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Dark Lager - Durango Brewing

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BA SCORE
83
good

44 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 44
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)
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Ratings: 44 | Reviews: 26 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by ZenAgnostic:
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ZenAgnostic

Texas

4.1/5  rDev +12.3%

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.

11-08-2011 20:43:41 | More by ZenAgnostic
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Beaver13

Colorado

2.2/5  rDev -39.7%

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.

03-21-2010 05:57:55 | More by Beaver13
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Jason

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +9.6%

01-03-2012 02:18:56 | More by Jason
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LXIXME

New Mexico

2.93/5  rDev -19.7%

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.

11-18-2009 21:52:30 | More by LXIXME
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tjsdomer2

Illinois

4.3/5  rDev +17.8%

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.

01-13-2012 05:08:39 | More by tjsdomer2
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.75/5  rDev +30.1%

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...

04-26-2006 03:08:52 | More by russpowell
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maleman

Mississippi

2.58/5  rDev -29.3%

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.

06-17-2010 23:11:21 | More by maleman
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ubermick

California

2.58/5  rDev -29.3%

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.

04-19-2011 23:48:41 | More by ubermick
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LJWalker

Alabama

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

02-06-2012 21:28:05 | More by LJWalker
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kylemckinnis

Oregon

2.75/5  rDev -24.7%

11-15-2012 04:27:16 | More by kylemckinnis
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Kubrickx

Illinois

4/5  rDev +9.6%

09-30-2012 02:30:58 | More by Kubrickx
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TheSquire23

Colorado

4/5  rDev +9.6%

11-28-2011 01:49:12 | More by TheSquire23
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.9/5  rDev +6.8%

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.

11-01-2007 04:15:59 | More by TheManiacalOne
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Hopheadjeffery

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

08-05-2013 15:10:10 | More by Hopheadjeffery
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crobinso

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

02-25-2012 15:08:10 | More by crobinso
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JuicesFlowing

Kansas

4.23/5  rDev +15.9%

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.

10-06-2012 02:31:39 | More by JuicesFlowing
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +17.3%

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!

05-28-2008 08:55:35 | More by woodychandler
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dcguitar

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +9.6%

07-02-2013 00:51:37 | More by dcguitar
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allforbetterbeer

Colorado

3.1/5  rDev -15.1%

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...

02-24-2010 16:05:06 | More by allforbetterbeer
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.18/5  rDev -12.9%

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.

12-06-2012 08:45:55 | More by TMoney2591
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Bobhoya

Arizona

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

06-26-2014 05:15:57 | More by Bobhoya
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Tone

Missouri

3.65/5  rDev 0%

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.

01-03-2012 23:24:08 | More by Tone
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ruckus232

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -11%

10-31-2012 00:51:13 | More by ruckus232
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kgotcher

Colorado

3.85/5  rDev +5.5%

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.

10-18-2008 03:51:27 | More by kgotcher
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Kemmerlin

Colorado

3.9/5  rDev +6.8%

A: 3 finger width head great lacing down the glass dark brown in color.

S: Dark chocolate malts, good hoppy scents and a yeast undertone.

T: Dark chocolate taste with yeast and lightly sour flavor in the back.

M/D: Heavy and thick creamy feel with decent drinkability not my fav but good.

06-12-2008 04:10:55 | More by Kemmerlin
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Dark Lager from Durango Brewing
83 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.