RATINGS: 60   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.82/5   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
California Black Beer is a well-balanced American dark lager that emphasizes its grain. It has a slightly roasted character with a slight sweetness and a hint of chocolate malt. Like the bear, it is called black. But if you look close, its really brown.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dogbrick (12365) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 30, 2014
Sample at GABF 10/04/2014, thanks to my BIL for assistance with note-taking. Dark reddish-brown color with a thin light beige head that recedes quickly. Spotty lace. Aroma of malt, caramel and fruit. Light-bodied with flavors of grainy malt, fruit and slight hops. The finish is sweet with a short malty aftertaste. Average overall.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
djd07 (13187) - Houston, Texas, USA - OCT 28, 2013
Pours a dark amber with small beige head that diminishs quickly. The aroma is wet biscuit and bready malt. Sweet caramel malt and raisin. Decent.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
SudsMcDuff (8235) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAY 28, 2013
22oz bottle .. . pours a rather deep brown .. mild foam .. . grainy mouthfeel, light quick finish .. . tar and gunpowder .. . not good at all, messy .. . . sit up straight. no talking. is that gum? is that gum? is that gum

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
brokensail (16328) - Dublin, California, USA - MAR 8, 2013
Very dark brown in color with a khaki head. Starts off with some coffee and licorice notes, a bit of chocolate, and a nice earthiness. Some molasses and toffee sweetness, and a hint of fruit. Mild sweetness to the flavor with a smooth roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee character. Some hints of fruit, earthy and floral hops, lots of anise, minimal bitterness, and a light metal note on the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Blairgus (4373) - California, USA - JAN 18, 2013
18 jan 2013, tap at Dale Bros brewery. Dark amber and clear. Nose is coffee and tree bark. Thin body and moderately fizzy. Tastes of coffee grains and dried malt. Pretty good for a dark lager. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopdog (11984) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 1, 2011
22oz bottle. Poured a brown color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of roast, grains, chocolate, and cherries. Tastes of the same with caramel and a light sour cherry finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
headheldhigh (100) - Walnut, California, USA - JUL 20, 2011
22 oz bottle I was disappointed with this one. I very seldon give non positive reviews but... In all fairness, this bottle might have been spoiled. Pours out an inviting dark black brown with a good head. Aromas of malts coffee cocoa and roasted grains. Tastes of malts with a funny metallic finish. Simply smells and tastes like a spoiled brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bu11zeye (12908) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 21, 2011
(Draught) Pours a golden amber body with a medium off-white head. Aroma of roasted malt, caramel, cocoa, and toasted grain. Flavor of toasted grain, chocolate, caramel, and toffee with a dry finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - AUG 12, 2010
22oz bomber. Poured a clear reddish amber with a one-finger beige head that has no retention and no lace. Aroma is malty, brown sugar, rye bread. As it warms some coconut and other characters come forth albeit muted. Taste is malty, sugar, watery, slightly oily, sweet, rye bread. Pretty simple, thin to medium-bodied, bready malt heavy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jimhilt (2584) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 11, 2010
Pours a one finger light tan head that vanishes leaving no lace. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Clear amber color. Nose is roasted malts. Favor is some caramel and roasted malts. Clean finish. Their best effort so far. $4.49 for a 22oz bottle from Liquorama Upland, CA.

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