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Dark Cloud - Mother Earth Brewing

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BA SCORE
87
very good

294 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 294
Reviews: 120
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 10.8%
Wants: 23
Gots: 19 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Mother Earth Brewing visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Munich Dunkel Lager |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: evantwomey on 11-04-2009)
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Reviews by PaulfromNoVa:
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PaulfromNoVa

Virginia

4/5  rDev +2.8%

Most of my experience with Dunkellagers hasn't been brilliant, and I ordered this in a dark pub as the only handle I didn't know. Pleasant surprise ensued, beginning with a shooter as a taster, which didn't tell me much apart from the lovely color - the 2 oz. shooter glass enable me to see the burnished deep ruby and clarity of the hue.

Appearance: served in a standard pub pint, was indeed pretty to behold, nice inch of head, place too dark to really examine body.

Smell was clean, predominantly malty with trace of hops.

Taste delivered on smell - slightly sweet, with a slight hops offset, kind of a prune finish, but not at all like, say, a big imperial stout.

Mouthfeel was agreeably nice: light-medium carbonation, felt in my mouth like "I'll have another, please." Reasonably low ABV, probably around 18-20 carbs. Extremely drinkable.

A nice beer that, when encountered, I won't dodge..

03-21-2011 02:37:37 | More by PaulfromNoVa
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oberon

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +5.4%

Poured a deep garnet with a thin but well retained off white head,a nice mix of cocoa and roasted nut in the nose,rich aromas.Flavors are well rounded with a mix of sweet caramel malt and bitter unsweetened chocolate,a nice earthy/roasty finish makes it highly drinkable.A very nice dunkel lager,not overly sweet but just the right amount,well done.

04-11-2010 22:05:06 | More by oberon
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +8.5%

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #36 (Jan 2010):

Tight off-white lacing; dark amber color shows some clarity.

Toasted malt aroma, hints of grape skin and dried hay. Smooth with just enough body, without being heavy at all. Very clean from start to finish. A hint of mineral or salt? Very well balanced, hops are layered under the malt so the bitterness is soft yet enough herbal flavor comes through to make it interesting. Ends on a semi-dry note with a heavy hand of clean toasted malt.

We can think of only warm pretzels and liter mugs of this beer. N.C. craft brewing flexing its muscles here.

01-11-2011 01:47:02 | More by BeerAdvocate
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meatballj626j

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

12-10-2013 23:34:21 | More by meatballj626j
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SmellsofMahagony

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

04-25-2013 02:26:09 | More by SmellsofMahagony
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mrw1zard

Alabama

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

07-17-2014 19:22:58 | More by mrw1zard
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juicebox

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

11-17-2013 20:04:07 | More by juicebox
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Mantooth

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -10%

01-27-2012 14:47:38 | More by Mantooth
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Cynic-ale

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

09-23-2013 22:49:21 | More by Cynic-ale
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +1.5%

12 oz bottle bottled on 7/3/11.

Pours a near clear dark brown, with a moderate size, creamy tan head.

This is an exceptional brown lager. It has a lovely sweet malt aroma and corresponding flavor. Hints of caramel; no burnt or off-notes.

Medium-thin body with perfect carbonation.

O - one of the best of style, in my experience.

10-12-2011 01:12:17 | More by chinchill
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glid02

Georgia

3.9/5  rDev +0.3%

On-tap.

Pours a dark brown color with a one-finger tan head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of muted dark malts with very slight amounts of crisp lager yeast. As the beer warms hints of light chocolate also waft out.

Tastes a bit more complex than it smells. Dark malt flavors with very slight hints of sweeter caramel malts kick things off. Midway through the sip hints of earthy hop flavors make an appearance but are showed up by hints of sweet light chocolate flavors. The chocolate fades out into a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass quickly and could have another.

Overall this is a tough style to do well as there's nothing present to mask off-flavors but I think these new guys did a pretty good job. A solid beer that's worth a shot.

09-16-2010 20:33:54 | More by glid02
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ltdantheman

Georgia

4/5  rDev +2.8%

04-26-2013 14:42:43 | More by ltdantheman
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dhmxray

New York

3/5  rDev -22.9%

09-07-2013 20:15:43 | More by dhmxray
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mdaschaf

Washington

4.38/5  rDev +12.6%

A: Pours a deep ruby/copper color. A 1.5 finger head formed from a slightly aggressive pour and reduced to some splotches of foam on top. Nice lacing down the sides.

S: A deep aroma, roasted malts, some caramel, nuts, and a little bit of dark fruit. As it warms there is a slight vanilla and coffee aroma as well.

T: Very bready up front with a light spicy/roasty flavor in the middle. Caramel malts, some nuts, and a little bit of brown sugar round out the flavor.

M: Medium bodied, but somewhat filling despite the low abv. It seems like it should be a bit higher, but I am quite happy it is so low.

O: A really good low abv beer. Again, a beer you'd expect to be higher in alcohol based on the flavor profile and mouthfeel. Mother Earth did a really nice job with this one.

05-14-2011 02:20:34 | More by mdaschaf
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tastybeer

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -8%

Beer is oaky brown with 3/4" orange tinted white head, hazy with a slight ruby glow. A pretty beer. Aroma is lightly sweet...kind of straight up dunkel smell. Malty chocolate, earthy hops, some lemon perhaps. Taste matches with a bit of tartness. Bitterness has a solid presence but is not overwhelming. This beer does get better as it warms up which frequently is the case with most beers I like, though not always with layers. Body is medium-light and this goes down very easy.

03-04-2012 22:25:40 | More by tastybeer
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rambleglitch

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +28.5%

07-30-2012 00:22:52 | More by rambleglitch
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KingEdward

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

01-21-2013 00:20:51 | More by KingEdward
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bexley10

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

06-21-2014 23:18:56 | More by bexley10
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seavercm

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -10%

08-22-2013 15:43:39 | More by seavercm
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twowheelssoar

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +2.8%

11-15-2011 18:31:01 | More by twowheelssoar
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KenC

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev +0.3%

A: Poured a dark mahogany. A solid three fingers of off-white head. Head retention and lacing lasted to the bottom of the glass.

S: Light caramel malt and cherry aroma. I could detect a little bit of the hops and bread.

T: Like the smell, there is malt and cherry with hops. The finish is slightly bitter, and a touch chocolate.

M: Medium bodied with lots of carbonation. (New keg??) A clean after taste, a tad dry.

O: A good example of its type. Dunkel lagers are rarely offensive. Sitting out by the bay in Currituck… sunset…beer, yeah nice.

05-12-2011 17:59:29 | More by KenC
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tdm168

North Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +10%

Pours a very deep amber bordering on dark brown. There's a quarter inch of off white head that has great retention. The nose has notes of sweet caramel and dark fruit. The taste is bitter and sweet. There are notes of caramel, dark fruit, toasted malt, toffee and a decent hop bitterness in the finish. This is a medium bodied, well carbonated, smooth beer.

This is a pretty solid, well rounded beer. For the style this is all around right.

12-27-2011 23:33:54 | More by tdm168
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socon67

New York

4.05/5  rDev +4.1%

A - Pours brown, with a bit of foam on top. Some lacing, and visibole carbonation.

S - Scents of caramel, fresh malt, and a spicy, earthy vibe.

T - Flavors are very well balanced. Pure sweet caramel, a malty taste that has a bit of spice at the end. Actually a very flavorful dunkel that is not sweet as much as it is hearty with fresh flavor.

M - Makes an awesome drinker. Smooth, full bodied, and very refeshing.

O - Glad to have tried something from Mother Earth. Solid showing of a less common style.

02-22-2012 02:34:11 | More by socon67
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dirtylou

Washington

3.98/5  rDev +2.3%

12oz single, Vintner Wine & Spirits - Charlotte

appearance: served in a duck rabbit shaker pint, murky cola body with garnet hues, light tan ring.

smell: roasted nuts, english toffee, cocoa, caramel, dark fruits provide a nice sweetness. Smells great.

taste: nice and smooth - dark malts, woody, caramel and toffee, cherry and cocoa, lots of dark fruits, earthy tones.

mouthfeel: moderate carbonation, smooth with a dry finish

drinkability: good

12-25-2010 18:47:49 | More by dirtylou
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sampstar

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -8%

Poured into a standard Pint glass from the bottle.

Based on the description of a munich dunkel, this beer is spot on.

Looked pretty good, a nice dark brown, tint of red. Lacing hung around slightly, not lining the glass on the way down, but always there with every drink.

Malty with no resistance, i can't put my finger on the after taste, but it wasn't my favorite. Very smooth.

Strangely, with every other taste i go back and forth on being a fan and questioning if i would get it again. Final decision was i would drink it again.

01-28-2011 02:06:28 | More by sampstar
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Dark Cloud from Mother Earth Brewing
87 out of 100 based on 294 ratings.