Brooklyn Insulated Dark Lager

When I popped this beer open, Val said that she was disappointed with the brewery when we visited, and I have to agree. Although it’s not a production brewery anymore, the interior is a lot of picnic tables and nondescript, without any charm. It didn’t make me want to go back, to say the least. Despite that, Val picked up this beer for me to try and I hadn’t heard of it until she brought it home.


ABV: 5.6%

Style: Schwarzbier

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Brooklyn Insulated Dark Lager is your protection against biting wind and soggy weather. German Munich, roasted Carafa, and Pilsner malts create a nimble, racy body, while a helping of American black barley adds just a hint of roast coffee. A light dry hopping of American and German hops pitter-patters across the nose and dives into the dry, warming finish. Try it with dark breads, hearty meats, and sturdy cheddars. If you still feel the chill, just add another layer and enjoy your insulation.”

Random: This is a seasonal beer that is available from November through March.

The beer poured with a one finger, tan head. It went away quickly, but left a small amount of lacing on the glass. The body was a dark brown that was almost black. Because of the color, I couldn’t see any carbonation. The nose had notes of strong, roasty, black coffee. Ash was there as well, with some smoke. It also had brown bread. The taste surprised me because I got some hop character that was moderately bitter. It then went into the same roasty coffee note with toffee and bready malt. The body was a bit too thin for me with carbonation that needed to be dialed up. The finish was quick with roasty coffee. A single of this will set you back $1.67 ($.14 per ounce). Despite the relatively cheap price, this beer was only alright to me. It was too thin and needed more flavor and smoke.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

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