This week's Sunday Night Suds looks at Brooklyn Insulated Dark Lager.
Although I enjoy the matza and don't generally miss the chametz, after two weeks or so without a brew, its time for a cold one. So for the first Post Pesach brew, I picked the newest Brooklyn beer - the Insulated Dark Lager.
The experts at BA have labeled this brew as a Schwarzbier, which they define as:
simply German for black beer. It doesn't mean that its necessarily heavy or light in body, although they tend to lean towards light. Unlike other dark beers, like porters or stouts, they are not overly bitter with burnt and roasted malt characteristics that the others tend to depend on. Instead, hops are used for a good portion of the bitterness. Very refreshing and soul lifting beers, they also make a great alternative for the Winter. Especially when you are looking for a lighter beer, but one with depth of colour and taste.
The Insulated Dark Lager is a bit heavy for a dark lager with strong influences of malts and a light bit of chocolate/coffee. The first few sips were light, but continued drinking added deeper layers of flavor. This beer has complex elements and I would have a difficult time pairing this with specific dishes or types of meals. If you have found a pairing that works for you post it in the comments below.
Brooklyn Brewery Insulated Dark Lager is under the kosher supervision of the Va'ad of Detroit as are all 12 oz Brooklyn beers which are brewed in the Utica plant. Please keep in mind that Brooklyn now brews and bottles 12 oz beers at its Brooklyn location, so make sure to check the label for where the beer was produced.
For the experts' take on the Insulated Ale please click here http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/45/184617.
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