I just arrived in Austin, Texas for a couple of conferences – iMedia Brand Summit and SXSW Interactive. However, the first thing I had to do when I arrived in the Austin airport was find a sports bar. My Mizzou Tigers were playing my dad’s Kansas Jayhawks in the Big XII tournament. I found one past security and settled in with this Texas beer to watch the game.
Numbers: 4.9% ABV
Appearance & Aroma: The black/deep brown color appeared a bit opaque when held up to the light. There was no head, only a thin ring of small bubbles around the edge of the glass. The aroma was roasty and slightly chocolaty.
Taste & Feel: The body was fairly light, and the mouthfeel was very crisp, with a carbonation tingle up front. There was a light chocolate flavor up front, followed by a black patent malt bitterness in the finish. The aftertaste had a bit of a burnt malt flavor.
Food Pairing: This is probably light enough that it would go with almost anything, but the chocolate and black patent bitterness would probably go best with a very rich chocolate dessert. I think this would be great with a very rich chocolate brownie or cake, as it is light enough to help wash it down, yet has some flavors which would complement it.
Overall Impression: Whenever I travel, I look forward to trying the local brews, so it was nice to have this beer right after getting off the plane. Overall, I thought it was a decent beer, but the bitterness/black patent astringency was a bit too much to make it a very drinkable schwarzbier.