Barbarossa Double Dark Lager - Christian Moerlein Brewing Company
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3.91/5 rDev +5.1%
Poured from a bottle into a clear stein. Beautiful clear, dark coppery color with a massive majestic bloom of a head. On the nose I get nice bready malty goodness. No fruity notes or spice. Just bread, toffee, and perhaps a hint of cocoa.
The flavor is all about malt. Nice sweet malty flavors abound. The feel is a bit thin, but the flavor is pretty nice. There is a slight lemony kiss of hops at the finish, but the predominant flavors are bread, nuts, and toffee. Very nice.
Overall, a nice dark lager. I prefer a bit more chewiness in the feel and a spicy instead of a citrus-like note on the finish, but this is a nice, traditional lager. If you must have lots of hops, look elsewhere.
02-20-2013 22:01:14 | More by deadonhisfeet
4/5 rDev +7.5%
Got as part of a botmc. Pours a ruby brown, big head, Los of lacing. the aroma is light, biscuity. the favors are subtle, grassy,biscuity, clean finish. The beer is light in body, good carbonation. It is a good representation of the style, great session beer.
02-09-2013 19:02:42 | More by bonkers
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
3.95/5 rDev +6.2%
pours a deep brown with ruby edges. Sweet caramel and roasted malt dominate the aroma. Smooth and creamy, with caramel, roasted malt, and a bit of bittersweet chocolate. Perhaps a touch of smoke, too, but definitely not enough to make this a Schwarzbier.
Tasty and balanced, and with just 5% ABV, you can enjoy Barabarossa all day
12-17-2012 02:05:19 | More by McNealc31
3.63/5 rDev -2.4%
On-tap at Moerlein Lager House, Cincinnati, OH
A: The beer is clear but very dark reddish-brown amber in color. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that consistently left a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of sweet toasted malts in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of sweet toasted malts along with some hints of caramel. Little, if any bitterness from the hops is noticeable.
M: It feels a bit shy of medium-bodied and relatively smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink and makes a good accompaniment to food but seems like it could use a little more complexities in the flavors to make it a beer to drink on its own.
08-16-2012 22:19:37 | More by metter98
3.43/5 rDev -7.8%
12oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass
No born on date or other distinguishing numbers
A: Pours a translucent dark amber brown with a big 3 fingers of tan colored head, which takes a good amount of time to dissipate down to only a slight outer ring. Leaves absolutely zero lacing.
S: Smells crips with some caramel malts and notes of sweet bread. Smells good but very mild aromas.
T: More flavorful than the nose implies. Very malt forward, again with a caramel malt sweetness, some earthy notes, a very subtle hint of hop bitterness.
M/D: Crisp from the moderately heavy carbonation, medium bodied but gets somewhat syrupy as it warms. Drinkability is below average, but they may just be personal preference as I feel that way about most dark style lagers.
O: Overall, decent. I'm not a huge fan of the style (or lager styles in general), but this one wasn't bad. I won't drink again, but it was worth a try.
06-30-2012 00:16:35 | More by zac16125
Barbarossa Double Dark Lager from Christian Moerlein Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 164 ratings.