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Dark Cloud - Mother Earth Brewing

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very good

305 Ratings

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Ratings: 305
Reviews: 120
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.05%
Wants: 24
Gots: 21 | 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 cvstrickland:
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4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark Cloud pours brightly-clear and smoked-garnet in color with a finger-thick capping of fine-bubbled pale-ecru foam atop. Drippy rings and slumping blobs of soft lacing denote the sip lines onto the sides of my Mother Earth shaker pint glass.

The aroma is mild and sweetly toasted, with a mellow tang of soft dark fruit and a note of creamy toffee.

The taste is lightly sweet and mellow with a dryly-toasty malty backbone. A mildly spicy hop backing brings a nice balancing to the proceedings and provides an unobtrusive trace of bitterness. A dark, lingering, molasses candylike malt-note remains on the palate post-swallow, urging the drinker to have another swig.

The drink is medium-bodied with sedate carbonation, and is highly-quaffable, to say the least. This particular Mother Earth beer is mild, refreshing, and pretty damned delicious, but could never be accused of overpowering anyone's tastebuds, making this "dark" brew a pretty clever full-time offering from the new guys on the block. Given the targeted regional clientele and it's traditional loyalty to BMC pale lagers and the like, Dark Cloud is both an easy step in the craft direction for those more experimental drinkers amidst the masses, and a damned fine treat for hardcore "subtle beer"-loving geeks alike.

cvstrickland, Jan 11, 2010
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

oberon, Apr 11, 2010
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

BeerAdvocate, Jan 11, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

meatballj626j, Dec 10, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

SmellsofMahagony, Apr 25, 2013
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3.76/5  rDev -3.3%

Guden, Sep 06, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

mrw1zard, Jul 17, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

juicebox, Nov 17, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

Mantooth, Jan 27, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Cynic-ale, Sep 23, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

KirkFrancis, Sep 12, 2014
Photo of chinchill
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

chinchill, Oct 12, 2011
Photo of glid02
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


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.

glid02, Sep 16, 2010
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

ltdantheman, Apr 26, 2013
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3/5  rDev -22.9%

dhmxray, Sep 07, 2013
Photo of mdaschaf
4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

mdaschaf, May 14, 2011
Photo of tastybeer
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

tastybeer, Mar 04, 2012
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5/5  rDev +28.5%

rambleglitch, Jul 30, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

KingEdward, Jan 21, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

bexley10, Jun 22, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

seavercm, Aug 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

twowheelssoar, Nov 15, 2011
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3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

KenC, May 12, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Sammy, Sep 01, 2014
Photo of tdm168
4.28/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

tdm168, Dec 27, 2011
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Dark Cloud from Mother Earth Brewing
87 out of 100 based on 305 ratings.