popery (1879) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 21, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, home. This beer pours just about the exact color of black coffee. The head is a light mocha cream that dissipates a bit faster than I’d like and doesn’t seem to leave all that much lacing. The aroma is a bit muted for the style. There’s a yeast note that overpowers the roasted malt, which contributes some nice coffee and dark chocolate flavors. The taste is mildly sweet. I’d prefer this beer a bit drier, but there’s a nice hop bite in the finish that reigns things in. Feel is just ok, a bit watery. Nice beer; I’d like to see more from this brewery.
Aquilo (599) - 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. There’s 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.
bhensonb (13742) - 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. There’s definitely some hoppy bitter in the finish. It’s a very nice beer.
kmweaver (3207) - 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 doesn’t have the same degree of malty richness as Brian’s beer; there might be a touch of green apple / acetaldehyde here, but it doesn’t 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.
Strykzone (6275) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - APR 17, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber from Hayduke. We had it together via facebook chat. This poured black and had a really big beige head. It bordered on being a gusher. But the foam was very light and drinking through it was not a problem. A roasted aroma. The flavor was also roasted notes with treacle. Some cooked brown sugar. A fizzy feel that eventually left my tongue numb. I needed a lighter beer tonight and this fit the bill nicely. It was flavorful and interesting.
bb (8269) - 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.
DedicatedToFun (4000) - Santa Monica, California, USA - JAN 12, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Overall decent black lager but nothing to write hone about smooth dark tasty and good to go
anders37 (22307) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 7, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft @ SF Beer Week Opening Celebration 2013, Concourse Exhibition Center, San Francisco, CA. Pours a dark brown color with a small off-white head. Has a slightly roasted malty weak bready caramel aroma. Slightly roasted malty caramel flavor with weak hints of chocolate. Has a roasted malty caramel finish.
rmussman (1701) - 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.
J_man (900) - 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 don’t think these are intended. While it doesn’t seem to be the infected sour flavor, I think this is due to the fermenting at higher temperature (which I’ve 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.