Review: Rolling Meadows Lincoln’s Logger

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Rolling Meadows says:

“A contradiction of sorts, our black lager combines the flavor intensity of a porter with the crisp finish of a classic lager. Expect coffee notes, wisps of smoke and a deep midnight hue.”

IMG_0807Rolling Meadows Lincoln’s Logger
Schwarzbier, 6.5% ABV

Kudos, right off the bat, to head brewer Chris Trudeau on this seasonal – now in its second year. Kudos for the creative label, playing off both Abraham Lincoln and famed children’s toys Lincoln Logs, and for concocting a beer that has aromas, flavors and an appearance that don’t seem to fit together – but also do.

The Lincoln’s Logger pours midnight black in color and gives off a nose of lightly roasted coffee beans and raisins. Take a sip, however, and you’re greeted with a beer that is light and crisp – crisper than its appearance would dictate – that carries light notes of coffee and cocoa with a splash of orange citrus in the finish. The tail of this beer gives it a certain brightness that seems out-of-place for its style and appearance – making for a unique take on a schwarzbier.

By no means is this a “session beer,” at 6.5% ABV, but it is remarkably easy to drink and, with those light citrus notes, would be a great bridge beer from a heavy winter seasonal into something a bit more spring-like.

Rolling Meadows is starting to sprinkle their beers around the city, finding their way onto store shelves at the Whole Foods in Lincoln Park and Fox & Obel in Streeterville and on tap at The Publican. We suggest finding your way to their beers pronto, because they’re churning out some great stuff South of 80.

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Equal parts beer nerd and policy geek, Ryan is now the curator of the Guys Drinking Beer cellar. The skills he once used to dig through the annals of state government as a political reporter are now put to use offering unique takes on barrel-aged stouts, years-old barleywines and 10 + year verticals.