Barbarossa Double Dark Lager - Christian Moerlein Brewing Company
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Ratings: 164 | Reviews: 77 | Display Reviews Only:
2.83/5 rDev -23.9%
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...
07-03-2011 00:25:01 | More by witster18
2.9/5 rDev -22%
Appearance: This beer pours with an average head, but the lacings are quite good. Foam is tan an the body of the brew is a very dark amber hue. Clarity is high.
Smell: The aroma is rasin with perhaps some plumb/prune. Minor hops and malt. I wasn't very impressed.
Taste: There is a fairly steep flavor curve which settles onto the rasin/prune flavoring. Sustain is high but not particularly pleasant.
Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel of this brew is characterized by the rather heavy carbonation (for a euro dunkel). This helps with the rasin overtures in mid flavor. There is detectable alcohol.
Drinkibility: Well...I'm a big fan of Christian Moerlein, but this one falls short.
12-04-2008 23:26:59 | More by stockingcpl
3.03/5 rDev -18.5%
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.
01-18-2009 02:03:38 | More by TexIndy
3.18/5 rDev -14.5%
Poured into a frosted mug because I can. The color is a dark brown that reveals a nice amber tinge when held up to light. A fairly large two-finger tannish head dissipates rather quickly but leaves some very nice creamy looking lacing. Given that I'm very unfamiliar with this style, the smell doesn't seem too nuanced to me; there's the typical lager smell with a heavy bready malt backbone supported by some sweet sugary notes that I hesitate to call "cinnamon" given the slightly saccharine bent to it. Still smells fairly good.
Taste offers a surprisingly nice kick right from the outset with that sweet breadiness omnipresent in the aroma that works every part of the tongue from start to finish. The only sort of hop bitterness comes through in the middle with a very earthy, slightly grassy taste, though it's frankly too mild to be of any considerable note. Body is medium and the finish is very smooth. Given my inexperience with the style, I can't say much other than that it's very tasty, though everything seems simply par for the course. Definitely worth trying.
01-05-2013 06:20:45 | More by Tomhet
3.23/5 rDev -13.2%
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.
01-06-2009 04:13:19 | More by edskirk3
3.23/5 rDev -13.2%
Appearance - A clear maroon/dark brown color. Slight off white head that was small and had minimal retention and lacing. Some burnt orange highlights around the bottom of the glass. Did leave a slight film on top.
Smell - Picking up a creamy, buttery, earthy malt driven type of nose. A touch of sourness. Maybe even detecting some bittersweet chocolate.
Taste - a rich, slightly sweet taste. Still mostly earthy malts, but I also got a small taste of some smoke or toastiness. Again, slight touches of bittersweet chocolate. Maybe even the faintest bit of a "grassy" hop.
Mouthfeel - Medium mouthfeel that was sort of watery. It was smooth and it did and ok job covering the palate.
Drinkability - This beer was just ok in my opinion. I could probably drink it if it was offered, but I just don't think this is my favorite style of beer. After 1 or 2, I would probably want to move on to something else.
01-04-2011 18:57:56 | More by Shrews629
Barbarossa Double Dark Lager from Christian Moerlein Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 164 ratings.