KCCO Black Lager | Resignation Brewery

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KCCO Black LagerKCCO Black Lager

Brewed by:
Resignation Brewery
Texas, United States

Style: Schwarzbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

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.

Added by anhigdon on 10-22-2013

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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.

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Photo of StirbUndWerde
4.46/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle to Nonic pint glass

A: Quarter inch off-white head; fine carbonation that dissipates after a minute. Opaque, red/amber appearance (with back-light it is quite red, and without it is brown).

S: Chocolate; no other discernible aromas.

T: Light chocolate flavor, almost like a diluted porter. A hint of toasted malts.

M: Light, coarse carbonation. Water consistency with the finish; no mouth coating or feeling “phlegmy.”

O: Porter taste without the porter feel. I enjoy chocolatey porters more than any other beer; I honestly wasn’t expecting that flavor with this beer. I was just expecting a regular lager that happened to have a dark color. I was greatly surprised and pleased. On a hot day like today, it’s refreshing to get such flavor from a light-feeling beer.

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Photo of jdogvol
4.34/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I like this beer. Nice toasty flavor, light on the palate, but plenty of flavor. Not overly complex, but interesting enough to keep your attention. A solid and satisfying beverage.

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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.

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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

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Photo of Dodaro
4.19/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Not black but it was quite dark.... reddish brown.
S - A nice light aroma of roasty toasty chocolate
T - It is light enough for the sun and heat here in Florida, with enough flavor to know you are drinking a real beer.
M - Like I said, quite light, little bit of lingering, typical dark lager
O - I like this beer, and will buy it again.

A great beer to introduce someone to dark beers.

Keep Calm and Chive On !!

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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.

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Photo of BrewAskew
4/5  rDev +18.7%


Pours out to a generous beige head that laces well and very deep brownish black color. Aroma is slightly nutty, coffee-like malt with a good dose of Munich and pilsner malts, much like a Dunkel. Flavor is a blend of sharp roasted grains, sweet decocted malts and a touch of noble hops. Mouthfeel is medium-light and refreshing. Overall a good call.

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Photo of a0lbudman
4/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-clear dark amber with a small off white head that leaves a slight lace
S-coffee that has a slight roast aroma with hints of chocolate with a slight noble hop smell
T-toasted roast taste that has a caramel malt background that has a hop bitterness in the aftertaste that finishes with a roast and hop flavor
M-light body and medium carbonation
O-this was a smooth and crisp beer that has a great balance of malt and hops

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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.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
3.98/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Sampled on 2/2/14 and split the bottle with a friend. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into classic pilsner flute glass.

Pours dark reddish/brown in color with a very thin off-white head that looks like that till the end. Some spotty lacing is seen with each sip. Average carbonation. The aroma dark-roasted malts with brown sugar. Very pleasant. The taste is the same and goes down easy. Just a very slight dry finish. Overall, a decent brew.

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Photo of Mightymango
3.97/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Good color, more of a dark brown and not a true black.

Consumed out of bottle as glass was not available so smell was noted to be malty with a bit of cocoa aroma but was not strong do to bottle drink.

Lighter feel then most black, actually has more of a light beer consistency.

So not quite a black and not quite a brown, good malt favor and an enjoyable taste.

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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.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.81/5  rDev +13.1%

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!

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Photo of superspak
3.8/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.8/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

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Photo of ordybill
3.79/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. Aroma- Has a hop and garden aroma. Appearance- A dark brown to black color with a nice sized light brown head. Taste- Has a nice hop flavor. Palate- A medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Overall- First beer from Resignation Brewery and it wasn’t bad. I would drink this again and search for other styles from this brewer.

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Photo of Lemke10
3.78/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle at the local BWW. This pours a dark amber color with a slight head. The aroma is slightly malty with a hint of burnt malt. The taste is smooth and simple but very drinkable. There is a slight chive finish but nothing over the top. Simple and nice.

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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.

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Photo of jburris64
3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

I enjoy Schwarzbier's but some are better then others.
This one was dark but not black, nice body but some after taste.
Not one I would seek out all the time.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.74/5  rDev +11%
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.

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Photo of russpowell
3.73/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours an effervescent copper/brown with 2+ fingers cream colored head. Decent lacing & head retention

S: Brown bread, graininess, a little bit of iron

T: Caramel, brown bread, slight nuttiness, some leafy & herbal hops up front. Slight caramel sweetness & more herbal hoppyness as this warms. Finishes dry with a little herbal bitterness & just a whisper of charred grain

MF: Medium bodied, fairly firm carbonation

Very drinkable, not a 100% spot-on for style, but no real complaints. Worth a try

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Photo of biboergosum
3.71/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle. "Resign from the routine" - their lager didn't make me believe that for one hot second, so let's hold out higher hopes for the black version.

This beer pours a dark, red-brick amber hue, with two fingers of puffy, densely foamy, and somewhat creamy off-white head, which leaves some decent layered paint swath lace around the glass as it gently melts away.

It smells of roasted, kind of meaty caramel malt, further wet ashy notes, a soft breakfast biscuit sweetness, day-old coffee, and very tame earthy, weedy, and floral hops. The taste is bready, lightly toasted caramel malt, a weak black orchard fruitiness, acidic coffee, more sodden ashiness, and plain earthy, musty hops.

The carbonation is quite soft in its generally frothy rendering, the body an adequate medium weight, and mostly smooth, just a bit of lingering ash pricking and prodding, to little effect. It finishes trending sweet, as the malt makes one final stab through the mire of stale coffee roast and inert hops.

Not a bad version of the style, per se, the blackened character certainly loud and proud, which elevates this offering well above the pithy dreck of its basic lager sibling. Easy to drink, and appreciate, especially if the only reason you bought this was because the label just jives with your web surfing habits.

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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.

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Photo of Pintofbrown
3.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Had in a nonic pint. Bottled on date 12/13/13.

The body is a dark maple syrup that starts to look black. The plasticy cap gets to almost two-fingers in width, and begins to die after about a minute, sheet lacing on the sides.

The aroma is chalky with some tangy, peppery rye bread malt. There is also an underlying bouquet of roasty nuttiness. This is more on the sweet side, one note though.

The palate is very similar to the nose; chalky bread malt, some additions of cocoa powder, and a building roasty note on the finish. The nuttiness is present near the finish as well with the roast. Dark malt lovers out there will like this.

KCCO Black Lager has a more watery feel, but nice building creaminess when swished around the mouth. It goes down easy, more crisp and slick.

KCCO is not going to blow a seasoned beer drinker out of the water, but the easy going nature and pleasant malt flavors should keep one interested enough to enjoy. I would gladly have this again.

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