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Death & Taxes Black Beer - Moonlight Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

251 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 251
Reviews: 122
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 9.57%
Wants: 61
Gots: 10 | 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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Reviews by SDDanC:
Photo of SDDanC
3.73/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from tap into pint glass. Very little head, black, but holds a dark dark amber in the light. Nose is fair cocoa, a tad splash of coffee, roasty malt towards to end. Taste is sweet chocolate, much like the nose forecasts, but a good amount of coffee comes forth. Mouth feel is good, good carb for the 'light' nature of the brew. Drinkability is excellent, goes down easy and is not heavy on the tongue (like a guinness...but more body). Overall, a great session, go-to for a darker beer that brings flavor.

SDDanC, Jun 28, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This one poured a thick, ominous dark brown in color with a light white head. It really does look like death . . . and taxes.

Smell – The rich, burnt malts are raw and rich. Did I mention they were rich? You can almost taste this with your nose.

Taste – The big burnt malts really take over this lager. There are some sugary cane flavors throughout the flavor profile as well and little hops to speak of.

Mouthfeel – I’ll call this a big medium-bodied with some good, malty bittering and a bit of coffee grounds going on in here.

Drinkability – This is a terrific sipper with a big bitter finish. The Schwarzbiers I had in Germany were a little more balanced, but this was a definite winner.

Comments – This was actually my 1,500th beer review, although when I went to post it my review numbers jumped by 30 or so overnight. Must have been some programming change by The Bros.

Anyway, this was a real treat and proved to be another signature beer from the ever-ingenious Moonlight Brewing. These guys never cease to amaze, and I felt honored to partake of this fine Schwarzbier at the Flavor Bistro with my wonderful wife and a great BA, Rapapoda.

RoyalT, Mar 27, 2006
Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Another cool beer from Moonlight. Tried on tap at several places in the Bay Area including Jupiter and Amnesia.

A: French roast coffee color with a huge mocha head. Chunky and sticky. Assertive carbonation replenishes head with each tilt of the glass. Well done.

N: Roasted, toasted, grain. German yeasts, coffee, chocolate, and a hint of spice.

T: Loaded with flavor. Mild stringy sugarcane sweetness but balanced nicely by coffee like acids. Heaps of dark malts, loads of chocolate and coffee. Finish of spicy hops.

MF: Smooth as good porter on cask. Fricking awesome.

D: Dangerous. Drinks like a Helles.

A great dark lager. In the same league with Sprecher’s Black Bavarian.

DaPeculierDane, Jun 08, 2006
Photo of orbitalr0x
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to RedwoodG for his hard work in getting this beer into my hands. Completed, signed, postmarked and home bottled on Oct. 19, 2006. Pours into my glass a deep black hue with a sliver of dark brown shooting out when held to the light. A nice light tan head sits atop the brew. Aromas begin with a strong roasty, smoky maltiness with a touch of chocolate. Black coffee notes mix in as well as a fairly big green hoppiness. Subtle graininess and caramel. Overall quite a nice aroma.

First sip brings a smooth, somewhat dry maltiness with a deep roasted flavor along with a touch of smokiness. Bitter coffee makes itself quite known along with a chocolate flavor as well. Flows down with a touch of bitter green hops. Quite bitter overall with just barely enough sweetness to counteract. This is a black lager thats packed full of flavor and I found it quite enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is quite arid and light in body with a somewhat chalky dryness to it as well. Goes down incredibly easy and is packed full of flavor. An interesting brew that I'm happy to have had the chance to sample.

orbitalr0x, Nov 19, 2006
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

Jason, Aug 10, 2013
Photo of merlin48
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle from RedwoodGeorge's magnificent bottling project. Thanks for the opportunity! Pours a dark, ebony body topped by a small cocoa head. Rings of lacing are left on the glass. Looks very much a stout instead of a lager. Aroma is dark chocolate and caramel accented by earthy hops and a citrusy note. A kiss of wood smoke adds a pleasant touch. Light medium body with an ideal medium carbonation. Taste has a lasting smokiness, almost like a rauchbier. Dark chocolate maltiness is dominant, balanced by an interesting hops bitterness that wavers between earthiness and citrus. Beautifully executed schwarzbier here that ranks up there with Sprecher Black Bavarian as America's best for the style. I love the smokiness in this one.

merlin48, Nov 03, 2006
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5/5  rDev +19.6%

asuburbanman, Jan 31, 2014
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3/5  rDev -28.2%

alienlifeforcecube, Aug 09, 2013
Photo of rob133
5/5  rDev +19.6%

rob133, Nov 14, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

sourdog, Aug 12, 2014
Photo of rudylaw
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ Flavor Bistro. Served in a Moonlight pint glass.

Pours a brownish to black with ruby/copper highlights. A good finger's worth of head is present on the initial pour but settles down to a rim soon enough.

Roasty cocoa in the nose. Hints of chocolate mingle with the roast as well.

Same and straightforward in the taste. It's has medium carbonation and is very smooth going down. Nothing fatiguing about this lager at all! Extremely drinkable and very enjoyable!

rudylaw, Oct 11, 2010
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3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a very dark brown color that looks black in the glass. It boasts a thin tan head that fades fast, leaving many laces in its wake.

This beer has a smokey aroma. It smells malty also, with a slight coffee aroma. Very odd from a Schwarzbier. It has a mild chocolate aroma as well. Lots of caramel in this one.

This beer tastes exactly like it smells. Caramelly upfront with a good amount of smoke flavor. Coffee and chocolate mix in as well. Again, very odd for a Schwarzbier.

This beer was refreshing. It was light in body. It goes down smooth, leaving a smokey aftertaste.

I think this beer might make a decent session beer. It is low enough in alcohol. The only problem would be that the flavor might become a little cloying after a time.

Overall: I have had this beer before, and I liked it. I still like it. I tend to find myself leaning away from lagers, and drinking more sour beers and hop bombs. This beer is a good reminder that there are many good lagers out there.

OStrungT, Nov 04, 2007
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

stereosforgeeks, Feb 11, 2013
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3.35/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tap, Toronado, San Francisco. A pretty unique dark lager. Mashy/oaty, quite ashy and salty, pretty big hit of hops and bitterness. Pretty tasty, but a little unbalanced. Quite smooth and grainy to , pretty interesting stuff, didn't think it was a dunkel when i was trying it though.

rastaman, Sep 02, 2004
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

InfernoBoss, Nov 19, 2013
Photo of ggaughan
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Toronado. Poured a deep brown, almost black color with a fluffy white head with good lacing. The aroma is led by some bold roasted malts, coffees and a bit of hops in the background. The taste is what you smell, big toasty malts with a bit of hop bitterness blended well. This beer is enjoyable and leaves your mouth wanting more. This is my first Moonlight beer and I really enjoyed it. Wish I could get some of their beers back in the East.

ggaughan, Feb 20, 2006
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

RBassSFHOPit2ME, Jun 08, 2013
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3.58/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

enjoyed on tap at Toronado. I like the style, and this was a decent example of it, though not the best I have had. Served a little cold. Lacey. Above average mouthfeel, with chocolate and a little sour, or rather coffee bitter astringent. Good drinkability.For some reason, it did not seem at peak condition.

Sammy, Aug 09, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On-tap at Flavor, 2/4/10. Served in a sloping half-pint glass.

Opaque, nearly black body with faint auburn edges. Two fingers of creamy tan foam tower over the top edge of the glass. Thick, lasting lacing erodes magnificently. Excellent retention.

Very lightly smoked malt aromatics, with hints of chocolate and black pepper.

Immensely satisfying flavor profile, with coffee and cream, bittersweet chocolate, black malt, and clean lager notes. The finish suggests malt powder, roasted hazlenuts, boiled chestnuts, and lightly toasted bread crust.

Rich sudsy feel, though still very light-bodied.

Thoroughly enjoyable, lots of flavor but still restrained enough to appeal to a novice palate - huge drinkability - glad to know you can find pitchers of this at some of the other eateries in the area.

augustgarage, Feb 09, 2010
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4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this a couple times on tap on a recent trip to SF. I'm always a fan of the style, seeking out new (at least to me) examples, and this is the best I've had. It has the agreeable drinkability of your standard dark lager or schwarzbier, but the depth of a great Baltic porter. There were fruity, cherry tones at times, and then dry toffee and cocoa with an interesting cola edge. I'm so impressed by how many, clean distinct (and delicious) dark malt flavors are crammed into this lager. Go find this beer. You need it.

tempest, Apr 22, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

emilylee, Dec 19, 2013
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5/5  rDev +19.6%

joshwith, Jul 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

aztraz, Sep 09, 2014
Photo of MiScusi
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Flavor Bistro in Santa Rosa, CA. Poured a nice dark black, but with good clarity when viewed at it's edges. High roasted smell and flavor. Medium-light mouthfeel. The roastiness is front and center but on a little lighter body. Not a creamy mouthfeel or anything like Guinness. Good beer to showcase a roasted malt character and not be overtaken by alcohol or anything else.

MiScusi, Aug 10, 2007
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

flayedandskinned, Apr 24, 2012
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Death & Taxes Black Beer from Moonlight Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 251 ratings.