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KCCO Black Lager - Resignation Brewery

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77
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458 Ratings
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Ratings: 458
Reviews: 60
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 17.07%
Wants: 27
Gots: 106 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Resignation Brewery visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Schwarzbier |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: anhigdon on 10-22-2013)
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.31/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottled 10/23/13.

Pours a clear dark orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that fades to nothing. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, roasted malt, and slight cocoa aromas. Taste is much the same with sweet toast and roasted malt flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is drinkable but pretty sweet in the flavors.

UCLABrewN84, Jan 31, 2014
Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -10.2%

djrn2, Jun 07, 2014
Photo of metter98
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

A: The beer is black when viewed from afar but appears clear and very dark reddish brown in color when it is held up a bright light. It poured with a short light beige head that died down, leaving a large patch of bubbles in the center and a collar around the edge of the glass. 3.5
S: Light to moderate aromas of dark malts and cola are present in the nose. 3.25
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of dark malts and cola along with notes of coffee and hints of roast. 3.5
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and slightly watery on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. 3.25
O: This beer is easier to drink, but seems to be a bit watered down compared to some of the other beers in the style. 3.25

Serving type: bottle

metter98, Sep 07, 2014
Photo of Texasfan549
3/5  rDev -10.2%

Texasfan549, Nov 24, 2013
Photo of kjkinsey
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

kjkinsey, Nov 24, 2013
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

ygtbsm94, Apr 20, 2014
Photo of kylehay2004
3/5  rDev -10.2%

kylehay2004, Jan 25, 2014
Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

jaydoc, Dec 21, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.45/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12 ounce bottle - $1.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a medium dark brown body, appears clear, with a wispy, off-white, short-lived head.

Smell: You've got your toast, you've got your roast, but you've not got much of either, really. Just a little smoke, a little basic chocolate, and some fruity esters.

Taste: This one falls into the middle ground between toasty and roasty, but, it's not overly flavorful either way. Intermingled fruitiness, a lil' red berry. Light, spicy, leafy hops with a medium-low bitterness aided by the meager roastiness and edginess of the suds. As it warms, some chocolate emerges. Faintly roasty, drying finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body, not quite watery, though. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Not bad, but it feels more along the lines of a standard dark lager and not so much a full-on Schwarzbier.

ChainGangGuy, May 04, 2014
Photo of Knapp85
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

Knapp85, Dec 24, 2013
Photo of TMoney2591
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Do you really wanna name your brewery after what you feel when you sadly settle? Anyway, this stuff pours a clear midnight garnet topped by a finger of glowing wan khaki foam. The nose comprises mildly roasted malts, cocoa powder, light coffee powder, toasted rye bread, and a touch of grass. The taste brings in more of the same, though the rye (now slightly less toasted, the underlying bread clearly visible) is now more potent and more upfront and self-confident. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, a nice little schwarz, nothing truly special, but something I wouldn't mind occasionally indulging in.

TMoney2591, Jun 26, 2014
Photo of zeff80
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

zeff80, Apr 06, 2014
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.74/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark brown color, with a short off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains chocolate, coffee, roasted malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with mildly sweet flavors of coffee and chocolate. Then some breadiness comes in from lager yeast and a hearty malt character. The hops presence is mild but complementary and provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for the style.

TheManiacalOne, Jun 24, 2014
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3.79/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I purchased this from Brass Rail, enjoyed chilled in a willybecker from the twelve oz. brown bottle.

The color is dark brown with translucent clarity with thick creamy white head with fine bead. The smell has strong roasted aromas with mild nutty and toast elements with slight earthy coffee-like odor and gentle sweet malt accent. The feel is very good, smooth low bitterness from roasted grain with nice malt body and moderate carbonation veering toward med high with low alcohol and moder light body.

The taste is good with dark toasted grain and nutty flavor with light caramel accents and light hint of nutty toffee with some earthy and dry finish with almost spicy taste from high carbonation. The overall take is it is a decent dark lager with some interesting malt yet it is not really a standout style wise.

Slatetank, May 19, 2014
Photo of StonedTrippin
3/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a collaboration with red hook, make your own judgments on their direction. a beer for the chive, which is apparently some college kid website, I don't know. what I do know, is that this brew is hopelessly average. its a dark amber color, not black, and has about an inch of caramel colored head, but it fades fast. light and easy drinking, the lager characteristics are quite pronounced, with just a medium roast on the malt, and a bit of a watered down vibe. easy enough to drink and not off in any way, but boring in terms of flavor. a little sweet, quick finish. one thing I will say for it though is that at least its a dark beer. I mean, there are enough crappy low budget college guy beers out there, I am glad they went a different direction with this, but it offers just a few of the elements of a truly craft black lager, or a german schwarzbier. this doesn't have any of the richness or the grain character, but it gets a passing low C grade from me.

StonedTrippin, Nov 24, 2013
Photo of jlindros
3.56/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bit of a fizzy quite foamy 1/2 finger head that fades semi slowly, mild lacing, dark molasses cola colored with a clear brown light coming through.

Nose nice toasty brown malts, creamy caramel and nutty, mild dusty cocoa and little roasty coffee, mild crisp lager base, just a touch of grassy hops.

Taste starts a light, mild toasty brown malt, soft and a little creamy, mild caramel and nutty, little roasty coffee note. A nice Duffy lager with touch of mineral and metallic note, and little yeasty. A nice grassy slight spicy hop bitterness comes through. Finish is drier but a little sticky, mild grassy hop and bitterness, but a bit thin and watery.

Mouth is lighter, bit thin, decent carb.

Overall ok, nice malt profile, but a little thin and watery, and little yeasty. Nothing too special.

jlindros, Mar 24, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

mendvicdog, Apr 12, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

DrunkinYogi, Mar 27, 2014
Photo of XmnwildX12
3/5  rDev -10.2%

XmnwildX12, Feb 06, 2014
Photo of beernads
2.5/5  rDev -25.1%

beernads, Jan 13, 2014
Photo of woodychandler
3.81/5  rDev +14.1%

I have no idea why today has been so filled with bottled lagers, but that is the way that The Great Bottle Purge of 2014 is progressing. I have a feeling that I will soon revert to form, however, and break out the AIPAs.

From the bottle: "A Resignation recipe brewed in collaboration with Redhook"; "Resign from the Routine".

If you know anything about my operations here at Chez Woody, you know that I often (usually) employ a very heavy hand in conducting my pours. This is especially true when it is a dark-colored beer as it makes the pseudo-cascade that much more visible. I watched gleefully as it settled into two-plus fingers of dense, rocky, light-tan head with good retention. My BJCP app tells me that the color is Coppery-Brown (SRM = > 17, < 22), but I would call it Mahogany. Once more, the clarity in a lager is stunning! NE-quality calibre and I plan to listen to an interview with Val Midwest shortly. Nose had a burnt charcoal smokiness. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium, which is okay in a lager. The taste had a pleasant smokiness that actually put the flavor in Mikkeller's Rauch Geek Breakfast to shame. Finish was semi-dry, sort of smoky and definitely a real find!

woodychandler, Aug 16, 2014
Photo of Zorro
3.44/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Clear dark brown colored ale with next to no head.

Smells sweet and full of heavily roasted grain. Scents of coffee and burnt sugar with a lesser chocolate scent. Slight sour scent as if a little bit of grain got roasted too far.

Starts out sweet and heavily roasted with a big chocolate and caramel flavor. Slight sour taste like light roasted Latin America coffee, more wine than vinegar. Little bit of coffee flavor.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall pretty tasty, still not going to replace Kona Porter in my refrigerator.

Zorro, Dec 31, 2013
Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into lager glass, bottled on 4/23/2014. Pours crystal clear reddish brown color with a 1 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, toast, dark bread, light nuttiness, herbal, light fruits, and roast/yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of roast/bready malt and light hop/yeast notes; with good strength. Taste of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, toast, dark bread, light nuttiness, herbal, light fruits, and roast/yeast earthiness. Slight earthy/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, toast, dark bread, light nuttiness, and roast/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and balance of roast/bready malt and light hop/yeast ester flavors; with solid robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and lightly bready/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good schwarzbier style. Nice complexity/balance and solid robustness of roast/bready malt and light hop/yeast flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

superspak, Jul 07, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

LXIXME, Feb 27, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Latarnik, May 31, 2014
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KCCO Black Lager from Resignation Brewery
77 out of 100 based on 458 ratings.