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Barbarossa Double Dark Lager - Christian Moerlein Brewing Company

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Reviews: 78
Hads: 210
Avg: 3.76
pDev: 20.74%
Wants: 5
Gots: 31 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of Matthew_Feist
5/5  rDev +33%
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!

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Photo of matjack85
4.61/5  rDev +22.6%
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.

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Photo of TheBierBand
4.6/5  rDev +22.3%
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!

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Photo of mobyfann
4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
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!

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.25/5  rDev +13%
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...

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.23/5  rDev +12.5%
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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Photo of LyonsHead
4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
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

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Photo of pwoods
4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

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Photo of Soozy
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

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Photo of Overlord
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

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Photo of blakesell
4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 12oz twist off bottle into a beer mug.

Appearance- Beer pours a dark brown with a caramel coloured head rising up a solid three fingers. Beer is clear and lacing clings to the sides of the glass. Head dies down to a murk across the top at the end of the pour.

Smell- Light and dark malts upfront, perfect scent on a standard dunkel. I don't know about double dark, but dunkel is very correct here. A bit of caramel on the aroma as well. Hops are noble and subtle.

Taste- Creamy dark malts and ample sweetness. Damn this is a fine beer for a 5% lager. Hops are balanced and the yeast is the best strain for the style I can imagine. The malt here is the big winner with light fruits, dates, figs, and a hint of grape.

Mouthfeel- Light, creamy, medium high in carbonation, and medium light bodied.

Drinkability- Very excellent example for a Munich dunkel style. I would buy a sixer of this one for a session. I may do it before I move back to the great north.

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Photo of beerman207
4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of klewis
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a deep garnet with a moderate frothy head. Light lacing.

S: Malty with a light toasted smell and a subtle fruitiness.

T: Malty with a nice brown sugar flavor. Very nicely balanced. Simple, but effective.

M: Light-bodied with moderate carbonation. Super clean finish.

D: Tasty and a solid beer for session drinking. Recommended.

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Photo of mhewes
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A : Pours a nice ruby color with a light tan head

S : It's a clean aroma with some malts, maybe a little lightly roasted

T : It's got a light and crisp taste. Some nuttiness, caramel, and some earthly malts. A little bit of hop bitterness at the end to balance it out

M : Crisp and light

D : Easily drinkable. I could session this one

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Photo of largadeer
4.1/5  rDev +9%
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.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Brewdlyhooked13 for this trade, poured from the 12oz brown bottle into my lager mug.

A - Deep Ruby w/ a ruddy brown appearance and a tan cap of 3 fingers that is fluffy and has a tight bead

S - Bready w/ a sweet dark malt arom w/ a slight roasted nut scent

M - Mild sweetness, creamy w/ a slight char feel in the background w/ moderate carbonation. The finish is roasty possibly from caramelized malt

T - A mildy full flavor of roasted malt w/ a caramel taste and bits of acidity on the flipside of the toasty dark lager. The flavor is sweet, but not overdone w/ good balance. There is a mild roast coffee flavor w/ hops adding some spice. The malt is creamy w/ the breadiness of the lager yeast. Overall the maltiness is smooth and very tasty

D - A fine dark lager, very very drinkable for me. I just enjoy the smoothness and malty flavor w/ balance of gently spiced hops in addition to the subtle roast. To me this went down great and could be session worthy for sure

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Photo of gford217
4.07/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of SixPackSunday poured into a pint glass.

Pours a clear, deep copper with a small off-white head that dissipates quickly to a ring with no lacing. The aroma has a lot of roasted malts with sweet dark fruits and caramel on top. A hint of hops in the nose as well. More of the same (in a good way) in the taste with a huge sweet caramel malt backbone and only a hint of the roasted quality in the finish. Hops make an appearance in the aftertaste with the faintest bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, creamy, and sweet. This is an extremely drinkable dunkel and a very good beer overall.

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Photo of mcowgill
4.07/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Crystal clear reddish brown color with nice head that dissipates quickly leaving little to no lacing on the glass.

S - Sweet caramel, nutty, coffee aroma. Pretty nice.

T - Nice well balanced beer here. Sweet caramel with a toasted malt flavor. The finish has a nice light hoppiness to it.

M - Nice carbonation and mouthfeel.

D - This is a great drinkable beer. Goes down well and with the 5% ABV I could drink a few of these no problem.

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Photo of barefootbrewer
4.02/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Photo of CHickman
4.02/5  rDev +6.9%
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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Photo of Onenote81
4.02/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle picked up in Findlay, OH. Poured into a mug. Pours a dark sweet tea-looking color with a thin tan head resting on top. Little retention, less lace. Scents of dark fruits, raisins, faint alcohol, and warm pumpernickel.

The body is of moderate depth. Carbonation level is decent. Good crisp feel. As far as flavor goes, this is one of the best of the style I've ever had. They really nailed it where it counts. Great bready flavors abound, some faint molasses, and plenty of chocolate malts. This reminds me at times of a chocolate drink. Very well-done. I could have another, no problem. Recommend.

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Photo of biggred1
4/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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Photo of kkipple
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Clear red-nut-brown. Fine tan head, no lace. Fizzy. Appealing.

S. Pop! goes the roasted dark malts. Nutty, biscuity, hints of fruit and black bread. German thru and thru. Very pleasing.

T. Well made and sweet, lots of toasted malt complexity. A little dry and nutty in the finish. Refreshing and easy. If not for the (slightly for style) aggressive hops, I could swear this was made in Germany.

M. Clean, dry roasty-nut finish. Bits of cocoa in the aftertaste, too.

D. I wish I had another!

Barbarossa is good clean beer and there is nothing to knock here.

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Photo of bonkers
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got as part of a botmc. Pours a ruby brown, big head, Los of lacing. the aroma is light, biscuity. the favors are subtle, grassy,biscuity, clean finish. The beer is light in body, good carbonation. It is a good representation of the style, great session beer.

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Photo of ThaBobfather
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark copper/brown, like the color of a dirty penny with a sampling of beige head.
Smell is malted heavily with some sweetness and grain in the notes.
Taste is smoothly grained with some sweet malt through the middle of the flavor with some caramel on the end.
Finish is cleanish with a decent sweet malt after-taste.
Drinks great, body is solid and it goes down smooth.

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Barbarossa Double Dark Lager from Christian Moerlein Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 78 ratings.