Beer Review: Annie Schwartz Black Lager

Beer: Annie Schwartz Black Lager
Brewer:  Haverhill Brewery Inc.
Source: 22 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass
Rating: *** (7.2 of 10)
Comments: Haverhill’s German-style black lager is a dark mocha-colored beer with a frothy head. It gives off a dark chocolate scent with a burnt, chocolaty flavor. The mouthfeel is a bit thin with a nutty, malty finish and aftertaste. The head dissipates quickly and leaves no lacing. All and all a good beer, although it seems more suited to a crisp, cool day than the heat of summer.

Beer Review: Notch Saison

Beer: Notch Saison
Brewer: Notch Brewing
Source: 22 oz. bottle, poured in pint glass
Rating:  **(6.8 of 10)
Comments: Inspired by a style of beer once enjoyed by farm laborers, this beer is refreshing and goes down almost too easily on a beastly hot summer evening. The beer is a hazy, sunny orange with a slightly floral, hoppy aroma. The taste is simple and clean, a little spice and a little bubblegum but nothing too challenging for these temperatures. Definitely a great summer beer and a good reward for a hoeing a field.

Beer Review: Samuel Adams Latitude 48

Beer: Samuel Adams Latitude 48
Brewer: Boston Beer Co.
Source: 12 Fl. Oz.
Rating: *** (7.0 of 10)
Comments: It’s a pretty beer, copper-colored with a thick, yeasty head.  The scent is not strong, but there’s a whiff of sweet caramel and bready hops.  For a beer dedicated to hops (Latitude 48 is where many hops-growing regions fall around the world) it has a nice balance of sweet and bitter, with caramel & citrus preceding the hoppy aftertaste.  The head dissipates quickly with little lacing but the color is still attractive.  This is a good beer and a worthy addition to the craft of my local brewery.