Beer: Schwarzbier (with Samoas)
Brewer: Portsmouth Brewery
Rating: ***(7.5 of 10)
Comments: So I’ve been abstaining from beer for Lent, and thus I’ve been posting reviews of beers that I took notes about last year but never got around to writing up. I had to make an exception last week when I traveled to Portsmouth, NH on business, to pay a visit to the Portsmouth Brewery. They had two cask-conditioned beers available that amusingly had been brewed with Girl Scout cookies. I had a taste test of the Thin Mint beer, which was too sweet, but got a full pint of the schwarzbier with Samoas. The beer is black with a thick head, and the Samoa-influence is subtle but you can definitely smell and taste chocolate and cocoanut. This was a fun twist on a German standard.
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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.