Elder Pine Brewing & Blending
A Note on This Beer
I love Schwarzbier! This traditional Black Lager style has all the flavorful roastiness and dark chocolate nuances of a Stout, wrapped in a lighter, supremely sippable body.
But, good luck finding one in the U.S.! You’re more likely to see them if you’re driving on the autobahn.
Luckily, we’ve managed to snag a few cases of Elder Pine’s oak foeder aged Black Lager, Empyreal Radiance, so you can come over to the Dark Side and raise a toast to their two year anniversary.
I know what you’re thinking. “Oak foeder aged, you say? Don’t most breweries use foeders for Sour Ales?”
You’re right to think so! But, Elder Pine’s brand new, temperature-controlled foeder was laced with the inviting flavors of freshly baked sugar cookies — ideal for a dark beer.
Before the foeder’s maiden voyage, the brewers soaked it in bourbon for 7 days for another layer of caramelly nuance. Then, they aged Empyreal Radiance in it for six months.
Each smooth, medium-bodied sip evokes oaky vanilla, roasted malt, and dark chocolate covered caramels. Chocolate dipped espresso beans and dark dried fruit notes rise to the top as it warms. Due to its time spent aging at a low lagering temperature, it’s got a mouthfeel that’s softer than chocolate mousse.
The lucky few who’ve tried Empyreal Radiance are calling it “beautifully done,” and “smoky toasty like a smooth campfire. Delicious.”
But, Elder Pine’s sophisticated Lagers don’t leave Maryland or D.C. So, if you’re ready to convert to the Dark Side, grab a few cans, and may the force be with you.
*USA Today named Elder Pine one of the Best New Breweries of 2020!
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Dark...not a stout fan.
A dark lager that is smooth from start to finish that tastes like a box of chocolates.
Too beer like.. bitter
Fusel alcohol on the nose ruined this for me
Great beer, full of flavor, I like stouts and this is one the best just wish it was closer to get
Best schwartbier I’ve had. So much depth
Great lager. Strong flavor, nice barrel blending
Wonderful dark lager
Really nice chocolate finish on this one.
I loved this! True to style, dark, drinkable, pleasant bitterness and great smoky hit from the barrel aging. Wish I had regular access to it! Went super well with my steak frites and wedge salad
I wish I tasted something other than smoke, malt, metal, and water. I need to try more of this style.
Beautifully balance black ale. Nicely roasted. Notes of dark chocolate, tobacco and leather! Superb!
Pure foeder age flavor. Proper black lager. Approved.
Above average. Nothing special though.
So clean, a beautiful black lager that floated on the palate with crazy depth of flavor. Char and roast with malty sweetness sitting by a fire. Well done
New favorite beer.
Sambuca: The Beer – a glass of liquid licorice. Black, bittersweet, and pure anise-fennel-licorice. Like licorice, this is bound to be a love it-or-hate it proposition. I think the flavor is remarkable, but... maybe not something I want in large doses.
Pours dark brown to almost black. Gorgeous ruby highlights when holding to the light. Velvety tan head disappears after a minute or two. Faint earthy aroma but not much else. Medium body with balance to the malt. Personally would like a little more bitterness. Creamy mouthfeel bleeds into roast and chocolate. Sweet on the finish.
Bitter with a smooth finish
Very nice balance of hop and other toasty flavor that’s not overbearing A light boozy taste comes forward as it sits on the tongue Excellent
Roasted malt and chocolate on the nose. Oak, chocolate, and caramel mix on the palate with some sweetness on the finish. A bit thin but good flavors.
Just not the beer for me (although it's a fine beer). It goes down real smooth. It doesn't have that bitter bite that I thought it would have.
Really interesting, and I’m glad I tried it. Very cool it’s a dark lager that got wood aged. Definitely some woody/smoky flavors here, along with dark malts and refreshingly not pastry-sweet like some stouts. A bitterness at the end and something that tasted like hop dankness dropped this down a touch for me... but it was still a cool beer to try.
This was great. Light in body, but rich in flavor. Malty, smoky, hint of bitter, well balanced after taste.
Normally not into the barrel aged stuff but this is really good.