Inconclusive dark pilsner profile of brownish cola-hued schwarzbier needs better specificity. Murkily astringent molasses-toasted cocoa malting fades to oblivion. Slick nuttiness ransacks phenol backdrop. On tap at The Drafting Room, better ’13 version enjoined cinnamon-buttered sweetness with honeyed fig-date-cherry scarcity to minimally impact dewy dark-roasted graining.
Fluffy mousse head and aromatic cocoa powdering introduce mildly creamy pilsner. Barley-roasted hop pungency reaches pleasant back-throated nutty mocha blitz. Elegant black licorice-tingled caramelized malt finish rather soft-toned for bitter dark beer.
Tidy soda-fizzed water texture and strong toasted barley influence give nutty caramelized brown-hazed pilsener its essence. Dry cocoa pungency strengthens resolve, fortifying sweet-sour fluctuations and earthen peat snip to butterscotch-candied finish. Creamier and more assertive than better-known St. Pauli Girl Pilsener.
Dry charred hops invade burnt barley setting as varying mocha bitterness, chocolate malt roast, and licorice-tea-cola hints sufficiently counterbalance solid-bodied dark pilsner. But tinny mouthfeel and anti-climactic muted grain finish soften resolve and foil initial thrust.
Pure spring water, sweet mocha aroma-palate, and thick barleymalt mustiness form the core of brownish red Big Easy beer. Soft coffee notes and earthy grain backdrop descend upon watered down version of a bland porter.