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Dark Cloud - Mother Earth Brewing

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BA SCORE
87
very good

323 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 323
Reviews: 121
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 25
Gots: 23 | 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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Photo of SLeffler27
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A foamy, one-inch, almond head slowly drops concentric rings of creamy lace over an old copper-penny beer with maroon highlights.

Sweet brown sugar and roasted cashews feature well with lots of malt and rich, fresh, wheat bread.

Just like the aroma, this one has caramel malt up front and the sweetness is well under control. There is a light bitterness in the short finish. Wheat bread comes out with warming as does toffee.

A light, crisp body that is clean with soft carbonation and no alcohol.

This is a highly sessionable beer, even if the alcohol is a bit high. There is lots of flavor though none are overpowering. This one is worth taking time to enjoy as it progresses nicely with warmth, especially if consumed from a pilsner glass.

These folks seem to take real pride in their beer, all the way from the label art through to the clean flavors and tight adherence to style.

Photo of yaksurf
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of carrollmel7
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of lackenhauser
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice chestnut color. Off white somewhat tan head on top. Caramel sweet and nutty aroma. Very solid maly flavor upfront with a nice hop presence. Hop bite is even right thru the finish. Nice balance of malt to really even the whole thing out. Solid mouthfeel. Very strong example of a dunkel in my book. I look forward to trying other beers from these folks.

Photo of BlueFeetAndBeer
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of jak
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of OldTime
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of JayQue
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a couple of bottles with dinner at the Bayou Smokehouse and Grill at Banner Elk NC. Nice take on the style from Mother Earth brewing. Pours a clear brown color with a fairly nice size off white head. Good retention and lacing. Would have ben even better without the frosted beer glass.

Aroma is fairly good, mostly roasted malt.

Good solid flavor. Roasted malt slight grassy hops bitterness and a hint of chocolate.

Mouthfeel is fairly light as befits a lager. Nice and crisp...refreshing, an excellent complement for food. Stood up nicely to the humungoid brisket nachos and barbeque platter I ordered.

An excellent accompanyment for food or slightly higher than average abv as a session beer.

Photo of rbrefbeerman
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of IrishColonial
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of KajII
3.33/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

[Best served in a Dimpled Mug]

The pour was a clear medium brown with a enormous (4+ finger) light tan frothy head that lasted throughout and had some excellent spotty sheets of lace.

The aroma was of a roasted dark bread malt, a pine hop and a musty yeast with notes of chocolate, coffee, toffee and dark fruit (raisins and prunes).

The taste was nice and malty with a touch of toffee sweetness and a hint of chocolate from the beginning then proceeded to become mildly bitter and hoppy with a note of coffee and just a light presence of dark fruit towards the end. The flavor lasted a decent while after the swallow with a nice roasty hoppiness left lingering on the taste buds.

Mouthfeel was a shade or two under medium in body with a nice dry texture and an almost fizzy carbonation.

Overall an impressive roasty brew. Sweet, bitter and quite malty, it had it all going on...

Photo of deonreds
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of jrohrbacher
3/5  rDev -22.7%

Photo of JefferyDean
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of tastybeer
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Photo of Arborescence
3/5  rDev -22.7%

Photo of snatch210
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a translucent garnet -- lovely.

More malty sweetness to the smell than I expected, but in a pleasant way. Otherwise, the slightly roasted tones of the style.

Taste is rich and well-balanced. Roasted malt up front, with, again, a bit more sweetness than expected (maple? raisins?) and just a tinge of ester. Tiniest bit of spice at the end.

Feel is smooth -- just heavy enough to be satisfying, but light enough to make it very sessionable.

Overall, nothing Earth-shattering, but very well executed. Like a great 12-bar blues.

Photo of VaterRoss
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into Ommegang BPA glass, Bottled 111(?)

Pours a not clear dark brown, definitely unfiltered, with a tan head. Smell is decidedly chocolatey with some lightly roasted malt and dryness. Taste is malty with chocolate tones and a hint of coffee finishing with a light spicy bitterness. Mouthfeel is smooth, med body and carb and quite dry for a lager.

Not bad at all, a bit boring and a bit dry for me. Pleasant and smooth with light chocolate notes and perfectly hopped. No lager yeast smell or taste.

Photo of ucsbmullet
5/5  rDev +28.9%

Photo of socon67
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of VncentLIFE
4.23/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours brown. Translucent in the light, but sits there ominously in the glass, begging you to just drink it.

Hm the smell. Not really sure what to make of it. The first thing that comes to mind is heavily roasted corn.

Now the taste is something of beauty. Its a different monster than German Munich Dunkels. It tastes earthy. Very earthy. Slight caramel notes. I can almost feel a woody bitterness that might be more from the hops than any wood.

A woody bitterness flashes across the tongue then disappears just as fast. Not as slick and sweet as the German incarnations, but still very good in its own right.

Photo of Hopman1985
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Strong, malty aroma is slightly musky and has earthy, molasses and nutty notes. It pours a somewhat translucent sepia with a fairly thick, if not persistent, wheat-brown head that leaves considerable lacing. Rich flavor has a malty core and caramel, earthy, nutty and molasses notes. Firm-bodied texture is smooth yet rather tingly, leaving an earthy, woody finish. Eminently drinkable and enjoyable.

Photo of Mantooth
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of csustar001
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Dark Cloud from Mother Earth Brewing
87 out of 100 based on 323 ratings.