Alhambra Negra - Grupo Cervezas Alhambra, SL

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Reviews: 91
Hads: 153
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 11.64%
Wants: 3
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
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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 bohemiandonut
4.5/5  rDev +34.3%
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. (1,150 characters)

Photo of Merticois
4.39/5  rDev +31%
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 DogFood11
4.23/5  rDev +26.3%
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. (951 characters)

Photo of ktrillionaire
4.2/5  rDev +25.4%
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. (653 characters)

Photo of baos
4.2/5  rDev +25.4%
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. (518 characters)

Photo of nortmand
4.16/5  rDev +24.2%
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. (280 characters)

Photo of AdvocateFan
4.03/5  rDev +20.3%
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. (915 characters)

Photo of matjack85
4/5  rDev +19.4%
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 Gobzilla
4/5  rDev +19.4%
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)

Photo of rfabian
3.98/5  rDev +18.8%
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. (369 characters)

Photo of JudgeRoughneck
3.96/5  rDev +18.2%
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. (343 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
3.95/5  rDev +17.9%
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. (363 characters)

Photo of oglmcdgl
3.93/5  rDev +17.3%
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. (774 characters)

Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.92/5  rDev +17%
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 (668 characters)

Photo of Dukeofearl
3.9/5  rDev +16.4%
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. (677 characters)

Photo of LXIXME
3.88/5  rDev +15.8%
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 Fatehunter
3.88/5  rDev +15.8%
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 flagmantho
3.88/5  rDev +15.8%
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. (887 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.88/5  rDev +15.8%
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 scoobybrew
3.86/5  rDev +15.2%
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. (704 characters)

Photo of AtrumAnimus
3.83/5  rDev +14.3%
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 MarvinSnyder
3.83/5  rDev +14.3%
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. (709 characters)

Photo of neonbrown82
3.81/5  rDev +13.7%
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. (1,582 characters)

Photo of flyingpig
3.8/5  rDev +13.4%
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 RBorsato
3.65/5  rDev +9%
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) (436 characters)

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