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RATINGS: 121   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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
phaleslu (5889) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 3, 2012
12 oz. bottle from a buddy in Texas- thanks, Brian! A black kolsch, eh? Pours a deep, mahogany brown amber color with a small off-white head that leaves spots of lace. The aroma has a lager character for sure, along with dark malts, nuts, earth, wet leaves and toast; it just doesn’t come together all that well. The flavor is a little better, with tea leaves, earth, toasted malts, nuts, and faint chocolate. Light-bodied, with a toasty mouthfeel and low carbonation. Dry finish. Strange.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
DANEgerous (85) - Texas, USA - JAN 2, 2012
A wonderful and well balanced beer it nice hoppy aroma good balance of hops and malt sweet and sharp

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
carboloader (660) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 1, 2012
From bottle. Pours transparent brown. I’m not getting much aroma here. Flavor is mostly bready malt with not much else going on. Lighter than expected in mouthfeel and palate. Easy to drink and surprisingly smooth, but pretty bland overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ttutony (607) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 23, 2011
Clear medium brown in the glass. Bready, toasty malt nose. A little thin on the palate, but overall a nice balance. Like an upgraded Shiner.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
travita (3729) - Frisco, Texas, USA - DEC 21, 2011
Brown colored with red tinges. Clear. Off white head. The smell is bready, malts, grains, and some floral stuffed underneath the bread smell. The taste is roast, chalky, floral, sort of refreshing. A confused beer with pointing in different directions.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tforrent (5) - Texas, USA - DEC 8, 2011 does not count
Dark brown pour with slightly beige head and reddish tint when held up to light. All I could smell was toasted malt. Taste is very light, slightly toasty, a little sweet, very easy to drink, but nothing to rave about.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bhensonb (10367) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 4, 2011
Bottle from ericandersnavy. Pours dark brown with a foamy beige head. Aroma is sort of floral over lightly toasted malt. Sort of. Med body. Flavor is a tad buttery, with some floral aspects. The malt is very low key. Would wash down food pretty well.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
llcooldave (1033) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - DEC 3, 2011
Dark dark brown in color with a red streak that runs through the brew. Slight metallic tinge in the aroma followed by some toasty malt notes. Slight yeasty ’tang’ on the palate followed by a sweet chocolate aftertaste and bitterness. Overall, it’s fairly drinkable but not that exciting.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
daknole (8558) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 29, 2011
Dark pour, tannish head. Aroma is malty, herbal, earthy hops, crisp lagerish notes. Flavor is pretty boring, maybe a tad refreshing, but I don’t really get this beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
CLevar (377) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 26, 2011
Clear dark brown pour with red highlights, a light white-ish head that fades quickly to a bit of sticky spiderweb lacing. Aroma is pretty standard kolsch, with light yeasty tones, slightly metallic malts, some spicyness. Taste is a slight bit of Munich and Vienna malts, light hop presence. Dry finish. Overall, a decent, well made beer, but the whole "dark" or "black" kolsch really doesn’t do it for me.

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