Death & Taxes Black Beer - Moonlight Brewing Company
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Reviews by AwYeh:
3.08/5 rDev -26.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
On-tap at Lanesplitter in Berkeley, poured into a shaker pint.
A: Pours a deep, dark brown/black, with less than a finger of foamy white head.
S: Light nose, with a decent amount of roasted malts bolstered by coffee/espresso notes. Hints of both smokiness and grassiness add complexity.
T: Very earthy, with more of the smoke and coffee encountered in the nose. Picking up a decent amount of raisin and molasses flavors, which don't really seem to show up in the reviews of others here. Maybe my glass was an anomaly, or maybe my taste buds were off, but they did add a bit of welcome complexity, considering that I wasn't a huge fan of the other flavors that were hanging around.
M: Rather thin body, though that's okay for what I was expecting from the style; decent amount of carbonation, enough to add a bit of body to the mouthfeel.
O: This one did go down easily thanks to the somewhat thin body and light ABV, but the not particularly great flavor makes this just an average beer all around. Was interesting to have a lightly smoky lager, in contrast to the very over-smoked ones I've had in the past.
Serving type: on-tap
03-26-2011 02:36:12 | More by AwYeh
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4/5 rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
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.
Serving type: on-tap
05-04-2014 15:22:11 | More by ArrogantB
4.2/5 rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
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!
Serving type: on-tap
03-06-2014 08:24:07 | More by magictacosinus
Death & Taxes Black Beer from Moonlight Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 235 ratings.