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 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
drewbeerme (3920) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 14, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 19, 2008 bottle. odd to find this with a fancy foil wrapper on the top. pours brown with small white head. nose is sour, mildly roasty. flavor is really sour, sort of nutty. off putting sourness that doesnt belong.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
waolsen (1376) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - DEC 23, 2007
bottle. thanks aaron. chestnut pour with thin head. roasted malts, mild chocolate aroma. initial sour apple. a little nutty. hint of coffee grind. a little chocolate. tart.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - JUL 24, 2007
Thank you Saarlander for this one. 22oz, no date. Hazy copper orange with a one finger beige head, decent retention. Sweet malts in addition to peanut shells, dry toast, and a bit of fruity yeast. Flavor is more toast and peanut shells with a slightly metallic and tangy finish. A smidge of roast came next. Low bitterness. Low to moderate carbonation with a watery body. This ended up being kinda sucky.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUL 11, 2007
Bomber thanks to Saarlander in the mystery swap 2.0. Pours a light brown color- why is this called black beer? Thin head and clear. Aroma is acetaldehyde, solvent, dms and phenols with hintsof toast and nuts- meh. Light toast malts, some chocolate and ashy burnt hints, kinda brown-ale like with more green apple. Starts off crisp and clean and easy drinking, but towards the end, it gets too solvent like. I liked the double common beer better.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
cewldre (268) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 7, 2007
Bottle from Saarlander: This one pours a dark brown with a small tan head. I smell a bit of a nut smell, more like peanut than any other nut. Its got a bit of a yeasty smell. Initial taste is somewhat sweet, but the true flavor quickly comes through. This one is think on the palate, but I did notice a bit of a nutty taste, a bit of roastiness, and even soft dark fruit. This one is easy drinking. A good brew, but nothing to write home about.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 30, 2007
Bottle from Saarlander: Pours a clear copper color with a light tan head. Aroma, caramel malts, some roasted notes, a bit nutty. Flavor, doughy, caramel, nutty. A dry roasty finish, some fruits were in there as well. Not bad.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
thebaldwizard (1206) - Ohio, USA - MAY 26, 2007
Bottle from Saarlander. Yeast aroma and some weak malt. Dark amber in color witha thin head. The palate is very thin. The taste follows the aroma and isnt very enjoyable.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
spector (906) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - MAY 20, 2007
Aroma is a lot like wet cardboard.Pours amedium copper with a thin off white head.Not much in the way of flavor maybe a hint of bitter malt.Mouthfeel is very thin with a slight bitter finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
barleyPops (1142) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - APR 12, 2007
bomber from Saarlander. a strange brew indeed. pour is brown with a decent head and lace. aroma is some yeast funk with a hint of wet grain. flavor is pretty mild, but has notes of spice and chocolate. palate is thin and over-carbonated. unusual to say the least.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Saarlander (1686) - Saarlouis, GERMANY - FEB 27, 2007
A ruby colored pour to this one, abit of a confusing flavor to this one for me, its hopped well enough, Malt is fine too, but theres abit of a spice flavor to it on the aftertaste, dont know what it is, but not a bad brew at all, abit watery on the finish, but good, different flavor. Decent brew.

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