but a little touch of the burn melts. It is pretty drinkable beer.
Here is a description from the beer can:
Our acclaimed German-style schwarzbier features roasted flavors, understated hops and a hint of smoke. An uncanny, all-season version of dark beer, it’s spectacular and sessionable.
Our German-style schwarzbier features roasted flavors, understated hops and a hint of smoke. A 2008 GABF gold medal winner, it’s a thirst-quenching version of dark beer that’s scintillating and sessionable.
Closing, this brewery has nice packaging for this great beer in the cans to support it. It is true. Good packaging will get the beer drinker to buy your product but the beer will have them coming back for more. Wynkoop Brewing is a complete package. This black lager is drinkable but still gives you that roasted flavors and smoke while a hint of hops. There is not too many American hand-made craft beers like this beer style, which is schwarzbier. I really enjoy schwarzbier but most of the German Import beers in the stores are normally out of code. It is nice to see more and more craft beer breweries starting to make beer style. I recommend you looking into www.letspour.com if you can not find it in your local liquor stores. They have some hard to find beers from all around the country. Go get some! Drink it! Enjoy it! Metal it! \m/