Xingu Black Beer

Origin: Brazil

ABV: 4.6%

STYLE:  Schwarzbier

Xingu is a line of exotic beers dedicated to bring awareness to the Amazon Rainforest. Xingu Black Beer is very smooth and drinkable and is a two time winner of the Beverage Taste Institute of Chicago’s Gold Medal as the best dark lager in the world. But, if you’re not in to the whole “save the rain forest” routine, shut up and at least drink a great beer!

Appearance – pours really dark almost black, thin line of light brown head, dissipated fast with minor lace

Smell – really malty, sour grapes, black cherry, some faint roasted coffee and cocoa. Sounds like a bad combination, but I truly tasted all of these flavors, all at different points of the sip.

Taste – malty with fruity notes and caramel-like sweetness balanced by grassy (but not overpowering) hops. This beer really tasted like it looks, and how you’d expect it to taste.

Drink-ability –  Smooth, medium bodied. This has a lighter mouth feel than the overall appearance would have suggested. Nonetheless, very easy to drink for such a dark beer.

Overall Score – 86%. I find this to be a highly drinkable black lager! I would recommend this one as it is full of flavor, smooth, well balanced and the alcohol doesn’t show at all. I would buy this again and feel it would work well with a meal and holds it own too! Solid beer!

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