‘Elegant’ jet-black dark lager places mildly creamed dark-roast mocha and carafa malts atop molasses-breaded grain toasting and laid-back hop char. Bittersweet dark chocolate, coffee, cocoa and cola nut illusions swirl across the midst. Unlike lesser Bavarian schwarzbiers, there is no nastily plastique black malt astringency to attack its fine mocha setting. Serve to lighter porter-stout thirsts.
On tap at River Of Beer, 2016-debuted middle-of-the-road Bavarian American pale ale offers perfume-spiced citrus hops to mild earthen astringency. Laid-back lemony grapefruit tang saddles light wood-dried bittering. Serve to dismissive macrobrew relics as simply better alternative.