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.

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Photo of Ryan_Graham
3.33/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours dark black with little to no head. Smells like Bud light. Tastes fairly bland. This beer was very underwhelming. It starts watery and ends creamy. It tastes a lot like marshmallows. Some coffee notes find their way through as well. Overall I was not impressed. It's a decent beer but not the full-bodied experience I was expecting. It's OK.

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Photo of archyquaffer
3.39/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a longneck into a shaker pint glass. A moderate pour produces about a 3/4 inch off-wheat creamy head that dissipates down to a thin sheen with sticky lacing all around the glass. The color is on the light side for this style of beer, and is a relatively deep but still very transparent yellowish brown with pretty high carbonation.

Lots of biscuit malt aroma on the nose, along with some toasted grain and earthy hops. Coffee-like flavors are apparent along with some very biscuity malt, with maybe just a bit of unsweetened chocolate, particularly on the finish, which is pretty dry but with maybe some lingering dark fruit undertones along with the earthiness. Creamy mouthfeel. It does have a full-bodied feel for a lager.

I bought a six pack of this beer a few days ago. The first one I tried seemed to be overly toasted, to the point of tasting like coffee that's been on the burner too long. I don't know if there's some variety between bottles, but this particular beer lacked the over-toasted, charred flavor, or perhaps the biscuit just balanced out the toastiness better. Above average scores all around.

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Photo of wac9
3.29/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

not a bad beer it s dark it black i right to the point there nothing hiding in the beer if you like this kind of beer then grab a six pack taste great going down and loooks great in a glass the the darkness you deserves it a black lager that you can enjoy anytime i know i will

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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 Furlinator
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours translucent dark cola brown. The 1/4 inch khaki head fades to just a thin film on top and leaves very faint spots of lace.

The smell is of roasted grains, caramel, hazelnut and faint coffee. Similar to seven grain bread.

The taste is of bready grains, molasses and a faint nuttiness.

The texture is light bodied with high carbonation.

The label reads, "black lager" though, this is reminiscent of a brown ale. Roasted malt, caramel/molasses sweetness and faint nuttiness. Not bad at all.

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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 BucannonXC5
3.52/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Type: 12-oz. beer
Glass: Modern Times pint glass
From: VONS in Normal Heights (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $8.99 (w/ a VONS card for a 6-pack
Purchased: May 20, 2014
Consumed: May 21, 2014
Misc.: Born on date of March 13, 2014

Poured a dark brown, slightly black color with 1-to-2 fingers of tan head. Average semi-layered foamy lacing on the sides of the glass. Average retention.

Smelled cigarette smoke, smoky fire, dark chocolate, slight vomit, coffee malts, and faint notes of toffee and caramel. Not too appealing.

Tasted wood fire, creamy dark chocolate, caramel, toffee, cocoa powder and slight bitter coffee malts.

Medium body. Oily-to-creamy texture. Average carbonation. Long, smooth finish.

This beer had its moments. Some good things and bad things, but I’ll finish my six-pack and move on.

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

Pours a short head on a clear dark red colored body.
The aroma is lots of roasted and toasted malt and a little molasses. Quite nice.
The taste starts off mildly malty sweet, then balanced by some mild bitterness. Roasted malt. It drinks like a light porter.
The texture is light with moderate carbonation.
The taste profile could be smoothed out a little but everything good is there.

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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 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 Seanem44
3.42/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Starts off with a good look and a decent smell, however the overall taste disappointed me. For a lager as dark as it was, I expected more, however what I found was a beer that tasted watered down. Honestly, it could have been a very good beer. It had all the elements in place, but something in the process held it back. A little more heft, and a little more kick, and they might have something good. Not bad, but certainly not great. Mediocre at best.

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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 EvoRich
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Stumbled upon this stuff at Wegmans while looking for Southern Tier Mokah (no luck). Thought, hey KCCO black lager, I'll make a mix-a-six while I'm here.

Look: Very dark reddish brown in color. Definitely not black. Poured with a very quickly diminishing head. No lacing at all

Smell: Smells a bit chocolatey, a bit nutty. Smells promising.

Taste: Tastes right away like a dark lager (surprised?). Leaves a bit of a chocolate and nutty flavors in your mouth. Not a big fan on the taste up front, but the taste that stays in your mouth is quite pleasing.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied. I don't want to say watery. But it's not creamy.

Overall: It's pretty decent. I wouldn't call this beer bad. It's quite good actually, but I've had some very remarkable stuff, so it's up against some stiff competition. I've been wanting to try to for awhile. Glad I came across it. I'd have it again, but nothing I"m going to seek out.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.45/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12 ounce bottle - $1.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a medium dark brown body, appears clear, with a wispy, off-white, short-lived head.

Smell: You've got your toast, you've got your roast, but you've not got much of either, really. Just a little smoke, a little basic chocolate, and some fruity esters.

Taste: This one falls into the middle ground between toasty and roasty, but, it's not overly flavorful either way. Intermingled fruitiness, a lil' red berry. Light, spicy, leafy hops with a medium-low bitterness aided by the meager roastiness and edginess of the suds. As it warms, some chocolate emerges. Faintly roasty, drying finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body, not quite watery, though. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Not bad, but it feels more along the lines of a standard dark lager and not so much a full-on Schwarzbier.

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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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Photo of GallowsThief
3.45/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A – Dark root beer brown with a nice finger of off white head that settles quickly and disappears.

S – Very light florals with some roasted malts as well.

T – Roast comes through more in the taste then in the nose. Very light coffee flavor in the mix but not one that would put off coffee haters at all. Light cocoa and chocolate flavors as well. Light sums up the taste palate here completely.

M – Medium bodied with ample carbonation.

O – I am an unabashed Chiver but did not expect much here. I was pleasantly surprised but that does not mean the craft world will love this one. This is a very easy drinker and a good brew to enjoy on a picnic or a hot day. I dug it and the wife loved it and well that helps me out. Worth a try.

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Photo of Brewsky
3.62/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice for a dark American lager, but a pretty bland beer overall. Crystal clear pour with rapidly fading head from a 12oz bottle. Pleasant roasted taste. Notes of chocolate flavor. Thin mouthfeel with pleasant above average carbonation. Overall, it's a fine American Dark Lager.

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Photo of jlindros
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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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 puboflyons
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle marked 12:50-3-FEB 16-14. Sampled on March 15, 2014.

It pours more brown than black with little to no head but it does have decent clarity.

The aroma has a kind of dark malt and grainy m alt character with a mild bitterness. It does not come on strong.

Light to medium body.

The dark malts are more notable in the taste but something still seems a little bit off. It evolves to a slight hop bitterness at the end. Relatively drinkable.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.49/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Bert's
Clear dark brown color with ruby highlights and a smallish off white head that dissipates quickly. Caramel malt with a hint of chocolate and crusty bread makes up the majority of the aroma. The flavor is what I expected from the aroma. Toasted bread and light caramel and chocolate. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a slick smooth mouthfeel. Decent beer but less chocolate creamy mouthfeel than I usually expect from the style.

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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 Brenden
3.28/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

It definitely has the look of a Schwarzbier, with the dark color and easing in of light at the edges and into the body as well as the clarity and brightness considering. It has the lighter-bodied look despite a dark color. The head doesn't show a lot of structure, though not bad. It holds up as a sparsely bubbled cap maintaining a modicum of sloppy foam and leaves some spotting, even as some bubbling and a decently thick foam remains for the entirety.
The aroma's a bit difficult to pull out. There's toast with a roasted edge under a moderate but not particularly stable malt foundation. The toast does come out a little more and some dry baker's chocolate come out after time to fill it out.
The taste offers very much the same, and this barely goes the right direction between light being weak and actually having some structure and depth. The toast, roast and powdery semi-sweet cocoa do take their places, though, and a hint of acrid char eases out before it begs too much attention.
The light carbonation supports some crispness in a light body. It's a bit smooth, but it could use more than just simplicity to make it lighter and join the ranks of great Schwarzbiers.

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Photo of tone77
3.36/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cola color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is smokey, some firewood. Taste is light, smoke, some bitterness, a bit on the mild side. Feels light in the mouth and overall, while not a bad beer, just seems to be lacking any omph.

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