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RATINGS: 182   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.07/5   IBU: 17   EST. CALORIES: 141   ABV: 4.7%
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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lb4lb (2587) - Austin, Texas, USA - APR 29, 2014
This was surprisingly delicious to me. Poured black with light getting through, light beige head. Smell was rich roasty coffee, and very fresh and inviting. close to a 9 on aroma. Taste was roasty, but light bodied and crisp and refreshing. Great roasty malt flavor and balancing bitterness. Very enjoyable and crisp medium body. I’d definitely get more of this.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hanuta06 (446) - Washington, USA - APR 23, 2014
Serving: from tap at Tolbert’s Restaurant. Aroma: light caramel malt. Appearance: very small, off-white, initial head with no lacing and fully diminishing longevity. Cloudy, dark-red body. Taste: moderately sweet initial flavor and finish with average duration. Palate: light-to-medium body, watery texture and soft carbonation. Overall: interesting. Different from Koelsch, not overly sweet, easy to drink, but nothing too exciting.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
troyc (2869) - Illinois, USA - APR 16, 2014
[Tap] Very dark brown pour without a ton of head on top. Light floral and dusty grain aromas. Taste is of whole grain bread, grass, hazelnut and sweet yeasty notes. Lighter body is appropriate for the style. Tasting notes from 2012.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dogbrick (11605) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 15, 2014
Sample at Falling Rock. Pours cola-colored with a medium thin light beige head that dissipates steadily. Strings of lacing on the glass. Roast malt, fruit and florals in the nose. Light-bodied with flavors of toasted malt, nuts and fruit. The finish is roasty with a short malty aftertaste. Slightly above average overall.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Luvystypotables (1688) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - MAR 11, 2014
Aroma of malt dark brown colour, taste of malt with a palate of smoked malt

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MWMBeerguy (200) - Massachusetts, USA - FEB 19, 2014
Not a bad beer. Light and drinkable and fairly crisp. Unfortunately got served to me in a Texas bar without a glass donor was hard to fully appreciate. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Hiero (163) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 10, 2014
Similar to a New Castle with a little bit less caramel flavor to it and a little bit of a smokey finish to the end. It is drinkable, which is what they were going for, but not interesting enough to buy again.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
harrymel (1551) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 29, 2013
Bottled, unk. Ruddy dark brown on black with a central and rimmed etch character. Smells of soil, porter dust, some clean grain - a rather simple nose. Flavors of coffee ground, metal, nice roasty porter character over a sweet light malt base. No hop character, light astringency I get on kolsches. Light bodied with sharp, fun carb and a fairly dry finish. I generally like schwarzbier, and this is no excpetion, but is not that nice.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
sharkweek (119) - Statesboro, Georgia, USA - DEC 7, 2013
Nice enough appearance. It poured into my glass very dark with a finger or two of head. This one is very watery though. You can taste a bit of roastiness but not too much stands out. This is a nice refreshing beer, but it is not winning any awards.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
boto (2103) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - NOV 30, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2013 Draught @ Fat Grass: This one pours a clear, dark caramel color. There was a wisp of an off-white head on it that left no lacing. The aroma is a touch light but good. Light roastiness and chocolate, maybe some earthiness and toffee. The taste is good. A touch of malt sweetness. Some roasted malts, chocolate and graininess. Perhaps a touch of smokiness and a slightly dry finish. Nice.

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