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KCCO Black Lager - Resignation Brewery

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Ratings: 667
Reviews: 105
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 16.91%
Wants: 33
Gots: 218 | FT: 3
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Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Schwarzbier |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: anhigdon on 10-22-2013

A toast lager with notes of chocolate and coffee. Unlike a heavy porter or a stout it’s amazingly light, crispy, and sessionable. KCCO Black is a delicious misfit.

Brewed & Bottled by Redhook Ale Brewery.
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Ratings: 667 | Reviews: 105
Photo of jdogvol
4.34/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I like this beer. Nice toasty flavor, light on the palate, but plenty of flavor. Not overly complex, but interesting enough to keep your attention. A solid and satisfying beverage.

Photo of sporklift87
3.49/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from bottle to snifter. Shows one finger light brown foamy head, with poor retention and very light lacing. Head does not form very much film. Looks black, but held up to light, beautiful garnet. Not cloudy, just dark. Smoky, roasted malt on nose, with hints of cocoa and notes of tar, tobacco and leather. Much more cocoa and dark chocolate on tongue, but otherwise matches aroma fairly. Picking up on coffee and caramel. Feels lighter, and somewhat watery in texture, with a tartness lingering on center of tongue. Not a bad beer. Not very much a fan of the feel, but the flavor and aromatics seem appropriate. Fairly complex and decently balanced. Would perhaps buy again, but not first on my list for a Schwarzbier. I'm a little confused about the collaboration. Says on this site that its brewed in Texas, but bottle says its brewed by Red Hook in either WA, NH or OR.

Photo of Libeertarian
3.51/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Very dark brown, but actually lighter, with more orange hues than I'm used to seeing in a Schwarzbier. Off-white (that I was expecting to be more tan) head is delicate and sinks down quickly leaving a broad ringlet at top of glass. The aroma denotes roasted malts but is quite sweet and promises tartness. Tastewise it is at least not borderline undrinkable like a number of other black lagers I've choked down. Yes, of course I've definitely had better, but I still can appreciate this brew on occasion. On the palate it is roasty, faintly tart, like an overly acidic medium roast coffee, or unsweetened cocoa. With decent carbonation, this beer is crisp but only mildly astringent. Light- to medium-bodied and mellow. It keeps fairly well, too.

Photo of TrudiiSchu
4/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks way darker than it tastes. Hints of molasses. Good.

Photo of Trentt2
2.99/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I love the chive. And so I wanted to love this beer. But instead I just like it a little. Decent taste but misses the mark overall. But they done good for a first beer. I'll try they're new stuff.

Photo of patch911
2.96/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It was ok. Not my favorite black lager.

Photo of Wasatch
3.27/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a very nice clean/clear dark golden brown color, very nice carbonation, with a nice one-finger fizzy light tan head, with some nice sticky lacing, which disappated quickly. The nose is malty. The taste is malty, not much going on with this one, watery. Light body, with a slightly dry/bitter finish. Overall, too macro for me.

Photo of KWolf
3.81/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark, slightly malty, finishes with a nice light hop memory

Photo of russpowell
3.73/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours an effervescent copper/brown with 2+ fingers cream colored head. Decent lacing & head retention

S: Brown bread, graininess, a little bit of iron

T: Caramel, brown bread, slight nuttiness, some leafy & herbal hops up front. Slight caramel sweetness & more herbal hoppyness as this warms. Finishes dry with a little herbal bitterness & just a whisper of charred grain

MF: Medium bodied, fairly firm carbonation

Very drinkable, not a 100% spot-on for style, but no real complaints. Worth a try

Photo of mooseisloose
3.49/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Always like a black lager, a style that imparts a dark beer to a classic style so let's give this one a whirl. Popping the top I get wafts of cocoa and roasted malt. Pours into my SAPP a light root beer color with a multi-size bubble head that recedes quickly but doesn't lace. On the taste this brew has a nice cocoa and roasted malt up front on the palate followed by an ever so slightly bitter metallic like middle and a sweet yet slightly chaulky bitter aftertaste. A very easy drinker with albeit more flavor in my opinion than your run-of-the-mill lager. A good sessioner, I would pick up again.

Photo of Jasonboerner
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good beer. I'll have one if its on a menu and nothing else appeals. Not too bad.

Photo of AllanPatchin1016
2.64/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A good effort. Like the cap.

Photo of SirBrandonofMaltANDHops
3.49/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Super dark mahogany pour with thin , light tan head. Sweet and lightly toasted with a very smooth mouth feel. Very good and closely resembles a sweet stout. Very easy to drink & interesting.

Photo of dbl_delta
3.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle dated July 30, 2014. Pours a dark mahogany color, thin head, no lacing. Carbonation is moderate.

Roasted malt dominates, with maybe a little coffee flavor in there somewhere. Totally neutral finish. No hops presence at all.

An OK, if unremarkable, lager. Meh.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This is a decent easy to drink Black Lager. Pours a very dark ruby with white head that is not lacing. The scent and taste follow most black lagers malt with touches of smoke and peat. The body is light with smooth carbonation. Overall its good.

Photo of NickTinyRace
4.62/5  rDev +37.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Love the chocolate and coffee flavor. Extremely smooth and perfect for any occasion.

Photo of Roush91
2.26/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

It would sell as well as a cheap-O beer, it's like Steve Martin in the jerk, trying to be classy but has no idea what it's doing.

Photo of CraftBeerTastic
3.21/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Ba Review #289
Served On: 01/26/2015
Glassware: Murphy's Nonic Pint
Labeled AVB: 5.1%
Date/ Code: 07/30/14

Got this one in a beer trade with a neighbor.

Look: Poured a caramel brown – not black. Good cabonation. The head was a fizzy cola texture at a 1 finger height. It reduced down to a patchy coating rather quickly. No real lacing.

Smell: Aroma was very sweet with a slight earthy spice and a biscut note. Also dark fruits like raisons or plum. Maybe even some brown sugar or molasses. Remineded me of an iced pastry.

Taste: First was some rough carbonation which lead into an unsweetened molasses and plum. The a biscuit note was preasent. The finish was fairly clean with hints of roasted malts and molasses from before. I had virtually no aftertaste on the palate, probably due to the watery consistency. There may have been some plum lingering on a couple of sips.

This is an OK offering. Not sure why it took a colab between Resignation and Red Hook to come up with such a typical brew. Very sessionable. Perfect for quenching your thirst while shoveling snow.

Photo of Mightymango
3.97/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Good color, more of a dark brown and not a true black.

Consumed out of bottle as glass was not available so smell was noted to be malty with a bit of cocoa aroma but was not strong do to bottle drink.

Lighter feel then most black, actually has more of a light beer consistency.

So not quite a black and not quite a brown, good malt favor and an enjoyable taste.

Photo of kicknass
5/5  rDev +48.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

HOME RUN. Walk the line between a porter and lager. Fantastic all around winter beer.

Photo of BigBry
3.38/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Standard brown bottle, label as shown below.
Clear, dark brown with orange highlights (not really black). Foamy head that quickly fades to nothing.
Some smell of toasted malt, slight cocoa and coffee.
Taste has sweet toasted malt, mild amount of chocolate and coffee. Slight smoke finish.
Lower level of carbonation, slightly crisp mouth feel.
Drinkable, but was looking for a bit more flavors.

Photo of loubar
4.03/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from BevMo. Opaque, dark caramel color with beige head. Aroma is burnt grains and mild chocolate. Taste is malty, roasted grains, earthy with hints of coffee. No bitterness. Palate is light-bodied, slightly thin with a dry finish. The flavor of a porter, yet moderate and easy drinking. An excellent Schwarzbier.

Photo of JavieX
4.59/5  rDev +36.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Favorite Black Lager, great job on the consistency.

Photo of Mosstrooper
3.55/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Chive has kept me company while my ship's been at sea- how is their beer?

Poured from 12oz bottle into 16oz Samuel Adams 'perfect pint' glass.

Appearance: Dark cola color with a small brownish head that dissipates quickly and leaves behind little lace.

Smell: Toasted malt at the forefront with some woody and molasses hints.

Taste: Begins with a slight spice that rounds out to chocolate/molasses sweetness. Finish has oak and more hints of an almost syrup-like sweetness.

Feel: Medium body with lively carbonation and a slightly sticky finish.

Overall: I wasn't expecting much from this beer and it surprised me. No, it isn't the best thing out their, but Schwarzbier is an under-represented style that I've always liked. This is a solid representation of that.

Photo of Brutaltruth
3.67/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed from the 12 oz bottle in an Elevator Brewing Company pint glass, this nice black lager pours a dark brown with red tinges, a nice frothy light tan head that dissipates to a thin layer and clinging fine beaded lacing. Nose of chocolate malts, light coffee, and roasted grains. Flavors are chocolate malts to the front and sides, light coffee bitterness to the rear, with some roasted grain flavors following through on the aftertaste leaving a lightly bitter aftertaste blending with roasted coffee. Very sessionable black lager with a wet smooth mouth feel. Nice solid collaboration beer.

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KCCO Black Lager from Resignation Brewery
77 out of 100 based on 667 ratings.