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RATINGS: 60   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.82/5   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
California Black Beer is a well-balanced American dark lager that emphasizes its grain. It has a slightly roasted character with a slight sweetness and a hint of chocolate malt. Like the bear, it is called black. But if you look close, it’s really brown.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
nbutler11 (1267) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - JUN 14, 2008
Enjoyed this on tap at Papago’s in Scottsdale, and ended up taking home a bomber from their fridge. Elegant pour with a faint taste of hazlenut and banana. Not an ambitious dark lager, but thuroughly enjoyable and something I’d be happy to have waiting for me on tap.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - JUN 21, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2008 7 day old bottle... clear medium dark woody brown cola color and a little tan head. grainy, house yeasty aroma with notes of chocolate, metal, wood, fruit/banana? and coffee. flavor is similar... quite bland mix of nuttiness, coffee, chocolate malt and light spiciness on the finish. light to medium body with a soft texture and prickly carbonation. it’s not great but i could easily drink a bunch of this. 6/3/6/3/13/3.1

been drinking a lot of this lately as it is so well priced and suited for the heat... when consumed from the bottle the flavors are enhanced. nut, chocolate and coffee really stand out in almost porter quantities. clean finish keeps me coming back...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Blairgus (4122) - California, USA - JAN 18, 2013
18 jan 2013, tap at Dale Bros brewery. Dark amber and clear. Nose is coffee and tree bark. Thin body and moderately fizzy. Tastes of coffee grains and dried malt. Pretty good for a dark lager. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - SEP 6, 2009
Bottle 65 cl. Clear orangey brown with an off-white head. Roasted malt in the nose. Medium body, roasted malt and a little licorice. Subdued bitterness. 210809

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
brokensail (16055) - Dublin, California, USA - MAR 8, 2013
Very dark brown in color with a khaki head. Starts off with some coffee and licorice notes, a bit of chocolate, and a nice earthiness. Some molasses and toffee sweetness, and a hint of fruit. Mild sweetness to the flavor with a smooth roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee character. Some hints of fruit, earthy and floral hops, lots of anise, minimal bitterness, and a light metal note on the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Saarlander (1686) - Saarlouis, GERMANY - FEB 27, 2007
A ruby colored pour to this one, abit of a confusing flavor to this one for me, its hopped well enough, Malt is fine too, but there’s abit of a spice flavor to it on the aftertaste, don’t know what it is, but not a bad brew at all, abit watery on the finish, but good, different flavor. Decent brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 30, 2007
Bottle from Saarlander: Pours a clear copper color with a light tan head. Aroma, caramel malts, some roasted notes, a bit nutty. Flavor, doughy, caramel, nutty. A dry roasty finish, some fruits were in there as well. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
eaglefan538 (3027) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - APR 24, 2009
Pour was dark black, schwarzbier-looking, decent choco-colored head too. The aroma was chocolatey munich malts, dry grains. The flavor followed the aroma, sweet thick malt chocolate with some cocoa elements, biscuits, faint roast, finishing with some floral hops (odd?) too. The dryness of the finish I like in my dunkels or schwarz (this seemed to be more of the latter), was overwhelmed by the malty thickness, over-sweetness. Mouthfeel was a bit thick to finish clean with a lager-like element. A decent brew, though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - JUL 4, 2010
22oz bottle. Rating #50. Dark reddish/brown color with a dirty white head. Nice roasted malt aroma, a slight sugar sweetness as well, pretty nice. Light toasted flavor up front and a little dark fruit sweetness, a bit thin but not bad at all. Decent stuff. (1280)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bockyhorsey (2628) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JUL 20, 2008
Bomber courtesy of hellbilly. Multibple aromas of coco, coffee and some wheat. Black body held to light red body with good beige head. Sweet cola soda carbinated flavor with a mix of roast and dry coffee blended in. Sweetness lingers on the palate along with some dryness. Decent beer alot going on in this one.

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