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Beerlao Dark - Lao Brewery Co.

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117 Ratings

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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

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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3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

bsm80x, Nov 27, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +29.6%

DuffDaddy, Nov 24, 2013
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3/5  rDev -8.5%

PeterVesti, Nov 16, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Mississippi, Oct 27, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

nymaharaja, Oct 01, 2013
Photo of sleazo
3.38/5  rDev +3%

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.

sleazo, Sep 21, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

smithj4, Sep 19, 2013
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3/5  rDev -8.5%

cwc, Sep 16, 2013
Photo of Slatetank
3.56/5  rDev +8.5%

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

Slatetank, Aug 27, 2013
Photo of Huhzubendah
3.16/5  rDev -3.7%

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.

Huhzubendah, Aug 26, 2013
Photo of beijingbrewer
3.83/5  rDev +16.8%

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.

beijingbrewer, Aug 18, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -23.8%

ygtbsm94, Aug 15, 2013
Photo of artoolemomo
3.19/5  rDev -2.7%

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.

artoolemomo, Jul 28, 2013
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3.14/5  rDev -4.3%

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.

dbrauneis, Jul 28, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -16.2%

Aerocraft67, Jul 19, 2013
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3/5  rDev -8.5%

silverking, Jul 01, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +29.6%

chrishiker1409, Jun 15, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

randylangford, Jun 13, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

neil2me, Jun 01, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

Dave1999, May 21, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -23.8%

RedneckBeerz, May 09, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

ryanpj, Mar 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev +22%

Poupae, Mar 17, 2013
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3/5  rDev -8.5%

jkermitj, Mar 16, 2013
Photo of tbeckett
2.76/5  rDev -15.9%

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
Beerlao Dark from Lao Brewery Co.
76 out of 100 based on 117 ratings.