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Barbarossa Double Dark Lager - Christian Moerlein Brewing Company

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195 Ratings
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Ratings: 195
Reviews: 78
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 12.3%
Wants: 5
Gots: 20 | 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 ToasterChef
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a cellar temperature bottle into a pint glass. The beer is a transparent dark brown with a modest light brown head. The head disappeared quickly, leaving a patchy skim of bobbles. The aromas has tones of toasted malts and some woodsy hops. There are a few different flavors present, there is some slight coffee bitterness as well as some molasses-like sweetness. The beer has a light body and just the right amount of carbonation; it tickles your tongue but doesn't distract from the flavors. This is an easy drinking beer that is very enjoyable to drink. It's worth picking up if you need a craft beer to enjoy over an evening, but that won't be the center of your attention.

Photo of kegger22
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Barbarrosa was a see-thru, medium brown and had a tan colored head that didn't last. It smelled malty sweet and tasted similar to the aroma, sweet, grain-like, maybe a little cola flavor. Barbarrosa was light to medium bodied and had good carbonation. The drinkability was good, I'd have a few in a sitting. Good beer, I enjoyed it more than the only other Munich dunkel lager that I've tried.

Photo of biggred1
4/5  rDev +7%
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.

Photo of hosehead83
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured fom a twelve ounce bottle into a Sam Adams "bubble" glass
Dark copper color, nice frothy head of foam
Aroma-Toasted malt
Taste-Toasted malts, creamy,easy to drink
not a bad offering, certainly worth a try from this Cincinnati brewery, would malke a decent session beer

Photo of ThaBobfather
4/5  rDev +7%
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.

Photo of Soozy
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

Photo of bamadog
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. It's been a while since I've drank anything from Christian Moerlein and I haven't had anything that I would consider bad, so I'm looking forward to this one.

Appearance: Very solid in appearance, pours a nice deep caramel brown with nice ruby and amber highlights; comes with a short 1/2 finger head that is offwhite and fades to a pretty full, yet uneven skim floating on top; body is pretty clear and shows strong carbonation throughout.

Smell: Sweet sugary and caramel malts, and a faint whiff of alcohol, which is odd since the ABV is so low in this. Not much else is coming out of the nose at all... a abit weak.

Taste: The taste is much better than the smell -- the sweet sugary and caramel-like malts are prominent, but there is also a great toastiness as well to the drink that adds to a very mild hoppy bitterness that brings about a very nice balance. Nothing too overpowering, but a well-balanced and very flavorful beer. This would be a great accompaniment to a lot of food styles.

Mouthfeel: Nice carbonation throughout a body that is just a little chewy and reminiscent of a doppelbock; there is a slight stickiness left thorughout the palate and the gums are left a little tingly.

Drinkability: Nothing wrong with this beer that would make not want to drink it. The flavors are nice but not overly robust, the ABV is more than manageable and the price is right as Moerlein products are pretty reasonable.

Photo of kkipple
4/5  rDev +7%
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.

Photo of beerman207
4.22/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, dark brown body with a smallish, wispy, ivory-hued head.

Smell: Sweetish, toasted maltiness smelling of dark bread brushed with a thin layer of carob sauce along with some faint dried fruit notes.

Taste: A pleasant malty start -- toasted dark breadiness, a teeny tiny hint of roast, and sweet tastes of carob and nuts. Small hint of fruitiness. Just a touch of spicy hops and bitterness. Finishes semi-sweet with some enduring toasted malt qualities.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A bit reminiscent of Ayinger Altbairisch. A clean, malty, dark lager that, for me at least, has plenty of drinkability appeal. Worth a try.

Photo of MuchoCerveza
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I would say that the appearance of this beer is probably it's strongest attribute. The very dark rich Red color just calls you asking you to drink it. Once it hits your mouth the excitement wears off a bit. The smell is pretty good, has a faint dark beer smell to it but not over-powerful.

The taste was above average but compared to it's look, a little disappointing. After you swallow you get a very subtle coffee taste that you kinda have to look for. The mouthfeel is only average because of the soda similarity. Unfortunately this beer does have a soda-like feel to that if you think real hard to you actually taste a soda instead of the beer.

Overall, this beer is definitely drinkable but I would probably choose something else if it came down to the wire. I would suggest the Great Lakes Blackout Stout.

Photo of klewis
4.15/5  rDev +11%
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.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a chestnut brown/red color with a half-inch off-white head that went away quickly. Lacing is average. The aroma is bready malt, caramel, brown sugar, and some raisins. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's some toasted malt and light hoppiness noticable too. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, with above average carbonation. Drinkability is decent, it's not hard to drink at all. I could have this as an occasional session beer. Overall it's a decent enough beer, it's certainly worth trying if you haven't had it before.

Photo of Beejay
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: A deeper brown, like coke. Low amount of head the is now gone..

S: A slight sour note.. essence of fruit and a little yeast.. Some spices in back..

T: Malty, dark and delicious. It starts a little tart, but the finish is roasty goodness.

M: Nothing much to say here.. good or bad

D: My favorite so far of the Moerlein brand. It is very available where I live, so is it quick easy and tastes good. If you are going to try one Moerlein beer, skip the Over the Rhine, and get Barbarossa... Plus added points for having a cool name.

Photo of dukedevil0
3.35/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Brother-in-law brought over a few and left me one 12 oz.

A: Pours a cola brown with a little light khaki head that reduces to a film. Looks like a cola in the glass.

S: bready, caramel malt, cola?, brown sugar

T: similar to the scent, breadiness, caramel, cola and brown sugar all present in the flavor

M: A little thin, high carbonation

D: easy to drink, but not much good flavor to warrant drinking much

Photo of argock
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass.

A: Deep chestnut with foamy 1-2 finger head with average retention and scant lace.

S: Nut and cereal grains with a touch of toasting

T: Rich and full-flavored with a strong nod toward toasted pale malt and cereal grain with a nutty finish accentuated by a bit of grassy hops

M: A little fizzy but still pretty smooth and more enjoyable with a slight bit of warming. Aftertaste is more grainy than I thought it would be.

D: Another nice offereing from the Moerlein crew. Not as good as OTR Ale but still solid.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Christian Moerlein- Barbarossa

A- Deep reddish copper, clear, with a thcik filmy head.
S- Sweet bready malt with brown sugar.
T- Sweet brown sugar and molasses malt. Toasted bread crust and a slight caramel/ toffee touch.
M- very sweet and malty. Thicker malt body and finish. Slight hoppy bitterness in the end.

Overall- Not too shabby. Good drinkablilty makes this a sessionable beer.

Photo of TexIndy
3.03/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of edskirk3
3.23/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of mooseisloose
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Smells roasted but sweet like a milk stout. Pours to a root beer color with a muti-sized bubble head that holds up for a little while then disappears. Taste is sweet and Marzen like then has a tangy hop flavor that flattens the sweetness but with only a very slight bitterness. Subtle chocolate malt notes. Mouthfeel is silky smooth. Delicious. I highly recommend this brew to a BMC drinker who is branching into craft brews. Delicious. I'd like to clone this one with a home brew.

Photo of stockingcpl
2.9/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.


Photo of briman
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark reddish brown. Moderate off-white head with minimal retention.

Aroma is bready, with light roast, and a touch of nuttiness, backed up with only a hint of hop presence.

Flavor is bready, & slightly sweet with balance clearly towards the malt. Finishes fairly dry, with a very light hop bitterness.

Medium to medium full body, with moderate carbonation. A decent example of a Munich Dunkel, but I wouldn't call this rich. Would be better if it had a little more depth of flavor as I don't really get a strong bread crust flavor which is characteristic of the style.

Photo of mcowgill
4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

Photo of deepsouth
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

this beer poured the deepest brown with ruby hints and very very little head. i did notice millions of very small bubbles clinging to the side of my glass. absent any head, it looks quite odd.

this beer really smells great. lots going on. i'm picking up dark pitted fruits and chocolate mostly and a bunch of stuff i can't put a finger on.

the taste is nice as well. consistent with the smell. very full and robust.

the mouthfeel is a bit light and more carbonated than it looks.

this is a great lager. this would be a fantastic session beer. this is worth seeking out.

Photo of TheBierBand
4.6/5  rDev +23%
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!

Barbarossa Double Dark Lager from Christian Moerlein Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 195 ratings.