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RATINGS: 242   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
A very dark yet surprisingly light-bodied Lager beer, crisp and refreshing with no heaviness.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
BilgeRat415 (11) - - MAR 1, 2012
Dark, delicious, and very drinkable. The low ABV makes it, by far, my favorite beer to session.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
forkwhy (1) - - MAR 16, 2014 does not count
Pours pitch black with a brown head. Smell is very roasty chocolate coffee with smoke, not to be confused with smoke in a smoked beer. Mouthfeel is nice and light like what you would expect from a clean lager or as clean as you can get with this style of beer. Although I would say technically this is a schwartzbier I would rather call it an American black lager. The flavor profile is way more intense than a german black beer, tastes just like it smells. To me this is my go to beer in the Bay Area.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
dhunter151 (590) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - JAN 26, 2013
One of my favorites. Coffee and chocolate notes. The coffee is more prominent though. Dry finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
joet (2501) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - AUG 24, 2001
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2014 This is a richly complex beer, tried on a lark on tap at Amnesia SF. The aroma hit and immediately rang 9-plus. Tobacco, roasty malts, burnt paper, like a pencil burning in a speeding pencil sharpener. The color is black as pitch. Dry light body with Mom’s Folger’s coffee flavors, minerals, and well integrated bitter. A very smooth, easy roast (near smoke) finish. Would be excellent late night with a cigar. This is a great beer!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
rmalloy (199) - los angeles, California, USA - JUL 26, 2002
Deep dark color and dark flavors like espresso and cocoa. Perfect sweetness and strength. Delightful.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
svastuber (1) - AUSTRALIA - JUN 18, 2015 does not count
In tap at Toronado SF. Black but light is alcohol and taste. At the beginning there are favors of tabacco and coffee. You immediately tell it is lighter and easy to drink for being such a dark beer. Brewed by one guy who is also delivering the beer, great local SF beer. Recommend tasting if given the chance!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
TylerTapRoom (2) - California, USA - JAN 22, 2011 does not count
toast, roasty, black, tan foam, lightly bitter, light body, coffee, chocolate. I love this beer. Death and taxes had become one of my favorite beers.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
HonusWagner (1978) - Florida, USA - MAR 22, 2011
UPDATED: MAY 8, 2011 This has got to be the pinnacle of its style, if not quite the pinnacle of all American brewing. Ridiculously roasted/charred/blackened. Coffee. Dark, dark, dark bitter chocolate. Hilarious that this made it to Mikkeller bar and I’ve never even seen their beer outside of Toronado SF.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BustaCap (1) - USA - AUG 9, 2001 does not count
This was one yummy beer. I had no idea it was a lager until after I had finsished the beer. Tasted more like a silky smooth porter with a very nice roasted taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
illidurit (2279) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 26, 2008
On tap at The Red in Santa Cruz. Black with tan head, opaque. Good retention and lacing. Smell is very appealing; roasted malt brings cocoa, dark chocolate, coffee bean aromas. Absolutely delicious, this beer tastes like a chocolate covered coffee bean. Hints of vanilla, slight hop bitterness, smoke. Excellent balance, flavors meld very seamlessly. Perfect carbonation, full body, low alcohol all contribute to a superb mouthfeel. Forget all day, I could drink this all week!

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