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Barbarossa Double Dark Lager - Christian Moerlein Brewing Company

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Ratings: 159
Reviews: 77
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 12.9%
Wants: 5
Gots: 11 | 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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4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2008 06:31:51 | More by Overlord
Photo of BEERchitect


3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I figured that the extra malts would try to push this beer into Bock territories, but the soft malt with a hint of toast stopped shy of heavy or overly malty. The beer pours a deep amber with brown highlights, good head formation but only fair retention. Aromas hit right on a Bock style, giving up a deep malt and bready profile, but light on the melanoidins and only slight hints of fruit. Flavors are muted in comparison, stopping at the top end of the style for the toast, toffee, and hop flavors. Textures are not as heavy as expected; in fact if you hadn't told me it had an increased malt bill, I may have missed it. Finishes sweeter than most German counterparts but is expected. We'll call it somewhere between a Dunkel and Bock. Still nice and enjoyable.

Notes from '08 NHC.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2008 20:04:43 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of CreamyStoutMan


3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Paid 8.49 for this at the local corner store. My first session with this beer. I was looking for something to compliment some pork chops and am extremely tired of newcastle so I'm pretty excited for this one.

A- I was hoping for something a lot darker but its still attractive. Pours a deep amber (maybe a little darker than newcastle) with about a milimeter of head that quickly fades away with almost no lacing to speak of

S- Smells kind of like a dopplebock. Roasted malts dominate the nostrils with a touch of chocolate

T- Now the chocolate is much more apparent! It kinds of tastes like they overdid the malts. You guys know what I mean; there is kind of a "farty" presence in the aftertaste. It's well-balanced though, so I'm not complaining too much. There are the feigntest notes of caramel (and maybe a little bit of coffee bean?)on the palate. It's really grown on me by the time I'm halfway through the beer. I might even go so far as to say that this might be the most complex munich style lager that I've tried yet.

M- Probably the best aspect of this brew. Thick for a munich with an impressive malt to hop ratio, even though there is no "bite" to speak of from the hops.

D- Although I could have quite a few of these, I can't say that I could imagine having more than four or five of them (which is a different story when it comes to the dunkels from becks, warsteiner, or hofbrau)

I doubt that I will get this one again. It seems more like a bridge between a vienna and munich style lagers. I would much rather go for one or the other.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2008 03:40:56 | More by CreamyStoutMan
Photo of Slatetank


4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2008 11:50:10 | More by Slatetank
Photo of mhewes


4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
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

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2008 15:45:23 | More by mhewes
Photo of brdc


3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to brewdlyhooked for this one
Small capped bottle poured into a pint.

It is a beautfiul beer, with an orange red glowing color, almost crimson when held against the light, with a nice foamy white head. On the other hand, it could be just my impression, being this a first out on the deck this late coming spring.
Sweet malty nose, caramel mostly. Refreshing for a reasonably full beer (more like medium bodied), it has a malty taste without really being heavy or cloying; its caramel and bready notes are reasonably well balanced by a mild hoppy bitterness that comes and goes. Not overly complex, but a very nice beer for warmer weather.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2008 01:21:52 | More by brdc
Photo of mobyfann


4.38/5  rDev +17.7%
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!

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2008 02:04:16 | More by mobyfann
Photo of becktone


3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Eye: This beer pours a dark wood stained color. When light diffuses through it you see its true color, translucent red with golden orange highlights. The head is small and pretty poor looking, I was expecting a bit more from Christian Moerlein-just a thin film over the top of the beer. Lacing is also lets me down.

Nose: Dark malts come out to play in this beer. Some lightly roasted malts are here. Overall aroma is rich but a bit weak. Overall this brew has a very clean character. Just not too much to it.

Tongue: Some noble hops make it through to give this beer some balancing bitterness and flavor. Malt flavor is a bit earthy, just a hint of mulch in here, also some roasted characteristics. Overall this is quite a malty brew but not as complex as I would have expected. This is good, but I need to try more of this style before I revisit this beer.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: Medium bodied on the palate, with what I think is just a bit too much carbonation. This is a beer I'll drink again, but I would like to explore the style much more before coming back to it. Don't really know that much about this particular style. In my opinion this is the weakest of the new releases that Christian Moerlein has come out with.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2008 17:27:39 | More by becktone
Photo of pwoods


4.22/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2008 02:03:46 | More by pwoods
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Barbarossa Double Dark Lager from Christian Moerlein Brewing Company
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