There is a richness to Brooklyn Brewery’s Insulated Dark Lager that provides enough twists and turns to impress even the most jaded of beer connoisseurs. The mouthfeel of Insulated is rich and creamy, while there is a toastiness to the effort that counters the tendency of lagers to go wheat-heavy. Insulated pours with a dark brown to blackish coloration and a good amount of white head that is slow to dissipate. Hints of coffee, chocolate, and roasted malt are heavier in the first half of the beer, while a sweeter side becomes evident as Insulated warms.
The small amount of hops (a blend of Amarillo, Centennial, Hallertauer Mittelfrueh and Perle) are welcome here, as they provide balance to the effort as well as refreshing an imbiber’s palette. A chorus of rarer flavors, including dark fruits (cherries, plums), floral elements, and citrus come forth at points, ferried well by the moderate level of carbonation of Insulated. This dark lager is a perfect middle ground for fans of porters and stouts that may want to have a similar set of tastes without the thicker elements of the styles. Insulated will shine when paired with roast meats, nutty cheeses, or salty snacks; German and English cuisine will be similarly highlighted when a bottle of Insulated is included.
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Insulated is a seasonal offering that is released from November to March. When available, this dark lager is available on tap and in 12 ounce bottles.