Beer Reviews – April 2010

In honor of the original brother of the brew, and the holiday he has so pleasantly bestowed upon us, SLUG will be highlighting some black beers this month. If that was too “race”y please feel free to write me—I will put that into the “respond to immediately” folder along with the fan letter I received in ‘08.

Double Black Lager
Brewer/Brand: Hoppers
Abv: 6.4%
Serving: 12 oz Bottle

Description: This guy pours a deep black color, deep brown at best, when held up to the light. The head is off brown and recedes quickly, allowing drinkers to catch aromas of dark roast, chocolate, a pinch of fruit and some earthy notes. The flavor is very smooth, rich in chocolate and roast, a bit nutty and finishes with a full mouth feeling and a sinful yearning for another sip.
Overview: Something has gotten into the brew boots of Mr. Donovan Steele (Head Brewer of Hoppers). This man is pitching out magic lately. If you are still too afraid to make your way down to “that side of valley,” suck it up—you can only find this at the Hoppers location in Midvale.

Outer Darkness
Brewer/Brand: Squatters
Abv: 10.5%
Serving: 22 oz Bottle

Description: This beast of a brew pours a heavy black with an opaque ruby color and a nice tan head. The nose is devilishly complex, with a straight up pungency of alcohol laced with chocolate, licorice, coffee, caramel and a pinch of vanilla. The taste kicks off with chocolate, roasted malt, some dark fruit then leads into sweet molasses and coffee and finishes with a rounded vanilla oak backing.
Overview: Big props go out to brewer Jason Stock for this brainchild brew. I have drunk my fair share of these, and every time I pull out different flavors. If you were lucky enough to get your hands on this, lay it down for a couple years to allow its rich flavors to settle or use it as a bribery tool to land yourself a quality beer wench. This is one of the best beers to come from Utah in 2009.

Count Schwenkelweiss Chocolate Wheat
Brewer/Brand: Bohemian Brewery
Abv: 4.0%
Serving: On-Tap

Description: Off the nitro tap this seasonal pours a fully black color with a thick tan head that leaves behind tons of lacing. The aroma is light in roasted malt, chocolate and coffee. The flavor is simple and smooth, with hints of chocolate, roast, a light earthy note and a silky smooth finish.
Overview: If you haven’t had this yet, be sure to put this on your list of beers to Czech off your drinking line-up (I am so sorry for that one, but I had to). This brew, named after assistant-brewer Kylie Schwenk, is one of the more-well-kept-secret seasonals to be coming from Bohemian. Be sure to keep your ears open for updates from them.