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Barbarossa Double Dark Lager - Christian Moerlein Brewing Company

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168 Ratings
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Ratings: 168
Reviews: 78
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 5
Gots: 13 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: pwoods on 04-03-2008)
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Photo of Matthew_Feist
5/5  rDev +34%

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!

Matthew_Feist, May 31, 2014
Photo of greenmark59
4.75/5  rDev +27.3%

greenmark59, Sep 30, 2012
Photo of matjack85
4.6/5  rDev +23.3%

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.

matjack85, Jun 24, 2010
Photo of TheBierBand
4.6/5  rDev +23.3%

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!

TheBierBand, Oct 14, 2008
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4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

orm56, Dec 23, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

KevBearcat529, Sep 06, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

billgulch, Apr 27, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

ThisFineShrub, Feb 13, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

Lukass, Dec 22, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

evergreen_machine, Nov 15, 2013
Photo of mobyfann
4.38/5  rDev +17.4%

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!

mobyfann, Apr 16, 2008
Photo of SteveMcGlone
4.33/5  rDev +16.1%

SteveMcGlone, Sep 07, 2014
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

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...

brewdlyhooked13, Jul 19, 2008
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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

wrightst, Saturday at 09:02 PM
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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Chris77McGrath, Mar 23, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Dapperticus, Jun 09, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

DYount80, Feb 23, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

EddieJoe, Mar 03, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

bucketofheads, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of LyonsHead
4.22/5  rDev +13.1%

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

LyonsHead, Mar 29, 2010
Photo of pwoods
4.22/5  rDev +13.1%

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.

pwoods, Apr 03, 2008
Photo of Bitterbill
4.22/5  rDev +13.1%

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!

Bitterbill, Aug 03, 2008
Photo of beerman207
4.22/5  rDev +13.1%

A - Pours a dark brown - little lacing, nice head

S - Smell is nuts, chocolate, and some malt

T - Great taste comes through that contains much of what was pickedup in the smell

M - Definately a big bodied beer

D - This is a highly drinkable beer. I could sit down with a few of these.

beerman207, Jun 06, 2009
Photo of Soozy
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%

Brown in color with a reddish tint, small lacing of head. Smells of rich caramel malt, maybe a bit of chocolate but overwhelming caramel and some earthy-wood tones. Taste is rich, smooth and crisp. I found it a bit thin, but I attribute that more to the style. This is a straight up malt-bomb. Sweet and tasty, with a hint of bitterness; easy drinking. I could see myself tossing back a mass or two of these. But I suppose 12 oz will have to do.

An excellent representation of the style in my book. Well done.

Soozy, Jul 30, 2009
Photo of Overlord
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%

Thanks for the extra, RoyMunson!

Pours a dark brown with ruby/amber highlights. Interesting. I had to go look up with this beer was, as I've never seen one quite like it before. Thin white crust of a head.

Smells surprisingly earthy and hoppy, with a background of roasted malt. The taste is surprisingly balanced, pruney/figgy malt blending with that same earthiness.

Very, very nice. I would drink this by the literful in Bavaria.

Overlord, Jun 28, 2008
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Barbarossa Double Dark Lager from Christian Moerlein Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 168 ratings.