Today’s review is of a sweet dark lager,
’s Xingu Black Beer. Brazil
Brewed by Cervejaria Sul Brasileira in
, 4.70% ABV Brazil
Xingu website indicates that the beer is derived from “old recipes on Indian beer,” and gets its name from a river with the same, in the Amazon rain forest.
This Dark Beer has been sampled twice, both times at the always enjoyable Park Lane Tavern in Fredericksburg, Virginia; the first was upon recommendation from the trusted bar staff. During each occasion, the lager was served in a glass, from a bottle.
As can be expected from its name,
Xingu poured dark brown. It maintained a slightly sticky head, and produced a fruit-filled aroma.
My overwhelming reaction, during both tasting occasions, has been to
Xingu’s sweetness. I describe it as tasting “like dessert.” I detected hints of chocolate and, while tasty, the flavor may be excessively sugary for some palates.
While I enjoyed the overall taste of the beer and especially appreciated its refreshing quality on a warm day, I note that it may be too “candy-ish” to serve as a session beer. My suggestion is to enjoy
Xingu outdoors, maybe best while barbecuing. Other brews may be served throughout the day, and save the Black Beer for after dinner.
On a scale of 1 to 10, I rate
Xingu a six, with a recommendation to certainly give one a try; with the caveat that one may be enough.