One of their newest releases is a collaboration beer with New Belgium Brewing. Founded in Fort Collins, Colorado in 1991, New Belgium offers a portfolio of a dozen beers. Only these two great breweries could come up with the idea of making an Imperial Black Rye Wit beer, and gave it a catchy name: Black Is The New Wit.
The beer pours a deep, dark mahogany brown that is nearly black in the glass. A two finger frothy tan colored head shows average retention. Once the head has dissipated, a light and spotty lacing remains atop the beer. The overall appearance is similar to a stout.
Aromas of bright coriander leap from the glass along with notes of orange peel. White floral aromas and a herbaceous note from the Sassafras are also evident. Light roasted malt and rye spice notes are detectable but the wit profile definitely dominates the bouquet.
Similar to the nose, bright coriander and orange peel hit first. Notes of white flowers intertwine with the sassafras and together they lift the coriander. The rye is noticeable and adds a spiciness to the midpalate. A hint of roasted malts and nuts come through right before the finish. While hints of the rye and roasted malts do come through on the palate, like the bouquet, is unmistakably dominated by typical Wit beer notes.
A very interesting concept that proved to make one heck of a beer. The addition of the sassafras really lent itself well to the coriander notes. Two breweries + two styles of beer = one great brew! Try this one with Edam, chipotle grilled chicken or orange sponge cake.
The Beer Buyer Overall Rating: 3.0 Out of 5 Pints