Saranac Black Forest

I ended up going to lunch today with my parents. This isn’t out of the ordinary, as I spend every Sunday having Sunday dinner with my family (it’s a big Italian thing). We ended up at one of the bars that I consistently go to. They have about 20 bottled craft beers and a few on tap. It’s now to the point that I’m running out of beers there to review. I actually have to check my blog to see if I’ve reviewed a beer or not before I order it. It’s mildly depressing. So, onto one beer I haven’t reviewed…

ABV: 5.5%

Style: Schwarzbier

Trivia: According to wikipedia, “The Black Forest is a wooded mountain range in Baden-Württemberg, southwestern Germany. It is bordered by the Rhine valley to the west and south. The highest peak is the Feldberg with an elevation of 1,493 metres (4,898 ft). The region is almost rectangular with a length of 200 km (120 mi) and breadth of 60 km (37 mi). Hence it has an area of approximately 12,000 km2 (4,600 sq mi). The name Schwarzwald, i.e. Black Forest, goes back to the Romans who referred to the thickly forested mountains there as Silva Nigra, i.e. ‘Black Forest,’ because the dense growth of conifers in the forest blocked out most of the light inside the forest.”

Random: This is an absolutely horrible picture, but the lighting in this place is atrocious, so I did the best that I could.

The brew poured with a one finger, off white head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, dark brown, almost black color. There was no visible carbonation on the brew due to the color. The nose was very mild, more mild than I’ve ever experienced from a schwarzbier. It had hints of roasted malt and a little it of smoke. The taste had hints of smoke, roasted malts and even a little bit of coffee. Unfortunately, there were no hints of bacon in this brew. The body itself was very thin with moderate carbonation. The roasted malts lasted until the finish, which was very quick. There was no noticeable alcohol on the beer, which makes sense due to the low ABV. Although it seemed like this was a very simplistic brew, I really enjoyed it. I would have this beer again.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

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