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.”
Rolling Meadows Lincoln’s Logger
Schwarzbier, 6.5% ABV
Sayeth the Guys:
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.
If you followed our advice then you’re likely staring into an empty fridge that has been cleaned out of all of your summer favorites. No more Krankshaft, no more Oberon and no more Ruby Redbird.
And if you didn’t follow our counsel, no biggie, but I bet you’ll start thinking about fall beers soon.
Regardless of which camp you fall into we took it upon ourselves to compile a handy, dandy guide of our favorites for Fall.
“This intensely dark Kulmbacher style lager has a superb malt complexity with the distinctive flavors and aromas of coffee, caramel and chocolate. A renowned smoothness and a creamy, tan head make it a world champion.”
Sprecher Black Bavarian
Schwarzbier, 6% ABV
Sayeth the Guys:
Ryan: Over the last year I have developed a profound appreciation for the schwarzbier style. It’s the best of both worlds; you get a light in body beer and a fairly low ABV that is loaded with intense roasted flavors, caramel, toffee and coffee beans. The Black Bavarian is a world class version of the style. Special thanks to frequent commenter Ben for providing this in a trade. Continue reading
how could this picture be crooked? I hadn't started drinking yet.
Black is the beer, but soft and sweet on the palate. Rich flavor stems from roasted and dark caramel grains. Sustenance is a very delightful and easy drinking lager with strong emphasis on the balanced malt profile.
Short’s Sustenance Black Beer
Schwarzbier, ?% ABV
Sayeth the Guys
Ryan: Sorry about the lack of a picture of the beer itself. This beer, and few others I’m reviewing this week, we’re consumed out of a 6 oz plastic cup at my hotel room in Michigan during a recent business trip. I know I have said this before, but I should at least pack a pint glass from home for these trips.
This offering from Short’s is an advertised…to an extent. It did pour black, pitch black to be exact, with a nice khaki, tan head. So that jives with the “Black Beer” description on the label. Continue reading