Township 24 Brewery Meridian Black Lager – Schwarzbier at 5% ABV | 40 IBU

Township 24 Brewery Meridian Black Lager Schwarzbier at 5% ABV | 40 IBU (C$4.54 at Willow Park Wine & Spirits, 650 ml, packaged on 29-Mar-2018, acquired 11-Apr-2018, reviewed 17-Apr-2018)

Appearance: deep brown with light relief around the margins, two fingers of dense beige head, excellent retention and chunky lacing. (5/5) Aroma: roasty malt, coffee, light smoke. (7/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate-high bitter. (8/10) Medium body, moderate carbonation, dry slightly acrid lingering bitter finish. (4/5)

I have, I think, made abundantly clear my normal attitude towards lagers: bored stiff. A notable exception to that is the Black Lager: I do tend to like me a good Schwarzbier – and this is a good Schwarzbier. Actually, this is a really good Schwarzbier, with a nice emphasis on the roast malts and a slightly acrid smokey, almost ashy finish. I love a good dry finish, and this really invites the next sip. No “for a lager” or “for a new brewery” qualifications required here: just a really good beer. (16/20)

8/10 #ryansbooze

2 thoughts on “Township 24 Brewery Meridian Black Lager – Schwarzbier at 5% ABV | 40 IBU”

  1. I am curious how this compares to Last Best’s Dirty Bird? I love that one. And so far I have been unable to find any Township 24 in Edmonton.

    1. It’s quite a fair bit better in my opinion – a full point out of ten, which is significant. I’m not surprised Twp24 hasn’t made it up to Edmonton yet, since they’re both new and small. I can’t say their Blonde thrilled me, but I consider this one worth making an effort for.

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