Cerebral Brewing Cryptic Message
What the brewers say
Foeder-fermented schwarzbier brewed with pilsner, Munich, Maris Otter, Caramunich, chocolate wheat malt, and Hersbrucker hops.
What our panel thought
Baker’s chocolate and light roast coffee jostle for attention in the aroma over clean Noble hops. In the flavor, malt expands to include a little bready sweetness, toffee, coffee, and subtle hints of vanilla. Spicy/herbal hop flavor and clean finishing bitterness are complementary, carrying you to the next sip.
What our editors thought
Thoroughly integrated nose pulls herbal, chocolate, and caramel pieces together cohesively. The sip tilts Noble, with light warming malt supporting light floral-grassy hops. Wood adds a hint of generic rusticity.