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RATINGS: 147   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.04   IBU: 17   EST. CALORIES: 141   ABV: 4.7%
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Santo is a black Kölsch, which technically doesn’t exist as a style, but this is as close as we can come to describing it. Essentially it is brewed using a Kölsch recipe with the addition of Munich and black malt. It is light bodied and floral yet with a distinct dark malt flavor. Our goal was to create a dark yet refreshing beer that would pair perfectly with a plate of enchiladas. The label artwork is by Houston artist Carlos Hernandez who is known for his Day of the Dead Rock Star series of paintings and prints.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
mile (3093) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 22, 2012
Bottle. Dark brown, average and mostly diminishing light brown head. Moderate, malty and sweetish aroma, light roasted malt with some caramel and light toffee. Body is medium, malty and sweetish flavor, some caramel/toffee and light bread with light roasted malt. Finish is average, malty and sweetish, light/toffee caramel and faint roasted malt. "Kölsch" with caramel and toffee - way too sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
badlizard (5537) - Berkeley, California, USA - APR 16, 2012
Bottle. Sweet lightly citrus aroma and taste with a malty almost caramel like flavor dominating.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dresden (909) - Saskatchewan, CANADA - APR 5, 2012
This is a kolsch? It just basically tastes like a weird brown ale. Dark clear brown with a small foamy head that stays all the way through. Aroma of burns grains and caramel. Tastes malty, bit of sweetness. Not as bad as the ratings say, but not great either.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
AndresTM (319) - Vienna, AUSTRIA - MAR 27, 2012
To be fair, I only had a few sips, but I was left unimpressed. Little darkness to speak of, other than the visual one. Both nose and taste are dominated by grains, with only subtle hints of chocolate and earth. Rather thin body with adequate carbonation. More pleasing to the other three senses than to the two it should cater to.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kramer (5063) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 23, 2012
12 oz bottle. Pours a ruby brown body with a small fizzy light beige head that faded to a thin film. The nose is almost brown ale like, some fruity notes over some darker toasted malt and some light roast. Smells a bit husky and grainy. The flavor is quite husky with a bit of weak roasted malt. Some light coffee notes, light dusty yeast. Not really sure what they were doing here, I’m all for experimenting, but a ’black kolsch’ is just dumb. They ought to have just called this beer and not named a style. Lighter bodied with soft fizzy carbonation. Not a bad drink, but not one to seek out.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
decaturstevo (5198) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - MAR 20, 2012
Hazed orange/brown pour with white head. Bready, papery, light roasted malt. Apple, bread, and papery bitter. thin and watery but ok.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
AWMiller (512) - Mansfield, Texas, USA - MAR 9, 2012
yuck! didn’t care for the taste. aftertaste was bland and not enjoyable. not impressed in any sense.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
BelgianBeerGal (3232) - Panama City, Florida, USA - JAN 31, 2012
Central Market bottle. "Black Kolsch"...now the appearance makes sense because it was way darker than expected. Definitely get some lager notes from the aroma but also the darker, dusty malt. Flavor is light with the dark malt appearing again in the short finish. Okay I suppose. Neat idea.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jhamp9 (1112) - Corinth, Texas, USA - JAN 27, 2012
Poured a very dark mahogany with a nice cream head and a ton of lacing. Aroma was some hay, toasted malt and a little funky. Taste was nuts, somewhat toasty, and a little sweet.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
zvikar (3565) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - JAN 27, 2012
At a tasting, thanks beer_and_beyond, pours bronze to brown with a medium head, aroma of chocolate, honey, olives and mushrooms, flavor is a bit dry with cocoa, malt and acidity, light bodied

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