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Valley Brew Stray Cat Black Lager

Valley Brew Stray Cat Black Lager
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RATINGS: 12   MEAN: 3.45/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.21/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
A special version of our standard Black Cat Stout but fermented with a German Lager yeast we used on our 15th anniversary bock beer. Lots of mild chocolate and roasted flavors with a hint of coffee in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ungstrup (34696) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - NOV 26, 2010
Bottled. A pitch black beer wtih a tan head. The aroma has notes of roasted malt and soy sauce. The flavor is sweet malty with notes of roasted malt and soy sauce, leading to a dry roasted finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wavers1 (916) - Notown, California, USA - DEC 10, 2009
bottle i had saved from the rbsg09 beer dinner. 12oz bottle that steve had brought along. pours a nice black with a 2 finger light brown head that is very dense and creamy, looks like a stout or porter. aroma is nice, lots of nice lager yeast, bitter hops, and burnt roasty malts. the mouth is very full and creamy, even for a swartzbier. a very nice offering, i would hope that they would bottle this as it’s a nice unique session beer! i personally like it better than the london tavern mild in that regard.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Lubiere (12970) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 15, 2009
A deep dark lager with a thin off white head. A light nutty malt aroma with light coffee notes. In mouth, a lightly smoked chocolate malt with mineral notes, some licorice. Not bad. On tap at brewpub, August 27 2009.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerguy101 (5359) - Newark, California, USA - SEP 20, 2009
Sampled during RBSG 7/10/2009 at the beer dinner. This schwarzbier pours a medium black color from the bottle. Small to medium sized white foamy head. The aroma is roasted malt and some hops. Medium bodied dark lager. The malts are roasty, with a hint of chocolate. The hops are grapefruity(?). Nice balance. Good carbonation. Nice session beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Enniskillen (2045) - Salinas, California, USA - SEP 13, 2009
Black with a giant tan head. Aroma is lightly rosty, chocolate, yeast. Taste is lightly smokey, malty, cream, light caramel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
larryLSB (509) - La Selva Beach, California, USA - AUG 21, 2009
Sample at brewpub. Dark with amber hue and minimal tan head. Nose of malts, coffee, with a little bit of chocolate. Nice brew, good taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 30, 2009
Bottle 35,5 cl. Hazy and opaque black with a rough off-white head. Hard roasted malt in the nose. Medium body, a little low in carbonation, hard roasted malts and a little coffee. Has a light malt bitterness in the finish. 100709

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AgentSteve (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - JUL 28, 2009
Pours deep brown with a finger thick tan head. Nose is roasted malt and light chocolate. Flavor is smooth and roasty with a bit of choclolate and caramel. Smooth, medium mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
yespr (40865) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUL 27, 2009
12 fl oz bottle, RBSG2009. Pours dark brown to black with a small off-white head. Dark roasted and slight hoppy aroma. Roasted malt flavoured and light hoppy. Mild liqourice note. Ends roasted and with a good hoppy bitterness coming through.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - JUL 25, 2009
Draught at the brewpub. Black with a small tan head. Light aroma of chocolate and roasted malt. Chocolate, dark roasted malt, sweeter caramel, and light licorice flavors. Low on the hops. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Didn’t like it as much as the regular black cat.

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