J_man (619) - Tustin, California, USA - AUG 10, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This is a really dark beer especially for a lager, but is an absolutely beautiful garnet color under a strong light. Woody, chocolate and slight sour aromas topped with a medium tan head that is surprisingly voluminous and persistant. Unfortunately, those sour aromas follow in the taste and I donít think these are intended. While it doesnít seem to be the infected sour flavor, I think this is due to the fermenting at higher temperature (which Iíve tasted in homebrews before). While the sour dominates, there is some nice light milk and dark chocolate flavor in there and these actually hang around in the aftertaste which makes this a lot more drinkable. Finishes very dry with a woody, husky quality.
marcus (5605) - Sacramento, California, USA - AUG 8, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours black with a huge tan head that wonít go away and a treacle aroma. There is a smooth dark malt flavor with a very dry finish. Easy to drink.
BMan1113VR (7690) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAY 22, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle with the red label. Black Cali Common, eh? Massively audible release of carbonation when uncapped. Pours with mostly head (medium brown, large bubbles, huge in volume, creamy, medium lasting) over a near black to deep cola hued body. Some brownish red-highlight that make it seem pretty clear. Retention is pretty solid. Roasty, bready, malty and lightly leathery aromas. A touch smokey, earthy, spicy. Bacon, jerky. Medium apple like esters. Brown sugar. Flavors are dry, roasty, bready, medium crisp, estery, raw apple, low acetaldehyde, smokey, leather, medium roast, grainy, fruity. Resembles a black version of Shelenkra (sp?) ís Helles, albeit with a few more yeast biproducts. Dry, lively, somewhat small bodied. A bit crisp. Pretty sessionable. Feels smaller than 5.5% with minimal heaviness. Pretty solid.
Hophead22 (2880) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - MAY 22, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle. Rating #8. Dark and dense, black with s nice creamy tan head. Nice aroma, light roast with a good amount of cocao. Dark roast with sweet chocolate flavors and a bitter coffee finish. (2374)
bb (6481) - Alamo, California, USA - MAR 5, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Dark mahogony beer with a dark cream head. Light roast and caramel aroma. Light roast and caramel flavor. Medium bodied. Caramel and light roast lingers with a light mineral note.
kmweaver (3200) - Petaluma, California, USA - NOV 16, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle, purchased at Bottle Barn. Pours a deep brown color; thin, fine-bubbled light-tan head. Restrained levels of roast and bitter chocolate in the aroma. Medium-light to medium bodied; a pretty robust lager that seems to be channeling Moonlight Death & Taxes, although it doesnít have the same degree of malty richness as Brianís beer; there might be a touch of green apple / acetaldehyde here, but it doesnít really mess up anything, and gets included alongside a prominent mineral note; a tasty black lager showing a fair amount of chocolate, cocoa, and restrained roastiness; well-handed stuff. Medium-length finish, with a lasting mineral bitterness and roasted malt notes; cocoa; nicely dry.
bhensonb (9816) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 5, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber from Bottle Barn in Santa Rosa, CA. Pours very dark brown with a slight tan head. Nice chocolate aroma with mild florality. So Black California Common. Interesting. Medium body with sharp carbonation. Flavor is smooth dark malt with mixed milk/dark chocolate. Thereís definitely some hoppy bitter in the finish. Itís a very nice beer.
asedzie (565) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 26, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Description hints that this may be a dark california common beer - intriguing! Pours deep dark brown with tan head. Nose is light floral hops and roasted goodness, mild milk chocolate, very subtle coffee, yeasty doughiness. Flavor has excellent cohesion of several elements, light fruitiness, roasted grain, caramel, fruity esters, finish is lingering roasted notes and very slight bitterness. A definite success for this brewer, overall much more well-constructed than their common.
rmussman (1584) - California, USA - MAR 27, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled in a 22oz bottle from Whole Foods Potrero Hills in SF. Pours dark black. Aroma is sweet and taste is smooth with mild hopping and crisp malts. A good brew. Not too heavy but packed full of flavor.
Aquilo (511) - Berkeley, California, USA - MAR 23, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is a good looking beer, dark black with a thick creamy head and some lacing. Aroma is funky and earthy, and I thought it was a bit off-putting. Thereís some roasty malty in there, but they are overpowered by the strange funk. The flavor is moderately bitter. Overall, this is a drinkable beer, and I look forward to more Lucky Hand beers in the future.