Rahr & Sons Brewing Co. is the oldest brewery in Dallas-Fort Worth, residing in the latter, and Lakewood Brewing Co. has been around only five years, but has made a big name for itself in Dallas. The special part about them doing this beer together though, is Wim Bens, the founder of Lakewood, began his beer career at Rahr and Sons under the tutelage of Fritz Rahr.

Lakewood / Rahr DFW A Collaboration of Two Breweries (2015) The beer itself is a Baltic porter brewed with Bens Belgian candy sugar while Rahr contributed a German malt blend. It is then aged on oak rum staves and sweet cherries. This series is thought to be the first collaboration between two Texas production breweries and both Bens and Rahr both hope that this sets the tone for more collaboration like this to take place.

Last year’s beer was brewed at Rahr, a Belgian-inspired dubbel.

DFW pours a deep dark brown with a little bit of a red hue. The head is a sort of khaki color that disappears very quickly. The beer looks heavy in the glass; the Belgian candy sugar gives it a stronger appearance than the alcohol.

There’s a really interesting nose on this one, I am getting mostly sweet malts, but tucked away are also aromas of cherry and oak. The cherry and oak are much more subdued, but are definitely present; I am also getting some chocolate notes presumably from the grain used in the porter base.

Lakewood / Rahr DFW A Collaboration of Two Breweries (2015)

I personally liked the beer more than a lot of the other reviewers did. I thought it held up well for the style despite the lower ABV, it is pretty sweet, but delivers, for the most part, on the additional ingredients. I’m pick up mainly on the cherry aspect; it’s sort of like a chocolate covered cherry to some extent. I taste more earthy notes than specific oak, it’s not a bad thing, but I don’t get a lot of the oak/barrel character.

Lakewood / Rahr DFW: A Collaboration of Two Breweries (2015)
BREWERY: Lakewood Brewing Co.
LOCATION: Garland, Texas
STYLE: Baltic Porter
ABV: 6.4 percent
IBU: n/a
PRICE: $12.99
RELEASE DATE: November 2014
AVAILABLE IN: 22-ounce bottles
BEERS POURED: One
Collaboration is pretty good, nothing mind-blowing, but certainly a serviceable beer. I thought the beer delivered to some extent on what it was advertising and it was solid overall. The only negative things I could really say about it are these; it tasted too sweet after drinking it for a little bit, as it warmed up it began losing some of the balance and sort of turned into a very sweet beer without much of an identity. Other than the sweetness, the beer itself is really at too high of a price point for what it brings to the table. It’s good, but not great, and with the vast majority of beers generally falling into this category, it’s pretty easy to get a beer of this caliber for much less. I wouldn’t turn my nose up if offered, but this isn’t something I would seek out again due to the cost versus the value.
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