Death & Taxes Black Beer | Moonlight Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Moonlight Brewing Company
California, United States
moonlightbrewing.com

Style: Euro Dark Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-11-2003

BEER STATS
Ratings:
306
Reviews:
131
Avg:
4.16
pDev:
9.62%
 
 
Wants:
81
Gots:
33
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 306 |  Reviews: 131
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

absolute classic, literally bulletproof, and just so darn good and drinkable. honestly, this sets the standard for the style here in the states and maybe anywhere at all. looks like a porter or stout in the glass, fully black in color and holding its inch of tan head unrelinquishingly. fine fine aroma, jet black malty roastedness, unbrewed fresh ground coffee beans, bitter dark cocoa, mild pine from some hops, and a classic old world lager yeast strain robust enough to stand up to all of it. the flavor is the same, tons of dark malts, eve a hint of smoke and raisin to this, but its simple in its depth, which is an uncommon treat. still obviously a lager, but with some real bod at the same time that its incredibly light. bitter to finish too, hops and grain do it together, and its just so smooth going down. dry too, it doesnt linger like so many black ales and lagers in this niche. its quite special in overall quality, and while we all have tasted countless attempts at this kind of greatness, this beer is one of a kind, the best of its field, and the more i drink this, the more im sure the margin of victory for it is monumental. this thing is an institution, without a doubt one of the very best. i froth for this one every time. its as good as black lager can be!

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

On tap. Have wanted to try this. Tasty! Awesome dark lager. Smell balances potency and amiability. Easy to drink but also very deep and satisfying. Roasty, toasty, mild, nuanced. Pretty much exactly what I was expecting. One of the best dark, light bodied beers I have ever had.

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Photo of festizio
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of trevorpost
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of probert
3.55/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of liquorpig
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of runeatdrink
3.94/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jmdrpi
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

on draft, served in a 12 oz glass

very dark, close to black in color, but not much head. nice pleasant aroma of chocolately roasted grains. taste is more mild, restrained. thinner bodied, easy drinking.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.96/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a mini-growler into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a very dark mahogany brown, appearing opaque black in the glass with a half finger light khaki head that dissipates to patches with slight lacing. Aroma of dark toasted malt, coffee and cocoa. Flavor is dark toasted malt with moderate char, a little smoky, cocoa and drip coffee. Finishes with charred malt, coffee beans and slight grassy hops. Light to medium bodied with good carbonation. This definitely has a schwarzbier profile rather than a Euro dark lager. There is good smoky, toasted malt with a little graininess, coffee and light chocolate flavors. Richly and evenly flavored for the ABV. Nicely done. Reviewed as a schwarzbier.

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Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown color with no head or carbonation evident.
Eye wheat grains citrus chocolate and roasted malts. Medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall a good Euro lager but not a style I love; still looking for their Czech pilsner....

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Photo of Buck89
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint glass. An opaque chestnut brown color with a modest tan head. Nice lacing in the glass. There were aromas of bitter roasted malt. Some coffee and cocoa. The palate featured a clean roasty flavor, with moderate bitterness and some char. Clean and dry finish with medium body. A flavorful beer but not a standout in the style.

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Photo of BabaBeer
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StoutBoi
4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of tomb_ride
4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheSixthRing
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on-tap at Final Gravity in Roseville, CA

Appearance - Served to the brim in a pint glass, the brew is near black with dark, ruby highlights. An island of suds decorate the surface along with a razor thin ring around the edge of the glass. Lacing consists of a few broken lines and miniscule spotting.

Smell - Moderate aroma, with equal notes of coffee and earthy nuttiness. A touch of brown sugar sweetness sits beneath.

Taste - Light, but flavorful notes of coffee, nuttiness that hits on peanut and hazelnut character, and a touch of chocolate. Faint, earthy hops. Balanced finish.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied with fair carbonation. Super smooth and utterly crushable. A beer that will work all year, in any weather.

Overall - Light, but very tasty. Probably the best black lager I've had to date. It has the spirit of an adventurous porter, with the body of a quenchable lager. This is great.

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Photo of impending
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bkwhoppa66
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bump8628
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PSully1021
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of IBUQT
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of MastuhChief
4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of sloelco
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Stewmeister91
4.74/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of James_Michaud91
4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of OUJayhawk1799
4.44/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Death & Taxes Black Beer from Moonlight Brewing Company
4.16 out of 5 based on 306 ratings.
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