Barbarossa Double Dark Lager - Christian Moerlein Brewing Company

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206 Ratings
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Ratings: 206
Reviews: 83
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 12.63%
Wants: 5
Gots: 30 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Christian Moerlein Brewing Company visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Munich Dunkel Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: pwoods on 04-03-2008

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Reviews by damndirtyape:
Photo of damndirtyape
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Single bottle poured into a shaker pint glass. While there are batch/date codes on the bottle, I can't interpret any of them, or at least it's not obvious to me what it means.

Appearance: Brown with red hints on the table, clear dark orange with ruby red highlights when held up to the light with plenty of visible carbonation coming up through the glass. Thin light tan ring of foam around the edge of the glass, with some thin wisps of foam across the top. This was despite a vigorous pour to get a good head - nope - this one is not persistent. Lacing is minimal - thin strands at the edge that sink back down the glass wall.

Smell: When cold, this reminds me a bit of a doppelbock with some serious dark fruit smells, but as it warms up, those smells get muted and are replaced with some toasted malt and hints of toffee. The smells coming off the beer are stronger when the beer is cold and first poured - they dissipated with time and warmer temperatures. The smells are good, I just wish they were stronger.

Taste: Definite toffee flavor and roasted malts, followed by a faint crisp hop middle and an end which I swear tastes like warm grape nuts cereal. Well...there is roasted barley in this beer isn't there? I rather like the finish.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation on the tongue, just right in thickness and smoothness, but otherwise nothing special.

Drinkability: Went very well with a meal (BBQ sloppy joes and fries) and I could easily have one ore two of these by themselves. The taste is interesting and grows on me with every sip.

More User Reviews:
Photo of LyonsHead
4.22/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: dark brown with orange hues. off white head with decent lacing

S: Deep toasted notes, all kinds of dark wheat breads. also some dark fruits. heavy whiff of dark munich malt. This is all malt but real complex and nice

T: Big, Rich munich malt, very complex. Lots of melanoidans, dark toasted breads, with big biscuity backbone. Very malt forward, as any dunkel should be, hop bitterness is low. there is a caramel sweetness that comes with the maltiness, but the entire beer finishes dry

M: Medium-light body, dry finish

D: This is a very drinkable beer. Probably my favorite offered by my hometown Brewery thus far. Cheers to moerlein for this Dunkel

Photo of chinchill
3.56/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Photo of pwoods
4.22/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Grabbed a 6er at PartyTown in Florence, KY. Didn't know this had come out yet. Poured into a pint, as fresh as can be.

A: Deep amber ruby tinted brew with great clarity. A short head forms and falls rather fast. Not a whole bunch of lacing.

S: Malts are lightly bready with a mixture of nuts throughout. Maybe a bit of light spicy rye. Hops are light and floral.

T/M: Light and crisp. A light yeast character in the back is noticeable up front. Malts, again, are lightly bready and grainy with salty, oily raw nuts. Hops are light and crisp and bring a faint but pleasant bitterness. Body is light and crisp. Healthy carbonation keeps things alive.

D: Tasty and incredibly sessionable. Another good brew from CM... keep the onslaught coming, guys.

Photo of Brenden
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one pours a dark reddish brown. A small white head site firmly on top and leaves light patches of lacing behind.
Lots of breads aroma and dark fruits are most evident in the nose. There's also a firm hops presence, and toffee sweetness. It's good and balanced, but there's a medicinal, astringent note to it.
The taste follows suit, with a light caramel and toffee sweetness taking the middle of a flavor book-ended by malts up front and hops in the back. There's also a light nuttiness in the flavor that wasn't so much in the aroma. An underlying tone of roasted, earthy and mildly bitter notes round out a nice balance. Unfortunately, the medicine / astringency issues follow through in flavor. It doesn't make it bad, but it detracts. It could be a bad bottle.
This one starts off with a crispness that fades as it goes.It's fairly smooth. I wonder if it's a bad bottle because it seems a tad flat. Body is light to medium.
This wasn't bad, and it's drinkable, but I think it may have been old. I've heard it's good. I'll review again in the future with a fresh bottle.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Christian Moerlein- Barbarossa

A- Deep reddish copper, clear, with a thcik filmy head.
S- Sweet bready malt with brown sugar.
T- Sweet brown sugar and molasses malt. Toasted bread crust and a slight caramel/ toffee touch.
M- very sweet and malty. Thicker malt body and finish. Slight hoppy bitterness in the end.

Overall- Not too shabby. Good drinkablilty makes this a sessionable beer.

Photo of McNealc31
3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours a deep brown with ruby edges. Sweet caramel and roasted malt dominate the aroma. Smooth and creamy, with caramel, roasted malt, and a bit of bittersweet chocolate. Perhaps a touch of smoke, too, but definitely not enough to make this a Schwarzbier.

Tasty and balanced, and with just 5% ABV, you can enjoy Barabarossa all day

Photo of hooliganlife
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

thanks to bamadog

pours a dark slightly translucent brown. hints of cola. inch high creamy head, decent retention. light lacing.

very light roasted malt. hints of sweetness.

dominant malt profile. hints of a light roasted malt. lots of brown ale, biscuit, light nuttiness. reminds me of a brown ale, but lagered if that makes sense.

medium body, light carbonation, goes down nice and easy.

lots of flavors but light and low ABV. this is quite good. well balanced and well done.

Photo of Jasonkyeager
2.5/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

It was a very good average beer

Photo of bluejacket74
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a chestnut brown/red color with a half-inch off-white head that went away quickly. Lacing is average. The aroma is bready malt, caramel, brown sugar, and some raisins. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's some toasted malt and light hoppiness noticable too. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, with above average carbonation. Drinkability is decent, it's not hard to drink at all. I could have this as an occasional session beer. Overall it's a decent enough beer, it's certainly worth trying if you haven't had it before.

Photo of Beejay
3.72/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: A deeper brown, like coke. Low amount of head the is now gone..

S: A slight sour note.. essence of fruit and a little yeast.. Some spices in back..

T: Malty, dark and delicious. It starts a little tart, but the finish is roasty goodness.

M: Nothing much to say here.. good or bad

D: My favorite so far of the Moerlein brand. It is very available where I live, so is it quick easy and tastes good. If you are going to try one Moerlein beer, skip the Over the Rhine, and get Barbarossa... Plus added points for having a cool name.

Photo of screamking
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into pint glass.

Appearance-pours dark red-brown with minimal head, no lacing to be found. 3

Aroma-sweet smelling with a slight hint of roasted malts. Some small plum smells but mostly just a typical lager aroma. 3.5

Taste-sweet malts right up front, some mild dark fruits, a little vanillia, brown sugar, not bad at all for a dark lager. 4

Feel-light bodied, drinkable as hell, a little watery, coats well but doesn't linger. 3.75

Overall-this is a great session beer and it doesn't taste half bad to boot. This would be a good beer to give to someone who doesn't drink much craft. The flavors could be stronger but for a lager they are better than most. 3.75

Photo of TexIndy
3.03/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got in the Beer of the Month Club. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. The neck had a laser code but no way to decipher the date and no info on website either. It was a reddish brown color. A few carb bubbles and no lacing. It had a small head that quickly evaporated into a collar.

The aroma was bread with some roasted malt in the back. A tinge of wet dog or wet blanket as well. Decent aroma that is just North of the BMC's. Same for the taste. Nothing spectacular but better than the BMC's. I've moved past this types of beers so it's pretty bland for me. However, this would be a good beer to convert some of my friends. Would make a good session beer as well if your buddy only had this or BMC in his fridge. Mouthfeel was alright but a tad watery.

Overall, a decent beer. Session. BMC converter. For me, one and done since not much flavor at this stage in my beer drinking.

Photo of matjack85
4.61/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Found this 12oz brown bottle at Binny's in Glen Ellyn, IL for $1.79. There was no freshness date or born on date anywhere to be found.

The beer pours a reddish brown color that takes on a clear reddish amber hue when held to the light. It produced a 1½ finger creamy tan head that disappeared in less than a minute and left no lacing at all.

The smell was very inviting. Roasted malt aroma blended with sweet caramel, chocolate, and baked bread smells, along with a faint whiff of alcohol.

The taste was rich in roasted malt flavor, perhaps even a little bit burnt. Caramel sweetness, bready grain, and the flavor of crushed nuts all add to the enjoyment. There is not much hop bitterness in here but there is a bit of a tart tanginess to help balance it out.

I would have expected more of a creamy, thicker mouthfeel in a beer as sweet as this, but surprisingly it sticks to style and remains on the lighter side with a hefty dose of carbonation.

This stuff is really easy to drink with low and almost undetectable alcohol. Wish I had gotten a 6 pack instead of a single bottle.

Photo of witster18
2.8/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

bitter malts, not much of a hop profile, kinda blazaeblah for me...

pours reddish brown.. kinda looks like an amber bock...

smell is raisin/sour/herbal...

taste is malty with a japanese apple backbone.

just a touch sour for my tastes.. probably the yeast... kinda has that sprecher sourness to it... i like the apple profile, and this is pretty easy to pound for a dark lager, but the apple and sourness would get to me after two...

points for originality and it smells pretty delightful, but taste, mouthfell, and sessionability suffer here.... an O.k. beer... over-rated here though...

stick to sam adams black lager for the same money - at least in my neck of the woods... or sprecher black bavarian... which has all the viscocity and appearance qualities that this does not...

Photo of largadeer
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this one from moose3285. Thanks!

Appearance: Chestnut brown, dark but perfectly clear, with a thin off-white head that settles to a ring.

Smell: Malty but very clean. Nut brittle and toasted cereal grains come to mind.

Taste & mouthfeel: Pretty malt-forward stuff but not actually terribly sweet. Toasty and nutty with a hint of caramel; drinks much like a brown but with the cleanness and light body of a lager. The finish is only mildly bitter, leaving a hint of nutty sweetness on the tongue.

Notes: Second winner in a row I've had from this brewery. Very clean and drinkable stuff.

Photo of edskirk3
3.23/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Twelve ounce brown bottle, served in a pint glass.

Pours dark amber topped with a white froth. Ends up being a finger of head.

Soft aroma of grains. Not much else. Just dark bread.

The taste is the very much the same except for the addition of a faint hop note. Overall it seems muted and bland to me. However it is easy to drink, and I would happily do so all day if this was the only thing available.

Photo of metter98
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Moerlein Lager House, Cincinnati, OH

A: The beer is clear but very dark reddish-brown amber in color. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that consistently left a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of sweet toasted malts in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of sweet toasted malts along with some hints of caramel. Little, if any bitterness from the hops is noticeable.
M: It feels a bit shy of medium-bodied and relatively smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink and makes a good accompaniment to food but seems like it could use a little more complexities in the flavors to make it a beer to drink on its own.

Photo of Brent
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice deep chestnut with moderate, short lived head. Nicely roasted malt flavor at a level appropriate for the style. Just a touch acidic and seemed like it could have used just a bit more sweetness in the malt. According to the label the beer is "slow aged." As opposed to quickly aged, I suppose.

Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.94/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a clear stein. Beautiful clear, dark coppery color with a massive majestic bloom of a head. On the nose I get nice bready malty goodness. No fruity notes or spice. Just bread, toffee, and perhaps a hint of cocoa.

The flavor is all about malt. Nice sweet malty flavors abound. The feel is a bit thin, but the flavor is pretty nice. There is a slight lemony kiss of hops at the finish, but the predominant flavors are bread, nuts, and toffee. Very nice.

Overall, a nice dark lager. I prefer a bit more chewiness in the feel and a spicy instead of a citrus-like note on the finish, but this is a nice, traditional lager. If you must have lots of hops, look elsewhere.

Photo of barefootbrewer
4.02/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a very clear brown with a 1/4 inch head. The aroma is malty and somewhat cereal. There is also some slight banana scent. The taste is sweet and big of malt flavor. There is a slight bitterness which adds to the overall experience. The mouthfeel is full and there is a carbonation bite. This is an easy drinking. well balanced beer.

Photo of biggred1
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, dark amber with a slight creamy light tan head that quickly shrinks leaving scraps of lace behind. Toasted malt and raisin make up the nose on this one. Bready and sweet maltiness with just enough mild hop bitterness to balance nicely. Medium light bodied and effervescent. A decent, easy drinking dark lager.

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.76/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a stange.

4.25 A: Clear light brown color. Two fingers of frothy beige head. Retention is good and a finger of lacing is left.

3.75 S: Roasty and sweet with great balance. Chocolate with caramel and a pleasant toastiness.

3.5 T: Again this has great balance. Rich neutral malty sweetness. Caramel, toastiness, chocolate, roast with a touch of raisiny fruits.

4.5 M: Heavier medium body. Rich, velvety creaminess. Good moderate carbonation. Quite nice here.

3.75 D: Good beer overall. Good flavors with a wonderful mouthfeel.

Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours brown in color with some reddish undertones. Slight head when poured, but disappears shortly after.
Smell is all malt and that distinctive lager smell.
Taste is much the same, but I get a little sweetness and some tobacco/smoke flavors as well. Medium to full on the mouthfeel and creamy. This is a nice addition to the CM lineup.

Photo of CHickman
4.02/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours clear chestnut brown with a 2 finger creamy tan head that faded about average time; very nice lacing that grips the glass and leaves rings.

Smells of roasted malt, syrup, sweet caramel, cocoa, toffee, light citrus hops and toasted grains; very nice rich aroma for a lager, hence the dark lager tag. Not sure it smells "double dark", but it sure smells rich and malty.

Tastes of sweet malt, caramel, syrup, coffee beans, cocoa, citrus hops, light orange peel, faint lemon, roasted grains, some burnt wood or charcoal, and a flavor like burnt wheat bread in the end, which is on the bitter side. Pretty tasty and mellow, with a nice overall roasted essence and plenty of malt flavor. The hops come through with just enough bitter bite to add balance.

Mouthfeel is light, smooth and crisp, with very high carbonation and a watery feel that's very light; this beer looks heavy and smells like it should be heavy and malty, but it was actually very light and refreshing, which was a great surprise.

Very nice beer that is highly drinkable for any malt fans and a nice change of pace! Don't judge this beer by it's looks, just take a sip and start the enjoyment.

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Barbarossa Double Dark Lager from Christian Moerlein Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 206 ratings.