KCCO Black Lager | Resignation Brewery

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KCCO Black LagerKCCO Black Lager

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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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3/5  rDev -11%

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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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3/5  rDev -11%

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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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3.32/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottled 10/23/13.

Pours a clear dark orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that fades to nothing. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, roasted malt, and slight cocoa aromas. Taste is much the same with sweet toast and roasted malt flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is drinkable but pretty sweet in the flavors.

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3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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3/5  rDev -11%

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3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.37/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: The beer is black when viewed from afar but appears clear and very dark reddish brown in color when it is held up a bright light. It poured with a short light beige head that died down, leaving a large patch of bubbles in the center and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of dark malts and cola are present in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of dark malts and cola along with notes of coffee and hints of roast.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and slightly watery on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easier to drink, but seems to be a bit watered down compared to some of the other beers in the style.

Serving type: bottle

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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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3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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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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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

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3.51/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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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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3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

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3.58/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bit of a fizzy quite foamy 1/2 finger head that fades semi slowly, mild lacing, dark molasses cola colored with a clear brown light coming through.

Nose nice toasty brown malts, creamy caramel and nutty, mild dusty cocoa and little roasty coffee, mild crisp lager base, just a touch of grassy hops.

Taste starts a light, mild toasty brown malt, soft and a little creamy, mild caramel and nutty, little roasty coffee note. A nice Duffy lager with touch of mineral and metallic note, and little yeasty. A nice grassy slight spicy hop bitterness comes through. Finish is drier but a little sticky, mild grassy hop and bitterness, but a bit thin and watery.

Mouth is lighter, bit thin, decent carb.

Overall ok, nice malt profile, but a little thin and watery, and little yeasty. Nothing too special.

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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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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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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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KCCO Black Lager from Resignation Brewery
Beer rating: 3.37 out of 5 with 707 ratings