Alhambra Negra - Grupo Cervezas Alhambra, SL

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Ratings: 151
Reviews: 91
rAvg: 3.28
pDev: 15.85%
Wants: 2
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
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Grupo Cervezas Alhambra, SL visit their website
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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Ratings: 151 | Reviews: 91
Reviews by flyingpig:
Photo of flyingpig
3.8/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of JudgeRoughneck
3.96/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is a dark black beer with chocolate milk head that leaves stripes of sandy lacing all the way down. The smell is delicious milk chocolate. Tast is smooth, but a little heavy for the style. Before I looked it up I thought I was surely drinking porter or stout. Definately has the mouthfeel of stout. Drank it down no problem. A great brew.

Photo of AdvocateFan
4.03/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ap: Very dark brown with faint reddish highlights against a strong light. Light tan head is massive, rocky, long-lasting. Great lacing.

Ar: Creamy, nutty nose, with caramel notes and faint roasted malt character. Creaminess is very appealing, approachable, inviting, and welcoming. Grains more are evident as it warms. There's also a sharpness, like grain alcohol (yet it's only 5.4%)

T: There’s a very noticeable flavor of dark rum (almost like whisky), with a creamy backbone and some slightly roasty, caramel notes. Reminds me a bit of rum & coke. Interesting. That may sound awful, but it's pretty nice overall.

M: big, round, slick mouthfeel. Medium-to-full-bodied.

F: Finishes with a silky, creamy, smooth caramel flavor with notes of dark rum.

Note: I like most of my beers on the 'warmer side', but this one really needs a good chilling to go down smooth. Drink straight out of the fridge.

Photo of chinchill
2.74/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.36/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A-Very deep brown color with a somewhat opaque body when held up to the light a faint red hue is noticed. The head is medium size and pretty creamy with a tan color. It settles down to a thin skin but is still hanging on.

S- Very clean smell with a light roast malt aroma. No hops or yeast notes at all.

T- The malt taste is not really roasted but more like a molasses or honey malt taste. It has a light hopiness that really is a nice balance to the light maltyness. a bit of a sweet malt that then leads quickly to a dry finish.

M- This has a pretty light body even though it looks dark in color and it has a bit of fuzziness at the end.

D- This was definitely a diamond in the .99 cent bin at the liquor store. I'm not really sure it fits into the Euro Dark Lager style cause I don't really drink enough of them to know. It has good balance and is very nice to quaft. I think I will have to try some other brews from Alhambra if I can find them. Is it possible that its a Moorish brewery, I didn't think so.

Photo of LXIXME
3.88/5  rDev +18.3%
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.

Photo of jbphoto88
2.83/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured an dark amber brown with a just off white head that is soft, fluffy but very unimpressive.

Smell is very sweet and of light caramelized grains. Weak and uneventful.

Taste is a disappointment. It reminds me mostly of corn syrup, overly sweetened and not much else to balance it out. There are some light caramel and toasted cereal flavors but those are eclipsed by an over aggressive carbonation and a slight metallic taste.

Thin body with not much going for it other then the fact that its cold and wet. Feels slightly watered down and has an unnatural processed flavor. This one I bet tastes great on vacation in Spain but here in the comfort of my home its a poor showing.

Photo of alamode
2.64/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

bottle given to me by my neighbor, who didn't care for it. Poured into an English pint glass.

A - nice dark color with some head. looks promsing.

S - sweat, malty, grassy, didn't expect much, so its no surprise I'm not really diggin' it

T - malty, weak, no aftertaste, not much happening. almost tasted better than it smelled. the foundation is average, but it delivers nothing at all. very blah.

M - decent, good carbonation

D - tried it cold: didn't like it. let it warm: liked it less. maybe paired with the right dish it could be better... I have no idea how old this is, but based on the carbination I imagine its within expiration. I've moved past my days of being a beer snob (like I had any rite) and try my best to go at every beer I try with an open mind. we have american macro-lagers that turn their nose up at this one. Maybe this is an aquired taste?

Photo of Fatehunter
3.88/5  rDev +18.3%
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.

Photo of eggland
3.38/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beverage Warehouse, culver city, CA

a - dark dark, smooth, kinda flat head

s - roasted, simple, not much going on

t - smooth, med co2, sweet, subtle nuttiness, not very dynamic, just sweet and simple

m - smooth and dark, medium of the darks

d - easy going down

Photo of russpowell
3.42/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Received from unholy2, a bonus beer in a on-going trade

Pours a ruby tinged chestnut with 4+ fingers puffy tan head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Toasted malt & herbal hops

T: Roasted malt & cola-like sweetness, dryness & herbal hops up front. Slight molasses flavor, more dryness & a slight cardboardy taste as this warms. Finishes with a kiss of licorice, a touch of toasted malt, some cornyness & some dryness

MF: Light/medium bodied with minimal carbonation

This was alright, but seemed a bit tired/old, could be better at the source. Not a style that please me to begin with, but would take it over BMC or most Eurolagers I've had...

Photo of nortmand
4.16/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brownish red pour with a very stable brown head.

Chocolate aromas dominate the nose. Good, but not too exciting.

A bit of roast in the flavor. Some noble hops and a bit metallic.

An entirely unoffensive beer with a surprising amount of flavor. Worth a try for sure.

Photo of tone77
2.96/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a small head. Smell is very mild, some malts. Taste is of malts and chocolate, finishing a tad bitter. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall not bad, but nothing special about this beer.

Photo of Beejay
2.76/5  rDev -15.9%
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.

Photo of BeerSox
2.56/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

11.2oz bottle into nonic. Surprised to see this one here. I've seen Alhambra Especial, but not this one.

Little bits of steely burnt malt along with a little but of a cocoa aroma.

A bit of chocolate mixed with caramel, but tastes more like burnt malts mixed with an overload of diacetyl. Slightly metallic finish, slightly acerbic.

Maybe a bit of oxidation in this one after a long trip across the sea and maybe some considerable shelf time.

Photo of TexIndy
3.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Got from beer of month club. Poured from a 33cl bottle into a pint glass. The back label had "Best by: AH9351" - WTF? Was a dark brown color with no visible surface carb. It had an averaged sized head that settled into a thin collar. Slight quick sliding lace that didn't stick.

The aroma was roasted malt, metallic, some dark fruit and raw grain. The taste was sweet malt with some molasses and dark fruits. The metallic and raw grain aromas didn't translate into the taste thankfully. No hops in aroma or taste. Mouthfeel was medium with a bit of watery after-taste.

Overall, a standard dark lager. Didn't suck but didn't impress either. If in Spain or Spanish themed restaurant and faced with limited choices, I could have another but outside of that I wouldn't have another. [N;N]

Photo of Dukeofearl
3.9/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was quite surprised to open this offering from a Cost Plus Beer of the World package. I saw that it was from Spain and assumed it was a standard Euro lager or Pils, but no, this one is dark!

Pours a deep dark brown with a pretty tan head that is quite persistent. Lacing sticks firmly to the side. Aromas of rich malts, I think I'm gonna like this beer!

Flavor- ok, not quite as great. Rich dry malts (almost Irish stout-like) with a rough acid ending. It has some interesting coffee/chocolate notes that provide a lot more flavor than I would have expected, and it is much better than I thought it would be. But not quite over the top crazy wonderful.

Recommended.

Photo of matjack85
4/5  rDev +22%
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.

Photo of metter98
3.36/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Photo of kirkpjr
3.63/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

A: Thin pour, as expected from a lager. Dark brown, practically opaque with 2 fingers of light tan/beige head thanks to my vigorous pour. Head sticks around for a bit and some lacing forms.

S: Bananas, very yeasty. Almost smells like a hefe. Some malts as well. Nothing outstanding.

T: Reminds me of mix between a Newcastle and a Negra Modelo. Sweet caramels but very crisp. Gets better as it warms.

M: Moderate to high carbonation. Very light creaminess. For the most part - exactly what I would expect in lager, crispness.

D: Could definitely drink a few of these with a meal. Would love to see this offered at Mexican restaurants. Would be good on a hot summer day too.

Photo of GONZALOYANNA
3.12/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Photo of AtrumAnimus
3.83/5  rDev +16.8%
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.

Photo of Merticois
4.39/5  rDev +33.8%
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.

Photo of jasonjlewis
3.2/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a 1 1/2 finger head with retention that stays for 1/2 of the glass. Dark brown in color.

Smell is of caramel and some chocolate malts. However, there is a bad corny aroma that I don't care for very much.

Taste is somewhat adjuncty and has some weak caramel and pale malts followed by a weak attemppt to balance with some chocolate malts. Sort of a step above BMC euro lager.

MOuthfeel is semi crisp and dry

The adjuncts in this beer make it a lower quality brew. I got this in my beer of the month package and it's the only thing that has disappointed me so far.

Photo of brushpig
3.06/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer looked great with it's coffee dark appearance, and its cream colored head. Roasted malty smell. Yum. However the taste
left me wanting for more, I wanted what I was smelling to come though in the taste. It just needed a little kick. Still the experience was still enjoyable, and would have you try a bottle if ever given the opportunity.

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Alhambra Negra from Grupo Cervezas Alhambra, SL
76 out of 100 based on 151 ratings.