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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)
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Photo of russpowell
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...

russpowell, Apr 26, 2006
Photo of BeerFanDurango
4.75/5  rDev +30.1%

This is a GABF award winning beer and I can understand why. As a Dark lager its already got a special dark and smooth taste but Durango Brewing has really nailed this one. My absolute favorite from this brewery and I think its a real beer drinkers kind of beer.

BeerFanDurango, Jun 13, 2013
Photo of mentor
4.33/5  rDev +18.6%

Pours a one finger soda pop-looking head, but it seems to hang around pretty good. Crystal clearn red dark mahagany liquid. Gorgeous. Smells chocolatey and nutty with a small amount of hopping. A little bit pastey and a touch of roast or ashy.

Tastes yummy chocolate toffee and some nut. Sweet, but not wet. dark grains act to dry things out quite a bit. Was expecting some caramel and I don't get it. A little bit of buttery caramel that I attribute to kettle caramelization (rather than crystal malts). Full flavored and well balanced together. Sweet on the mouth, but then a bit of a drying finish due to a baker's chocolate and grainy feel like I've just chewed on a choc covered coffee bean (feel, not taste). Malt dominates the flavor with a rounded play of hop floral. Hop bitter is absent or buried under the chocolate malt. Alcohol ssting is presently lightly. Md body and moderate feel in the mouth. Appropriate carbonation to balance. Well done.

mentor, Dec 17, 2007
Photo of tjsdomer2
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.

tjsdomer2, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of woodychandler
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!

woodychandler, May 28, 2008
Photo of binx
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

binx, May 15, 2012
Photo of JuicesFlowing
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.

JuicesFlowing, Oct 06, 2012
Photo of Domingo
4.15/5  rDev +13.7%

Saw this and couldn't pass it up. It's a dark lager...and it's brewed (relatively) local to me. Sign me up!
Pours an extremely dark mahogany color that's about as dark as you can get and remain brown. Not much light is passing through it, even when next to a window.
Smells sweet, nutty, and with a hint of toastiness.
Initially it tastes a little like a brown ale. Nutty cocoa overtones, but with a super clean finish that leaves a lingering mild hop note. More please!
Drinking this is all too easy. I only have a couple bottles, but I plan on going back for more...soon.
This is a neat hybrid between a dunkel and a schwarzbier. It has all of the right dunkel flavors, but with a dash of the roasted flavor from a black beer. The great thing is, it's the best of both worlds.
This is really good, and is a great example of something we need more of here in the US.
If you've had Session Black, I really think this is a better example of where they could've taken that brew.

Domingo, Sep 06, 2009
Photo of ZenAgnostic
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.

ZenAgnostic, Nov 08, 2011
Photo of beergoot
4.09/5  rDev +12.1%

Poured a nice dark brown color complete with a rich, creamy head. Caramel sweetness in the nose with hints of roasted grain, vanilla, and molasses. The taste follows along with the aroma with the addition of light cocoa. Mouthfeel is smooth, sweet, and rich.

A very smooth and delightful dark lager, packed with rich flavors and creamy mouthfeel. Nicely complex and balanced.

beergoot, Apr 28, 2013
Photo of LittleDon
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%

Probably left this one waiting around too long. Very similar to what I remembered on draft, with the exceptions that the feel is a bit softer and head retention is poor. Wonderful cocoa aroma and taste. Could stand to use a bit more hopping. Medium to medium light body.

LittleDon, Jan 22, 2011
Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Jason, Jan 03, 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 dcguitar
4/5  rDev +9.6%

dcguitar, Jul 02, 2013
Photo of TheManiacalOne
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.

TheManiacalOne, Nov 01, 2007
Photo of Kemmerlin
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.

Kemmerlin, Jun 12, 2008
Photo of kgotcher
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.

kgotcher, Oct 18, 2008
Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%

Appearance: Pours an extremely clear deep garnet color that you have to aggressively pour to force a head. The head fell within a minute or so to leave a really thin ring around the edge. When held to the light, it looks like a rich DoppelBock.

Aroma: The malt is definitely the key player in the aroma. I don't get the traditional decoction-rich Melanoidins that you would expect from a Munich Dunkel, but there are a lot of toasty notes that I would imagine are Munich malts. There is a generous helping of Chocolate here to make the aroma more rich.

Taste: The taste gives you a lot more caramel than you would expect from the aroma. The Chocolate also obscures the whole profile a bit for a traditional Dunkel. There is some definite fruitiness noticeable, but this may just be my perception of the interaction of dark malts and alcohol. I would expect for the finish to be a bit less syrupy, though the style calls for a "dextrinous" mouthfeel.

Opinion: I like this beer, and think that it is very drinkable. I am a little reluctant to call it a Munich Dunkel. I think that the label is a bit closer, calling it a Dark Lager. It is really rich for your traditional American Dark Lager (like Shiner Bock), but it doesn't have the depth of a true Munich Dunkel (like Augustiner Dunkel). It's lost in the middle somewhere in the Dark Lager category. I would still recommend giving this beer a shot if you like malt balanced beers like myself.

SkeeterHawk, Jul 27, 2005
Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Hopheadjeffery, Aug 05, 2013
Photo of Bobhoya
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Bobhoya, Jun 26, 2014
Photo of rab53
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

rab53, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of nickfl
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

nickfl, Apr 09, 2014
Photo of Tone
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.

Tone, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of stakem
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%

12oz brown bottle into a pint glass. This brew appears a hazed dark amber to ruby color with a bit of sediment that looks like coffee grounds hanging out in the bottom of the glass and lighter colored particles stuck floating in suspension. Careless on my part but I thought this was a filtered brew. The head appears with less than a finger of khaki color foam that quickly dissolves. A few swirls revive the head but it receeds just as quickly leaving a bit of patchy lace on the glass.

The aroma of this brew is dark caramelized sugar with some roasted indications of chocolate and maybe a touch of coffee. The hops are a bit floral smelling which compliments the overall fruity sweet nose to this brew.

The taste is roasted malt tasting of a lightly bitter chocolate flavor meets coffee and a touch of alcohol. The bitterness of this brew is a combination of roastiness from the grain and hops which is pleasant in the way it offsets how sweet tasting I expected this to be based off of the nose. This brew leaves a lingering taste of roasted malt that is borderline nutty flavored coupled with coffee. The alcohol presence is noticeable for less than 6% with a bit of warmth to the back of the throat.

This is a medium to light bodied brew with a moderately low level of carbonation. It is fairly crisp and overall isn't bad. It isn't something I would order if it was on a menu but it was worth giving a try at least once.

stakem, Oct 15, 2010
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Dark Lager from Durango Brewing
83 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.