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Dark Meddle - Gigantic Brewing Company

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Ratings: 48
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 11.36%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Gigantic Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Vienna Lager |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: TMoney2591 on 04-28-2013)
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Reviews by mactrail:
Photo of mactrail
4.03/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The clear coppery amber brew is quite handsome in the big chalice. Plenty of foam and lacing. A really nice aroma of dark malt with a whiff of perfumey hops. There is a rich and malty flavor full of roasted grain. Lots of caramel, but balanced by the crisp hoppy background. The warm, roasted aromatics with the Pilsener hops are really tasty and even more of a revelation after drinking a Trader Joe's Vienna Lager couple nights ago.

Really an full-flavored and highly drinkable beer. And for this category, it's far above the middling. I think Gigantic is making some very interesting as well as drinkable brews. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Bottleworks in Seattle.

mactrail, Oct 04, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of rhoadsrage
4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a snifter)
A- This beer is a slow gusher spilling a murky aged copper body with a violent swirling of microbubbles that fizz up to a lumpy beige foam.

S- The clean lagered plastic note leads to some dried out berry and grape seed aromas with a faint dry toasted malt note in the finish.

T- The lagered lightly toasted malt has some dry Munich malt notes come through with some toasted biscuit notes and some woody grape seed notes to follow. the nice soft green bite in the finish comes through after the fizz settles down a bit.

M- The medium-full mouthfeel has a scrubbing fizz that hides some of the flavor until it settles and no alcohol in noted.

O- The nice soft malt flavors are well lagered with a nice bit of depth to the beer once the carbonation slows down.

rhoadsrage, Jan 06, 2014
Photo of jmccraney
4/5  rDev +10.8%

jmccraney, Jul 28, 2013
Photo of Hobbit
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Hobbit, Aug 02, 2013
Photo of Nage37
4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

Nage37, Aug 05, 2013
Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev +10.8%

GRG1313, Jun 10, 2013
Photo of LiquidAmber
3.94/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Warsteiner pokal. Pours medium coppery amber with a two finger white head retained by active carbonation. Spicy aroma of biscuit malt, slightly nutty with an unusual cola component. Flavor of bready and biscuit malt, light toasted brown bread, slightly sweet with a pleasant slightly spicy lightly toasted biscuit malt finish. Light bodied with active carbonation. This is very nicely made in a style that often is encountered as a mass market beer. If this is true to the Vienna lager style, I'm sorry I've missed a great example all these years. Subtly flavored, but refreshing and delicious. I enjoyed this more as I drank the bottle and boosted the taste rating a bit as a result. This is a nice light lager.

LiquidAmber, Apr 30, 2013
Photo of largadeer
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

largadeer, Aug 09, 2013
Photo of Bubbles
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Bubbles, Jul 13, 2013
Photo of stortore
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

stortore, May 05, 2013
Photo of lisahope27
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

lisahope27, Aug 23, 2013
Photo of claspada
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

claspada, May 26, 2013
Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

Hopheadjeffery, Jun 10, 2013
Photo of bluckbeyes
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

bluckbeyes, Jul 23, 2013
Photo of Nachos4two
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Nachos4two, Jun 05, 2013
Photo of sweemzander
3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

(A)- Pours a clear caramel amber color. Some good white froth and lacing.

(S)- A rich figgy cherry-like caramel maltiness. A touch strange for the style, but enjoyable.

(T)- A grainy but smooth mouthfeel meets some caramel forward malts.

(M)- A good carbonation level meets a lightly bitter grain and hop character. The sweetness comes through on the finish.

(O)- Pretty much reminds me of a less hoppy and more sweet version of a SA Boston Lager.

sweemzander, Jun 04, 2013
Photo of 510a
3.25/5  rDev -10%

510a, Aug 04, 2013
Photo of TMoney2591
3.74/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

For whatever reason, this brewery just recently popped into my local area (don't worry, I'm not arguing, just expressing the surprise at the randomness, that's all), and this is the first I'm gonna try. Why not, right? It pours a clear auburn-copper topped by a finger of lightly off-cream foam. The nose comprises candied orange peel, light brown sugar-cinnamon, and a healthy dose of biscuit. The taste brings in more of the same, with the piloncillo sugar really shining through, providing a nice sweetening foil to the biscuity mass interpenetrating with it. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, a pretty nice Vienna, one that showcases the quasi-exotic sugar quite well. Not a bad debut for these guys (it's their debut for me, anyway).

TMoney2591, Apr 28, 2013
Photo of nmann08
3.5/5  rDev -3%

nmann08, Jun 06, 2013
Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.74/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle opened on 5.6.13

A - Pours a clear reddish-orange with a two inch fizzy and foamy light tan head that fades slowly.

S - A touch of hops, then corn and some nuts. Typical lager scents.

T - Roasted malt, slight hop bitter bite, lager finish.

D - Light body with good carbonation.

O - Slightly roasted and darker lager than usual, refreshing.

HuskyinPDX, May 15, 2013
Photo of bernat1971
2.5/5  rDev -30.7%

bernat1971, Sep 15, 2013
Photo of DefenCorps
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from new seaaons.

Pouring a hazy amber with a dense off white head with excellent retention and nice lacing, this is a great looking beer. The nose is pleasantly malty with the bready, mildly brown sugar notes that good viennas have a long with a firming, brightening earthy and minty hop aroma. That said, this does smell sweeter than typical. Nice malt complexity.

The palate opens moderately sweet with whole wheat bread(yum!), brown sugar, a little buckwheat honey and the hop flavors - am not, earth and lemon. Hop bitterness is medium low with a pleasant earthy bite. Medium in I'm body with a long sweetish finish with bread, brown sugar and earthy hops, this beer is very smooth on the palate. Carbonation is creamy and delightful. Quite clean on the palate as well, i don't detect any obvious flaws, though their is a hint of sulfur way in the back. Thoroughly enjoyable.

DefenCorps, Jul 22, 2013
Photo of sanford_and_son
3/5  rDev -16.9%

sanford_and_son, Aug 31, 2013
Photo of MrMcGibblets
4/5  rDev +10.8%

MrMcGibblets, May 04, 2013
Photo of flagmantho
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: tawny brown hue with a light haze and a strong effervescence. Head pours a thick finger of frothy tan foam but doesn't stick around too long. Not bad, but for head retention.

Smell: bready, biscuity and yeasty aroma, with a little bit of caramel sweetness thrown in at the end. Decent, although biscuit is not my favorite aroma component.

Taste: very much like the aroma, although the biscuit is turned up ever so slightly. It works within the style, although again, it's not my favorite flavor. Bitterness is perhaps a little high for the style but I like it. This is a decently balanced beer.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body but with a large carbonation which yields a huge, if somewhat evanescent, creaminess. I happen to quite like it.

Overall: this beer is well-crafted and balanced, but the brewers chose to focus on a flavor profile that just doesn't suit my palate. I do recommend this beer, though it is not exactly for me.

flagmantho, Jun 14, 2013
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Dark Meddle from Gigantic Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.