Barbarossa Double Dark Lager - Christian Moerlein Brewing Company
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5/5 rDev +34.4%
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!
05-31-2014 21:35:53 | More by Matthew_Feist
4.6/5 rDev +23.7%
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.
06-24-2010 07:05:50 | More by matjack85
4.6/5 rDev +23.7%
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!
10-14-2008 13:47:30 | More by TheBierBand
4.38/5 rDev +17.7%
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!
04-16-2008 02:04:16 | More by mobyfann
4.25/5 rDev +14.2%
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...
07-19-2008 18:02:52 | More by brewdlyhooked13
4.22/5 rDev +13.4%
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
03-29-2010 14:49:58 | More by LyonsHead
4.22/5 rDev +13.4%
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.
04-03-2008 02:03:46 | More by pwoods
4.22/5 rDev +13.4%
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!
08-03-2008 17:55:19 | More by Bitterbill
4.22/5 rDev +13.4%
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.
06-06-2009 03:32:06 | More by beerman207
4.2/5 rDev +12.9%
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.
07-30-2009 02:33:43 | More by Soozy
4.2/5 rDev +12.9%
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.
06-28-2008 06:31:51 | More by Overlord
4.18/5 rDev +12.4%
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.
08-03-2008 03:42:46 | More by blakesell
4.15/5 rDev +11.6%
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.
03-29-2009 18:47:29 | More by klewis
Barbarossa Double Dark Lager from Christian Moerlein Brewing Company
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