Originally posted October 1st 2012
It has been a bit of a crazy, but fun week around my house, this past week with my brother’s family came into town for his birthday. But I am here now with yet another beer review. This is another North Carolina brew, from Kinston, North Carolina, and Mother Earth Brewing. This is their Munich-style Dunkel Lager, Dark Cloud 5.10% ABV. This is the second time having this. First was during a beer tasting I gave this past week. This is a dark German lager. Dark Cloud pours a dark brown color with a rocky whitish two finger head, and very very little light was come through, hazy in the glass. The aroma on this is very malty and sweet with nice bread notes, faint coffee scents too but more of a lighter roast coffee. There was a very very faint raisin smell there too but it’s almost not existent. This Dark Cloud has a nice aroma overall The taste on the Dark Cloud is malt forward, yeah lots of malts, but not overly malty and yes it’s a bit sweet to semi-sweet. this has a lot of mouthfeel on this, you really get that nice malt flavor all over the mouth. I did find a somewhat of a coffee taste here, but none too strong like a stout or porter. There is a very faint somewhat of bitterness to the very end but was okay. But that doesn’t take anything away from the overall flavors of this Dunkel. The aftertaste is still malty but a little less, still good and sweet yet bready. There is no bitterness, but the sweetness does get a bit stronger in the aftertaste. Nothing overly sweet, but good none the less. I find the aftertaste a half tick better than the first taste still great. This beer is not heavy or thick, but it is a drinkable, sessionable and a good beer to have more than once. Overall I give this a B, just for the fact that I found a very tiny bitterness within the great malted flavor. I like this one, it is well done, well brewed and I will be looking forward to having his again, maybe if I have them again and again I will maybe become a B+. I think it could become better with me over time may be a short time. The bitterness was just a half-point off for me, but nothing that made me gives this fine Dunkel any lower of a grade or pour it out. I like it very much and glad it’s an N.C. beer. Try this! Cheer! Please enjoy responsibly!
Originally posted December 16th, 2011.
Yes, it yet another beer from Texas, another Shiner. Shiner, the Spoetzl Brewery in you guessed it, Shiner, Texas. This a style much the same as Ugly Pug I wrote not to long ago. The first Bohemian Black Lager was brewed to commemorate their 97th anniversary, that’s why there is a 97 on the top of the neck. Shiner brews this beer to keep it to the old-world heritage of the German and Czech immigrants who settled in Shiner. That area of Texas, not far from San Antonio is the german hill country of Texas. So this Shiner pours a dark rich black color with a thin white foamy head. Shiner Bohemian has faint scents of baked bread and grassy hops, but you really have to smells closely to notice them. It has a semi-sweet taste with a light sourish twist in middle. It’s in between okay and good. On the after taste, it has a sour hoppy bite that is kind of good. I think this Shiner is one is good, but I do think Ugly Pug is better. This isn’t as smooth as Ugly Pug, but still smooth though. I still think that this shiner is good, but it could be a tiny bit better. I would lower the sourness to this one and make it even smoother. I would get this again. Shiner brews great beers and is growing in popularity these days as with most craft beers. Maybe you will like this one better than Ugly Pug. But you need to try it to find out, have a few with a friend and spread cheer with Shiner beer! Cheers! Please drink responsibly!
Originally posted on January 5th 2014
Most dark beers tend to be high on the ABV (alcohol by volume) scale, and that can either be a good or a bad depending on who you are and what you’re into. But I think that most beer drinkers what a darker beer with a lower more sessionable ABV and this beer fits that. Full Sail Session Black, 5.4% ABV is a Schwarzbier (black lager). Full Sail Session Black comes in a short stubby eleven-ounce bottle. Kind of looks like a medicine bottle. Full Sail Session Black pours a rich deep brown almost black color with a one and a half finger tan head that stays shortly and fade slower in decent lacing. I found very little light through the glass with a nice but small amount of carbonation bubbles. The aroma on Full Sail Session Black is malty with nice chocolate and roasted notes with hints of coffee note too. This beer really has a wonderful aroma to it. The taste upfront is a big chocolate flavor that washes over the front of your mouth, then comes a slight roasted note that fades into a little coffee as it passed the back of your mouth. The mouthfeel is mild but has a slight richness. The after taste of big chocolate and a tiny bit of roast stays on your taste buds for a while. Overall this was an outstanding beer! I’m giving Full Sail Session Black an A+. This beer is very tasty and easy to drink with a nice level of ABV. I would love to have this again and again. I found it to be mostly one flavor, chocolate, but that was excellent. I highly recommend trying Full Sail Session Black. So go and try Full Sail Session Black for yourself as to see what you think of it. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!
Have not had to may dark beer on here so I thought I would review one, Burial Beer Co. Metallic Vessels Black Lager with Coffee, 5% ABV from Asheville, North Carolina brewed with boldly-roasted Onyx Coffee Roasters Coffee in which I purchased from Pop the Top Bottle Shop. Metallic Vessels pours a dark black color with brown edges and a two-finger beige head that slowly fades, and there is sediment in the glass. This black lager has a nice big aroma of sweet roasted coffee and malted notes with a little biscuit scent peeping in. Taste of Metallic Vessels is nice with fresh roasted semi-sweet coffee with nice hints of malted biscuit notes with a nice sweet roasted coffee finish and a malty coffee aftertaste with a full mouthfeel, but not as full-bodied as you would think. Burial Beer Co. Metallic Vessels Black Lager with Coffee is not heavy dark beer but more towards the lighter side of the dark beer spectrum and Burial Beer Co. Metallic Vessels Black Lager with Coffee is an A. It’s just big coffee flavor, which is supposed to be but that does mute any other flavors a little, but overall a good beer and one I recommend trying! Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!
Originally posted on December 2nd, 2011.
Howdy! Another beer review here on this cold day in December. Well, this is another beer from Texas brought to me from Aunt over Thanksgiving. This brewery is down in East Texas, Fort Worth. This is a schwarzbier, black beer, or black lager. I’ve not had black lager before, at least I don’t think I have. The Ugly Pug story goes like this, Fritz Rahr once saw Oscar, his mother-in-law’s dog and shouted, “What an ugly pug!” I don’t know how that relates to a beer but maybe Fritz has his reason for name his black lager that. Ugly Pug pours a nice black color as it says on the bottle. If you don’t know that then I suggest you ask for help. It has a semi-thick white foamy yet creamy head. It looks interesting at this point, so now you sip. When you first partake of this you get a light mouthfeel of very faint coffee and a very light taste of malted caramel. When the aftertaste hits you get a tiny little sour bite of caramel candy. This is not heavy like a stout or porter. It’s a lager beer, therefore, it is lighter. You should know that. Remember that from now on, that will be helpful when buying beer. This one is good. I don’t know much about Rahr & Sons. But I am finding more info about it. I would like to buy this again. I thought it was good, not a WOW GREAT, but a solid good, a buy it again good, tell few of my friends kind of good. You to should try this one. Keep your eyes and ears open to the news here in N.C. about the changes coming regarding the brewing laws. It will be SO AWESOME!! Cheers! Please drink responsibly!