KCCO Black Lager - Resignation Brewery

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Ratings: 676
Reviews: 110
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 16.91%
Wants: 33
Gots: 226 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
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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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Reviews by dippy:
Photo of dippy
2.03/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Real let down of a lager. Weak head, watery feel. Less roasts than it is kinda sour.
I was hoping for something fun as I enjoy the kcco vibe but this was clearly not them putting their best foot forward.

I am going to say that this is a skip going forward.

More User Reviews:
Photo of PintOh1759
2.5/5  rDev -25.8%

Nothing i wished for in a beer i dreamed about. Huge hype around this beer begin as its the beer of The Chive, cracked the bottle and immediately got smacked with a delightful smell of bold dark flavors and hints of coffee, but the taste dosnt compare, leaves you wanting more, wishing it had that one last thing to make it a great beer. It begs for a bite at the end and it dosnt deliver. and to add to the all around flavor its flat as a pancake. very let down by this beer.

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 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 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 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 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 moundbz
3.13/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Crisp carbonated light porter taste, all after taste

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.

Photo of Brenden
3.28/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

It definitely has the look of a Schwarzbier, with the dark color and easing in of light at the edges and into the body as well as the clarity and brightness considering. It has the lighter-bodied look despite a dark color. The head doesn't show a lot of structure, though not bad. It holds up as a sparsely bubbled cap maintaining a modicum of sloppy foam and leaves some spotting, even as some bubbling and a decently thick foam remains for the entirety.
The aroma's a bit difficult to pull out. There's toast with a roasted edge under a moderate but not particularly stable malt foundation. The toast does come out a little more and some dry baker's chocolate come out after time to fill it out.
The taste offers very much the same, and this barely goes the right direction between light being weak and actually having some structure and depth. The toast, roast and powdery semi-sweet cocoa do take their places, though, and a hint of acrid char eases out before it begs too much attention.
The light carbonation supports some crispness in a light body. It's a bit smooth, but it could use more than just simplicity to make it lighter and join the ranks of great Schwarzbiers.

Photo of StirbUndWerde
4.46/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle to Nonic pint glass

A: Quarter inch off-white head; fine carbonation that dissipates after a minute. Opaque, red/amber appearance (with back-light it is quite red, and without it is brown).

S: Chocolate; no other discernible aromas.

T: Light chocolate flavor, almost like a diluted porter. A hint of toasted malts.

M: Light, coarse carbonation. Water consistency with the finish; no mouth coating or feeling “phlegmy.”

O: Porter taste without the porter feel. I enjoy chocolatey porters more than any other beer; I honestly wasn’t expecting that flavor with this beer. I was just expecting a regular lager that happened to have a dark color. I was greatly surprised and pleased. On a hot day like today, it’s refreshing to get such flavor from a light-feeling beer.

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 Fatehunter
3.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a short head on a clear dark red colored body.
The aroma is lots of roasted and toasted malt and a little molasses. Quite nice.
The taste starts off mildly malty sweet, then balanced by some mild bitterness. Roasted malt. It drinks like a light porter.
The texture is light with moderate carbonation.
The taste profile could be smoothed out a little but everything good is there.

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 EagleTalon
4/5  rDev +18.7%


Pours out to a generous beige head that laces well and very deep brownish black color. Aroma is slightly nutty, coffee-like malt with a good dose of Munich and pilsner malts, much like a Dunkel. Flavor is a blend of sharp roasted grains, sweet decocted malts and a touch of noble hops. Mouthfeel is medium-light and refreshing. Overall a good call.

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.

Photo of Ohiolager
3.24/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

KCCO black lager 6pk bottles $9.99(OH)

12 oz brown bottle poured into a stemless white wine glass. Bottling date below UPC bar code. " A resignation recipe brewed in collaboration with redhook"

Out of the bottle it pours a light brown color, when it settles in the glass it appears almost black. It doesn't take much light to see through it. But this is a black lager not a porter or stout, so looks are normal. A two finger off-white head that fizzles away leaving almost no lacing.

The aromas are subtle. Hints of roasted malts, a slight bitter-sweet smell. Weak notes of coffee and caramels.

At 22 IBU's don't expect a bitter snap to this. It starts out with a roasted malty taste, followed by a very slight bitter-sweet coffee and cocoa. Ends dry and waxy but not bitter.

Mouth feel is light to slightly medium. Carbonation is good, may be a tad overdone. Has a dry, waxy coppery mouth feel on the palate. Again at 22 IBU's it is not bitter at all.

Overall It was not bad. A good dark/black lager. However dark/black lagers are a in between category to me. This one is not a porter not a stout, but is trying to be both. However it's lower ABV and IBU's so its highly session-able, which is good. But at 10 bucks a sixer not so good. I would rather have my go to porter (Edmund Fitzgerald) which is a buck cheaper and worlds better. This was a good beer, but this black lager just makes me want a porter or stout.

Photo of tone77
3.36/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cola color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is smokey, some firewood. Taste is light, smoke, some bitterness, a bit on the mild side. Feels light in the mouth and overall, while not a bad beer, just seems to be lacking any omph.

Photo of DucksFanLV
3.16/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle in a pint glass
back yard bbq

its a light pour with a dark body

I with there was more of an odor to enjoy but it seems fairly plain.

its definitely not a bad beer, but nothing to write home about and its not one I would make a special trip to the store for.

I'm starting to get into black lagers more and more now so I will revisit this beer later and see how I feel about it.

Photo of Samp01
3.27/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a dark brown with a medium beige head, light lacing. Aroma and Taste is sweet mild roasted dark caramel malt, grains with some light chocolate and coffee notes and mild bitterness. A crisp medium body on the palate with moderate carbonation. Finishes with a mild dark roasted malt, some chocolate and coffee and mild bitterness on the end for balance. Overall good drinking mild session style brew.

Photo of puboflyons
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle marked 12:50-3-FEB 16-14. Sampled on March 15, 2014.

It pours more brown than black with little to no head but it does have decent clarity.

The aroma has a kind of dark malt and grainy m alt character with a mild bitterness. It does not come on strong.

Light to medium body.

The dark malts are more notable in the taste but something still seems a little bit off. It evolves to a slight hop bitterness at the end. Relatively drinkable.

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 LiquidAmber
3.21/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a deep mahogany amber with a fine, one finger very light tan head with good retention and lacing. Mild aroma of biscuit malt with bare hints of toastiness, similar to an average lager. Flavor also mild, light toasted biscuit malt, slightly sweet, finishes with a suggestion of grassy hops. Surprisingly medium body with hints of creaminess. A very subdued and bland schwarzbier, touching on but not grasping the elements of the style. An odd, mild astringency in the finish that would not have been a problem with a bit more robust flavor. Contract brewed by Redhook and the kind of safe, bland beer I've come to expect from them days. Since there were no reviews of this, I did some internet searching to try to find out more about this odd beer that someone at a craft beer store just gave me (I think it was a review bottle). Everything about it seems to be a sea of red flags. It is apparently a brewery launched as part a "branding" exercise for a website (The Chive) that specializes in boob photography (but in a ironic way, understand). I have nothing against boobs nor their photography, but it does not necessarily bode well that a "craft" beer was chosen as a adjunct to the project unless there is some brewing vision. They named themselves Resignation Brewery although there is no brewery and this is produced by Redhook. The choice of Redhook, which once, but no longer really has much craft beer following and has become rather pedestrian, is not promising. Then the website is simply a graphic of a running ostrich, that's it (branding!). NO text or information. Further internet research finds lots of news releases on the Chive group starting brewing, but virtually nothing beyond boilerplate about the beer or why they were motivated to start brewing beyond expanding the brand. Sorry, but brands without content or purpose are not of interest to me. So I guess if you are a Chive fan and appreciate the ironic premise of the site, this may well be an excellent brew to quaff while perusing the site. Otherwise treat it like any other Redhook beer or branding exercise. Not too bad for a mild intro level schwarzbier, no major flaws (as I would expect from Redhook). Otherwise, only Chive fans and sad ass tickers like me should apply here. It's worth checking the website right now for a great example of vacuous information.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.56/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

KCCO Black Lager has a thin, off-white head, a clear, bubbly, reddish-brown appearance, and just a bit of lacing left behind. The aroma is of rich, sweet, dark-roasted (but, not burnt) barley malt, dark brown sugar, and brown bread crust. Taste is of those things, with a little char from the roasted malts detected. Bitterness is only there for balancing. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and KCCO Black Lager finishes dry, refreshing, and highly drinkable. They did a good job with this one.


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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KCCO Black Lager from Resignation Brewery
77 out of 100 based on 676 ratings.