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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
yngwie (16524) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 28, 2013
Bottle, 12oz. It pours a dark amber body, clear, and topped by a minimal sized light beige head leaving lacings. The aroma is roasted with some caramel and hints of bonfire. Some hoppy hints in the far back. It’s full to medium bodied, with a tad too much carbonation, semi-dry. It’s roasted and lightly burnt in the flavor, some hoppy hints and bitterness in the far back. A bit sweet in the finish. Overall, quite decent, but perhaps a bit sweet. 130828

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rocketman2013 (108) - Texas, USA - AUG 5, 2013
Aroma: chocolate, floral, earthy. Appearance: brown, clear, frothy, tan foam. Taste: medium sweetness, lightly bitter. Palate: light body, thin feel, lively carbonation, malty finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ben4321 (5780) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUL 24, 2013
Location: 12 oz bottle at a restaurant in Houston, 6/4/13

Aroma: The nose is light, with some malty notes, it leans toward the sweet side, with spice notes
Appearance: The pour is an amber color with an average sized, frothy head on it
Flavor: The taste is pretty similar to the nose, kinda sweet, a bit of hop, it works okay at best
Palate: The body is light-medium, and it has an alright, but not exciting mouthfeel to it
Overall Impression: I wasn’t really that impressed by this one. It is kind of like a mediocre Amber. I wouldn’t rush back.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
CarloOG (57) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUN 25, 2013
Bottle to glass-Brown pour with a thin, light brown head. Malty aroma with hints of caramel and really slight hops. Medium body with a slight bitterness, malty sweet and a bit roasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jsquire (4167) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - MAY 30, 2013
Deep amber color out of the bottle with a foamy beige head. Sweet caramel nose with some roasted grain notes. Brown sugar and some table sugar sweetness with some toasted white bread, burnt sugar and some dark pit fruit flavors. Nice roasted, almost smokey finish. This is very drinkable if a little sweet.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ratman197 (13426) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAY 30, 2013
Bottle poured a clear reddish brown with a small lingering tan head. Aromas of carmel, cocoa, toasted malt and light earthiness. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of carmel, toasted malt, cocoa and light earthiness with a smooth lingering cocoa finish. I had no idea what style this was when I rated it. I assumed it was a brown ale, nothing about it made me think Schwarzbier.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAY 3, 2013
Bottle:   Little sparce off-white head, with little lacing.   Pretty much soft toasted malts, perhaps a little roasty.   Coming across as a Blackbier already.   A little lighter on the tongue than expected, well in terms of roastiness anyway.   Has this soft grassiness with a very very pale toasted malt character.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate.   More roast builds towards the finish.   Seems more grassy, not as bright as others.   Obviously its darker and roastier, which isnt a bad thing.   Kudos for something new, but not sure its what I would seek out again.   Thanks for the bottle Bill!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ChiGuy68 (556) - Illinois, USA - APR 25, 2013
Tasted from a 12oz. bottle. Poured a dark reddish amber with a frothy tan head. Malty aroma and taste. They achieved their goal; I would love some enchiladas with this.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
pablo951 (646) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 25, 2013
Had it out of a bottle, poured a dark brown color with a yellow head and even lacing. The aroma was a Budweiser disguised as a dark beer, the taste was very watery.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
vipinvelp (3886) - Velp, NETHERLANDS - MAR 18, 2013
Clear dark brown with fluffy light brown foam head. Aroma is bitter coffee and some toffee. Taste is strong bitter, cold coffee. Long lasting bitter taste. (Houston 201303)

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