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Great Northern Freds Black Lager



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RATINGS: 28   MEAN: 3.25/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.15/5   IBU: 28   EST. CALORIES: 147   ABV: 4.9%
Brewed in honor of Fred, a man of integrity and a master brewer who lived the American dream. A dark beer with a soft bite, Fred’s is brewed using a special de-bittered dark malt, fermented cold and lagered at least four weeks. A smooth very drinkable brew with light roastiness and a noble hop aroma.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAY 3, 2013
Bottle:   Colar in color, moderate frothy light beige head, spotty lacing.   Soft toasted malt nose.   Fairly simple.   Soft sweet malty start, a bit toasty, not quite burnt in the roasty sense.   Light sweetness, slight lactose.   Seems fairly smooth, and not very big nor bitter.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate.   Not as smokey or burnt as many other Schwarzbiers.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate.   Finishes with a decent roasted malt base, with a cream and sugar like coffee finish.   Not half bad, better than I expected.   Many of these in the style are somewhat acrid, but this one is not.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
BelgianBeerGal (3856) - Panama City, Florida, USA - OCT 1, 2012
Draft sample at the brewery in Whitefish. This was an easy drinking black beer that reminded me of the more widely distributed Kostritzer. Pretty straight forward.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
leems (406) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 11, 2010
Bottle, thanks Salwan! Black with a one finger head. Aroma is floral and yeast. Flavor is mostly non bitter dark malts and some yeastiness. Finish I yeast esters and short.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
RobertDale (5518) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - OCT 4, 2010
Sampled at GABF on 9-18-2010. Comes almost black with a thin head. Aroma of roasted malt and chocolate. Tastes of the roasted malts with some smoke. Some bitterness and somewhat thin. Good but not great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 12/20
achtungpv (255) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 18, 2010
Very rich aroma. Expected a bit more to it. Bit thin mouth feel. Alcohol up front when it shouldn’t have been. Overall a very good beer though. Definitely worth a 2nd growler.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerona97 (2398) - Washington, USA - MAY 1, 2010
Sampled at the brewery. Near solid black, ruby edges, creamy light tan head. Aroma of roast chocolate malt, floral hops. Taste is roasty, milky, some smoke. Very smooth and mild.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hopscotch (10644) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - SEP 14, 2009
Bottle… Pitch black lager with a small, creamy, off-white head. Decent retention. The nose is a touch nutty and, unfortunately, gives off a warm perspiration-like note. Full-bodied and lightly creamy with medium carbonation. The roasty, carbonous, medium bitter flavor also hints at a vinous, tawny port-like component. Nutty, roasty, moderately bitter finish. Kudos to Skyview for sending this beer my way!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 26, 2009
Draft. Best I’ve tasted yet from Great Northern. Plenty of roasty character, a bit of mocha, no metallic pr soapy character. Some sweet fudgy/toffee character and a bit of port/wine character in the mouthfeel, along with a bit of fruit. Not bad. Not bad at all.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DuffMan (9593) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 16, 2008
Probably the standout offering in Great Northern’s lineup. All in all not a bad schwarz, roasted malt character, dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Skyview (5696) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - JUL 18, 2007
On draught at the brewpub in Whitefish, Montana. Pours a near opaque dark brown brew with a thin off-white head that slowly dissipates to a fine film and good lacing. Aroma of dark roasted chocolate malt, some almonds, and a touch of coffee. Taste is smooth, creamy, full bodied with a smokey dark malt falvor. Finish is smooth, creamy following by a thin flowery hop bitter aftertaste.

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