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RATINGS: 120   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.02   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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Terminus (3146) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Angelmonster (106) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
FlacoAlto (3737) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 28, 2012
A vigorous pour into my small wine goblet produces a fat-one-finger thick, dirty, pale tan colored head. The beer is a dark, concentrated brown color that shows a brilliantly clear, brown-amber color when held up to the light. The aroma has a nutty, toasted, dark malt character to it up front, though this doesn’t bowl you over; in fact none of the aromas do. A deeper contemplation of the nose starts to reveal a smooth, roasted grain character, some grassy grain notes and perhaps not a whole lot of other things.

The beer has a touch of sweetness to it that I was not expecting and the finish has a tartness to it that seems to be brought out by the roasted / burnt malt. There is a general fruitiness to this beer that almost seems floral in character somehow. A distinct, roasted nutty notes provides a smooth, pervasive flavor to this beer that is almost the most prominent note. Some brown cracker like notes help contribute to the malt complexity.

A malt focused beer, with just a touch of fruitiness from the yeast character. Simple, easy drinking for when you want a roast accented beer. Not bad and even enjoyable, but not all that interesting for me.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
mile (2738) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
badlizard (5540) - Berkeley, California, USA - APR 16, 2012
Bottle. Sweet lightly citrus aroma and taste with a malty almost caramel like flavor dominating.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dresden (730) - 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.

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
AndresTM (302) - 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.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kramer (4687) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
decaturstevo (4665) - 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.

2.2
   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.


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