Monday, October 5, 2015

Lake Placid Black Tie

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Chad9976 (1469) - Albany, New York, USA - OCT 5, 2015
I make no apologies for enjoying sweet beers that taste like candy. If it tastes good and I thoroughly enjoy it, then it’s a good beer in my mind. That being said, Lake Placid Black Tie goes a little beyond being simply a tasty chocolate and vanilla porter; it’s also gorgeous to look at and a pleasure to drink. Not quite a Hall of Fame brew, but pretty darn close.

I poured a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. It was bottled on 9/3/15 and cost $2.50 ($0.21 per ounce).

Appearance: Opaque black hue; pours to a large, brown, frothy head which laces and retains beautifully.

Smell: Mostly vanilla bean and a bit of a chocolate milk scent. Though the standard porter aroma is prominent as well. Nice.

Taste: It’s not often I find truly delicious porters and stouts under 8% ABV, but every once in a while one comes along that’s almost as tasty as a huge imperial brew. Lake Placid Black Tie is such a beer. As soon as it hits the tongue my mouth is engulfed in sweet vanilla flavor. I also get a touch of milk chocolate/common candy flavor as well (possible lactose sugar). It finishes nicely with a light spice of cocoa nibs and just a touch of bitterness in the form of roasted malt. There’s a lovely aftertaste of dark chocolate and perhaps a hint of bourbon. It’s not an especially complex palette, though what’s here is thoroughly enjoyable.

Drinkability: I was a bit surprised to see the 7% ABV on the bottle label, since breweries like Lake Placid don’t tend to make strong beer in 12oz bottles for the mass market (this is contract brewed by Saranac, after all). Sure enough, Black Tie has the body I want in a strong beer: a velvety mouthfeel that’s noticeably carbonated rather than a sticky/syrupy sensation. Smooth from beginning to end with a nice chocolate aftertaste. There’s also no alcohol presence whatsoever. This is a great alternative to some of the higher-priced (and higher alcohol) brews of the genre. 
 RATING: 9/10