Redhook Brewery Backyard Series Black Lobstah Lager

RATINGS: 12   MEAN: 3.29/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.12/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 25   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
"Wicked good beeah made wit lobstah." - Black Lobstah Lager is Redhooks take on the old-world style oyster stout. This is a crisp, black lager made with local New Hampshire caught lobster.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Darkmagus82 (2302) - - SEP 18, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 7-22-13- Poured from bottle into a pint glass Appearance The beer pours a beer brown nearly black color with a one finger cream colored head. The head fades quite fast leaving a foamy tan cap on the top of the brew and a lighter level of lace on the sides of the glass. Smell The smell is salty and lightly roasted. Roasted malts of a light coffee smell are combined with tons of salt water/beach smell. With these smells are some notes of a grassiness and some herbal smells creating a somewhat roasted sea like aroma overall. Taste A lightly salted roasted malt flavor of chocolate meets the tongue. As the flavor advances the saltiness fades with a more coffee like flavor taking over the chocolate flavors of the brew. More toward the end there is a more herbal and earthy hop flavor that joins the slightly bitter coffee flavor. While the hop increases the bitterness, there is a sweeter vanilla flavor that balances out the flavor once again. A somewhat crustacean taste joins the flavors at the end to leave a rather interesting and somewhat creamy darker flavor to linger on the tongue. Mouthfeel - The body of the brew is lighter in the beginning of the taste with it gaining creaminess as beer lingers on the tongue. The carbonation level follows the same profile, with it beginning on the slightly higher side but it lowering as the flavors advances. It complements the transitions of the taste quite well and creates a smoother feel overall. Overall A rather interesting brew. A bit of saltiness and a nice darker flavor. While it contains only a little bit of seafood taste it is rather enjoyable none the leas and well worth a try if you can find it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
swoopjones (7020) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 22, 2013
bottle. medium bodied black pour. roasted maltiness, mild bitterness. didnt really come across too much lobster flavor. decent flavor, decent

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
vodka4blood (141) - Miltonboro, Vermont, USA - NOV 20, 2013
Tasty, light enough palate for such a dark-colored beer, but I have a feeling it would taste a lot more like lobsters if it was made in Maine, instead. Ive had an oyster stout before which had a much easier time of getting the seafood character across in the beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ben4321 (6100) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - SEP 8, 2013
Location: 22 oz bottle from a grocery in Ogunquit, 7/11/13

Aroma: An okay schwarzbier nose, dark malts, roast, mild smoke, but not "lobstah" (or oyster)
Appearance: It pours a dark brown-black color with a brown head and some lace as well
Flavor: The taste is much the same, dark malts and roast, light sweet, light smoke, no bitterness
Palate: The body of this one is light and a touch watery, clean, with an okay mouthfeel
Overall Impression: Had this one on National Convenience Store Day, will you look at that. Anyway, as for the beer, its unexciting. I gotta take a point off the overall since, unfortunately, I didnt notice any of what they were trying to get me to see as the main aspect of the beer...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
puboflyons (3293) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 10, 2013
From the Portsmouth, NH (USA) Brewery 650 ml. bottle marked: 1151NH-MAR2213. It pours quite dark brown to almost black with a modest short-lived light tan head. Brown hues are more noticed in the light. The aroma has a kind of burnt dark malts quality, tannin, some smoke and coffee grinds. Muted hops. Medium body but also rather astringent. The taste has a kind of cooked malt thing with some smoke and a little less coffee than on the nose. Hops are mildly bitter at the end. Not bad but not my first choice. I am always happy when they used New Hampshire ingredients in the brewing process.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
msnelling09 (154) - Beverly, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 20, 2013
The beer pours like black coffee, dark and impenetrable to the eye in body. The beer pours with a clean head of fluffy, medium sized bubbles that sit somewhere between a cream color and a light khaki. The beers lacing is made of fatter, sticky bubbles on the sides of the glass, which leave a nice collection of clouds and webs along the glass. On the nose, the beer smells of good, clean roast with coffee and chocolate nuances and the faintest ghost of brine to suggest the lobsters that were boiled in the wort. Hops also make an appearance as light, grassy notes in the nose. On the tongue, the beer tastes of clean bitter roast with a faint touch of sweetness and a light, metallic acidity. In flavor the beer begins as light roast with a very light touch of briny salt. Coffee and faint chocolate play on the tongue until the brine moves into a metallic taste with light citric tinges. The beers flavor reminds me a lot of Cerne Pivo by Notch Brewing. The finish is short and sweet with metallic brine and roast, mingling together in a pleasant flavoring. The aftertaste continues the metallic brine, bringing in very faint touches of lemon and chocolate coffee. In the mouth, the beer feels on the light side of medium in body with a gentle chewiness to the beer, some slickness, and a soft carbonation that caresses the tongue with light hiccups. Overall, this is a nice lighter beer that fulfills the desire for roast without punching you in the stomach with weight. The metallic flavor is a little off putting at first, but as you drink the beer it coalesces more and more into a brine flavor, which is interesting and tasty. This beer is great for knocking back in the summer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thornecb (5768) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 18, 2013
Pours black into a shaker. Creamy tan head with medium retention recedes to coat surface. Chocolate and caramel aromas. Dry with sweet dark caramel and chocolate front to back.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
czar (8708) - Qubec, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 6, 2013
tap at redhook brewpub, portsmouth. clear medium dark brown-reddish with a nice off-whtie head, good retention and lacing. lager fruitiness and roasted malts, light coconut, bit of smoke and caramel, peppery. average carbonation, dry herbal-spicy finish. forget the lobster and lower your costs, mates! unless it really makes a difference.. its a nice schwarz indeed.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AirForceHops (6841) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 31, 2013
22 oz. bottle with a date of 22 Mar 2013. Lager glass shows a deep brown color looking black in the center. Thin white head. They claim they use lobsters in the brewing process well I really dont pick up any of that in the nose or flavor. Flavor is mild roasted grains and earthy malt. Lightly sweet pumpernickel bread flavors with some drying black malts and coffee. Medium body leaning on the thin side. But its a lager and it is decent for the style. This is nice if you dont want a stout on a hot summer day but still want roasted malt flavors.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerFlavoredBeer (254) - New Hampshire, USA - MAY 7, 2013
Slightly smokey lager with a bit of hops and a lack of lobster. Does well enough as a black lager.

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