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KCCO Black Lager - Resignation Brewery

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KCCO Black LagerKCCO Black Lager

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Reviews: 93
Hads: 689
Avg: 3.37
pDev: 46.29%
Wants: 31
Gots: 236 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Resignation Brewery visit their website
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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Photo of biboergosum
3.71/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle. "Resign from the routine" - their lager didn't make me believe that for one hot second, so let's hold out higher hopes for the black version.

This beer pours a dark, red-brick amber hue, with two fingers of puffy, densely foamy, and somewhat creamy off-white head, which leaves some decent layered paint swath lace around the glass as it gently melts away.

It smells of roasted, kind of meaty caramel malt, further wet ashy notes, a soft breakfast biscuit sweetness, day-old coffee, and very tame earthy, weedy, and floral hops. The taste is bready, lightly toasted caramel malt, a weak black orchard fruitiness, acidic coffee, more sodden ashiness, and plain earthy, musty hops.

The carbonation is quite soft in its generally frothy rendering, the body an adequate medium weight, and mostly smooth, just a bit of lingering ash pricking and prodding, to little effect. It finishes trending sweet, as the malt makes one final stab through the mire of stale coffee roast and inert hops.

Not a bad version of the style, per se, the blackened character certainly loud and proud, which elevates this offering well above the pithy dreck of its basic lager sibling. Easy to drink, and appreciate, especially if the only reason you bought this was because the label just jives with your web surfing habits.

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Photo of vladdswrath
3.6/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown with a decent head, laces nicely. Smell is mostly heavily roasted malts and coffee, good but not out of the ordinary in any way. Taste is better than expected, but it feels thinner and milder than it looks and smells. Overall, this feels like a big macro brew beer, but one that actually hits some of the micro-brew notes the big guys would love to emulate. In other words, the lightness of this thing strikes me as niche that needs to be explored, session beers that bring the flavor and character of the big heavy brews.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Photo of Lovethemhopps
3/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

There is not a whole lot to this beer. It tastes fine, but is lacking the toasted maltiness and flavor of coffee. Was hoping for a little bit more out of this one.

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Photo of Gabriel_Vaughn
3.32/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

pours well, but no head. nice and dark this one earns 4.00

smells spoiled sweet almost chocolatey not my forte but more pleasant that 50% of the population so rating is definitely a 3.25

taste= up side of "meh" I see how this is a "black lager" i being generous with a 3.25

mouthfeel almost best attribute how about a 3.5

3.25 overall aka......... 65/100
3.31 with beeradvocate formula aka.. 66/100

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Photo of Raskolnikov
3.07/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

It essentially has the general feel of a watered down porter, as others have said before, but it would be a great alternative for somebody who is a fan of Guinness.

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Photo of griz281
4.25/5  rDev +26.1%

It may have a chocolate or coffee note at the beginning but has a mild tart finish that reminds me of licorice. My favorite beers are IPA's but this is a pleasant change. And if my local distributor still has it on sale at $17 and change....I would but another case.

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Photo of adambouslog
4.75/5  rDev +40.9%

i think this is a great beer!...... people complain about the lightness of this stout-like lager, but i think it is a unique perspective and good in its own right. coffee and chocolate notes on a full flavored black lager yet is lighter then most porter or stout beers. this lager is a great dark beer to get wasted on! very comparable too guinness.

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Photo of DirtyMikeandTheBoys
2/5  rDev -40.7%

This stuff tastes like a good stout or porter that is watered down and leaves you hanging. I was told over and over that this is good stuff so I dropped 9 bucks on a sixxer and was seriously disappointed. High price for a lager that tastes like watered down chocolate and coffee. Won't buy again. Bud light black crown is better and cheaper. Crap beer. Don't waste your money

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Photo of chinchill
3.03/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle dated May 2014.

Poured near black but clear reddish-brown, topped by a very good tan head that leaves nice lacing.

Aroma: a bit herbal, vegetal and hop dominated with too little from dark malts -- clearly off style.

Flavor: better and truer to style, but lacks the level of dark roasted grain expected.

Feel: a bit thin even for style. Medium carbonation.

O: OK, excepting aroma, but a notch below average for style overall.

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KCCO Black Lager from Resignation Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 93 ratings.