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Alhambra Negra - Grupo Cervezas Alhambra, SL

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Reviews: 92
Hads: 154
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 15.18%
Wants: 3
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
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Spain

Style | ABV
Euro Dark Lager |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: rhoadsrage on 03-18-2005

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Photo of bwood06
3.54/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Pitch black beer with a tan head that dissipates quickly. Head is thin and doesn't size up even with a hard pour. 3.5/5

S - Very focused on espresso and dark malt. A bit of rye bread perhaps? Grassy hops. This beer just smells dark (more like a dunked than a stout). 3.75/5

T - Follows the nose nicely. Very focused on the dark malt here along with some espresso, but not as much espresso as the nose. Not much in the way of sweetness. More grainy than anything (like Grape Nut O's). Some slight grassy hops on the back end. 3.5/5

M - Lighter than expected. More carbonated than expected (moderate carbonation). Disappears from the palate rather quickly with a light drying astringency. 3.25/5

O - Good beer to pair with food since aroma and flavors are so simple and is very light for a dark beer. Definitely a lager rather than an ale. 3.5/5 (908 characters)

Photo of Merticois
4.39/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this beer on a whim. It was in a Beers of the World sampler.

A: Dark even when held to a light, slightly red tint. Foam receded rather quickly, but I personally like that.

S: Cocoa, Vanilla, Caramel, Malty

T: Very smooth, caramel notes are strong cocoa and vanilla more subtle. A pleasant mild bitterness at the finish, presumably from the hops.

M: Despite it's appearance, it feels rather light in the mouth, yet it doesn't feel too thin either.

O: A surprisingly wonderful beer, very tasty. Only 5.4% ABV too, so you can have a couple without being too worse for the wear. (586 characters)

Photo of ryan1788a5
2.97/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

11.2oz bottle poured into a lager glass. Best by date makes no sense to me.

A: Dark chestnut brown, very nearly black. Fine-bubbled sandy head retains well in the narrow glass. Foamy sheets of lacing.

S: Blackstrap molasses, toasty grain, mashed figs and raisins, lightly woody/nutty, more molasses. Slightly steely and grassy. Clean.

T: Blackstrap molasses is the dominant flavor. Slightly nutty/woody. Dried grass. Spicy hops. Coarsely grainy at times, almost sickly sweet. Very clean. Molasses on the finish.

M: Medium-thick body. Syrupy, sticky, and coating. Low carbonation augments the syrupy/sticky feel.

O: Another Euro dark lager. Par for the course if not a notch below. Drinkability suffers as the body is rife with residuals to the point of being sticky. Nothing here that warrants a second look. (814 characters)

Photo of FLima
3.2/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Black color with red highlights and very thin aired off-white head with short retention.
Light aroma of chocolate, corn syrup and caramel malt.
Refreshing, crisp and clean taste with notes of toasted and grainy malts, mild cocoa, minerals, diacetyl that does not bother, corn, nuts and earthy hops. Mildly dry aftertaste with a low bitterness.
Light body with good carbonation.
Quite decent considering it is an Adjunct Lager, plain but tasty with high drinkability. (466 characters)

Photo of thecheapies
2.89/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very dark. Red-black with a drying layer of off-white foam. Head looks nice and a decent amount of it sticks.

Musty Euro malts with a rough graininess, some adjunct impurities, light roast bitterness, and obvious corn. Hardly a hop note in here.

Semi-roasted grain with a sweet astringency of nickel, corn syrup, and light cocoa. Not terrible. Easy 'kick-back' beer. Drinks light with a rough carb-rush finish. Husky grains accentuate that coarseness. (453 characters)

Photo of jimmah120
3.37/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

11.15oz bottle(330ml) into a weird-ass 8oz glass

look is a very dark amber, with a small, bubby, mocha head that fades quickly to a ring. smell is faint roast and wheat... maybe some hops. feel is a little on the flat and syrupy side. the taste is mildly roasted and savory, with some earthy hops (think moss, or wheatgrass).

not a bad choice. (345 characters)

Photo of chinchill
2.74/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

33 cl bottle, dated "Best By HLH12086"?, served in an American lager glass. Pours a very deep brown color with a nearly opaque body, but when held to a light a faint red hue shows. The tan head is medium size and resembles that of a root beer float. It is moderately durable and leaves plenty of sticky lacing. Purchased today {although best by date may be 8/12}, yet this is a bit skunky; the only skunky black beer I can remember. This is a problem in both the aroma and the flavor. There’s a suggestion of hops in the nose with little in the flavor, and only a suggestion of medium malt in the nose with, thankfully, more in the flavor. More sweet than bitter; a tad too sweet. Some smoke in both the nose and mouth. Alcohol is surprisingly prominent in the nose.

M: Medium body; medium carbonation.

O: needs to be revisited with a sample that is definitively fresh. Reason #1345 for a trip to Spain. (909 characters)

Photo of flyingpig
3.8/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330ml Bottle from Lupe Pinto Deli, Glasgow (£1.49):
Dark mahogany colour with red tinges and a bubbly looking, thin head that is a brownish white and settles about half a centimetre tall. There is a touch of lacing on the sides of the glass.

Rich, roasted malts aroma with a touch of sweetness and quite a bit of chocolate. There are a few hops but these are light and subtle. I could detect a touch of alcohol, some mild coffee and more sweetness with syrup as the drink settles.

Sweet with nice roasted malts and a solid chocolate flavour. There is some light caramel and coffee with a nice earthy taste too.

Light medium & sweet with a good balance and a smooth, dry finish.

A definite step up from the other Alhambra beers I've tried. There was a great balance to the beer and the roasted malts are complimented beautifully by the sweetness and the touches of chocolate. (880 characters)

Photo of Fatehunter
3.88/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thin, almost tan head. Black body.
Pure rich roasted malt smell.
A nice roasted malt taste too. Mild bitterness a little nutty.
Crisp with a medium body. Holds the flavor well.
Really a solid dark lager. Great taste and smell with that lager "lightness" to it. (262 characters)

Photo of mikeg67
2.73/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

11.2 oz bottle at Rodega in Washington, DC. Pours brown with off-white, medium lasting, thin head. Aroma is of bready malt and buckwheat. Body is medium and crisp. Taste is toffee, caramel and hint of herbal hops. Finish is medium and dry. Drinkable brew. (255 characters)

Photo of GONZALOYANNA
3.12/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330ml bottle. Lager glass. From my notes. Dark brown color, deep ruby to the light. Brownish beige crown presents acceptable retention & short lacing. Roasted malt aroma, sweet touch & candy hues. Flavor profile shows roasted malts, sweet –no annoying- character , hints of licorice, anise & subtle chocolate. Light to medium body. Moderate carbonation. Watery texture. ABV is well hidden so drinkability is ok. Pretty decent Euro Dark Lager. (444 characters)

Photo of greybeardloon
3.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best before ALH1 1328. Helpful...

A: Dark brown, some retention, nice lacing.

S: Slightly sweet. Lager yeast. Faint hops. Not much going on.

T: Slight sourness at first, which comes thru again on the finish. Sweetness and a touch of vanilla. Mild hop bitterness. A hint of corn.

M: Full for a lager, but still "crisp" on the finish.

O: Drinkable, but. Fairly unremarkable. (380 characters)

Photo of AtrumAnimus
3.83/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Started trying this one with no expectations or anything to cause me to prejudice this beer in anyway.

The pour is almost black with a thin head that is almost white. The lacing is adequate. The appearance is good and dark. A very appealing glass of beer to look at.

The smell is of a sweet malt with subtle hops.

The taste is very good and satisfying. It is a nice balance of smoky bitterness and not to dry malt. There are very complex flavors here with some hints of dark chocolate and coffee.

The mouth feel is surpassingly effervescent for how dark this beer is. And the texture is bit more watery than I expected, but not is a bad way. For such a dark beer it is rather a refreshing beer.

Overall a very descent beer that I would definitely buy again. (762 characters)

Photo of matjack85
4/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I saw this on the beer list at La Tasca Spanish Taoas Restaurant in Arlington Heights, IL., so I decided to give it a try. 12oz brown bottle with a best before date on the back label, but the printing was so faint I couldn't make out the date. $5 per bottle.

The beer poured out a deep dark brown color and made 2 finger's worth of light brown head. Retention was good and lacing was decent.

The beer smelled like roasted malts and chocolate.

This is a simple, but tasty beer. Nice roasted malt flavor with caramel sweetness and a touch of chocolate. Hop bitterness is very mild.

Smooth mouthfeel. Light to medium body with moderate carbonation.

This is a decent dark lager. Very drinkable with well hidden alcohol. I've never seen this on a store shelf, so if you're in the downtown Arlington Heights area, stop in and give it a try. Just a 2 block walk from the Metropolis Performing Arts Center, so a convenient stop for a before or after theater drink. (961 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.36/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear very dark amber (near black) in color. It poured with a ½-finger high dark beige head that slowly died down and left a bit of lacing on the surface, a thick ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass and some lacing running down the sides.
S: There are light aromas of dark malts and cola in the nose along with hints of molasses and roasted malts.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has flavors of dark malts and cola along with notes of molasses and roasted malts. There are also some notes of artificial sweetness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a bit thin on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is extremely easy to drink and almost goes down like water. (728 characters)

Photo of ZenAgnostic
2.23/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

11.15 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Bottom of back label says "Best by" but there's no date stamped. (edit: I take that back. The date ALH10274 is stamped at the top of the back label, far from where it should be stamped)

Appearance - Super dark brown/black body. Huge loose offwhite head with low stick and decent to good retention.

Smell - Strong corn. Coffee. Some malty sweetness and noticeable alcohol.

Taste - Stale coffee water. Some metal in the finish. Acidic.

Mouthfeel - Pretty flat and stale. Very weird acidic/astringent aftertaste.

Overall Drinkability - The metallic, astringent, stale, and acidic off-characters are so prominent that this beer has almost no redeeming qualities. (705 characters)

Photo of Radome
3.12/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured froma 33 cl can into a goblet.

A - Very dark brown to black color but some light gets through and shows mahogany highlights. The head starts out tan and thick with large bubbles, but it fades quickly.

S - The aroma is noble hops (though they seem stale, somehow) and a bit of burnt sugar and chocolate. It smells mostly like a cheap pilsner but with some burnt notes that make it more interesting.

T - The taste is very bitter and acrid, seemingly from roasted grain additions, rather than hops. It has some bitter coffee flavors and a dry graininess that gives a "powdery" feel in the mouth. Malt and hops are lost behind the burnt notes. As it warmed and breathed it became less acrid and some malt roundness emerged in mid-palate.

M - Very light body. Some stinging carbonation. Dry finish.

O - This is more interesting than the vast majority of Spanish mass-market beers, however, it's a bit disappointing. (924 characters)

Photo of GRPunk
3.54/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a tumbler.

A- Looked a lot like a Coke. Dark-brown body. Any head that developed dropped quite quickly.

S- Very roasty aroma with a hint of chocolate.

T- Much as the aroma would lead you to believe. Lots of roasty notes. Still picked up a touch of chocolate.

M- Quite spritzy. Clean, though a little thin.

O- Not a bad beer really. Made for a nice drink to go along with some really good tapas during a recent visit to Chicago. (451 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.36/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Black color in the wine glass with just a touch of beige head. Big bubbles and a coarse mouthfeel. Nice caramel flavor with an overlay of burnt sugar. Hops are pretty much missing, but it has a decent tanginess. Somewhat perfumey flavor. Nose is just a touch of malt and dried fruit. Surprisingly not bad and good with warm tortillas.

Bottle at a South American restaurant in Old Town, San Diego. (397 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.55/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an almost opaque dark brown with a 1 inch tan head that fades to a thin film on the top of the beer. Random dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of roasted malt and caramel notes. Taste is very much the same with a roasted malt/grain taste and a sweet caramel presence. A very slight roast bitterness on the tongue after each sip that quickly fades. A good level of carbonation makes for a crisp and clean mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is very easy drinking. (512 characters)

Photo of LXIXME
3.88/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big tan head rests atop a clear dark burnt red almost brown colored lager.

A light syrupy almost roasted molasses aroma.

Roasted almost burnt caramel taste, quite interesting, don't know if this would get worse or grow on you if you were to drink a bunch of these.

Finishes with a light dry roasted aftertaste. (313 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.88/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer to me was a bit surprising. I picked up a bottle years ago at my local shop and gave it a try. It poured out as a deep brown color, the head was pretty good looking and tan in color. The smell of the beer has some aromas of sweet roasted nuts and some burnt caramel. The taste was a little sweet upfront and slowly faded into a more bitter toasted aftertaste. The mouthfeel was a little watery but still had enough body to hold my interest. Overall I found this beer to be much better than I expected it to be. (520 characters)

Photo of treque
3.21/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: a deep brown, almoust black with some dark brown hues if you see against light. a small off-white head, wich dissipates kind of quickly, but a tiny layer remains.

S: some toast and carmel but there is no a strenght smell at all

T: a sweet notes appear at the beggining, crisp on tongue and the toast notes appear at the very end, all flavours are very smooth, chewy end lacking of flavour

medium-light body, its just like a premium version of an industrial beer (467 characters)

Photo of Beejay
2.76/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Deep brown, with ruby hues when held tot he light. Nice tan head on top.

S: Very sweet and syrupy, with a touch of roasty malt. Definitely a corn syrup thing here.

T: Slightly roasty, but it really has a club soda thing going on. Very weird... The finish is a bit roasty and bready.

M: Thin mouthfeel, and very high carbonation.

D: Meh.. I don't think I will need to get this again.. definitely a little thin and odd ball. (433 characters)

Photo of Gobzilla
4/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brown in color with brown highlights that had a thinhead and left almost no lacing sticking to the glass. The aroma had toffee roastiness upfront with coffee bean and faint vanilla notes. The toffee was more potent on the palate with, nutty, caramel, malts, and vanilla accents. The brew was light in body with a fair amount of carbonation which had a sweet, malty, nutty, and crisp finish. It drank good and was surprisingly good coming from spain. (463 characters)

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Alhambra Negra from Grupo Cervezas Alhambra, SL
78 out of 100 based on 92 ratings.