RateBeer
overall
78
89
style

bottled
available

on tap
unknown

Local Distribution

Add Distribution Data
RATINGS: 22   MEAN: 3.46/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.3   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
Share this beer with friends!
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Using all organic ingredients and fermenting our black lager at ale temperatures, we’ve given this traditional German Schwarzbier style a decidedly California twist. The result is a truly flavorful and extremely drinkable black beer. Enjoy, and stay Lucky!


4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dmui4031 (7) - - NOV 27, 2012 does not count
My favorite organic beer. Dark, malty, hoppy. Surprisingly flavorful for an organic. Great brew!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
asedzie (587) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 26, 2010
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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hophead22 (2880) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - MAY 22, 2012
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)

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Oscbert (1010) - Sacramento, California, USA - AUG 28, 2013
~Light roasted malt aroma of chocolate and light coffee with vanilla bean. ~Pours pitch black with big fluffy lasting brown head. ~Nice roasty malt flavor. Almost borderline burnt but not quite, so it is really smooth. Some woody flavors, cocoa and coffee. ~medium bodied with high CO2, lingering sweet yet roasty finish. ~Very enjoyable black lager. Great style of beer. Could drink these all day.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fatehunter (1179) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - FEB 9, 2013
Poured into a lager glass. A thin, tan head on a black body. The aroma is rich, roasted malt. Pretty good, if one-sided. The taste is roasted malt at first, then a big kick of lemon bitterness. It seems a little disjointed but I like it. The texture is smooth with moderate carbonation. Not a bad black lager.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hayduke (3322) - Eureka, California, USA - APR 18, 2013
This beer was a shared tasting with Strykzone on Facebook Chat This poured the appropriate black you would expect from a Schwarzbier and raised a big bubbled and robust head. The nose was roasted malts and some treacle. Medium in body it had the smooth clean lager mouth feel. The flavor was roasted malts and the treacle like the aroma. Right on the mark for this style beer and very easy drinking and enjoyable.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
monk191 (803) - California, USA - MAY 23, 2013
A very nice black lager. Pours a nice thick black with a light tan head. Smells great, like a vanilla latte. Tastes great as well, toasted coffee with a sweet malty finish. Very good! Had in the bottle at Billcos. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
VinegarStroke (266) - Napa, California, USA - OCT 13, 2013
Bottle: Brown to black. Very dense amber head. Lifted roasted malt , coffee, molasses, slight char or smoke and just a hint of hops. Dry, high CO2. Not bitter. Roasted palate. Medium weight. Fresh bright palate. Long. Smokey or burnt but bright. Interesting beer. Heavy aromas, bright palate. Clean finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7832) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAY 22, 2012
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?) ’s 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
marcus (6339) - Sacramento, California, USA - AUG 8, 2012
Pours black with a huge tan head that won’t go away and a treacle aroma. There is a smooth dark malt flavor with a very dry finish. Easy to drink.


We Want To Hear From You



Join us! RateBeer is made by beer enthusiasts for the craft beer community. Your basic membership is free and allows you to read all beer ratings. Click here to create your account... and give your opinion!

Join Us »



Page    1  2 3


Tick this beer

for your profile
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Copyright © 2000-2014,
RateBeer LLC. All rights
reserved.
about us
About RateBeer
FAQ
Contact/Feedback
New Beers
add
Advanced Search
Add A Beer
Add A Brewer
Add A Place
Events
membership
Log In
Edit Personal Info
Buy Premium Membership
Your Messages
the best
RateBeer Best
100 Beer Club
The Top 50