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Death & Taxes Black Beer - Moonlight Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

246 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 246
Reviews: 122
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 9.55%
Wants: 61
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Moonlight Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Euro Dark Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-11-2003)
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California

4/5  rDev -4.5%

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California

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California

3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

08-09-2014 04:56:54 | More by Pete_Simpson
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rudedude985

California

4/5  rDev -4.5%

08-06-2014 03:21:16 | More by rudedude985
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Tedm9991

West Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

08-05-2014 03:16:59 | More by Tedm9991
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ronricorossi

California

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

08-04-2014 05:07:23 | More by ronricorossi
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -4.5%

08-02-2014 00:10:12 | More by nmann08
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banger7

New York

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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errantnight

California

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

07-23-2014 23:06:11 | More by errantnight
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joshwith

Colorado

5/5  rDev +19.3%

07-18-2014 02:40:07 | More by joshwith
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jacewg

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -4.5%

07-11-2014 20:33:18 | More by jacewg
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hunterwscott


4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

07-01-2014 20:28:02 | More by hunterwscott
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Mike-Harms

California

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

06-26-2014 17:36:02 | More by Mike-Harms
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TGS

California

3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

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PG2G

California

3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

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KevMo84

California

4/5  rDev -4.5%

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Smarty_Pints

California

4/5  rDev -4.5%

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Matt_Ortiz

California

3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

05-19-2014 07:13:59 | More by Matt_Ortiz
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ArrogantB

Colorado

4/5  rDev -4.5%

On tap at the Toronado in San Francisco and only $5. Dark black, good head. Aroma is dark malts, nice. Flavor is dark malts with hints of mild chocolate and a definite lager flavor. This definitely tastes like a schwartzbier. Another nice beer from Moonlight.

05-04-2014 15:22:11 | More by ArrogantB
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gspeer711

California

4/5  rDev -4.5%

05-03-2014 20:12:35 | More by gspeer711
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cdean801

California

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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jtosch

Oregon

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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jeff1973

California

4/5  rDev -4.5%

03-26-2014 03:36:45 | More by jeff1973
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magictacosinus

California

4.2/5  rDev +0.2%

In my journey of rediscovering the beauty of Moonlight Brewing's offerings, I luckily found a place that had this in addition to Reality Czech. Poured on tap into a shaker pint glass at Thalassa.

Wow, this has to be the most opaque and blackened dark Euro lager I've ever seen! Granted, when held against the light it does promote a bit of reddish, plum hue, but it's overall quite dark and its off-khaki head would convince anybody that it was a stout, a porter, or something similar. Head retention is best for this beer in these crappy shaker pint glasses compared Moonlight's other offerings, as it leaves behind about a half finger of head rather an a ring, as well as extra sticky splattered lacing at the glass's edges as it dissipates.

Whoa, smells like a porter (or stout) as well! Big roasted notes resembling cold pressed coffee, some dark chocolate, black licorice, as well as some notes of raisins, prunes, and light bittered berries. Contains a green tea tannic consistency at the back, as well as some notes of black pepper. Quite malty and charred at the finish, resembling pumpernickel or something similar. The roasted grainy sensations get a bit oppressive in the long run (as the does the licorice), but it's remarkable to see a lager produce a bready flavor of this caliber, even here. Let's see how it translates to the flavor.

As expected, this is a tremendously high roasted malt bomb - although it's luckily enjoyable overall due to the variety of flavors that go with it. It starts with a rich charred and toasted graininess that coats the palate with an extreme astringency, which then is washed up by the coffee and chocolate notes, as well as the brief hints of raisins and cherry pits, as well as some molasses. The finish is a little less astringent, although it contains similar herbal properties to black tea, sage, and (yes) some anise. Slightly leathery as well, which comes as one hell of a surprise. It's an amazingly dense flavor, and the low ABV makes it nearly sessionable, but I feel it may also be to its detriment - there's a lack of residual sweetness and body that makes it a little difficult to wade through, and this becomes a bit of a drag to finish over time, unfortunately. While I could down a ton of their Reality Czech beers, I'd never be able to that here. Good, but a bit challenging at times.

This is by far their most intensely flavored beer I've been able to sample from them so far, but it's also the most challenging to finish a full pint of, unfortunately. I'm astonished on how a dark lager could ever taste this bready, thick, and intense, and yet still retain a low gravity. Definitely not a bad offering during the colder months, however - and I always gladly revisit this whenever I'm in the mood. Recommended for those wanting an adventurous new favorite lager!

03-06-2014 08:24:07 | More by magictacosinus
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asuburbanman

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +19.3%

01-31-2014 23:44:16 | More by asuburbanman
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Death & Taxes Black Beer from Moonlight Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 246 ratings.