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Dark Cloud - Mother Earth Brewing

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very good

256 Ratings

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Ratings: 256
Reviews: 116
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 10.77%

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:
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(Beer added by: evantwomey on 11-04-2009)
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Photo of maximum12


3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to ROBORB who dropped this brew into a northwards floating box. Love to see more Munich Dunkels around the old tap handles & bottle shops, but alas, I fear I'm peeing the wrong way into the wind.

Pours very dunkel into my pretty chalice, with only a slight beet color about the edges. Smell is rich roast & a big roll of malt sweetness.

Mother Cloud isn't selling a bill of goods. The malts in this thing are rich, heady, sweet, with an edge of roast, maybe a fig or raisin, maybe not. The lagering leaves this feeling like a porter, but lighter, sharper in the tastes, less cloying. Once this passes the palate there's a cleanliness that one doesn't often find in a beer - it passes & it's gone, like an afternoon rain shower washing everything clean. A beer like this can be experienced on tap, & still drive home, while not sacrificing anything in beer geekery.

Good beer. I've been saying this a lot lately, but we could use more of these low-ABV beers that pack in a lot of flavor. Is this really so difficult? This dunkel makes is seem easy.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2010 01:23:40 | More by maximum12
Photo of DefenCorps


3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thank you, Mike. Here's to you and Sarah.

Pouring a clear reddish brown with copper highlights, this beer is capped with a dense, light brown head that recedes to a disk leaving some lace. The nose is very good, opening up as it warms up, with a definite chocolate bread character with some caramel. Very, very clean, this smells like a very well brewed lager. Along with the chocolate, this smells like dark wheat bread. No real hop character is discernible.

The palate opens with a blend of cocoa, wheat and caramel sweetness. This is moderately sweeter than the Weltenburger I had a few days back. Bready and moderately sweet, there's a little roast as well. Drying on the finish with a mild sweetness (mostly dark caramel), this beer has a medium-light body and a soft, creamy carbonation. Not as dry and crisp as I'd like, but then again, I haven't had too many beers of this style. Very drinkable, I'd like to revisit this.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2010 02:50:41 | More by DefenCorps
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3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2011 07:42:24 | More by DearthVader
Photo of BeerBeatnik

North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2011 20:02:52 | More by BeerBeatnik
Photo of beer2day

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very deep red pour, almost brown, with 2-finger dark cream head. Fair retention and nice lace.

Nose is very sweet with malt as expected. Brown sugar and raisins/figs mixed together. Smells a little like a fruit cookie.

Sweet hit and middle. Gets a little cloying towards the end. Sweet bread dominates the finish. Picking up some ripe fruit, but more cherry than the raisin/fig of the nose.

Strong malt body, much more so than the relative abv would suggest. Very substantial.

Would stand up well to a bbq meal here in NC.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2010 00:28:40 | More by beer2day
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3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a deep clear amber, with a finger of off-white head. This sticks around with a ¼ finger of foamy richness, which dots the sides of the glass with lacing. The aroma smells of dark roast, herbal hops, and a deep tangy fruitiness. Sweet malty notes of cocoa and caramel sweeten things up some on the edges. Solid little nose here.

The taste has a toasty and roasty sweetness to it, with a herbal and fruity tang that works its way in as well, before spreading a gritty and earthy bitterness out onto the tongue. That sweet tang hangs pretty tough in the back of the throat after each sip. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and crisp throughout and is generally pretty easy feeling overall. No complaints with the feel.

While I appreciate this being a bit more complex feeling than your average Dunkel, all of that sweetness, hops, fruit, and roast helped create a deep tang to the taste that got to be a little much at times. Nose and body was spot on though and really helped keep things on the right track. I would give this another try at some point.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2010 17:12:33 | More by Kegatron
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North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this beer on-tap served in a pint glass at the Mellow Mushroom in Fayetteville NC.

A-The beer was dark brown to garnet with no visible haze.

S-Chocolate and nutty-like graham craker aromas were predominant with little to no hop aroma.

T-Initially, the beer taste of roast and chocolate malt. Moderate to lower hopping levels balance a mild malt sweetness that is accented with a slight graininess in the background.

M-The moderate carbonation and lighter body made for a lighter to moderate mouthfeel.

O-Overall, this was an enjoyable session beer that can be enjoyed in quanity. The beer was fresh and free of defects.

Serving type: on-tap

05-07-2012 01:24:41 | More by krausenman
Photo of tpd975


3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

from bross242 thanks Billy.

A: Pours a roasty brown small tan head, little retention or no lace.

S: Aromas of sweet bread, caramel, roast and light chocolate.

T: Nice sweet and malty. Wonderful candy notes of caramel, toffee, and brown sugar. Nice tones of chocolate with hints of roast throughout.

M: Medium in body, smooth, tasty.

D: Good, about as good as a dark lager can be!

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2010 17:14:07 | More by tpd975
Photo of TheTippler


3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown with a thin head. Lots of roasted nut flavors in this one. A bit of chocolate flavor too. This beer tastes very lightly sweet and lightly bitter. Very slightly sweet and lightly bitter. A sniff of this beer fills the nose with roasty aromas.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2011 01:36:12 | More by TheTippler
Photo of wedge

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark copper-brown under a small - but thick and creamy - cap. Rich, dark and fruity aroma...kind of toasted, raisin-bready with a hint of toffee. Mildly sweet dark malt flavor. Toasty caramel and chocolate with a slight bit of bread crust and finishing tartness. Lightly bitter, medium-light bodied, and a little creamy. Pretty good...I've liked everything I've had from these guys so far. Easily drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2010 23:18:36 | More by wedge
Photo of GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.76/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured on-tap at the brewery and served in a shaker pint, the beer is a dark, chestnut coloring with a filmy, clingy, white head. Nose of roast notes, coffee, and dark caramel, and some fig and date notes. Flavors are roast and nutty forward, with some old world fruit sweet highlights, and a bitter undertone. Smooth and crisp bodied, with a tangy caramel sweetness and roasted notes. Crisp, clean finish, with a sweet linger. Very solid brew!

Serving type: on-tap

04-14-2014 01:26:52 | More by GarthDanielson
Photo of clayrock81


3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brown body with an offwhite head that stays around and leaves minor lace patches along w/ a light airy malt smell of both sweet and bready malts along w/ a touch of herbal hops. A light, sticky body that has a good dry edge as the herbal hops are light and balanced with some sweet caramel malt as well as cocoa and roasted and bread malt. Finishes real dry and is a nice dunkely that isn't overly sweet or complex but well-balanced and is an easy to drink session beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2010 10:28:25 | More by clayrock81
Photo of n2185

North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear mahogany with two fingers of off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both good.

S: Touches of caramel malt and dark fruits at first followed by lightly bitter hops and biscuit and bread aromas.

T: Similar to the aroma, there are touches of malt and dark fruit followed by some bitter, piny hops. The finish is of hearty bread and is lightly bitter.

M: Medium-light body with lots of carbonation, this beer is fairly crisp but leaves a somewhat bitter aftertaste.

O: Overall, a pretty decent dunkel lager. I could easily put several of these back on a warm day in the sun.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2011 23:13:51 | More by n2185
Photo of RedneckBeerz


3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Rogue pint produces a clear dark tea brown brew with a 1/2" off white sandy colored head with nice weepy lacing sliding down the glass.

Very nice aromatic dark malts with a hint of hops in the background.

Very nice flavor on the tongue, malty and well balance, perhaps just a smidge on the lighter bodied side for this style, but still very drinkable brew in light of the medium carbination.

This is definately not a Warsteiner Premium Dunkle, but it is a great American representation of this style.

For me, this is a solid B+ Munich Dunkel. Keep on representing Tar Heel Brewers !!

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2011 17:23:45 | More by RedneckBeerz
Photo of Onenote81

North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

So glad these guys are available here in the Triad now! Poured this into a standard pint glass. Pours a deep dark brown with a thin tan head on top. Retention was pretty weak and it left little-to-no lace on the glass. Scents of molasses, dark breads, toffee, and some licorice.

This beer is fairly full-bodied with a good carbonation backing. Sweet flavors of bittering dark chocolate, toffee, molasses, and a good mealy finish. Bitterness is very low on this one. This is all malts and I like it. Very good beer. I'd get a sixer of this and enjoy it immensely.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2010 19:09:39 | More by Onenote81
Photo of farrago

New Jersey

3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid two fingers of cream tan to eggshell white, airy but doesn't dimple much, retention is decent just a steady, even dissipation, the lacing steals the show with nice thick streaks clinging tenaciously. Bronzed orange to redwood in color, its clarity is obvious, however, its darkness of hue prevents transparency from any distance, slightly more orange at the glass bottom. The nose unfolds layers of sweet maltiness, caramel, butterscotch, molasses and chocolate fudge, blends in some orange reduction, cherry syrup and brandy-like notes, still you do get a little graininess, if nothing overtly hoppy. Full-bodied without heaviness, inches forward at a slow, steady gait. Drier here than the nose might suggest, that said, definitely leads with molasses, caramel, chocolate and vanilla, maybe even a little licorice before getting to the more natural orange zest. Bready like raisin bread, mild wheat accents. The carbonation is about average and unobtrusive, While dry, doesn't detract from a softer touch on the tongue. While may lack complexity for some, better thought of as a beer crafted for simple enjoyment. And does very well for itself as such.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2010 03:10:23 | More by farrago
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3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2011 01:03:05 | More by Gushue3
Photo of evantwomey

North Carolina

3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish-brown, 1-finger head with good lacing and good retention. Excellent clarity. Nose is clean with a sturdy helping of dark fruit aromas, toffee, caramel, and a hint of roast. Reminds me a lot of a doppelbock like Celebrator, just less intense.Taste follows the nose, the same flavors are there but a little muted. Some malty sweetness up front, finishes smooth and silky, no bitterness. Clean throughout, no off-flavors to note. Mouthfeel is very nice - full and smooth, but not cloying, so the beer remains refreshing. I would have no trouble burning through a few of these.

This is my first beer from this new brewery, and I'd have to say I am pretty impressed. If I see this on the shelves I wouldn't hesitate to buy a six-pack. Definitely worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2009 02:10:50 | More by evantwomey
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3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 24 May 2011. Thanks to n2185 for the bottle.

Pours a deep coffee brown; light behind it brings out some reddish shades. About a half-finger of light tan head that fades pretty quickly, leaving decent lacing.

Smell hits heavy with slightly sweet biscuity malts. I don't get much beyond that, though. A bit of fruit around the edges (figs), with some noble hops hiding in the background.

Taste is better - fuller, richer, and more complex. It brings those malts, but they're more bready and fruity, without that strong toasted character that's in the nose. A bit of chocolate and toffee - nice sweetness and depth. There's a slight hop tingle that comes through late and balances things out quite well.

Mouthfeel: medium body, but feels full and chewy in the mouth. Carbonation is right where it should be - medium-high, enough to keep the flavors on the move but not so much that I can't taste them.

Quite a tasty beer. The toasted malts in the smell are a little funny, but everything else about it is solid. I like it.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2011 03:31:10 | More by zeledonia
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3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a brown/ dark copper color with a 2 finger head that dissipatned quickly. A small amount of lacing on the glass.

Smells of sweet malt, a little spice and yeast.

Tastes of roasted malt, a little sweetness and spice. Just enough bitterness to balance things out on the finish.

Mouthfeel is light, carbonation is good.

First time drinking a dunkel lager, this is a smooth and easy drinking beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2012 20:45:53 | More by busterwhite
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3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Amber to brown, Near white head, some cling lace.

S - Almost smoky malt, hops wrap around it nicely.

T - Clean, pure malt with just the right amount of hop backing.

M - Light to medium body, good carb, good balance.

D - A little dull for me, but a nice session.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2013 06:38:25 | More by srandycarter
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3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass. Dark amber with a very thin cream colored head which receded quickly to a ring. No lacing.

Smell was mostly that of coffee, bitter chocolate, and a little dark fruit.

Taste was better than the nose. Still coffee, but a nice roasted malt, some breadiness, maybe a little toffee. Sweetness of the fruit flavor is balanced nicely by a touch of bitterness.

Mouthfeel is good, mild carbonation, medium bodied, with just a touch of bitter aftertaste.

Very drinkable brew with a nice blend of flavors for the ABV.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2010 01:40:13 | More by bigbluebeerguy
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3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, burgundy gold with a two-finger, tan head of foam that receded fairly quickly. It left minimal lacing.

S - It smelled malt and of sweet breads. A very subtle chocolate aroma.

T - Caramel and chocolate flavors lead off with roasted malts not too far behind. There is a mild bitterness.

M - It was relatively crisp and sharp. A light bodied lager with a dry finish.

D - This is a pretty solid dunkel lager. It delivers a nice taste with the mix of caramel and chocolate notes.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2010 10:21:14 | More by zeff80
Photo of mactrail


3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Rich hoppy lager.

Quite attractive in the glass with a fine roiling head and excellent carbonation in the mouth. Hint of grainy flavor along with some roasted malt. Hops come on strong after a few gulps. More like an Amber Ale than a dunkel with all the hops. Fairly thin body. Nice nose as you exhale but not much fragrance in the glass. A little burnt almond.

Very creamy and pleasant to drink.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2011 06:02:03 | More by mactrail
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North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Flying Saucer served in a standard pint-glass a very dark brown with a thin khaki head that diminishes to a ring and leaves spotty lacing on the glass. Aroma is slight fruit and dark malts. The taste is a nice blend of sweet fruits, dark malts, molasses and slight dried fruits. The beer is fairly light bodied and smooth with mild carbonation. This is an enjoyable beer, especially for the colder months.

Serving type: on-tap

11-16-2009 19:19:39 | More by atsprings
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