Barbarossa Double Dark Lager - Christian Moerlein Brewing Company

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Ratings: 206
Reviews: 83
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 12.63%
Wants: 5
Gots: 30 | 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 brown2cu
3.52/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard mug.

The appearance was exactly as it should be. It poured pretty dark, but when held up to the light it was ruby going onto something like mahogany. When poured a small head formed that quickly died down into nothingness. No lacing was observed.

The smell was decent. A lot of sweetness was noted; something akin to very thin caramel. Fairly malty with hop notes very well hidden.

The taste was average. More grainy than I expected, to say the least. I tasted a considerable amount of toasted malt, however, I felt this flavor was bland at best. If this were improved on a bit this beer would be something to be admired. To finish up: bland malt taste and a little watery

Mouthfeel was good. Nice and crisp.

This beer was watered down enough that you could enjoy it easily all night. High marks for this one if someone desires a session beer. You really couldn't go wrong if you like dark lagers here.

Photo of Brent
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice deep chestnut with moderate, short lived head. Nicely roasted malt flavor at a level appropriate for the style. Just a touch acidic and seemed like it could have used just a bit more sweetness in the malt. According to the label the beer is "slow aged." As opposed to quickly aged, I suppose.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

Grabbed one o' these guys last year after X-Mas Break...decided to give it another go (as I couldn't remember it...). It pours a clear dark-ish garnet topped by a half-finger of short-lived off-white foam. The nose comprises caramel, dark toffee, rye bread, and dark greens. The taste is very similar, heavier on the rye bread, with a deep orange-rind bitterness bubbling up from beneath. A splash of what seems like cedar makes its way in there as well. The body is a straight medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a decidedly wet feel. Overall, an okay brew, but nothing fully clicks with me. Nothing truly offensive, though.

Photo of damndirtyape
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Single bottle poured into a shaker pint glass. While there are batch/date codes on the bottle, I can't interpret any of them, or at least it's not obvious to me what it means.

Appearance: Brown with red hints on the table, clear dark orange with ruby red highlights when held up to the light with plenty of visible carbonation coming up through the glass. Thin light tan ring of foam around the edge of the glass, with some thin wisps of foam across the top. This was despite a vigorous pour to get a good head - nope - this one is not persistent. Lacing is minimal - thin strands at the edge that sink back down the glass wall.

Smell: When cold, this reminds me a bit of a doppelbock with some serious dark fruit smells, but as it warms up, those smells get muted and are replaced with some toasted malt and hints of toffee. The smells coming off the beer are stronger when the beer is cold and first poured - they dissipated with time and warmer temperatures. The smells are good, I just wish they were stronger.

Taste: Definite toffee flavor and roasted malts, followed by a faint crisp hop middle and an end which I swear tastes like warm grape nuts cereal. Well...there is roasted barley in this beer isn't there? I rather like the finish.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation on the tongue, just right in thickness and smoothness, but otherwise nothing special.

Drinkability: Went very well with a meal (BBQ sloppy joes and fries) and I could easily have one ore two of these by themselves. The taste is interesting and grows on me with every sip.

Photo of CHickman
4.02/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Photo of ThirstyBird
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber color with a tan head that falls away to a blanket/ring. Smells of dark roasted malt, molasses.

Taste is as the smell with some chocolate as well. Nice slight dry aftertaste.

Mouth feel is pretty active carbonation. Light/Medium body.

Overall pretty tasty stuff. Certainly had an authentic German Dunkle flavor though not the subtly and smoothness.

Photo of matjack85
4.61/5  rDev +23.9%
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.

Photo of Onenote81
4.02/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Photo of hooliganlife
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

thanks to bamadog

pours a dark slightly translucent brown. hints of cola. inch high creamy head, decent retention. light lacing.

very light roasted malt. hints of sweetness.

dominant malt profile. hints of a light roasted malt. lots of brown ale, biscuit, light nuttiness. reminds me of a brown ale, but lagered if that makes sense.

medium body, light carbonation, goes down nice and easy.

lots of flavors but light and low ABV. this is quite good. well balanced and well done.

Photo of LyonsHead
4.22/5  rDev +13.4%
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

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

Double Dark Lager isn't double dark, but it is dark burnt orange with a dark bronze glow when backlit with the rising sun. The sandstone colored cap peaked at two fingers and has the sort of tight-bubbled texture that promotes persistence. It's a good look.

The nose is pretty much right on the money for the style. It has the earthy nuttiness of Munich malt, along with dark caramel, tobacco and mushy fallen apples. That's a pretty complex aroma for a lager. This could be the best Moerlein brew yet.

Barbarossa is better beer than Lager House Original Golden Helles. I'm far from an expert on the style, but this one seems pretty authentic. Then again, Cincinnati has a strong German brewing tradition, so it isn't that much of a surprise.

Whatever malts were used (besides Munich dark, as noted on the brewery's website) provide plenty of flavor and precisely the right amount of sweetness. Flavors include brown bread, steely caramel, bruised apples, tobacco leaves and a drizzle of honey. Munich dunkel is far from my favorite style, but BDDL's quality and drinkability can't be denied.

The mouthfeel isn't far off the pace. It's big enough for the style and ABV, and is properly bubbled. Something is keeping it from getting over the hump, but I'm not quite sure what.

Christian Moerlein's Barbarossa Double Dark Lager is one of the finest Munich dunkels in recent memory. It's also something that just about anyone should enjoy. If these guys don't think of it as their flagship beer, they should.

Photo of Brenden
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one pours a dark reddish brown. A small white head site firmly on top and leaves light patches of lacing behind.
Lots of breads aroma and dark fruits are most evident in the nose. There's also a firm hops presence, and toffee sweetness. It's good and balanced, but there's a medicinal, astringent note to it.
The taste follows suit, with a light caramel and toffee sweetness taking the middle of a flavor book-ended by malts up front and hops in the back. There's also a light nuttiness in the flavor that wasn't so much in the aroma. An underlying tone of roasted, earthy and mildly bitter notes round out a nice balance. Unfortunately, the medicine / astringency issues follow through in flavor. It doesn't make it bad, but it detracts. It could be a bad bottle.
This one starts off with a crispness that fades as it goes.It's fairly smooth. I wonder if it's a bad bottle because it seems a tad flat. Body is light to medium.
This wasn't bad, and it's drinkable, but I think it may have been old. I've heard it's good. I'll review again in the future with a fresh bottle.

Photo of WeezyBoPeep
3.99/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

A: Dark, clear brown with an amber/red tint around the edges. Small tan head all but disappeared within about 3 minutes.

S: Rich, roasted malt, coffee, molasses, toffee, burnt sugar/caramel and faint notes of black cherries.

T: Follows the smell: with some chocolate added as well. Not overly sweet and perfectly carbonated. Slightly tangy finish that compliments the sweetness well.

D: If I didn't have to work this morning, I woulda had 4 or 5 of these last night. Easily.

Value: Perhaps the best thing about this beer. Easily as good as beers priced 30% higher. I paid under $8.00 for a six pack from the grocery store. Can you beat that?

Photo of ToasterChef
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
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 +0.8%
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 +7.5%
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
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
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 +7.5%
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 +12.9%
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
3.88/5  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 +7.5%
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
4.18/5  rDev +12.4%
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
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
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
3.61/5  rDev -3%
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 +11.6%
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.

Barbarossa Double Dark Lager from Christian Moerlein Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 206 ratings.