Appearance: pours liquid smoke and melted obsidian under a tight khaki head. Lingers with a collar and thin puddle. Swirls a touch thicker along the edges.
Nose: muddy, meaty, smoky and of the earth. Tar. Bay leaves. Dried chocolates way in the back and underneath. Pumpernickel and black breads.
Palate: pumpernickel and chocolate cake with more pumpernickel than chocolate. Clean and subtle, more subtle than nose implied. Earthy underneath and along the sides. Bay leaves mingle. Dry chocolate, smoke, and ash in the finish. Definitely improves as it warms up. Schwarzebier-esque. Faint meaty fruits in the middle – raisins, figs.
Final Thoughts: I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I liked what I tasted. Even more appropriately was while supping this Black Lager, I was watching a Three Sheets New Year’s special and one of the stops for Zane was…
(an original written work by Kristyn Lier. plagiarism is not tolerated)