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

12oz bottle dated 5/28/14 poured into a pils glass
A: Dark but transparent brown with a 1/2-finger head
S: Dark roasted malt, hints of coffee and cocoa
T: Largely matches the nose though not as bold as I'd expect
F: Actually rather light given the aromas/flavors; tastes a touch watery
O: No flaws it just needs the body to match the smell. As is it's a touch thin

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Photo of Samp01
3.27/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a dark brown with a medium beige head, light lacing. Aroma and Taste is sweet mild roasted dark caramel malt, grains with some light chocolate and coffee notes and mild bitterness. A crisp medium body on the palate with moderate carbonation. Finishes with a mild dark roasted malt, some chocolate and coffee and mild bitterness on the end for balance. Overall good drinking mild session style brew.

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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 metter98
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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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 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 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 JayQue
3.52/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The bottle says it was brewed by Red Hook Brewery for Resignation Brewery, using a Resignation recipe. Pours a fairly dense brown color with plenty of reddish highlights coming through. Light tan head, frothy, with a good size on a hard pour. Head retention is good. Thick bands of lacing on the glass.

Aromas is fairly good: roasted malt is featured but there is a little coffee and some bitterness. Flavor is similar to smell. Surprisingly hoppy.

Mouthfeel is a little light but crisp and nicely carbonated.

Overall a pretty decent lager.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.38/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a cola brown color with a one finger of tan colored head. The head fades relatively quickly leaving a tiny level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is biggest of a roasted malt smell with it also being mixed with some coffee aromas and a tiny bit of cocoa. Along with these smells are some caramel and a little bit of a yeasty smell.

Taste – The taste begins with a sweet darker fruit flavor of plum and cherry mixed with a milk chocolate and molasses sweetness as well. A roasted malt flavor is present right from the start with it remaining throughout the taste and with the sweeter flavors creating a base flavor for the brew. As the taste advances from the start, a little bit of a nutty flavor and some yeasty flavors come to the tongue. Around the middle of the taste a coffee flavor comes to the tongue with it growing more intense at the end of the taste, leaving a somewhat subdued but sweet and roasted flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is medium in thickness and creaminess with a carbonation that is average as well. The middle of the road carbonation and body give a decent balance for upholding the darker and sweeter flavors of the brew all while still maintaining a somewhat crisper and easier drinking feel for a black lager of 5.1 %.

Overall – A decent schwarzbier overall. And while a bit on the sweeter side it is rather drinkable with a decent bland of roasted flavors to match the sweet.

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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 dmgeng
3.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm a fan of the Chive and my dad really wanted to try this so I picked up a six pack.

A - Nice black color with a white head. Very similar to Guinness.

S - Roasty smell with some coffee/malt and some lager yeast tones.

T - A subtle mixture of roasted malt and lager taste. No real hops to this beer just the dark malt flavors that come through. The characteristic lager flavor is also present but isn't as predominant as a Budweiser. Reminds me of a Guinness with the lager taste added to it and the sour/acrid flavor removed. The bitterness from the roasted malt compliments the sweetness of the malt to make this beer a good example of a traditional Schwartz beer.

M - Light mouth-feel with not much aftertaste. The bitterness and light body make this beer finish crisp allowing you to drink more. Moderate carbonation making it come alive on your tongue.

Overall, it was a nice beer if you want to try a darker beer but not be laden down with the bitterness of a traditional stout. Like I said it is a little like Guinness but is definitely drinkable on a warm summer day. It isn't the best Schwartz beer I've had but I would recommend it to those who are the typical light lager drinker that wants to appreciate beer for taste rather than getting drunk.

Glass- Imperial Pint

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Photo of Ckhconn1
3.48/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

It is what it is. A party beer! Check out the website Chive.com. I could drink several of these around the pool. The price was a little high. I found it at my class 6 on Ft. Benning so I am sure it cost them a bit to get it.

Overall: a very drinkable beer for the long haul. After you have had your 90 minute.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Do you really wanna name your brewery after what you feel when you sadly settle? Anyway, this stuff pours a clear midnight garnet topped by a finger of glowing wan khaki foam. The nose comprises mildly roasted malts, cocoa powder, light coffee powder, toasted rye bread, and a touch of grass. The taste brings in more of the same, though the rye (now slightly less toasted, the underlying bread clearly visible) is now more potent and more upfront and self-confident. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, a nice little schwarz, nothing truly special, but something I wouldn't mind occasionally indulging in.

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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 cbutova
3.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Black bodied ale poured into my glass but some light pierces the very edges. A one finger white cap builds up to half a finger. Fizzy, foamy head falls to a ring quickly. Lacing is a mix of spots and webs.

S- Roasty grains come in smoothly reminding me of a Milk Stout in a way. Milk chocolate, biscuit, roast cereal grains and slight fruits from the yeast.

T- The roast profile from the aroma carries over but much more lager yeast comes into play in the flavor. Light fruits like apple and some bready yeast notes. Light cocoa powder, cereal, biscuit and toast grains form the base.

MF- Medium bodied overall with fairly high carbonation. While the carbonation is high, it does bring out a smooth, creamy texture onto the palate.

Promising aroma leads to just a decent flavor. The smooth malts in the smell get mixed up with a decent lager yeast profile and it feels a bit watered down.

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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 scratch69
3.51/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I poured a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance- Clear dark brown color with a half a fingers worth of head. Very light amount of lacing.

Smell- Roasted grain, earthy hops, and hints of chocolate and coffee.

Taste- Very similar to the nose with hints of molasses and caramel.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied and slightly creamy. Smooth with an average amount of carbonation.

Overall- A decent beer but nothing really noteworthy.

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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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KCCO Black Lager from Resignation Brewery
3.37 out of 5 based on 706 ratings.
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