Death & Taxes
Moonlight Brewing Company

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German Schwarzbier
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Ranked #2,297
4.18 | pDev: 9.33%
Moonlight Brewing Company
California, United States
Notes: A very dark yet surprisingly light-bodied Lager beer, crisp and refreshing with no heaviness.
Reviews: 135 | Ratings: 328 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by trxxpaxxs:
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4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to stupac2 for shipping me this growler/bottle...

A: Pours a deep brawn, basically black, with about a half finger of dark mocha colored head. the foam settles fairly quickly, but a nice froth around the edges is left. There is no lacing as it drinks.

S: The nose is roast, burnt toast, dark chocolate, and walnuts. There is a slight funk to it, but not to it's detriment.

T: Damn. This beer is a great mix of sweet and roasty right off the bat. It follows the nose is notes of burnt toast, dark chocolate, nuts, caramel, and bread. I pick up some mild licorice notes in the middle, and it finishes with some solid hop bitters. Really interesting and pretty darn tasty.

M: Medium bodied beer. The flavors are great, it's not too thick, and it's unbelievably drinkable. It's smooth from start to finish and finishes creamy.

O: Great beer. It seems fairly complex and it's gets even zanier as ti warms. I'm actually really impressed. Damn. I'd drink this all day long if I could. Solid!

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Photo of ArrogantB
4/5  rDev -4.3%
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 RaulMondesi
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
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 Smakawhat
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
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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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of WillCarrera
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Toronado SF, poured into a pint glass.

A- Pours pitch black with a creamy brown head, leaves good lacing.

S- Big smoky malt, some chocolate and caramel, big malt bomb basically.

T- Huge malts again, chocolate and dry, smoky coffee, lightly charred grain and peat.

M- Medium-bodied, creamy and smooth feel.

O- An awesome beer, Moonlight makes some of the most flavorful lagers I've had in a long time, this is a really drinkable, tasty beer.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

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3.87/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Coddingtown Whole Foods Tap Room in Santa Rosa.

A: Very dark with a thick off white head. Leaves nice lacing all the way down.

S: Roasted smoky smell. Coffee and dark chocolate are on the forefront.

T: Same as smell. Smoky, roasted coffee flavor with a bit of chocolate. Leaves a bit of an aftertaste that I really enjoy. Very nice and complex.

M: Medium bodied with good carbonation.

O: Awesome. Very complex beer. Whenever I see this on tap, I order it. At 5% this is a beer you can and should have a few of.

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Death & Taxes from Moonlight Brewing Company
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 328 ratings