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RATINGS: 158   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.07   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cgarvieuk (16775) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 4, 2012
Bottle at chrisO ... soft toffee ... light sweet ... dry malt nose ...soft toffee malt ... juicy fruits ... lightfruits ... ok

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AmEricanbrew (6215) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - AUG 3, 2012
Deep ruby red color with tan sheen. Big peppery, spicy, nutty, vegetal aromas. Light body with avg co2. Lightly sweet dark caramel, nutty, black peppercorn flavors--crisp bitter finish--not bad

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
msante79 (2212) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - JUL 27, 2012
12oz bottle I had in Dallas. Pours dark brown with light tan head. Aromas of chocolate, nuts, caramel, and some light yeast and hops. Flavors of cocoa, yeast, roasted nuts, spicy hops, and some yeast. Carbonation is sharp. Refreshing brew and nice surprise.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
vyvvy (4557) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JUL 8, 2012
Thanks a bunch to Terminus for picking this one up for me. It pours clear mahogany brown with a tan head. The aroma has light cocoa, nuttiness, spicy hops and an overall cleanness. It has a medium body that’s crisp and refreshing with frothy semi-sharp carbonation. The flavor starts with clean spiciness, not bitter roasty malt, cocoa, hazelnut and cream. The finish adds a bit of snappy grassiness. Very enjoyable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beerenberger (1563) - Fischer, Texas, USA - JUL 4, 2012
A deep mahogany brown with a nice tan head and moderate lacing. The nose is primarily roasted malts with notes of grain. The taste is roasted malt with notes of nuts. Hops are not predominate. There is a pleasing charred aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium and smooth. A very nice beer, by itself or with food. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
thirdeye11 (5739) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 22, 2012
(12oz bottle) medium brown, creamy Tan bubbles. Nose of light spicy yeast, honey and nuts. Taste is smooth, lightly nutty, honey and medium body. Well carbonated. Decent palate cleanser.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
jdp (59) - Texas, USA - JUN 6, 2012
The label presents that you have a beer that is strong. Not even close. It pours a dark mahogany color. Smell is of faint sweet grain. A little bit too much carbonation. Flavor is extremely mild. Slightly sweet maybe a faint hint of molasses and then carbonation to ruin what little flavor it had. The hop profile is barely noticeable. This is a boring beer that doesn’t go down very easy because it’s over carbonated. If you like say negra modelo and want something lighter, less flavor and more carbonation.. this is probably your style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Maverick34 (2514) - New York, USA - JUN 1, 2012
Bottled. Pours brown, serous malt aroma. some mild floral hops at the end . Actually rather enjoyed this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Terminus (3327) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - MAY 28, 2012
Bottle-Purchased at H.E.B in Boerne, TX-pours deep amber mahogony color with a very small kacki fizzy head aroudn the rim of the glass with vigorous carbonation. first impression i had when the nose hit me was a touch of smoke and char with a hint of sweet chocolate. lite amounts of carmel and toffee. No hops to speak of for a kolsch. flavors express the large amount of burnt char malt tones with some carmel and toffee undertones. again, no hops here. Wish the spicy hops were a bit more in there as well. however, not a kolsch in the slightest, more of a schwarzbier or something along those lines. A cool and unique twist on a style and definately under-rated.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Angelmonster (139) - Colorado, USA - MAY 15, 2012
Pours an extremely dark brown body with a frothy cream colored head. Lacing and head retention are good. Smell is of fresh baked biscuits, slightly burned. Also getting faint coffee and chocolate. No hops or alcohol. Taste is of crisp pale, straw malts but nicely contrasted with chalky, roasted, biscuity malts. Alcohol is undetected, hops are very light, good flavors for such a light beer. Mouthfeel is light and refreshing, as you’d expect from a kolsch. Where this beer is different is in the chalky aftertaste that you get from some dry porters. Beer is well carbonated, head added a small amount of body. Overall this is a good, highly sessionable beer. Similar in body to saint arnolds lawnmower beer but with a deeper flavor profile. Too bad it’s not available in Colorado, another reason for me to take more trips to Texas.

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