Sierra Nevada Black Hop Rising Lager, apparently only available at the Sierra Nevada tap house, poured pitch black out of the growler, topped with an off-white head. The nose had a medium-bodied aroma of corn and noble hops.
Sierra Nevada Black Hop Rising Lager opened smooth, with light peppery bitterness and some crisp apple notes leading wat to light buttery popcorn and slight hop bitterness. Despite the dark color, the lager maintained the lager body and yeast overtones through a dry, buttery finish.
Leave it to Sierra Nevada to make a lager this interesting and ale-like.