Great Crescent Brewery is located in beautiful downtown Aurora, IN. About 10-15 minutes south of I-275. It’s not as far as it seems and I promise the beer is worth the drive. Take the family out on a Sunday drive, you come off as the All-American parent and get to fulfill your ulterior motives of hunting down great beer.
I’ve had a number of their wonderful beers recently but somehow I had managed not to try the Dark Lager. It was purchased in a 4-pack of pint cans and poured into a standard pint glass.
It’s a dark caramel reddish brown with a tan foamy head. The head dissipates quickly and doesn’t leave behind a lot of lacing on the glass.
The first thing that hits your nose is dark chocolate and roasted coffee and that is followed by some sweet caramel and maybe a hint of hops.
Hop Malt Balance: 3/4
The sweet roasted malt is up front but there is a hint hops that keeps it from being overly sweet. I’ve been on a hop kick for a while now and I think I’m a bit biased against beers that feature malt so predominantly like this one does, although a full flavored lighter bodied beer like this one might be enough for me to reconsider my Hop Malt allegiances.
The roasted malt and cocoa flavors linger on with a bit of astringency that makes you want to keep drinking.
Nice and light very easy to drink.
Overall Impression: 4/4
A great local example of what a full flavored sessionable lager should be.
– Jared Whalen