Description: A traditional European-style Munchner Dunkel, the Noir is a bottle fermented, bottle conditioned, and malt-forward take on a dark lager. It is one of several European-style beers produced by this renowned and award-winning New Zealand brewery.
Tasting Notes: This beer was rather unique and interesting as far as dark lagers go. It was reminiscent of a stout in many ways, packing some serious chocolate and coffee notes, but still having the lighter, crisper taste of a lager. But what really surprised me were the smokey notes, which reminded me of my cigar-smoking days. I swear, the taste of tobacco was in the nose and the malt profile, and that threw me just a little. A very interesting beer and one which entices me to sample more from the brewery, but not my favorite Dunkel import.
Appearance: Deep brown/black, opaque, good foam retention and carbonation
Nose: Dark malts, coffee, dark chocolate, smoke and tabacco
Taste: Dark roasted malts, bitter coffee and chocolate, smokey flavor
Aftertaste: Lingering malt bitterness, coffee and smoke