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Beerlao Dark - Lao Brewery Co.

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BA SCORE
76
okay

114 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 114
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 3.28
pDev: 15.85%
Wants: 3
Gots: 2 | 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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Mississippi

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

10-27-2013 16:20:38 | More by Mississippi
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nymaharaja

New York

3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

10-01-2013 23:46:35 | More by nymaharaja
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sleazo

New York

3.38/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A_chestnut brown with a tan head. Retention not so good though there is some lacing.

S_Caramel malts with a vague tinny presence.

T_Caramel hits again up front followed by a grassy dryness. Finish is a nice combo of the two. A hint of alcohol also lingers.

M_Light bodied and fairly effervescent.

O_Not bad as far as Asian lagers go. It goes well with spicy food.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2013 18:17:55 | More by sleazo
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smithj4

New York

3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

09-19-2013 01:50:55 | More by smithj4
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cwc

New York

3/5  rDev -8.5%

09-16-2013 01:08:04 | More by cwc
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

3.56/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I purchased this from Half Time, enjoyed the bottle chilled from a tulip

The color is practically black with almost opaque appearance and thick pale tan cap with very fine bead lace clings in rings. The smell is very malty with bready toasted aromas with mild sweetness and light creamy yeast esters. The feel is very good with moderately high carbonation and gentle sweetness with slight toastiness and mild bitterness with slight creamy yeasty feel mid palate and semi-sweet carbonated finish.

The flavor has a mild cereal and bready malt flavor which is mildly sweet essence with toastiness of lightly roasted malt and gentle yeast which has a tangy flavor but not over the top, just enough to notice as it finishes with a slight crisp bran-like taste with a mix of sweetness and earthy malt flavors with slight residual sweetness as it finishes with a slight dark brown sugar accent. Overall a pretty decent dark lager, not the best, but has a nice drinkability and was better than expected

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2013 23:59:46 | More by Slatetank
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

3.16/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

First beer from Laos.

The appearance is dark mahogany with crimson highlights. Big soapy white head that hangs around for a long time. The aroma is pretty faint. Some lager yeast, dark fruits, brown bread. Prickly carbonation (too prickly actually) with some hop bitterness in the back. A tad sweet. Light to medium in body. Ok.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2013 01:11:20 | More by Huhzubendah
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beijingbrewer

China

3.83/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had in Beijing.
330ml bottle poured into a pint glass.
Born on date: 2/7/13.
ABV: 6.5%
Ingredients list water, barley, rice, yeast, and hop.

A- Light caramel brown with hints of red around the outside. Held up to the light looks very red. Quite clear, light passes right through. Better head retention than I was expecting from an Asian lager. Moderate lacing.

S- Nutty, roasted malt. Sweet dark fruit.

T- Sweetness just barely kept in check by a slightly bitter, roasted flavor. Hits the tongue with a bit of dark fruit, cherries and raisins. A bit boozy in the middle. Finishes a bit dried with an acidid, coffee-like bitterness.

M- Not too heavy. Sweet and boozy while still managing to be drinkable and refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2013 05:09:51 | More by beijingbrewer
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

2.5/5  rDev -23.8%

08-15-2013 22:07:27 | More by ygtbsm94
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artoolemomo

Oregon

3.19/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance- Pours up a good amount of head that appears to have pretty good retention. The head is a very light beige while the body is a dark amber to maroon which shows flashes of medium amber when held up to the light. Some lacing is left behind.

Nose- Nothing much at the moment. I get a little bit of caramel and banana from the bottle but nothing from the glass. When I swirl the glass, I get some roasted notes and bit of rice but that's about it. Fairly boring.

Taste- At first taste, this seems to have rice around the edges. Some roasted notes appear along with some faint caramel. More interesting than the nose but there is still a considerable lack of presence. Faint hint of chocolate as the roasted malt/coffee finish begins to strengthen. It's pretty well integrated but also rather boring. Some woodiness to the finish. Slightly above average and a little bit better than Guinness Black Lager.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied with light carbonation. Some smoothness to the texture.

Drinkability- Very easygoing. However, I will have to pass on this in future because of 2.29 price tag. No heat.

Overall- Slightly above average. Wouldn't purchase again but I wouldn't refuse it if someone offered it to me.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2013 03:55:37 | More by artoolemomo
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.14/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a crystal clear deep brownish amber with light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some ruby red highlights. The beer has a three finger tall dense foamy beige head that slowly reduces to a quarter finger tall pillowy layer covering the entire surface of the beer with a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Overall the aroma of this beer is fairly sweet with moderate notes of fruity and nutty malts

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of sweet nutty malts with hints of fruity yeast. There is a light amount of bitterness in the finish that fades very quickly.

M: Light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin/watery with hints of dryness in the finish.

O: This is a surprising easy to drink Euro Dark Lager with a slightly lighter body which makes it good for drinking in warm weather. Pairs well with intensely flavorful foods.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2013 01:56:19 | More by dbrauneis
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Aerocraft67

Maryland

2.75/5  rDev -16.2%

07-19-2013 13:44:29 | More by Aerocraft67
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silverking

Florida

3/5  rDev -8.5%

07-01-2013 01:43:42 | More by silverking
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chrishiker1409

New York

4.25/5  rDev +29.6%

06-15-2013 19:19:17 | More by chrishiker1409
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randylangford

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

06-13-2013 03:26:49 | More by randylangford
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neil2me

Connecticut

3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

06-01-2013 02:54:12 | More by neil2me
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Dave1999

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

05-21-2013 18:49:17 | More by Dave1999
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RedneckBeerz

Massachusetts

2.5/5  rDev -23.8%

05-09-2013 13:06:16 | More by RedneckBeerz
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ryanpj

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

03-25-2013 17:29:24 | More by ryanpj
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Poupae

Thailand

4/5  rDev +22%

03-17-2013 14:18:03 | More by Poupae
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jkermitj

Mississippi

3/5  rDev -8.5%

03-16-2013 01:16:14 | More by jkermitj
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2013 12:48:51 | More by tbeckett
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rickyleepotts

Arizona

4.05/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

There are two beers on the list from the Lao Brewing Company. This is one of them, and we grabbed this the other night at Total Wine & More. We spent $100, so we have enough beer to last us a few weeks! I think shopping for beer is my favorite part. Anyway, this beer is brewed in Laos, a small country in Southeast Asia. I need to plan a trip to Asia. There is some great diving over there, and it is a part of the world I have never been.

I don't recall ever having this beer before, but I do like the Euro dark lager style. The tasting notes mention toffee and coffee… and while I do not expect a lot of those aromas (or flavor) I am sure it will be easy drinking and enjoyable. I didn't realize they used rice in the brewing process. Makes sense, and I will be curious to see if that changes the flavor of the beer. Let's drink!

In the Glass: This is darker than I expected. It has a deep dark red color… almost brown. The head is nice, too. For a beer that I would assume is a domestic to Laos, I didn't expect it to have much character. But the head is nice and white, and it has a decent lace.

Nose: I thought I could smell this as I was pouring it in the glass, but Sheryl was making tea. She is on a tea kick right now… and I will admit, the stuff smells good. Doesn't taste very good, but smells good. At any rate, this beer smells like a traditional Euro pale lager. Beers like this are typically sweet, and have a lot of different flavors going on. Hopefully this one won't disappoint.

Flavor: That's actually really good. I am hooked on this home-grown rice thing. A few weeks ago, I had a wild rice double IPA that was amazing. The rice really came through in the flavor. The rice really comes through in this one, too. I can see what they mean about the beer being easy to drink. Bravo Lao Brewing Company. You have just thoroughly impressed me with this release!

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is soft, mellow, and leaves a nice little pillow of flavor on the back of the palate. They claim the rice is what mellows this beer… and if I didn't know about the rice beforehand, I would comment on how easy this is to drink. I wonder if this beer would age for two or three years. Beers like this shouldn't, but as mellow as this is, I wonder what it would taste like with seer carbonation.

Aftertaste: The aftertaste is solid, as well. There is a hint of malt and some sublet hoppy characters creeping in there. If you didn't know this beer was over 6% ABV, you could drink 6 of these and not even realize it! Very easy to drink with a lovely flavor. I bet this would also pair well with food.

For our first experience with Beerlao Euro Dark Lager, I am very impressed. I will be buying more of this in the near future. I bet this would be a great beer to pair with some brown rice sushi or with an Asian chicken dish.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2013 19:21:10 | More by rickyleepotts
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Skelton

Georgia

3/5  rDev -8.5%

01-25-2013 19:23:22 | More by Skelton
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.3/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

undated 330 ml bottle.
Pours clear dark brown with a large tan white head that has moderate duration.
Very sweet aroma of roasted malts, caramel and rice.
Also has a sweet and roasty flavor, but not nearly as sweet as the aroma suggests.

Medium body with medium carbonation.
O: Interesting and a little better than expected.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2012 23:15:17 | More by chinchill
Beerlao Dark from Lao Brewery Co.
76 out of 100 based on 114 ratings.