Style: Lager (Dark)

ABV: 5.5

Aroma: 12
Appearance: 3
Flavor: 20
Mouthfeel: 5

Highland Park Brewery Bortz

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What the brewers say

“Crisp, chocolatey, roasty, and very drinkable, with visuals of dark mahogany and tinges of carnelian gemstone. Named after our former brewer’s Dungeons & Dragons character.”

What our panel thought

“Opaque, with deep garnet highlights at the edges, with a large but not overly persistent head. Big chocolate notes dominate the aroma. As that settles, more light roast appears. Very clean, no esters. Very smooth, sporting a medium-low roast profile with a hint of chocolate in the finish and aftertaste. Bittering and flavor hops don’t stand out, but support and enhance this wonderful concoction. Easy-drinking, with flavor to keep me coming back for more.”

What our editors thought

“Toasty nose with very light roast and a faint hint of barbecue sweetness in the back. Weightless in the sip, defying expectation with a simple bready malt, only the faintest roast undertones, and a very subtle, bready sweetness that somehow remains lean.”



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