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Dark Lager - Durango Brewing

Dark LagerDark Lager

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42 Ratings

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Ratings: 42
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 15.62%

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 BeerFanDurango


4.75/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-13-2013 16:06:21 | More by BeerFanDurango
Photo of beergoot


4.09/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2013 20:18:07 | More by beergoot
Photo of scruffwhor


3/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer took forever to pour from a 12 oz. bottle. Holy head foam! Once the khaki colored head subsided, it leaves a nice foamy head for the remainder of the twelve ounces. Color is cola brown with hints of garnet.

Roasty malt aroma with a hint of cocoa powder. Smells inviting and tasty.

A little chocolate and plenty of roasted and toasted malt flavors. There's a bloody, metallic finish though. Luckily it's quick. The palate is a little tinny as well.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2012 18:01:33 | More by scruffwhor
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2012 02:31:39 | More by JuicesFlowing
Photo of MaximalC


3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky, muddy brown color with what is quite possibly the most mammoth mocha head I've ever seen. Honestly, the craggy foam on this thing morphed and swelled with preternatural vitality, and I didn't even pour it that hard...

The aroma is of molasses and dark fruit, with some alcohol and perhaps the faintest hint of chocolate. The smell is fairly mild, but pleasant and suitable for the style. The flavor has an indefinable roasted malt character, sweet and slightly acrid, but not possessed of any especially distinguishing elements, at least not at initially cooler temperatures. Traces of milk chocolate can be found if you look for them, though they're not prominent, and some hops begin to creep into the finish as the beer warms. I suspect the excessive carbonation may be skewing my perception of the component flavors some. With that said, this dark lager is highly drinkable, with a palatable malt backbone that is never cloying. The carbonation may be over the top, especially for the style, but that is the only glaring detractor I can find. Then again, I'm fairly easily pleased by dark lagers, so take that for what it's worth.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2012 01:24:37 | More by MaximalC
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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2012 23:24:08 | More by Tone
Photo of mactrail


3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Kind of a dark soup, more like a brown ale. Taste like bread with a little bitterness at the end. Somewhat tangy, and quite carbonated on the tongue. Touch of caramel with some roast malt in the nose. Some hint of chocolate as it warms.

Rather grainy and plain, whatever the style. Starts with some tartness and fizz, leaves just a hint of sweet malt, and ends with dark roast flavors and a kiss of hops. Plenty drinkable if uninspired.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2011 01:37:15 | More by mactrail
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2011 23:48:41 | More by ubermick
Photo of LittleDon


4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2011 22:54:20 | More by LittleDon
Photo of emmasdad


3.18/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this one up as part of a mixed six pack. Poured from the bottle a clear dark brown with a lingering ring of tan foam. Aromas of dark chocolate, caramel and a little coffee/vanilla. On the palate, light bodied and crisp, with a light roastiness, dark chocolate and caramel.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2010 05:22:37 | More by emmasdad
Photo of stakem


3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2010 22:37:38 | More by stakem
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Serving type: bottle

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

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2010 16:05:06 | More by allforbetterbeer
Photo of LXIXME

New Mexico

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2009 21:52:30 | More by LXIXME
Photo of Domingo


4.15/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2009 21:09:00 | More by Domingo
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.

Serving type: bottle

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


3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2008 04:10:55 | More by Kemmerlin
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!

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2008 08:55:35 | More by woodychandler
Photo of mentor


4.33/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2007 05:59:30 | More by mentor
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Rhode Island

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2006 03:08:52 | More by russpowell
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83 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.