Saturday, January 28, 2012

Zero Gravity Mr. Black

Zero Gravity Brewery (a.k.a American Flatbread) is home to a variety of delectable pizza and specialty crafted beers served on draught. You can always ask about taking home a growler from the bar as well. Mr. Black is their version of a  German Schwarzbier. All German malts and hops were used, although none specified.

Alcohol Content: 3.8%
IBU: ?
Malts: ?
Hops: ?

Price: $5.00 for a pint
Medium: Served in a tall stange-like glass

Aroma: At first a light estery aroma is presented with an interesting yeast-like character that I can't put a nose to. During the session I realized a sulfury presence in the flavor, which corresponded with this interesting aroma. Chocolate aroma is very subtle and appears underneath a peppery hop character. Primarily toasted like a german lager, with some roasted complexities as well.
Appearance: Looks black when served in the dimly lit bar - when held up to the light it still appears opaque with good clarity on the surface (or at the bottom of the glass when finishing). Dark ruby hints around the edges. Server poured for a large, fluffy tan head. Small bubbles visible on surface.
Flavor: Sweet and roasted/ grainy malt character upfront and continues into the finish and aftertaste. A rich toasted malt profile dominates throughout, reminiscent of German Pils and Munich malts. Bitterness is earthy and somewhat peppery but its still primarily malt balanced. Residual sweetness in the aftertaste with some drying. Perhaps yeasty with sulfury notes. Possibly some mineral content from the water used in brewing.
Mouthfeel: Moderate body with some creaminess and a rather strong carbonation. Slight huskiness in the finish and aftertaste, coating the mouth - lingering dryness becomes more apparent throughout the session.
Overall Impression: This version of Schwarzbier differed in that is was more sweet/ rich in its Munich qualities with a toasted profile. The sulfury presence was not too deterring and quite intriguing. I'm not sure how this one would complement a pizza, but there's many different specialties to choose from at this local hotspot.

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