Barbarossa Double Dark Lager - Christian Moerlein Brewing Company
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Reviews by Groomsy:
3.33/5 rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass, review taken from notes. Consumed on Jan. 12 2011. Thanks to my buddy Thomas for saving a bottle of this for me from a six pack.
Appearance: Pours a rich mahogany color with hints of ruby red and burnt orange, very close to a dark brown color. A thin one-finger creamy head dissipates to film very quickly leaving little lacing down the glass.
Smell: Very sweet and malty, almost candy-like. Hints of caramel and toffee with ample roasted malt and a slightly earthy hop character and subtle nutty notes. I'm also picking up some hints of vanilla and bread for some reason... I wish there were some more hops to balance out the almost cloying sweetness. It smells rich, but almost too sweet for its own good.
Taste: A little bland, but still good. Lots of toffee and caramel along with some fairly standard roasted malts hit the tongue. A little bit of a hoppy bite in the finish as well as a nutty flavor close to some brown ales, but not bitter or challenging. No aftertaste at all. A fairly easy-drinking dark lager, but watered down in comparison to others I've had. Could be much more than it is, and the sweetness is almost too much for its own good. The hints of vanilla and bread also come through as the beer warms.
Mouthfeel: For a dark lager I was expecting a lot more, but the feel was decent: Light to medium in body, well carbonated but not fizzy. A little too watery for this kind of beer, though. The lack of flavor in the finish probably contributes to this. Crisp, but not drying. About right for the flavors in the beer.
Drinkability: Average, nothing more or less. I wouldn't turn one down, but I wouldn't seek it out either. A decent dark lager. Flavorful, but nothing to get too excited about either.
Serving type: bottle
01-13-2011 04:38:00 | More by Groomsy
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3.58/5 rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
12 oz undated bottle purchased in Ohio and served in a Belgian snifter.
A: clear, dark reddish-brown with a small but moderately durable head. Some lacing.
Aroma: very sweet light and medium roasted malts.
Taste; still sweet, but thankfully not as sweet as the aroma. Still, a little sweeter than optimal. Rather simple and very malt dominant.
Feel: smooth; medium-light body seems a bit thin; medium-light carbonation.
O: a decent Tmavy.
Serving type: bottle
08-18-2013 23:40:46 | More by chinchill
Barbarossa Double Dark Lager from Christian Moerlein Brewing Company
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