The term "coupage" is used in the wine world to refer to the blending of wines to make a finished product. Hijos de Rivera uses the term here to refer to the mixture of four traditionally floor-malted Czech barley malts which they use to brew this excellent lager. Pouring very dark brown – approaching black – with reddish flashes, 1906 Black Coupage offers up a wonderful aroma. Look for richly bready notes with toast, touches of licorice, raisin and dried figs, hints of coffee grounds and cocoa powder, and an overlay of lightly fruity and floral hop character. This brew isn't shy on the palate either; there's quite a roasty character, with notes of deeply toasted bread, roasted coffee, and hints of dark chocolate and nuts. Those dried fruit notes emerge in the flavor too, augmented by Sladek hops which often contribute a fruity note akin to peach along with a spiciness similar to Saaz hops.
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