California Black Beer | Last Name Brewing

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California Black BeerCalifornia Black Beer

Brewed by:
Last Name Brewing
California, United States

Style: Euro Dark Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by russpowell on 01-03-2008

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Ratings: 32 |  Reviews: 18
Photo of discostu1113
4.18/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of beerinmybelly
2.57/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.25

Photo of nathanmiller
3.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3/5  rDev -6.8%

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4.28/5  rDev +32.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +16.5%

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3/5  rDev -6.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +16.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of Furlinator
3.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours translucent dark brown with a slight red tint. The head is off-white and leaves faint spotty lace.

Smell is of sweet roasted malt and molasses up front with faint coffee and a hint of nut aroma on the back end.

Taste is mostly sweet malt and molasses with a hint of coffee and faint hazelnut on the finish.

Mouthfeel in fairly light bodied with medium carbonation.

Overall, a pretty decent beer. It has many of the same characteristics as some popular brown ales and nut brown ales.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.2/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

On tap at Dale Brothers Brewery in Upland, CA.

Pours a clear dark brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, caramel, and nutty aromas. Taste is much the same with nutty and caramel flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer that is drinkable but has a much better smell to me.

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Photo of ashishangelo
3.75/5  rDev +16.5%

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3/5  rDev -6.8%

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3/5  rDev -6.8%

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3/5  rDev -6.8%

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3/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of steve8robin
3.45/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this bottle from a friend in CA. 22oz bottle...

A: A clear reddish color with a tiny white bubbles atop the brew. Ok.

S: A malty bready scent upfront. Some faint hints of vanilla in the middle and some wheat on the back. Ok.

T: A watery nutty taste upfront with a huge wheat wall. A creamy oat flavor on the backend. Interesting. Decent.

M: Light body with a good carbonation. A creamy finish. Decent.

D: Goes down very easy for some of the wrong reasons. Good.

All in all, nothing special. Tried 3 beers from this brewery and would not lose sleep to never try anymore judging from these.

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Photo of femmebiere
3.76/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It has a dark amber coloring with little light coming through. There was a thin head, but it went away quickly. There was not much of a smell to note any flavors. It was a very smooth drink with a malty taste without being rich. The mouthfeel is smooth and clean. There was a sweet finish with a hint of bitterness. It was a nice beer that isn't complex that is nice to relax with.

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Photo of weazal
3.37/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

SMELL: Not very aromatic. Mild dark sweetness a la molasses and maple syrup. The faintest note of smoky coffee. Some dark fruit sweetness comes out as it sits.

TASTE: A pleasant combination of a full mouth-feel with the brisk, easiness of a lager. Similar faint, dark, sweetness. A tangy berry-ness as other's noted. Hard to put your finger on before it goes down pretty quickly. Mild lingering sweetness.

A nice casual beer for when you want something decent but don't want the beer to dominate the experience.

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Photo of GRG1313
1.57/5  rDev -51.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Pours brown/black with a very short and thin white head.

Nose is all simple sweet malt and with a candi sugar nose. Some cooked peaches and pears-smells more Belgian that black beer.

Mouthfeel is thin, fizzy and with no body or character.

Flavors are completely missing. There is a thin, citric light lemon character. I would guess lemon or lime Perrier if I had this beer blind.

There is nothing redeeming here. I would say an old bottle (and which is perhaps the case) but I tasted it only within about a week, or so, of purchasing it off the shelves of a local store.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.42/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a one finger light tan head that vanishes leaving no lace. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Clear amber color. Nose is roasted malts. Favor is some caramel and roasted malts. Clean finish. Their best effort so far. $4.49 for a 22oz bottle from Liquorama Upland, CA.

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Photo of LycraCladChamp
4.48/5  rDev +39.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I decided to read the BJCP guidelines while judging this beer. this is my first judging for BA so here it goes.

Appearance: Dark red/deep ruby. reminds me of a ruby porter. head disappeared rather quickly but it had a slight brown tint to it. The beer is rather clear. Style: 4.5 Me: 3(I would have liked to have longer lasting head retention)

Smell: Very faint malty notes, a little sourness/DMS (Reminded me of when my dad would sauté squash on the BBQ) NO hop aroma at all. Style: 4.0 Me: 3.0 (I don't like the idea of carbonated squash juice)

Taste: No hop flavor. Very crisp flavor. there is a moderate flavor of Carmel and roasted malts. Style: 4.5 Me: 4.5

Mouth-feel: the beer is light and relatively low carbonation. Style: 4.5 Me:3.5 (I like a full bodied beer)

Drink-ability: the beer is very drinkable Me: 5.0

The beer come up short on the tongue (there is no staying power behind the beer, once you swallow the beer the flavors are gone). This reminds me of the brown tootsie pops from my childhood, or last week. Overall a very well put together beer. I hope when you try the beer you judge it like I did according to style and personal preference SEPARATELY.

You defiantly need to try this beer if you have a chance.

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Photo of mothman
3.72/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass.

Color is a burnt bark brown. Pours hardly any white head that fades to a thin ring around the edge. No lace noted.

Aroma: Very smoky. Roasted malts, chocolate, caramel.

Taste: Huge smoke flavor. Roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, caramel, earthy hops, and toffee.

Mouthfeel: Very smoky, smooth. Medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. Ends with a smoky flavored sticky aftertaste.

Overall, not a bad beer. Very drinkable. It appears that smoke is the main component of this beer and think it might be a little better if the smoke didn't dominate the flavor, still quiet drinkable.

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Photo of augustgarage
2.47/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass. Beer was bottled on 5/11/09 (just over 3 weeks ago).

Liquid is somewhere between auburn and bole, and glows a ruby-tinged burnt umber against the light. A substantive but short lived beige head leaves a very thin ring of foam just barely sustained by carbonation. Clarity is excellent.

The aroma is lightly roasted coffee, a slight sourness (perhaps from yeast), and a strong savory whiff of dimethyl sulfide.

It tastes of weak or stale coffee, unripe apples, light malt, and chocolate. Fairly sweet overall. Faintly nutty. Maybe a slight touch of diacetyl (butter/cream). A bit like a poorly mixed black & tan made with a decent porter rather than a stout. Unfortunately, the vegetal flavors become overwhelming...the "creamed corn" aspect interfers with everything else.

Crisp, fairly light-bodied but very smooth, almost slick really. Carbonation is decent but disguised.

A Dark American Lager that does well with appearance and OK with mouthfeel, and has some good flavors, but is pretty much ruined by DMS.

I'm having difficulty finishing my glass...

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Photo of yemenmocha
3.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours medium brown with tan head. Nose is somewhat faint, but has noticeable brown sugar and roasty components. Rather thin bodied on the palate (almost watery) with some light toasted grain flavors, brown sugar, and a light & sweet finish. Easy drinking, but only because it is so watery.

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California Black Beer from Last Name Brewing
Beer rating: 3.22 out of 5 with 32 ratings