Bull Falls Midnight StarJanuary 22, 2017
Pouring a crystal-clear chestnut brown with an ecru head that lingers on the sides of the glass, this schwarzbier offers clean aromas of roasted malt and baked bread. The malt-forward flavors include a hint of chocolate and are deftly balanced with just the right amounts of roastiness and a touch of earthy noble hop character to keep things interesting. Thanks again to the balance of roasted malt and noble hops, Midnight Star finishes clean and slightly dry. Easy-drinking, light-bodied and food-friendly, it would be a star at any dinner table.Lisa Morrison has been writing about beer for nearly 20 years. She also owns Belmont Station, a well-known bottle shop and taproom in Portland, Oregon.
Billed as a “schwarzbier,” this comes up short in the “darkness” department, showing a pale reddish brown. The tan foam lacks conviction and gives up quickly. The nose is cleanly malty with a hint of burnt sugar. On the palate, a finely tuned moderation is at work, the bitterness perfectly in balance with the sweetness of the malt, and not the tiniest whisper of fruit. The overall impression is not unlike many Mexican dark lagers, and it’s technically impressive. Cheeburger cheeburger cheeburger cheeburger.Garrett Oliver is the brewmaster of The Brooklyn Brewery, the editor-in-chief of The Oxford Companion to Beer, the author of The Brewmaster's Table and the veteran host of more than 900 beer dinners in 15 countries.