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Beerlao Dark - Lao Brewery Co.

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BA SCORE
76
okay

117 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 117
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 3.28
pDev: 15.85%
Wants: 2
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lao Brewery Co. visit their website
Laos

Style | ABV
Euro Dark Lager |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Beerlao Dark is an award winning beer brewed with the finest ingredients and roasted malt. A full-bodied tasted experience with a golden brown color.

(Beer added by: Jason on 12-31-2005)
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Photo of cfalovo97
2/5  rDev -39%

cfalovo97, Nov 11, 2012
Photo of MarkoNm
2/5  rDev -39%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Pours a light brown color with a decent tan colored head and a nice retention.
The aroma is very weak, hardly picked up, just some basic malty aroma.
The taste ois sweet throughout, quite bland withouth any real finish.
Drinkable but that's it. No real taste to it.

MarkoNm, Apr 21, 2014
Photo of yossarian
2/5  rDev -39%

yossarian, Jun 25, 2012
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2/5  rDev -39%

kmckinnon87, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of albern
2.08/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

In fairness, the Beerlao that I tasted was bottled almost a year prior, so it really is far from fresh. The beer pours a nice amber mahogany color with not much head no lacing. The nose tastes really processed and artificial, like a very bad adjunct lager.

The taste is caramel and a bit nutty. The overly processed taste to the beer and what appears to be a cheaply made beer, is enough for me. This isn't good enough to suffer through. Perhaps with a fresher Beerlao, I would think differently, but I only have the one to rate and it isn't good.

albern, Nov 08, 2009
Photo of ATLbeerDog
2.08/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

From a twelve ounce bottle - Pours a clear brownish red. Below average carbonation, and lacing. Smells of mild malts and mild hops...maybe some rice or other adjuncts? First sip is surprisingly lighter than expected, some mild bitterness. Weak malt backbone. On a whole not very good but better than their lager

ATLbeerDog, Oct 12, 2008
Photo of alkemy
2.17/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Dark brown with a hint of orange under nary a finger of beige head. Smells of skunkiness and caramel malts. There's a metallic thing going on in the taste as well as a sour overtone. This is really quite bad. It's thin and drinkable if you can overcome the flavor. Not for me.

alkemy, Mar 17, 2010
Photo of stoutman
2.23/5  rDev -32%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Quite disappointed with this beer like the other beer lao. It is just a sweet and malty bland beer with some caramel and just a hint of spices. Quite sweet and sugary. Very little bitterness. Has some of that old lager flavor but for the most part it goes down fairly easy. It’s still drinkable, but far from a great beer.

stoutman, May 28, 2012
Photo of Domingo
2.45/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Thanks to a buddy of mine who brought this back from Laos. Not sure about the imported version, but this one is from the source.
Pours more of an amber color than I expected. It's darker than a pale lager, but no darker than something like Yuengling.
Smells sugary...but not in a good way. In general the smell isn't really very appealing. It reminds me a little of a malt liquor.
The taste is so-so. There are elements of a caramel malty flavor, but there's also a really rough overcooked rice flavor that comes across as bitter and makes the finish harsh.
As it warms it actually get better, but it's never really "good."
Not quite a drain pour, but nothing I'd want again.
Skip this one, even if you are in the area.

Domingo, Dec 12, 2009
Photo of ygtbsm94
2.5/5  rDev -23.8%

ygtbsm94, Aug 15, 2013
Photo of RedneckBeerz
2.5/5  rDev -23.8%

RedneckBeerz, May 09, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -23.8%

crowellbw, Sep 04, 2014
Photo of lzepplin01
2.75/5  rDev -16.2%

lzepplin01, May 15, 2014
Photo of Whatup14
2.75/5  rDev -16.2%

Whatup14, Jul 08, 2014
Photo of acat25
2.75/5  rDev -16.2%

acat25, Aug 08, 2012
Photo of Nathanbolin
2.75/5  rDev -16.2%

Nathanbolin, May 09, 2014
Photo of Aerocraft67
2.75/5  rDev -16.2%

Aerocraft67, Jul 19, 2013
Photo of tbeckett
2.76/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Bottle at a restaurant on Don Det. From notes.

A - Pours bright with a root beer colour. One finger light beige head. Mild-medium carbonation. No lace, tiny spot of retention on the side of the glass.

S - Nutty. Sugar, dark fruit, coffee. Sweeter elements def come through stronger. Mild but pleasant.

T - Sugary. Some coffee flavour. Mild nuttiness again. Quite sugary, but the nuttiness is alright.

M - Strong carbonation, medium body and a sweet, nutty finish.

O/D - An OK dark lager. Definitely a step up from the run of the mill yellow lagers around the country. I could have a few of these but it really doesn't stand out too much style wise. Decent, but off style and far too sweet.

tbeckett, Feb 17, 2013
Photo of CoalPorter
2.83/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had a bottle poured into a pint glass at a sushi place.

A - dark amber color with a light head that clings well

S - very sweet and bready, with caramel and burnt sugar overtones

T - again very sweet and malty, with a bitter finish and aftertaste that I found unpleasant

M - medium bodied with fair carbonation

D - I wouldn't go back for another.

CoalPorter, Feb 14, 2011
Photo of GRG1313
2.83/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours dark brown with a thick white head that dissipates quickly.

Bretanomyces nose (which I expect is not intentional) with an underlying vegetal character that is not unpleasant and which turns to burnt carmel when in the glass a few minutes.

Thin mouthfeel that thickens and improves. Flavors of burnt carmel and light coffee with a high acid character and a malty fruit mid palate and goes to coffee and cooked fruit in the back palate and initial finish.

Finish then "finishes" with long pleasant malt and hops. End palate and finish is strength of this beer. Not what I would call "drink" friendly.

GRG1313, Jun 28, 2009
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2.85/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beerlao Dark is a very clear brown lager with a fluffy off white head that leaves nice lacing. It has a faint aroma of grain and vegetables, with a hint of sweet and a hint of sour. It has a smooth medium body with a watery finish. It tastes slightly sweet, like dark malt extract, with no roastiness, really. There's a touch of chocolate and caramel and maybe squash or yams. It's relatively inoffensive.

yesyouam, Jul 30, 2009
Photo of paulieatworld
2.93/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

just got handed this from my wisdom beverage rep. laosian??? sweet.

yeah, anyways, this one's just kinda there for me. has that kind of skunky smell that all important green bottles, or anything from the south pacific has. kind of a syrupy mouthfeel with a sweet, no roast flavor. this is pretty much how dark beers from warm climate breweries always taste! yeah, we'll probably shelve this at the store cause it will attract about a months worth of curiosity purchases but i doubt this will hang with other beers from its region like singha or tiger.

paulieatworld, Aug 13, 2009
Photo of buschbeer
2.95/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured into a pint glass to a half inch of head. It is a dark rust color. It has a kind of skunky import smell with a side of roasted malt. The taste is mainly of roasted malt. It tastes better than Beerlao because of the malt. It's not that bad of tasting beer. It has an almost cocoa taste to it. It is an average beer. I could probably session it if I had to, but let's hope it doesn't come to that.

Can chen!

buschbeer, Mar 07, 2010
Photo of jayhawk73
2.98/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a super dark brown w/ a one finger cocoa head. Impossible to see through, and almost zero lacing on my snifter glass. Nose is that of caramel malt, nuttiness, and diapers. Not a big fan of that last smell. Fortunately, I don't get the diaper in the taste, just caramel malt and nuttiness. Maybe a hint of chocolate as well. Mouthfeel is probably the strongest part of this beer. It's full bodied malty- actually pretty good. Overall, I would not seek this beer out again. My first brew from Laos though, so I wanted to check it out. Cheers.

jayhawk73, Oct 26, 2011
Photo of LJWalker
3/5  rDev -8.5%

LJWalker, Nov 11, 2012
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Beerlao Dark from Lao Brewery Co.
76 out of 100 based on 117 ratings.