ABV 5.5% IBU 38
Today’s entry in our weekly beer profile segment is Junction Craft Black Lager by Junction Craft Brewery. This beer was a Gold Medal Winner at the 2017 Canadian Brewing Awards and will be coming to LCBO shelves this fall. I’m not usually fussed by lagers or hybrid beers but I had to try this one.
Junction Craft Brewery has been crafting tasty beer in Toronto’s Junction neighbourhood since 2011. Junction Craft Black Lager is just the most recent in a growing list of award-winning beers. My personal favourites are Tracklayer’s Kolsch and Chelmsford Station Essex Ale.
I digress. Junction Craft Black Lager pours a deep brown/black. Its opaque and has a medium creamy top. The aroma doesn’t give much away. The taste is deceptive. Firstly there is a hint of roasted barley and molases. These flavours are both delicate and smooth. There’s no obvious hop flavour. The finish is a mild lingering roast flavour akin to some coffees. Overall, it’s a smash hit.
I’m not typically inclined to drink lagers or hybrid beers. Call me old-fashioned, but I prefer classic styles executed well. Junction Craft Black Lager is a beer that really helps to break down deep-rooted tendencies and reminds me how a small craft brewery can craft beers that huge commercial brewers never could. Simply put, this beer is a must try.
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