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Dark Lager - Durango Brewing

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BA SCORE
83
good

45 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 45
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 15.07%
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Durango Brewing visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Munich Dunkel Lager |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-09-2002)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 45 | Reviews: 26 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by ZenAgnostic:
Photo of ZenAgnostic
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. No stamped date.

Appearance - One finger offwhite/tan head with good stick and decent retention. Dark ruby brown body.

Smell - Coffee and chocolate. Somewhat lactic. Very smooth.

Taste - Very smooth. Light coffee and some balancing roasted maltiness. A bit acidic.

Mouthfeel - Smooth and somewhat creamy. Light to medium bodied with a lighter finish. Faint astringency.

Overall Drinkability - No off characters. Somewhat refreshing. Decent as an entry level tasting brew, and good for a session beer.

ZenAgnostic, Nov 08, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of Beaver13
2.2/5  rDev -39.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle. Pours a ruby brown with a medium frothy off white head that retains fairly well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet grainy, worty malts with some chocolate.

The flavor is sweet chocolate malts and grains, nuts and a bit of an acidic slightly sour twang. The mouthfeel is light bodied and a little watery.

Overall, lots of raw grainy off notes. Not too good.

Beaver13, Mar 21, 2010
Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Jason, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of LXIXME
2.93/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear dark reddish amber color, with a small medium head, it does leave a pretty nice lacing considering it doesn't have a lot of head to start with.
The aroma is a dark roasted malts with some yeast coming through, the taste follows suit with more of a roasted coffee taste then the aroma offered.
A light dry roasted aftertaste quickly recedes, kinda left me wanting more, as in a richer heavier beer, not really more of this one.

LXIXME, Nov 18, 2009
Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

ONovoMexicano, Sep 09, 2014
Photo of tjsdomer2
4.3/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Excellent color. Very, very dark, even for this style. Could pass as a porter. Decent layer of foam and nice lacing.

Smell: Chocolate/coffee. Pretty standard. But pretty good.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Extremely creamy mouthfeel to match the caramel nuttiness that prevails here. Coffee and chocolate provide a nice background.

Overall Drinkability: Excellent beer. A real surprise.

tjsdomer2, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of russpowell
4.75/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours deep ruby red with a mahogany tones & a 1" tan head in kotsitzer glass. Great effervescence, good lacing & some head retention

Smell: Roasted malt & frutiness

Taste: Caramel & rich toasted malts dominate. Frutty & somewhat dry finish

MF: Rich and very goodcarbonation

Very drinkable dark lager that makes me think I'm back in Bayern! Can't believe only 3 BAs have found this gem so far...

russpowell, Apr 26, 2006
Photo of maleman
2.58/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. no freshness dated noted. poured dark coffee color, almost opaque. very thin head with little retention...lacing the same.

S - some breads, some malt, some coffee.

T - not as much there as i would have expected from a beer this dark. some coffee tones, but not much bite.

M - medium-bodied, tastes in back of mouth. no aftertaste to speak of.

D - simply nothing there to excite me. i was disappointed. will probably not buy again.

maleman, Jun 18, 2010
Photo of ubermick
2.58/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12oz bottle poured into a goblet.

A: Deep brown, almost black, with a nice head which dissipated after a short while.

S: Somewhat roasty, very sweet smelling

T: Significant burnt taste, mild hop bitterness, not pleasing at all.

M: Somewhat thin and watery.

O: On the overall, doesn't taste like a dark lager at all, more like a (not that great) English pale ale with a chunk of roasted barley in there for colour. Disappointing beer, with many better examples of the style.

ubermick, Apr 20, 2011
Photo of LJWalker
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

LJWalker, Feb 06, 2012
Photo of kylemckinnis
2.75/5  rDev -24.7%

kylemckinnis, Nov 15, 2012
Photo of Kubrickx
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Kubrickx, Sep 30, 2012
Photo of TheSquire23
4/5  rDev +9.6%

TheSquire23, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade from jhammerly, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a medium brown color with a very thin off-white head that fades very quickly and leaves almost no lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, lager yeast, nuts, some spice and a little hops.

T: The taste starts out with smoky malts, nuts, spice and touches of chocolate coffee and dark fruit. There’s a mild hops presence that give a decent balance. The more I drink this beer, the more it grows on me and the more I think it tastes like a Schwarzbier instead of a Munich Dunkel. The after-taste is bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, I can’t say it’s a good representation of style simply because I’m not so sure it should be in this style instead of as in the Schwarzbier style (research through the brewer’s web site came up empty), however I think it’s a good beer and worth drinking for a while.

TheManiacalOne, Nov 01, 2007
Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Hopheadjeffery, Aug 05, 2013
Photo of crobinso
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

crobinso, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.23/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: This beer is mostly dark cola black with a tint of brown coming
through the edges when held up to the light.A chunky, frothy cream sea-foam head
hangs around for a few minutes, then recedes to a wisp of teeny bubbles, but
leaving bigger bubbles on the edges. And let’s not forget it leaves a world map
of lacing -- I’m seeing whole continents of foam on my glass. Score.

Aroma: The aroma is solid with some faint chocolate and cocoa-esque notes
hitting my nose first, but a little deeper in I’m getting more pine and hops.
It’s allergy season, and my city is the Second worst place to live at this time,
so the fact that I’m picking up aroma at all is a blessed sign.

Taste: The taste follows the aroma pretty well here. But it’s even better than
the aroma. Dark roasted malts, subtle, bitter chocolate, and some faint
sweetness hit my taste buds first. On the back end, I’m getting a drier, bitter
hop presence. The roasted, chocolate beginning combines with the hoppy bite
finish to perfection. This is what “well balanced” means in the beer world.

The mouthfeel is light to medium in body, very smooth.

Overall, an excellent dunkel-style beer in my opinion. Delicious and complex.

JuicesFlowing, Oct 06, 2012
Photo of woodychandler
4.28/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This poured creating a big, deep-tan head with low retention. Its color was a deep, dark-brown ala cola with ruby highlights. It had a very sweet, lager-like nose. The mouthfeel was medium-to-full with a pleasant cocoa flavor on the palate. The finish had a definite, lingering chocolaty taste. Lager?!? More of this, please!

woodychandler, May 28, 2008
Photo of dcguitar
4/5  rDev +9.6%

dcguitar, Jul 02, 2013
Photo of allforbetterbeer
3.1/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a "pint glass".

A: ruby, slightly cloudy, half finger head retention, good lacing (4)

S: Noble hops, clear, hints of dark fruit, underlying malt

T: Dominating presence of mellow hops and something sweet to balance, much less malt than expected for the style. Where there should be a malt backbone there is hops and sweetness.

M: Slightly smoother than usual for the style, still good though

D: Average drinkability for the style.

Overall: Would be a fine English Pale, but this does not taste like the style. I unfortunately must give this beer low marks because it is not close enough to its style. Oh well...

allforbetterbeer, Feb 24, 2010
Photo of TMoney2591
3.18/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Here's a no-context quote for ya: "I love you, Ian Holm." Yup. So, this stuff pours a clear garnet topped by a finger of glowing off-cream foam. The nose comprises watered-down coffee, light maple syrup, and the lightest possible touch of toast. The taste brings in more of the same, along with a bit of hard water that somehow seriously detracts from everything else. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly fluid feel. Overall, an alright little dark lager, but nothing I would ever really reach for with any enthusiasm.

TMoney2591, Dec 06, 2012
Photo of Bobhoya
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Bobhoya, Jun 26, 2014
Photo of Tone
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, dark brown color. 1/2 inch head of an off-tan color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of pale malt, slight wheat, hint of sweet malt, hint of hops, and a hint of roasted malt. Fits the style of a Munich Dunkel Lager. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of hint of roasted malt, sweet malt, hint of pale malt, hint of hop, and slight wheat. Overall, good appearance, aroma, and blend.

Tone, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of ruckus232
3.25/5  rDev -11%

ruckus232, Oct 31, 2012
Photo of kgotcher
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber to brown color with a tan 2 finger head. Instantly you can smell the aroma of toasted malt and some bread. The aroma is definately a strong point of this beer, especially for a lager.

Taste is very smooth and balanced, Toasted bread with a bit of sweetness some light caramel and some nuttyness. Also Chocolate malt make this taste more porter like than I would expect. Medium body that finishes fairly dry with astringency from the malts, a bit too astringent for me. Hops are fairly subtle but the astringency really drys out the mouthfeel almost to the level of a more highly hopped beer. Great malty flavor with a nice caramel sweetness that tries to balance out the dry mouthfeel.

Good beer, definately a hybrid of a dunkle with a bit of "american" flair. Almost more of a porter flavor but with the clean and crisp feel of a lager.

kgotcher, Oct 18, 2008
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Dark Lager from Durango Brewing
83 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.