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Beerlao Dark - Lao Brewery Co.

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116 Ratings

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Ratings: 116
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 3.29
pDev: 15.81%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | 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  rDev -8.8%

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

3.3/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

12-21-2012 23:15:17 | More by chinchill
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New York

3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

11-17-2012 15:25:16 | More by ejh06752
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3/5  rDev -8.8%

11-11-2012 03:14:06 | More by LJWalker
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Ontario (Canada)

2/5  rDev -39.2%

11-11-2012 00:07:06 | More by cfalovo97
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3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

11-06-2012 09:47:30 | More by TeamUgly
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3.75/5  rDev +14%

10-08-2012 13:14:13 | More by intoxabroad
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4/5  rDev +21.6%

09-21-2012 16:19:30 | More by Kopfmeister60
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3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

09-12-2012 13:50:53 | More by wattoclone
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2.75/5  rDev -16.4%

08-08-2012 21:24:59 | More by acat25
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3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

07-22-2012 01:59:19 | More by rolltide8425
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Ontario (Canada)

2/5  rDev -39.2%

06-25-2012 20:44:25 | More by yossarian
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North Carolina

3.1/5  rDev -5.8%

A - dark, translucent amber with a big, thick cap of brownish, off white head that has pretty good retention

S - sweet caramel

T - faint caramel, a slight bitterness; very, very light flavor profile

M - light to medium bodied, smooth, a bit sticky, well carbonated

This is a pretty simple, one-dimensional beer. If this were American it'd be a poorly put together amber lager. As a European lager I give it slightly more credit. Nonetheless, it's disappointing and forgettable.

06-23-2012 02:05:25 | More by tdm168
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2.23/5  rDev -32.2%

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.

05-28-2012 15:12:55 | More by stoutman
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3.68/5  rDev +11.9%

Poured from 330mL bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: medium brown hue, not unlike a nut brown ale or an ESB. Body is clear and the head is a thick finger of frothy light-tan foam with a good lace. Not bad, actually.

Smell: sweet, caramelly malt aroma without much in the way of hops. Perhaps a bit sweet for my taste, but it is clean and free of flaws.

Taste: much like the aroma, it's a sweet, caramel malt-heavy beer. For that, the flavor seems more balanced than the aroma with a light but present bitterness toward the end. There also seems to be a very light but noticeable smokiness in the flavor which is appealing; perhaps they still kiln malt over wood fires in Laos.

Mouthfeel: quite good. Medium-light body with a massive carbonation which yields the creaminess I like. Perhaps not to-style, but it's certainly to my taste.

Overall: a decent and drinkable dark lager. I'm going to award some bonus points here for the light smokiness, which really is a treat here (again, if not to-style).

04-22-2012 17:58:36 | More by flagmantho
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3.55/5  rDev +7.9%

I found both the dark and the regular versions of this beer at the new Binny's store in Bloomingdale, IL for $9.99 a six-pack. First time trying a Laotian beer. 11.2oz brown bottles with no freshness date.

The beer pours a clear reddish/brown color with a big creamy 3-finger light tan head. Long lasting retention and lots of lace - a pretty good looking dark lager.

Roasted malt and sweet caramel aroma.

Taste starts out with a mild sweetness, and then a strange combination of black licorice and a metallic flavor kick in. I'm sort of indifferent about it. Definitely different but not sure if I like it that much. A mild bitterness and touch of lemon are also present.

Light to medium body with moderate carbonation.

This is a decent beer, but nothing exceptional.

03-24-2012 04:38:47 | More by matjack85
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3.35/5  rDev +1.8%

Pours a transparent, ruddy color with a generous cream-colored head. Aroma is mildly malty and nondescript. Flavor profile is malty (dark malt) and one-dimensional, but not unpleasant. An easy-to-drink beer with enough flavor to keep you interested, but nothing to write home about.

02-17-2012 03:45:13 | More by MaximalC
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4.23/5  rDev +28.6%

I used to buy this all the time at a Thai restaurant on 9th Avenue in Hell's Kitchen, New York City. Matched my tom yum fried rice amazingly well. It is one of the darkest lagers i've seen from Southeast Asia, only comparable to ABC Stout from Singapore (although this beer is much better). The smell is enjoyable with lots of nutty notes (even more than most Guinness sold abroad). But the highest note for this beer (as it should be for any) is the taste. Amazingly smooth yet thick in the way a good dark lager should be, this brew fulfills all of my expectations of what I want when I order a dark beer. Hard to find, but if you can, get a bottle and enjoy it! A great representation for the country of Laos!

02-15-2012 05:48:04 | More by shigg85
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4/5  rDev +21.6%

01-23-2012 22:19:30 | More by beerlaodark
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2/5  rDev -39.2%

01-21-2012 21:13:57 | More by kmckinnon87
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

01-12-2012 17:51:12 | More by bonbini26
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3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

12-21-2011 18:51:56 | More by kaunshelly
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3.05/5  rDev -7.3%

adding a country and a style to my checklist. score. 11.2 oz bottle. not seeing a bottled on date on this rather light brown bottle.

A: a dark, deep reddish hue. however, still very clear. decent head, retention and lacing.

S: a very light toasted caramel aroma. maybe oh-so-slightly fruity from a little bit of hop character? that may be a stretch.

T: drinks light a lager should. clean. a touch of roast. i suppose that is the "dark" quality. nothing too discernible, but nothing notable either.

M: moderate/average carbonation on a medium body.

D: drinkable? yes. desirable? hardly. cool to sample a brew from Laos, but otherwise not really worth seeking.

11-18-2011 04:17:28 | More by Jimmys
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New York

4/5  rDev +21.6%

11-16-2011 04:52:40 | More by virinow
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2.98/5  rDev -9.4%

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.

10-26-2011 00:14:22 | More by jayhawk73
Beerlao Dark from Lao Brewery Co.
76 out of 100 based on 116 ratings.