KCCO Black Lager - Resignation Brewery

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Ratings: 675
Reviews: 110
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 16.91%
Wants: 33
Gots: 226 | 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: 675 | Reviews: 110
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.

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

It has a great taste and it has great flavors of oak barrel taste.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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 wwwyzzerdd86
3.87/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice. Pours black, workable foam but nothing too substantial or lasting. Bright off white lacing. garnet or mahogany and bright in the glass. Slight toasty roast in the nose (briess blackprinz/midnight wheat?)light sweet malt. faint herbal hop, maybe minty? Horizon? Medium light body, moderate malt, low hops, noble and minty. Clean finish, slight soy sauce on the outbreath, herbal, quick.

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 leantom
3.77/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Ah, schwarzbiers. Here goes:

A: Mediocre. Black with a red tint, pours a small white head that leaves very little lacing.

S: Good. Toasty coffee and dark chocolate. Nothing complex, but decent nonetheless

T: Good. Toasty coffee ad dark chocolate, like the smell, but more robust than indicated from the smell. Also a tid-bit more complex than I thought it would be.

F: While the alcohol content is smell, the beer has a good thickness and glides down the tongue smoothly.

O: A solid beer, but definitely forgettable.

Photo of ricke49
4/5  rDev +18.7%

sure it's a little light in body. that is well within the style profile, so I'm ok with that. taste, mouthfeel, aroma and appearance are just what I'd look for in a black lager - perfect for a fall day session.

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.11/5  rDev -7.7%

Rolling the dice on another Black Lager. After the disappointing Guinness review (see mine) I'm hoping this one will quench my desire for black lager. This one was also picked up at Kesslers in Aberdeen, SD. Singles cooler.

Appearance (3.75) : Nice crisp snap from the cap and pours a stable 1 fingered head. The body is root beer colored with some cranberry hues throughout. Generous lacing left on the glass.

Aroma (3) : Smells a bit like a pig farm. Yep. Some musty, perhaps rotten barley or hay in storage, some straw, more manure, and finally a roasted coffee note in the middle of all of that. Roasted turd coffee. Gotta love it.

Taste (3) : It's got multiple levels of flavor, so I'm already excited here. The first sip there's heavily smoked and roasted malts, with bitter black coffee bean. It then transforms to a more contemporary malt flavor and finally a sour mash with light hop at the end. The only beef here is that the smoked coffee tastes like it was in humid storage for 2 years, or soaked in a tank with sweat socks. It's somewhat putrid. The finish left on the palate is that of sweaty gym shorts. Not that I've ever eaten them, but if you drink this, you'll relate.

Mouthfeel (3.25) : Light bodied, just barely touching into medium bodied territory. Carbonated, ends semi-dry. The aftertaste is the worst. Gym socks. Gym shorts. Gnaw on a jock strap. Blech.

Overall (3.11) : Again, not for me. Better than Guinness' offering but not by much. The gym sock finish destroys the beer, as does the pig farm aroma. If you're looking for a good black lager, Shiner's Bohemian Black has been the best I've tried thus far. I've still yet to try N.B.'s 1554, so I'm still optimistic. My advice? Skip this hybrid.

Photo of Lard_City
2.9/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

The look of a porter with the taste and feel of a mass produced lager. Meh.

Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3/5  rDev -11%

A thin brown color with a thin off white head. There isn't a lot of smell, but most of what I get is malt. The taste was very underwhelming with a bit of malt, a spike of hops, and then a semi sweet aftertaste. Was not a fan myself and found this beer to be highly forgettable.

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 Realbeerguy
1/5  rDev -70.3%

No this beer should not be allowed on the market

Photo of ONUMello
3.58/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle dated 5/28/14 poured into a pils glass
A: Dark but transparent brown with a 1/2-finger head
S: Dark roasted malt, hints of coffee and cocoa
T: Largely matches the nose though not as bold as I'd expect
F: Actually rather light given the aromas/flavors; tastes a touch watery
O: No flaws it just needs the body to match the smell. As is it's a touch thin

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 Ozzylizard
4.21/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled Jul 10, 2014, at 40 degrees into SA lager glass
Aroma very strong of roasted malt
Head average (3 cm), light brown, frothy, diminishing to 2 mm ring and large island
Lacing poor – few small islands of tiny to small bubbles
Body dark brown, clear
Flavor sweet, roasted malt; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, watery, lively carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 4.25, Flavor 4.25, Palate 4, Overall 4.125

KCCO Black Lager from Resignation Brewery
77 out of 100 based on 675 ratings.