Death & Taxes Black Beer | Moonlight Brewing Company

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Death & Taxes Black BeerDeath & Taxes Black Beer

Brewed by:
Moonlight Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: German Schwarzbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Ratings: 315 |  Reviews: 132
Reviews by Bang34:
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4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The only beer you can depend on. Dark, very dark in appearance, small tan head but the tender just poored it that way. Chocolate, Coffee aroma and nutty coffeelike taste with a little hop kick at the end, surprisingly drinkable for something that looks like it would be so heavey.

This was one of my favorite beers when playing pool with my buds. It is only available on tap in the SF Bay area but if you see it, go for it. If you like porters and stouts try this, it is similar but a little different.

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Photo of Smakawhat
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap into a shaker pint at Toronado SF.

Deep mahogany brown, presented up to the rim with a faint tan collar, and just a smidge of brown head. While finishing the beer may actually be red, hard to tell might be the neon in the bar.

Absolutely ripping grain aroma on the brew. Ripped husky grain and lots of milk chocolate quality on the nose. Clean smelling. Big and nearly rich, but waffery all over. Fantastic.

Palate does not disappoint. Big crackling grain notes in the mid palate, followed by waffered chocolate and a bit of coffee. Literaly tastes like chocolate covered grain seeds. Mild sensing notes and a great lager crisp body all over.

Wonderfully balanced and presented, with a classic lager feel. Wonderful brew.

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Photo of RaulMondesi
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Toronado in San Francisco, CA.

It took a sip or two, but after the third one, Raulsky almost done lost his mind like Nietzsche in 1889. As I came back from my stupor, I was awaked by beautiful and glorious notes of chocolate and roasted coffee. Then, as the main man went in for another sip, it was almost his mind that became roasted. Beautiful and "light," but light with rich and robust flavors.

I suggest riding the Midnight Ghost like Kerouac up to San Francisco to try this one, my children.

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

On tap at the Toronado in San Francisco and only $5. Dark black, good head. Aroma is dark malts, nice. Flavor is dark malts with hints of mild chocolate and a definite lager flavor. This definitely tastes like a schwartzbier. Another nice beer from Moonlight.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This one poured a thick, ominous dark brown in color with a light white head. It really does look like death . . . and taxes.

Smell – The rich, burnt malts are raw and rich. Did I mention they were rich? You can almost taste this with your nose.

Taste – The big burnt malts really take over this lager. There are some sugary cane flavors throughout the flavor profile as well and little hops to speak of.

Mouthfeel – I’ll call this a big medium-bodied with some good, malty bittering and a bit of coffee grounds going on in here.

Drinkability – This is a terrific sipper with a big bitter finish. The Schwarzbiers I had in Germany were a little more balanced, but this was a definite winner.

Comments – This was actually my 1,500th beer review, although when I went to post it my review numbers jumped by 30 or so overnight. Must have been some programming change by The Bros.

Anyway, this was a real treat and proved to be another signature beer from the ever-ingenious Moonlight Brewing. These guys never cease to amaze, and I felt honored to partake of this fine Schwarzbier at the Flavor Bistro with my wonderful wife and a great BA, Rapapoda.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Another cool beer from Moonlight. Tried on tap at several places in the Bay Area including Jupiter and Amnesia.

A: French roast coffee color with a huge mocha head. Chunky and sticky. Assertive carbonation replenishes head with each tilt of the glass. Well done.

N: Roasted, toasted, grain. German yeasts, coffee, chocolate, and a hint of spice.

T: Loaded with flavor. Mild stringy sugarcane sweetness but balanced nicely by coffee like acids. Heaps of dark malts, loads of chocolate and coffee. Finish of spicy hops.

MF: Smooth as good porter on cask. Fricking awesome.

D: Dangerous. Drinks like a Helles.

A great dark lager. In the same league with Sprecher’s Black Bavarian.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to RedwoodG for his hard work in getting this beer into my hands. Completed, signed, postmarked and home bottled on Oct. 19, 2006. Pours into my glass a deep black hue with a sliver of dark brown shooting out when held to the light. A nice light tan head sits atop the brew. Aromas begin with a strong roasty, smoky maltiness with a touch of chocolate. Black coffee notes mix in as well as a fairly big green hoppiness. Subtle graininess and caramel. Overall quite a nice aroma.

First sip brings a smooth, somewhat dry maltiness with a deep roasted flavor along with a touch of smokiness. Bitter coffee makes itself quite known along with a chocolate flavor as well. Flows down with a touch of bitter green hops. Quite bitter overall with just barely enough sweetness to counteract. This is a black lager thats packed full of flavor and I found it quite enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is quite arid and light in body with a somewhat chalky dryness to it as well. Goes down incredibly easy and is packed full of flavor. An interesting brew that I'm happy to have had the chance to sample.

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Photo of Beerswag
4.01/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of merlin48
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle from RedwoodGeorge's magnificent bottling project. Thanks for the opportunity! Pours a dark, ebony body topped by a small cocoa head. Rings of lacing are left on the glass. Looks very much a stout instead of a lager. Aroma is dark chocolate and caramel accented by earthy hops and a citrusy note. A kiss of wood smoke adds a pleasant touch. Light medium body with an ideal medium carbonation. Taste has a lasting smokiness, almost like a rauchbier. Dark chocolate maltiness is dominant, balanced by an interesting hops bitterness that wavers between earthiness and citrus. Beautifully executed schwarzbier here that ranks up there with Sprecher Black Bavarian as America's best for the style. I love the smokiness in this one.

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Photo of aquazr1
4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of asuburbanman
5/5  rDev +20.2%

Photo of alienlifeforcecube
3/5  rDev -27.9%

Photo of rob133
5/5  rDev +20.2%

Photo of sourdog
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of rudylaw
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ Flavor Bistro. Served in a Moonlight pint glass.

Pours a brownish to black with ruby/copper highlights. A good finger's worth of head is present on the initial pour but settles down to a rim soon enough.

Roasty cocoa in the nose. Hints of chocolate mingle with the roast as well.

Same and straightforward in the taste. It's has medium carbonation and is very smooth going down. Nothing fatiguing about this lager at all! Extremely drinkable and very enjoyable!

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Photo of OStrungT
3.97/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a very dark brown color that looks black in the glass. It boasts a thin tan head that fades fast, leaving many laces in its wake.

This beer has a smokey aroma. It smells malty also, with a slight coffee aroma. Very odd from a Schwarzbier. It has a mild chocolate aroma as well. Lots of caramel in this one.

This beer tastes exactly like it smells. Caramelly upfront with a good amount of smoke flavor. Coffee and chocolate mix in as well. Again, very odd for a Schwarzbier.

This beer was refreshing. It was light in body. It goes down smooth, leaving a smokey aftertaste.

I think this beer might make a decent session beer. It is low enough in alcohol. The only problem would be that the flavor might become a little cloying after a time.

Overall: I have had this beer before, and I liked it. I still like it. I tend to find myself leaning away from lagers, and drinking more sour beers and hop bombs. This beer is a good reminder that there are many good lagers out there.

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Photo of stereosforgeeks
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of rastaman
3.33/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tap, Toronado, San Francisco. A pretty unique dark lager. Mashy/oaty, quite ashy and salty, pretty big hit of hops and bitterness. Pretty tasty, but a little unbalanced. Quite smooth and grainy to , pretty interesting stuff, didn't think it was a dunkel when i was trying it though.

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

Photo of InfernoBoss
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of ggaughan
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Toronado. Poured a deep brown, almost black color with a fluffy white head with good lacing. The aroma is led by some bold roasted malts, coffees and a bit of hops in the background. The taste is what you smell, big toasty malts with a bit of hop bitterness blended well. This beer is enjoyable and leaves your mouth wanting more. This is my first Moonlight beer and I really enjoyed it. Wish I could get some of their beers back in the East.

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Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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

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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Death & Taxes Black Beer from Moonlight Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 315 ratings