When you make a hobby of purchasing beer based solely on the fact that you've never had it before, one is bound to experience a few surprises. My purchase of 1831 Schwarzbier was such an experience.
The first surprise I experienced with this beer was during the pour. This beer was black like a Guinness when it it the glass. I didn't expect that. My experience with German beers has been limited to light or amber colored beers. I had no clue that Germany made dark beers (not that I though about it). Oh, well, I thought. In for a penny in for a pound. Let's try this bad boy.
I anticipated a stout flavor based on the deep dark colour, but it was anything but. 1831 may look like Guinness, but it doesn't taste anything like it. It was surprisingly light in flavour with a flowery aroma. I experienced bits of burn caramel and toasted malt in the finish. Overall, it kept a light feeling in my mouth from its good carbonation.
While researching this beer, I learned that Schwarzbier simple means black beer in German. So, now you know. When you see that name, expect a deep dark beer that is generally light tasting. If you are looking for a stout, this style of beer isn't for you. However, if you want something a little different, give the dark lager of 1831 a try.
I'll definitely give 1831 Schwarzbier another go. By the end of the glass, I decided that this is a 4 burp beer. I just had to get used to the dark color and light taste to fully accept it.
Let me know what you think.
I think what initially attracted me to Innis & Gunn's Lager was the can. It's funky writing caused it to stand out on the supermarket shelf. I was glad, I noticed this beer. It is a pretty decent lager.
Innis and Gunn promote themselves as craft brewers. This isn't surprising. With the surge in craft brewing the last 10 years, just about everyone has become a craft brewer. What makes Innis and Gunn different is that they really are. They don't even own their own brewery. They use two different brewers in the Edinburgh, Scotland area to make their booze. Now that's craft brewing!
The first thing I noticed when I poured this bad boy was the the deep gold, light amber colour. This was a nice looking beer. The head was decent, but it disappeared rather quickly.
Like many lagers, this one had the slightly sweet malty taste at the beginning, which changed to a slight bitterness in the finish. What was amazing about the bitterness was how quickly it dissipated. The overall finish was very smooth. At first, I thought this was just my opinion of the finish, but I learned that Innis & Gunn use naked golden oats as part of the brewing process. These oats help obtain the smooth finish. See, it's not just me. There has to be something to it.
I said to Carolyn that if I was in Scotland, I could drink this lager on a regular basis. Traditional lager taste with a slight bitterness and a very smooth finish works for me. It was easy to give this beer four burps.
Let me know what you think.
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