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 ToddThompson
1.43/5  rDev -57.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.25

As a fan of The Chive I wanted to give the KCCO Black Lager a try when I saw it in my local bottle shop. As a whole I am not much of a fan of Black Lagers anyways but still kept an open mind and didn't expect anything earth shattering. This was a HUGE disappointment as I either got an infected bottle or this is just a mindnumbingly bad beer. Tasted and smelled of roasted ammonia. Two sips and I had to tap out. Hope it didn't kill the grass where I dumped it over my deck.

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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

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Photo of dippy
2.03/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Real let down of a lager. Weak head, watery feel. Less roasts than it is kinda sour.
I was hoping for something fun as I enjoy the kcco vibe but this was clearly not them putting their best foot forward.

I am going to say that this is a skip going forward.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
2.4/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

Look: The color of coffee with ruby coming through. A cream colored head with a film of retention. Little to no lacing.

Aroma: Muted tones of coffee and malts. A metallic tanginess.

Taste: Burnt grains, toasted bread, slight hop sourness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Carbonated, sharp.

Overall: This beer was too harsh all around, feeling like a cola with a macro brewery taste.

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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.

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Photo of chugalug06
2.53/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Fast rising and fast falling tan soapy head. Zero lacing or head retention. Thin, black, clear brew. Noting noteworthy.

Aroma of latex. Light caramel and bland.

Way too light and ball less. There no depth or character. Bland way light smokey water flavor. There's nothing that takes over. Carbonation is high and distracting. A very unremarkable brew. Can't even distinguish most of the vague flavors.

BLAND!!! Nothing about this brew makes me want to drink it again. But, it's ok, I'll keep calm and Chive on!

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Photo of stevoj
2.59/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bland and watery, nothing like a real German schwarzbier. Some light roastiness in the flavor, but fades quickly. Tiny beige head that dissipates and leaves no lacing. Body is cola colored, not black. I was hoping for much better.

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2.7/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.
A: Thin head w/ little to no lacing. Dark in color.
S: Notes of chocolate and roasted malt
T: Chocolate, sweetness and roasted flavors from malt. Not much hop character.
M: Light bodied but expected for the style of beer.
O: Seems like a mass-produced product vice a craft brew. A little bland for me.

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Photo of Motozappa
2.72/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Why waste your time with all the descriptions & adjectivity... the brew is poor even when poured. And Dixie Blackened Voodoo Lager gets the same score thus far (77)?

OK, so I'm suppose to tell you why I dislike or like it and be constructive too. It is basic, light on carbonation, lacking in aroma and has a mediocre flavor compared to others in its class, like good Schwartzbier or a complex Black Lager!

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Photo of Bitterbill
2.9/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It pours a dark brown with a 1 finger head of tan foam. It looks to have some lacing.

It has some raosty smells to it with a lot of grain...corn...that's about it.

The corn/grain dominates with a light flavour of roasted malt and hint of coffee. Now a bit of a tartness is showing itself.

Decent mouthfeel here but it is not a very drinkable Black Lager because it doesn't create any excitement for my palate.

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Photo of Trentt2
2.99/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I love the chive. And so I wanted to love this beer. But instead I just like it a little. Decent taste but misses the mark overall. But they done good for a first beer. I'll try they're new stuff.

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Photo of Reidrover
3/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz single bought from Roths Sunnyslope Market. $1.67 Cola brown coloured beer with a large frothy light tan head. Brown bread malty aromas,slight milk chocolate and a touch of hop. OK Toasty caramel malt flavour ..again a touch of chocolate and some coffee in the back..slight ash taste. Palate is thin and too carbonated..but not terrible. OK just ..way too expensive at $10 a six pack up here.Its not moving

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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.

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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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a collaboration with red hook, make your own judgments on their direction. a beer for the chive, which is apparently some college kid website, I don't know. what I do know, is that this brew is hopelessly average. its a dark amber color, not black, and has about an inch of caramel colored head, but it fades fast. light and easy drinking, the lager characteristics are quite pronounced, with just a medium roast on the malt, and a bit of a watered down vibe. easy enough to drink and not off in any way, but boring in terms of flavor. a little sweet, quick finish. one thing I will say for it though is that at least its a dark beer. I mean, there are enough crappy low budget college guy beers out there, I am glad they went a different direction with this, but it offers just a few of the elements of a truly craft black lager, or a german schwarzbier. this doesn't have any of the richness or the grain character, but it gets a passing low C grade from me.

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Photo of bmwats
3.02/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pilnser.

A: Dark brown. Pours a 1 finger, tight, foamy, white head. Settles slowly leaving a thick foam blanket and a beer ring. Thick beer ring lacing.

S: Lightly roasted coffee and a light floral tone.

T: Rye bread, with a little peat.

M: Bitter and something of a synthetic sweetness.

D: Sessionable.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Nice foamy head, and some persistent lacing. Nose is lightly roasty with a bit of a floral tone. Rye bread with a little peat. Overall, this is decent quaff.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of DucksFanLV
3.16/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle in a pint glass
back yard bbq

its a light pour with a dark body

I with there was more of an odor to enjoy but it seems fairly plain.

its definitely not a bad beer, but nothing to write home about and its not one I would make a special trip to the store for.

I'm starting to get into black lagers more and more now so I will revisit this beer later and see how I feel about it.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.17/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from bottle into a standard pint glass.
Dark copper in color, with a decent head of off-white foam.
Aroma-Faint note of toasted malt
Taste-Pale malt, lager yeast, faint chocolate note, light-bodied. Easy-drinking and pleasant, a sessionable brew to pair with a burger or a plate of nachos.

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Photo of CraftBeerTastic
3.21/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Ba Review #289
Served On: 01/26/2015
Glassware: Murphy's Nonic Pint
Labeled AVB: 5.1%
Date/ Code: 07/30/14

Got this one in a beer trade with a neighbor.

Look: Poured a caramel brown – not black. Good cabonation. The head was a fizzy cola texture at a 1 finger height. It reduced down to a patchy coating rather quickly. No real lacing.

Smell: Aroma was very sweet with a slight earthy spice and a biscut note. Also dark fruits like raisons or plum. Maybe even some brown sugar or molasses. Remineded me of an iced pastry.

Taste: First was some rough carbonation which lead into an unsweetened molasses and plum. The a biscuit note was preasent. The finish was fairly clean with hints of roasted malts and molasses from before. I had virtually no aftertaste on the palate, probably due to the watery consistency. There may have been some plum lingering on a couple of sips.

This is an OK offering. Not sure why it took a colab between Resignation and Red Hook to come up with such a typical brew. Very sessionable. Perfect for quenching your thirst while shoveling snow.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.21/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a deep mahogany amber with a fine, one finger very light tan head with good retention and lacing. Mild aroma of biscuit malt with bare hints of toastiness, similar to an average lager. Flavor also mild, light toasted biscuit malt, slightly sweet, finishes with a suggestion of grassy hops. Surprisingly medium body with hints of creaminess. A very subdued and bland schwarzbier, touching on but not grasping the elements of the style. An odd, mild astringency in the finish that would not have been a problem with a bit more robust flavor. Contract brewed by Redhook and the kind of safe, bland beer I've come to expect from them days. Since there were no reviews of this, I did some internet searching to try to find out more about this odd beer that someone at a craft beer store just gave me (I think it was a review bottle). Everything about it seems to be a sea of red flags. It is apparently a brewery launched as part a "branding" exercise for a website (The Chive) that specializes in boob photography (but in a ironic way, understand). I have nothing against boobs nor their photography, but it does not necessarily bode well that a "craft" beer was chosen as a adjunct to the project unless there is some brewing vision. They named themselves Resignation Brewery although there is no brewery and this is produced by Redhook. The choice of Redhook, which once, but no longer really has much craft beer following and has become rather pedestrian, is not promising. Then the website is simply a graphic of a running ostrich, that's it (branding!). NO text or information. Further internet research finds lots of news releases on the Chive group starting brewing, but virtually nothing beyond boilerplate about the beer or why they were motivated to start brewing beyond expanding the brand. Sorry, but brands without content or purpose are not of interest to me. So I guess if you are a Chive fan and appreciate the ironic premise of the site, this may well be an excellent brew to quaff while perusing the site. Otherwise treat it like any other Redhook beer or branding exercise. Not too bad for a mild intro level schwarzbier, no major flaws (as I would expect from Redhook). Otherwise, only Chive fans and sad ass tickers like me should apply here. It's worth checking the website right now for a great example of vacuous information.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.23/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of D-Day served in a pilsener glass. Pours a translucent mahogany with a loose, 1/8th inch, cream-colored cap. Nose expresses chocolate malt, a hint of char and perhaps a trace of something metallic. Taste consistent with nose but comes off a bit dull-chocolate character in the nose is lacking and overshadowed by the char. Finishes with a kiss of noble hops and a trace of wet cardboard. Mouthfeel is light in body with a carbonation that falls just shy of prickly and a slightly dry finish. Overall, this beer comes off a bit dull and flavorless for the style.

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Photo of Ohiolager
3.24/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

KCCO black lager 6pk bottles $9.99(OH)

12 oz brown bottle poured into a stemless white wine glass. Bottling date below UPC bar code. " A resignation recipe brewed in collaboration with redhook"

Out of the bottle it pours a light brown color, when it settles in the glass it appears almost black. It doesn't take much light to see through it. But this is a black lager not a porter or stout, so looks are normal. A two finger off-white head that fizzles away leaving almost no lacing.

The aromas are subtle. Hints of roasted malts, a slight bitter-sweet smell. Weak notes of coffee and caramels.

At 22 IBU's don't expect a bitter snap to this. It starts out with a roasted malty taste, followed by a very slight bitter-sweet coffee and cocoa. Ends dry and waxy but not bitter.

Mouth feel is light to slightly medium. Carbonation is good, may be a tad overdone. Has a dry, waxy coppery mouth feel on the palate. Again at 22 IBU's it is not bitter at all.

Overall It was not bad. A good dark/black lager. However dark/black lagers are a in between category to me. This one is not a porter not a stout, but is trying to be both. However it's lower ABV and IBU's so its highly session-able, which is good. But at 10 bucks a sixer not so good. I would rather have my go to porter (Edmund Fitzgerald) which is a buck cheaper and worlds better. This was a good beer, but this black lager just makes me want a porter or stout.

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