Black Lager – Doan’s Craft Brewing Company


From Doan’s Craft Brewing Company in East Vancouver comes their “Black Lager”.  The beer pours a deep brown colour with a brown head.  The aroma consists of roasted coffee, roasted malts and earth.  The flavour is of coffee, roasted malts, some caramel, ash and mild bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 5% with an IBU of 30.  I am really loving the Black Lager these days.  They have tons of flavour unlike other styles of lager!

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Schwarzbier Dark Lager – Big Ridge Brewing


From Big Ridge Brewing in Surrey comes their “Schwarzbier Dark Lager”.  The beer pours a deep brown colour with a light brown head.  The aroma consists of toasty caramel, sweetness and some fruitiness.  The flavour is of toasted malts, caramel, hint of chocolate, coffee, earth and a mild bitterness in the finish.  The alcohol content comes in at 5% with an IBU of 22.  Ashley has done a great job on this beer and if you find yourself in Surrey stop by for a glass as you will not regret it.

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Toasted Coconut Black Lager – Field House Brewing


From Field House Brewing in Abbotsford comes their “Toasted Coconut Black Lager”.  The beer pours a deep brown to black colour with a brown head.  The aroma consists of coconut, chocolate, coffee and sweetness.  The flavour is of coffee, coconut, chocolate, roasted malts, caramel, earth and some resin.  The alcohol content comes in at 6% with an IBU of 32.  Field House Brewing makes some interesting beers and this one is no different.  Keep up the good work in Abbotsford.

Commercial Description:  Brewed as a traditional schwarzbier, this easy-drinking, crisp, DARK LAGER has hints of chocolate and coffee as well as our own addition of toasted coconut, bringing complexity and character to this German style black beer.

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Shikkoku Black Lager – Coedo Brewery


From Miyoshi in the Iruma District of Japan comes their “Shikkoku Black Lager”. The beer pours a deep brown to black colour with a tan head.  The aroma consist of roasted malts, toffee and some sweetness.  The flavour is of roasted malts, toffee, caramel, mild earth, sweetness and very mild hops.  The alcohol content comes in at 5%.  While not one of my favourite black lagers this was still pretty good.

Commercial Description:  Shikkoku is a Japanese word that evokes the jet-black color of onyx, perfect for this enchantingly dark, slow-aged brew marked by an elegant, mellow flavor profile.  Enigmatic shadows contrast sharply with the brightness of its fine, tea-colored head, while the fragrance of aromatic hops delights the nose.  The types of black malt join six other malt varieties for a black lager that is smooth, light, and balanced- never cloying.  Japan proudly offers this dark jewel to stand among the best dark beers in the world.

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Dr Funk Dunkel – Phillips Brewing Company


From Phillips Brewing Company out of Victoria BC comes their Bavarian Dark Lager “Dr Funk Dunkel”.  The beer pours a black almost cola like colour with a nice tan head.  There was not very much aroma on this beer on tap other than a very mild roasted malts.  The flavour of the beer on the other hand was full with roasted malts, some coffee, nuts, caramel and maybe a hint of chocolate.  This was a very enjoyable lager.  The alcohol content of the beer sits at 5%.