Type: Schwarzbier/black lager
Origin: Forth Worth, TX
Had a nice houseguest bring me a selection of beers from Rahr and Sons in Fort Worth, so here’s the first review of three. The last schwarzbier I had was Chatoe Rogue’s Dirtoir. I can’t honestly say that I remember a lot about that one other than what’s in the review. But this one’s only 4.5%, while Dirtoir was 6%. This better be tasty, dammit. The label’s kind of funny, with a picture of, you guessed it, a butt-ugly pug. With an eye patch. And to the right of the pug, it says in big bold lettering, BEER. Thanks for reminding me, I’d forgotten what I was drinking.
It looks like what I expected, sort of like a fizzy porter. It smells pretty tasty- nice coffee bitterness- actually almost exactly like iced coffee (to begin with), now that I think about it. I say almost because there’s something a little starchy about it, kind of like dried pasta or uncooked beans. As it warmed a bit, the iced coffee smell transitioned into, yup, refried beans. I don’t know if that made me more or less excited to drink it. I love refried beans, but I’m not sure how I feel about the idea of refrito-flavored beer.
It really does taste like refried beans- refried black beans in particular. I mean, if you could ferment frijoles negros, this is what I’d expect it to taste like. I know that probably seems overly specific, but to me it’s a strong enough feature that it leaves no doubt. The coffee’s there too, along with a light bitterness (coffee bitterness as opposed to hop bitterness). But the starchiness takes it away from the porter-type flavors and towards bean territory. Definitely one of the weirdest things I’ve tasted beer-wise. But it doesn’t make it off-putting since I dig refried beans. The body’s light, the flavor’s robust, and in the end I didn’t mind it in the slightest. I think I’ll save the other two I have for other Non-Snobbers to try, because I’m curious if they’ll have the same opinion.