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Barbarossa Double Dark Lager - Christian Moerlein Brewing Company

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202 Ratings
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Ratings: 202
Reviews: 83
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.87%
Wants: 5
Gots: 29 | 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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Ratings: 202 | Reviews: 83
Photo of Matthew_Feist
5/5  rDev +34%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This Bavarian Dunkel-style lager has a beautiful nutty and toasty malt body. Despite its darkness, it drinks lightly. This beer is perfectly carbonated to scrub the palate without being burdonsome, has good head retention, and a smooth finish. Delicious!

Photo of greenmark59
4.75/5  rDev +27.3%

Photo of cincyfan81
4.65/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

awesome beer from a amazing brewer

Photo of matjack85
4.61/5  rDev +23.6%
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 TheBierBand
4.6/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Last review for this was "on-tap"... so I thought I would compare and contrast the bottled version:

Poured into a pint glass to form a perfect 1" head of off-white foam. The head lasted for a couple minutes and faded to a thick cap leaving some lacing. The color is a deep amber with some orange/red tinge.

The smell is great.... nutty, bready, malty.... very nice.

Taste: Quite like the smell only add a hint of bitterness to balance. A nice buttery smoothness.

Mouthfeel: Nice and rich and robust for the style... Smooth, creamy texture... a pleasure to drink. I think I prefer the "on-tap" just a little... (adds to the smoothness)

Drinkability: Hell yeah.... This is a keeper... I could enjoy these all day long!

Photo of tankwizard
4.56/5  rDev +22.3%

Photo of DanCelaya
4.53/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Great taste with this one

Photo of orm56
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of KevBearcat529
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of terrysjag
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of billgulch
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of ThisFineShrub
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of Lukass
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of evergreen_machine
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of mobyfann
4.35/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Paid $7.99 for a 6-pack at Kellers IGA in Clifton....

The beer pours a clear dark brown base, with a moderate sized white head, excellent head retention and a few streaks of lacing on the side of the glass. The smell is of slightly over-roasted malts and some nice floral tones of brown sugar and maple syrup.

The taste goes down with a full body; sweet brown sugar at first, followed by a mellow roasted malt flavor and finished with a moderate creamy white head makes for quite a sequence for this brew. The mouthfeel is near exceptional, the creamy head and mellow tones of the beer make it delightful at any length of time and at 5% abv, this can be my session beer to the grave because it is that well done.

Final Thought: Find it on tap!... it's a classic dunkel! PROST!

Photo of TheyCallMeYukon
4.33/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - pours a dark reddish caramel with a thin light mocha head. Quick-lived, it is at a scant cover inside a minute. Leaves some lacy trails around the glass during the sampling.

Aroma - even biscuit and caramel aromas with a nice balance of roasted grain.

Taste - sweet roasty, caramelly grain. Just a touch buttery, then a light hoppiness for balance post-swallow. A breath of alcohol warmth on the aftertaste along with resonating grain roastiness. Completely tasty for a non-extreme style. It's good.

Mouthfeel - lighter than expected for it's color. Good crispness keeps this one from feeling too heavy.

Drinkability - very much so. I went through several cases before I finally sat down with one to review. Right up there with OTR for my favorite CM beer. Has a great color for a Halloween tasting this fall...

Photo of nortgoseshane
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of wrightst
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of Chris77McGrath
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of Dapperticus
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of DYount80
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of EddieJoe
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of bucketofheads
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of Bitterbill
4.23/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I got this bottle in a trade with zapata. Thanks Ben!

This pours a clear red brown with a 1finger head of foam. Some lacing here and the foam is not shrinking very fast at all. 1 lovely brew in my glass.. The colour, I think, is spot on for a Dunkel.

The smell has notes of roasted malt, some sweet malt, and some good hoppiness that smells very fruitlike.

The taste is very nice. Some nice sweet malt notes with a touch of roasted malt, some light nutty flavour, and a decent amount of hop bitterness in the background to take the edge off the sweetness and put this in a very nice balance. Yum. There's also a touch of earthiness right before the finish which itself is slightly sweet. Again. Yum, and a very nice brew to sit with and session with.

Imo, this is a great example of the style, a style that I don't have a lot of experience with but the ones I have tried generally are too light in the flavour department. Not so with this one. Highly recommended!

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Barbarossa Double Dark Lager from Christian Moerlein Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 202 ratings.