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Free State Cyclone Black Lager

Free State Cyclone Black Lager
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RATINGS: 7   MEAN: 3.51/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.16/5   ABV: -
This is a finely balanced but somewhat malt centered beer. Generous amounts of Munich Malt lend a full rich malt flavor that is deepened with some dark roasted Chocolate Malt. Perle and Tettnanger hops finish out the balance. O.G. -15.0/1060. Hops - 27 IBUs

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Gregis (1281) - Stilwell, Kansas, USA - JUL 18, 2011
Fresh growler from the brewpub. Pours a deep, deep brown with two inches of thick tan head: a creamy pillow from the top with large pits when viewed from the side. I’ve never seen a schwarzbier with head retention like this one. When it eventually recedes, it deposits patchy lace in its wake. The nose is a blend of toasty cara-Munich and chocolaty malt notes with supporting spicy/herbal and floral hop notes. Light-bodied and fairly thin with a drying, roasty and mineral-forward finish, the palate is not at all what my brain was expecting, especially given its appearance. It’s a bit sour and a touch astringent at the finish, as well. The flavor is equally "off" from the expectations created by the pleasant aroma: up front, there’s a heavy mineral-water base that gives way to a roasted malt (burnt chocolate and Munich) and "green" hop combination that remains a bit disjointed even as my tongue acclimates to it toward the bottom of the pint. I’ve come to expect Free State to produce "above-average" to" truly stunning" examples of whatever lager style they attempt. While I’m sure that skewed my expectations for this beer, the bottom line is that I’m just not diggin’ this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUL 15, 2011
Black with a fizzy tan head. Roasted grain and light chocolate aroma and taste with a big coffee bite.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
theisti (3901) - Kansas, USA - JUL 12, 2011
10 oz draft at the brew pub in Lawrence, Kansas. Pour is black, touch of brown with a well formed 1/2 inch light khaki head. Nice lacing coats the glass as it drinks down. Aroma is roast malt, along with some light cream chocolate sweetness. Taste is the lightly sweet cream chocolate, followed close behind by a muted char taste, finishing with dry pine and mineral. Palate is medium bodied, coats the mouth initially than clears with the drier finish. Decent Schwarz, not quite as clean as other recent Free State Lagers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
TAR (2685) - Marshall (Asheville area), North Carolina, USA - AUG 22, 2003
Draft: Light prune liquid. Spiderweb lavework. Lovely aroma of raisin, toffee, glazed pecan, cocoa, and concord grape. Undertones of earth and chocolate. Firm, snappy carbonation. Very toffeeish. Starts mildly roasted with notes of toasted marshmallow, followed by a green, floral german hop snap. Big notes of caramel-coated coffee bean, nutty bread aspects, chocolate, toffee, and vanilla in the resounding finish. A truly impressive piece of work.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JPDIPSO (5667) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - APR 29, 2003
Chestnut color with a a stable light tan head. Aromas of griany malt and a hint of cocoa. Grainy extract flavors with a small hops bite near the end.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - APR 19, 2003
Malty goodness, cherry cordial colored. Caramel taste and texture...very smooth. Not complex but so well done. My non-beer drinking friend said this replaced Ad Astra as her "favorite."

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Indra (2711) - Suburbia, Kansas, USA - NOV 16, 2002
Deep, clear dark red-brown color with an even head. Dark bready malt aroma and flavor, with some roastiness and hints of brown sugar. Malty, sweet, lightly toffeeish finish with a creamy, smooth, effervescent mouthfeel. Decent.

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