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Alhambra Negra - Grupo Cervezas Alhambra, SL

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134 Ratings
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Ratings: 134
Reviews: 88
rAvg: 3.28
pDev: 16.16%


Brewed by:
Grupo Cervezas Alhambra, SL visit their website
Spain

Style | ABV
Euro Dark Lager |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: rhoadsrage on 03-18-2005)
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bohemiandonut

California

4.5/5  rDev +37.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

9/6/2010- Aged 3 months room temp. Everything below but a much thicker mouth. Figgy sweetness coats the nose. Off-notes are diminished replaced with with folds between the flavors. Oddly gorgeous.

I have a feeling this will be an ongoing review for me, as the experience tends to cycle around an unapproachable center.

Poured a snifter.
Black and glassy, ruby-rimmed cola. Thin cirrus ceiling with intricate, Archimidean formations.
Scent of bran and kola nut with raisin, cherry, vanilla. Bittersweet.
Tastes like undersweetened Coke. Hard to describe this. Somewhere between a stout and a craft lager; Sam Adams comes to mind with its cherrywood bite.
Mouth is a little thin but definitely smooth and crisp. A great session beer for the barbecue or the beach.

As far as the most underrepresented category goes, this beer produces a very pleasant warmness after a single bottle. Lovely.

This beer is very unique for me. I think it could be improved on, but the overall character is something refreshing to my senses. Hard to find, but definitely worth the trip if you do.

EDIT: How I cherish
being the first
to speak of
coffee-tinged
tamarind.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2009 04:15:49 | More by bohemiandonut
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DogFood11

California

4.25/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a beautiful looking brew. Black core and a deep ruby red around the edges. Huge tan head that is mountainous and has complete cover staying power. Lace is thick and sticky.

First drink had me thinking "how can I get this more often". Truth be told I got this in a "beers around the world" gift pack. I've had more bad luck than good with those things but this is a shining star. Malts are toasted to perfection, giving it the depth that it needs while putting off an incredibly rich roasty flavor. A slight dark grap vinous suggestion. Nice bitterness about 3/4 of the way through to straighten this out and a nice carbonation sizzle towards the finish does its best to clean up. The body of this brew tends to coat the palate and stick around a bit.

Notes: I'll have to keep my eyes open for this in the future. Judging by the number of reviews it can't be all that common. Would love to see this in some mexican/spanish style restaurants.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2007 20:10:18 | More by DogFood11
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baos

Indiana

4.22/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into Barilla spaghetti sauce jar.

A: looks like root beer with a really nice creamy 2 finger tan head that retends pretty well. Superb lacing lads.

S: Toasty caramel. Bit of hops and malt malt malt.

T: Toasted malts then a dry hop finish. Take a bit (about half my glass) until I really tasted or smelled the hops very nice how it grows on ya. (thats what she said)

M: Full carbonation and a medium body. Pretty nice.

D: This beer is very unique for me. I think a sixer is just what the Dr. ordered.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2008 01:44:48 | More by baos
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ktrillionaire

Florida

4.2/5  rDev +28%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A – Very dark cola-brown hue, nearly impermeable to light, with a two-finger soda-foam head that lasts, and clings desperately to the glass.

S – Dark bread, figs, raisins, light anise and clove impressions. Similar to Doppelbock and/or Dunkel.

T – The taste is an extension of the aroma, basically. It has a vaguely discernable alcohol bite, perhaps it’s a bit too malty, and the flavors are slighty muted, but overall it’s pretty damn tasty. I am a fan of the style, I guess.

M – Thin, but relatively full-bodied.

D – Very drinkable, quenching, substantive and pairable. This is mass brewing at its finest.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2010 00:02:04 | More by ktrillionaire
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nortmand

Virginia

4.15/5  rDev +26.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2006 00:44:59 | More by nortmand
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AdvocateFan

Texas

4.05/5  rDev +23.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2005 03:50:15 | More by AdvocateFan
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rfabian

Texas

4/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tumbler it produces 10 mm of head with persistence and light lacing. The appearance is very dark brown and clear when held up to the sunlight. The aroma is spicy with earthy hops. The taste is of roasted malts, mildly bitter earthy hops, and some muted spice overtones, anise perhaps. The feel is light with a clean finish.

This is a very enjoyable brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2010 01:54:18 | More by rfabian
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Gobzilla

California

4/5  rDev +22%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2010 17:51:23 | More by Gobzilla
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matjack85

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2012 16:10:55 | More by matjack85
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JudgeRoughneck

Louisiana

3.95/5  rDev +20.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2006 04:07:11 | More by JudgeRoughneck
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Halcyondays

California

3.95/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a dark brown, nice white head, with good retention and lacing.

S: Sweet brown sugar, caramel, fragrant.

T: Nice and tasty full caramel malt, toffee. Dries out a bit at the end with a nice hop note.

M: Lighter bodied than I expected, creamy, smooth.

D: A real nice surprise out of Spain which has been giving me some good beers lately.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2009 20:09:14 | More by Halcyondays
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oglmcdgl

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle enjoyed at bar ferdinan with friends and lots of tapas.

A- Very dark almost completely black with a brown haze on the edges. Not much head if any at all but as it warms you can get a bit with a swirl.

S- Sweet dark malts and roasted nuts. The nuttiness really grows as it warms and balance out the malts nicely.

T- malty and sweet but the aforementioned roasted nut is even better in the taste, almonds and peanuts really work great with the dark brown sugar caramel coming from the malts.

M- Medium bodied with a nice amount of carb, far lighter on the palate then the full flavor and dark color would lead you to believe.

D- Super nice drinkability i was able to pair many very excellent dishes with it and the best being some simple roasted almonds go figure.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2010 14:36:44 | More by oglmcdgl
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sinstaineddemon

Connecticut

3.93/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - this lager pours a dark red color, with a tan, coca cola colored head, and lots of swift carbonation

S - this is definitely the most aromatic euro dark ive ever head, roasted malt aromas, and also a slight nutty smell

T - rather tasty also, most euro darks cant hide the alcohol, this does a very nice job, a great roasted malt flavor that carries over from the aroma, a great euro, definitely the best ive ever had

M - smooth and tasty, im am very impressed with this beer, i wasnt expecting much, what a great flaovr, refreshing and easy down, would make a great session beer

D - which all results in a high drinkability, very surprised and impressed

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2006 03:00:03 | More by sinstaineddemon
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Dukeofearl

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2006 00:55:14 | More by Dukeofearl
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flagmantho

Washington

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

Poured from 330mL bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: basic black with plenty of ruby color when held up to the light. Head is a thick finger of frothy tan foam; pretty attractive.

Smell: pleasant caramel aroma with a little bit of earthy hops. Not terribly complex, but pretty nice.

Taste: somewhat light malt flavor but with a pretty rich complexity. Caramel with some very light fruity hints, backed up by a dry breadiness which works rather well. Hops are light and, as in the aroma, earthy in character. I quite like this.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a pretty good level of carbonation. Body is a little bit light to really call this creamy, but it's got a bit of a bite to it which really works here.

Drinkability: this is a very quaffable, approachable lager. Dark in color but light in intensity, the subtle complexities make up for its lack of boldness. Good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2010 04:33:54 | More by flagmantho
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +18.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2011 02:45:14 | More by Knapp85
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LXIXME

New Mexico

3.9/5  rDev +18.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2011 22:40:14 | More by LXIXME
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scoobybrew

Indiana

3.88/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was poured into a pilsner flute from the bottle.

A - deep dark ruby amber color with a thick ice cream-like head that settles slightly into a chunky lacing

S - clean roasted malt aroma

T - roasted malt flavor characterized by bready, chocolaty and licorice notes; a faint hop dry finish; overall very clean

M - medium-light body with moderate carbonation

D - This is a nice clean, drinkable lager. Even though Spanish beer might be viewed as a novelty beer in the US (and perhaps North America), this beer is done well and I believe it is suited well to quite a wide range of food pairings. I tried this with North African-style marinated fish and spicy Spanish rice and it was quite wonderful.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2008 02:57:55 | More by scoobybrew
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Fatehunter

Oregon

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2012 02:22:56 | More by Fatehunter
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neonbrown82

Nebraska

3.85/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer at an upscale spanish tapas bar in Omaha tonight (called Espana). I was surprised enough to see that they had a beer from Spain (or beer at all, for that matter). They had all three varieties from the Alhambra brewery, however this was the only I tried. Very similar to a Vienna Lager, if not misclassified, but I'm not one to nitpick on style.

The appearance is good. Nice and brown, though the restauant was quite dark and I couldn't get a good opacity check. Seemed clear enough, especially considering it is a fairly light lager style. The head on this beer was monumental. Poured into a small tasting glass as with everything else in the restaurant (including the food, likely to discourage good-ole American style over indulgement), the head simply erupted to the brim of the glass from a small pour but very quickly settled out to a dark brown liquid with a thin crown of mocha foam.

The smell had a little to be desired. For one, I desire to actually be able to smell my beer. It had that kind of subdued dry roasty malt flavor and aroma as from a schwarzbier. It has plenty of flavor, but it doesn't seem to directly come into contact with any sensory organs until the finish, which provides a nice light roasty, earthy flavor.

Very crisp and lagericious. I would say that this beer reminds me of a mix between a schwarz and a vienna lager. It was good and drinkable, and it washed the rather exotic food down quite well. Recommended for the apparantly few amount of BA's that have access to it, but don't expect anything particularly mind blowing.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2005 07:18:23 | More by neonbrown82
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AtrumAnimus

Texas

3.85/5  rDev +17.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2012 14:19:46 | More by AtrumAnimus
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MarvinSnyder

West Virginia

3.8/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

5-17-10 - poured into a traditional pint glass - 330ml capped bottle

Appearance: Pours a dark, brown with reddish highlights. Some decent lacing, albeit sporadic.

Smell: Notes of caramel, butter cream, and roasted malt.

Taste: This beer features toasted malts, a creamy, caramel character, and a hint of anise.

Mouthfeel: Slightly thin, but generates a slick mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Good carbonation. Pairs well with many foods, especially grilled meat. It is best when chilled, but don't over do it! Overall, this is a delicious beer with moderate complexity.

Comments: This beer was featured in one of my beer of the month clubs. This is an interesting and solid entry in the Euro Dark Lager style.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2010 20:32:18 | More by MarvinSnyder
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flyingpig

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.79/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2013 22:46:38 | More by flyingpig
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birdypowder

Oregon

3.65/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It's amazing what some dark malts can do. In the case of Alhambra Negra those dark malts were able to transform what otherwise would be a lackluster brew into a tasty, highly drinkable dark lager worth buying.

Aroma:
Corn and a slight DMS note (which brought it down a bit) swirl around with chocolate, earth, and smoke. Attractive except for that DMS hit at the beginning. It seems the aromas from the dark malt help mask the DMS a bit but even so the DMS is light and doesn't overpower or ruin the overall aroma.

Appearance:
Almost opaque, a very deep brown. Bright, no haze. Almost a two finger foam but minimal lacing. A unique mysterious brown color to the foam lends an ominous quality to this brew.

Taste:
Corn and other grain flavors appear up front but luckily soon afterward the roast and smoke flavors kick in helping you forget the lackluster beginning to this highly sessionable light bodied brew. The finish is pleasant. Very dry, with no lingering bitterness, very clean.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2010 20:35:37 | More by birdypowder
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RBorsato

Virginia

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

Dark brown/mahogany with a decent light tan head and good carbonation. Dark caramel, nutty, and light roasty aroma and flavor. Med-light bodied and smooth with a very light roasted walnut finish.

A pleasant surprise from Spain.

Per GCA website: 5.4% ABV. Dry Primitive Extract 13% (?)

Best Before: 12/26/06
Tasted: 03/04/06

(11.15 oz / 33o ml yellowish brown bottle with the Alhambra logo embossed around the neck 4 times)

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2006 21:08:43 | More by RBorsato
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Alhambra Negra from Grupo Cervezas Alhambra, SL
76 out of 100 based on 134 ratings.