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Dark Cloud - Mother Earth Brewing

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289 Ratings

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Ratings: 289
Reviews: 120
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 10.8%
Wants: 23
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
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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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North Carolina

4/5  rDev +2.8%

12-04-2011 00:05:22 | More by tclapper
Photo of nmann08

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +2.8%

11-18-2011 03:18:48 | More by nmann08
Photo of twowheelssoar

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +2.8%

11-15-2011 18:31:01 | More by twowheelssoar
Photo of soccerman7


3.95/5  rDev +1.5%

Poured into a pint glass

A - Very nice garnet color. A solid finger of head that gave way to a ring on the edge. Wonderful carbonation. Only drawback was a cloudy appearance.

S - Baked bread, sweet graham cookie. Herbal hop aroma on the tail end. Very nice and a touch different than I have had on the style.

T - First thing I noticed was the hops actually. A prickly herbal spice that gives way to graham cracker, honey, toasted bread. Slight earthiness.

M - Very good mouth feel and easy drinking. Slightly sharpness.

O - A very good beer that is worth grabbing. Wish it were available up here. Well done.

11-06-2011 16:56:36 | More by soccerman7
Photo of keytown


4/5  rDev +2.8%

A - Pours a dark amber with a massive 4 finger tan head

S - Smells of malt & bread, slight spice & a hint of chocolate.

T - Tastes of roasted malts, toasted bread & subtle sweetness.
Slight bitter hoppy finish.

M - Medium body & carbination

O - Overall good beer. Great job Mother Earth Brewing on
recreating a Munich Dunkel Lager!

10-22-2011 00:31:20 | More by keytown
Photo of 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
Photo of BuxMontBeerLover


3.98/5  rDev +2.3%

Given a bottle by Rich Wagner, a Pennsylvania Brewery Historian. Thanks for the beers, as always, Rich!

Enjoyed in a DFH Signature Glass.

A - Beer pours a slightly translucent, reddish/ brown color. A one finger head on the initial pour. After a few minutes just a faint beige film on top of the beer. Very little lacing left on the side of the glass.

S - A sweet, bready aroma. Very inviting.

T - A decent beer. A malty beer with hints of chocolate. Very tasty. Not overy sweet. Well balanced between the malts and hops. The alcohol is barely noticeable.

M - A well carbonated brew. Medium consistancy.

O - I thought this was a well-crafted brew. It's not a style that I normally gravitate towards but it is a very tasty beer. Easily sessionable due to the low alcohol. Not a beer I would necessarily go out and buy but I enjoyed it just the same. Thanks again Rich for your generousity.


10-06-2011 23:19:36 | More by BuxMontBeerLover
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North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev -6.7%

This beer is hard to characterize for me. I have been on a dark beer kick lately and I thought maybe this might be fun to try, since it's a local company. Overall, this beer looked and tasted just fine. I probably wouldn't go far beyond that. I think it rates in the "B" area for me. I think it's a pretty decent beer for the style, and I wouldn't tell people not to try it.

09-14-2011 20:02:52 | More by BeerBeatnik
Photo of jifigz


3.95/5  rDev +1.5%

Bottle poured into a stemmed Allagash glass.

A: A very dark brown with reddish hints and hues. A nice head that is a foamy white. There is also some pretty nice lacing as the beer is being drank.

S: Bready, malty, and slightly spiced smelling. There is also a mild grape Kool-Aid like flavor.

T: The taste is also very bread-like and sweet with the grape Kool-Aid making a mild entrance and then giving way to a slightly roasted profile.

M: The mouthfeel feels a bit thin and watery to me. I am not extremely familiar with this style but it seems appropriate. It matches the flavors well and feels consistent.

O: A pretty good beer. There are solid flavors here and much to be appreciated but it remains delicate and extremely easy to drink and enjoy. A great and very refreshing lager.

09-14-2011 00:19:15 | More by jifigz
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Thanks for sharing this, Bobby.

A: the pour is dark brown in color with a finger of off-white head.

S: Starts off with a mild aroma of roasted malts. This is followed by hints of chocolate and a light coffee note. There are some hints of dark fruits, specifically raisins, along with a mild toffee sweetness and some toasted bread.

T: Coffee grounds and roasted malts are the first flavors I pick up. Those are followed by toffee and toasted bread, which provide a nice, subtle sweetness. There is jus a light bitterness and earthy hop flavor.

M: Medium bodied with a medium level of carbonation.

O: You don't often see a Dunkel as part of a US brewery's regular line-up, let alone a well done one. Solid beer.

09-06-2011 18:14:29 | More by womencantsail
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New York

3.35/5  rDev -13.9%

From 09/02/11 notes. Received this one as an extra from cwguy5, thanks man. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a flute.

a - Pours a deep murky mahogany brown color with less than an inch of off white head and moderate carbonation evident. No head retention or lacing.

s - Smells of bready malts, grain, wheat, roasted malts, nuts, and light spice.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, toasted malts, bready malts, grain, wheat, and light cloves.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

o - Overall a pretty decent beer, a slightly above average dunkel. Lots of roasted and bready qualities, would give it another shot.

09-03-2011 14:44:13 | More by mdfb79
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4.1/5  rDev +5.4%

Seriously dark brown/ root beer color with a light tan head.

I smell dry, roasted nutty malt hinting of pumpernickel.

Has a nice slightly sweet-but mostly dry roasted munich malt taste with a little balancing tang of hop bitterness. Very well balanced.

Medium body and finishes on light hop bitterness riding on that dark bready taste.

I have drank dunkels fresh on tap in Bavaria a few times and I can say this beer is very faithful and accurate to the style if that is your bag. Might not beat your favorite German dunkel, but if you aren't one of those irrationally biased pseudo-culture fans of all things European, than you ought to really dig where this dunkel is coming from.

08-30-2011 02:29:47 | More by dedrinker
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3.43/5  rDev -11.8%

Props to cwguy5(Will) for this bottle in a trade..

A: Pours a dark brown slight amber color with a decent head that is sticking around and a tiny bit of lacing.

S: Nothing extremely strong some caramel and dark malt.

T: This has a good taste to it, a caramel malt flavor with not much hops. A good taste for this type of lager.

M: Nothing crazy here, not too good but not bad at all.

O: Overall this is pretty straight to this style nothing is going to blow you away but a very straight example of the style.

08-29-2011 23:47:51 | More by Bogforce
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South Carolina

4/5  rDev +2.8%

12 ounce bottle poured into a pilsner glass. Kind of a medium molasses hue to the body. The off-white head isn't huge, but is certainly tenacious. Plentiful crackly and sticky lacing.

Husky, toasty nose with hints of chocolate and apple sweetness. Grassy hops with an herbal twist that nip, but don't bite too hard. Very nice balance on this. Toasty malts with a just-right amount of cocoa. Robust but not heavy, an exceedingly easy-drinking brew. It's easy to picture putting away a few of these with some sausages or pretzels.

08-15-2011 23:07:48 | More by PDXHops
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3.63/5  rDev -6.7%

12 oz courtesy of LSUPT

Poured into my Alpine pint.

Very beautiful beer. A huge tan head forms atop the mohagony body. Very detailed lacing throughout the glass and the head retention was incredible on this one.

Smell is a faint nutty smell hidden behind grains and slight raisins.

Taste is nice with a smoked almond flavor that pairs with the raisins and wheat characteristics.

Its hard to believe I enjoyed the taste so much even through the harsh mouthfeel. This beer is way too carbonation. It makes it very tough to drink.

This was an ok beer. If they lower the carbonation and try to make it more aromatic, it would be near perfect.

08-10-2011 07:42:24 | More by DearthVader
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3.9/5  rDev +0.3%

12 oz bottle dated 12/28/10

Pours a clear but dark brown with a thick light tan head. body looks like a coca cola.

Smell is a sweet, bready, lightly roasty.

Taste is a very good, rich bread with a sweet then dry finish.

Mouthfeel is very good and overall this is a quality beer.

08-07-2011 22:15:06 | More by aubuc1
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3.03/5  rDev -22.1%

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass.

A: Straight brown with some ruby notes... good finger and a half of head... Head settles to a good ring with good lacing.

S: Smell is very bready, with lots of roasted malts and a touch of maple.

T: Roasted malt and maple right up front. Only gets better as it warms.... there is some hops popping in at the finish tastes a little grassy. The grassy hops sits in on the aftertaste... Like the start but not a big fan of the finish.

M: Carbonation starts a little strong but calms as it warms.... to a nice smooth almost velvety feel....

D: Not a bad beer.... Looks great, smells good, mouthfeel good... taste starts good finishes OK....

07-31-2011 01:15:13 | More by mralphabet
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New York

3.43/5  rDev -11.8%

well, tonight has turned into mother earth brewing night...another NC sample from my bro-in-law mike. massive thanks for always ensuring i have ample supply of brews that i'm missing out on in NY.

a - poured into capt lawrence taster tulip. pretty stunning deep purple with a thin bubbly but almost foamy head. lacing was pretty slick, brew was plum.

s - german malts with a touch of dark fruit...grape. some sweetness. nothing in your face, relatively mellow.

t - malt blandness. maybe some nuttiness. really not much going on in the flavor.

m - medium to full bodied a touch fizzy. little heavy.

o - overall, kind of feels like beer x (as in brand x) not much to even talk about on this one. nice color.

all this being said...i have been sitting on this beer for the better part of a year so very well might be past its prime?

07-23-2011 04:23:54 | More by cosmicevan
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4.33/5  rDev +11.3%

Had this beer at Cosmos pizza in Corolla NC. The best food in all of Corolla period.
Pours a light chocolate brown color with a thick and dense tan head that lingers and takes it's time fading. Carbonation is unk.
Aroma is rich and malty some roasted and even smoke malts can be smelled, but listen thier not overpowering at all.
Taste is rich and malty with sutle hints of nuttiness and chocalate.
A medium body lager with a clean finish.
I asked this chick sitting next to me what she was drinking. I can't believe I came that close on missing out on this great beer.
THAT was a close call. word

07-17-2011 14:56:36 | More by micromaniac129
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3.43/5  rDev -11.8%

I made the mistake of pouring this one somewhat aggressively and the head went crazy after only a few ounces poured and overflowed from a pint glass. Took a few minutes to die down to where I could slowly pour the rest of the beer. Pours a deep, dark mahogany brown color with a sizable creamy tan head. The head becomes splotchy as it dies down but it sticks around forever once it rests at an inch or so, and eventually smooths out into something much more attractive. The splotchiness was probably my fault and not the beer's.

First smell reveals dark fruits, maybe prunes or plums or raisins or something. Some nuts, some red wine. Definitely some wood too, like freshly fallen wood in a forest, maybe burned wood too. Smells a bit tart. Based on the nose I'm not expecting this to be my kind of beer, though it definitely smells like a complex one.

Flavor is very nutty. Some wood and some smoke, some roast as well. Dark fruits again as in the nose but way more subtle in the flavor--in the nose the fruits dominated the nuts but in the mouth it's the other way around. As complex as the nose but much more appealing. Tastes more and more roasty the more I drink. The odd red wine tartness I got from the nose is present in the flavor as well, but it's subtle and only slightly detracts from the quality of the beer.

Mouthfeel is meh at first. Even after letting it die down for a while and trying to drink under the head, my mouth feels like it's full of bubbles at every sip. There's just too much carbonation, and not the nice fizzy kind. Perhaps this is true to style, perhaps it's exactly what the brewer was aiming for, perhaps other folks would love this. It's a bit off putting for me. Fortunately, as the beer sits for a while the mouthfeel improves and becomes less bubbly and more creamy. Hard to know how to rate the mouthfeel on this one as it starts out annoying and grows into something quite nice, so I'm going to give it the benefit of the doubt and say that the initially weak mouthfeel was due to my shitty pour and not the quality of the beer.

This is a very interesting beer. Extremely complex, one of the most complex lagers I've ever had. I thought it was "meh" at first but as I drank more of it I started to really like it. A good alternative to a brown ale, would be a great beer for fall weather.


07-12-2011 19:31:39 | More by AlexFields
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North Carolina

4.09/5  rDev +5.1%

Appearance: Pours a clear burnt caramel color; the tan head retains well and leaves a nice curtain of lacing on halfway across the pint glass

Smell: Toasted brown bread and powdered chocolate, with a hint of nuts

Taste: Toasted brown bread, up front, with a building sense of powdered chocolate and earthy hops developing by mid-palate; the malts dominate the finish with no off-flavors

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A very nice example of a rarely brewed style; not in the top echelon but close

07-04-2011 20:17:11 | More by brentk56
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3.58/5  rDev -8%

12oz bottle poured into a Pint Glass.

A - Pours a very dark mahogany with a huge ivory head that refuses to die down and leaves sheets of lacing as it recedes (slowly).
S - Sweet aromas of caramel, light chocolate, and roasted nuts with just a touch of coffee and cream.
T - Pretty close to the nose, I'm getting a good amount of chocolate and caramel, roasted malt, and some nuts with a little more coffee and some dark fruit. There's a very slight copper penny flavor toward the finish, but it's something I've come to expect from certain Lager styles. Not bad.
M - Smooth and slightly creamy, with a medium mouth-feel and moderate carbonation.
O - Solid take on a Dunkel Lager, I could probably have a few of these in a sitting.

06-29-2011 03:50:37 | More by jsanford
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3.8/5  rDev -2.3%

A- pours a dark, transparent brown that looks very dark brown, and and deep hazy amber brown when held to the light. The head is whitish one finger with smaller retention and smaller lacing.

S- matly with some sweet and dark fruit scents in there too. Very nice scent i dont get to smell too often. Lots of fruit.

T- medium malt taste that carries to the finish. Sweetness is prominent throughout thay is sinilar to the fruity nose. The sweetness lingers through the finsh.

M- mouthfeel is medium with lower carbonation.

O- nice beer and everything works good together. Nice extra beer.

06-09-2011 01:03:05 | More by Gushue3
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4.15/5  rDev +6.7%

12 oz bottle courtesy of fthomasl. Pours a dark reddish-brown color with an ample cap of off-white head. Average retention and a little bit of lace.

Nose is sweet with some molasses poking through. Has a nice roasted nut aspect. Smells good, very respectable for a tough style to brew.

Tastes pretty good, one of the best American brewed dunkels I have ever had. I wish more breweries stateside would brew this underrated style. Has a nice sweet/roast interplay and the body is plenty full. Very smooth beer that goes down so easy. Drinkability is through the roof, this would be a great beer to take to a party and cache out a sixer over a couple hours.

05-14-2011 21:17:19 | More by twiggamortis420
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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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