We’re officially past the halfway point today on this year’s 8 Beers of Chanukah, so it seemed like a logical choice to me to sample a beer from The Napanee Beer Company, as the Greater Napanee area is roughly halfway between Montreal and Toronto. It’s not the most logical argument, but this is a beer blog for crying out loud, and I can do what I want on my own website. Today’s beer is the 5.1% ABV Blacklist Black German Lager, available at the LCBO for $3.40 per tall can or through local delivery in Kingston and Napanee via the brewery. Province-wide shipping is available for a flat fee of $14.99, so you might as well stock up if you’re spending on shipping.

Blacklist Black German Lager took home a gold medal in the 2017 Ontario Brewing Awards. I grabbed this one in a hurry while visiting the Summerhill LCBO, and I initially thought I grabbed a smoked beer. Upon closer inspection of the can, it turns out I really do need to wear reading glasses while perusing the shelves. The dreidel already landed in this beer’s favour, and needing to wash down leftover latkes, I cracked one open to mark the passage of time. Apparently, today is Monday. I’ll take the calendar’s word for it.

Appearance: Dark mahogany colour, long lasting thick cream coloured head.

Aroma: Lightly roasted coffee and toasted malt on the nose.

Taste: Melba toast on the palate with notes of dark chocolate. Tastes and feels more like a light-weight porter than a black lager.

Aftertaste: Light bitterness on the finish, slight coffee finish. Fades quickly.

Food pairing: Leftover latkes, because if you’re like me, you only know how to make enough latkes to feed a small army so you have plenty of leftovers.

Overall: I’d enjoy this one by a nice campfire in the Greater Napanee region.

Shawna O'Flaherty

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