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Alhambra Negra - Grupo Cervezas Alhambra, SL

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BA SCORE
76
okay

146 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 146
Reviews: 89
rAvg: 3.28
pDev: 15.85%
Wants: 2
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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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Photo of ATLbeerDog
2.05/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

From a bottle - Pours dark brown almost black but clear pale with a small almost non existent head. Smells of malts and corn. First sip is malty with some corn with a not much hop presence. Finishes well. Nicely bodied not typical of beers from Latin America.

Photo of wl0307
2.05/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

BB 28/03/09, served lightly chilled in a straight pint glass.

A: pours a highly carbonated, deep mahogany body, topped with a dark beige fluffy head that breaks fast down into oblivion.
S: caramel, sweet red dates, licorice candy and black sugar syrup overpower anything else, w/o any support of a decent fruitiness or sourness of a lager-bier at the back. Very simplistic and sweet overall.
T: only a little thin-bodied sour fruity touch (like dates or dried plums) accompanies the otherwise boring and one-dimensional flavour, suggesting thin and slightly metallic dark malts, a little earthy and herbal touch of something, and absolutely nothing else (apart from a little hint of bitterness of... hop extracts??). A weird chewy palate in the finish doesn't go well with the overall (lack of) flavour, either.
M&D: the mouthfeel is effervescent, with any bit of supposedly refreshing carbonation broken up on the palate and disappearing in no time at each sip; this is a artificially fizzy, super thin-bodied, really bad-made beer that has almost nothing to provide apart from sugary water - definitely (one of) the worst I've had in the past two years...

Photo of ZenAgnostic
2.1/5  rDev -36%
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.

Photo of bigeyedfish
2.4/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle by way of Amada restaurant in Old City.

Pours a dark brown, almost root beer-ish color into a pint glass; halfway through the pour the color becomes even darker, finishing at an almost RIS-level color. Gives a thin, off-white head that fizzles out very quickly.

Smells primarily of malts, with a sporadic hint of an almost piney/licorice thrown in for good meaure.

The taste is primarily flat- not sure if this is the bottle, or just the style. Some malt in the beginning, maybe a little lingering oak in the middle part and again, licorice coming on strong at the end. But in all, not that much really going on.

Mouthfeel, I mean, yeah, I guess ok. Some hops on the front of the sip, but after that it's just a light coating of malts- goes down very easy, that's for sure.

Drinkability is good, I guess, since this beer is less than 5.5% alcohol. To be honest, if it were not for the black color to it, there's a chance in a blind taste test I might confuse this with something served at a party; a ballsier, more complete version of Pabst/Natty and on par with Yuengling.

Not a bad beer, and it sure is a nice treat to try a European beer not from Belgium, just to see what other countries are doing again. If I'm at Amada, I might order it again. But I just can't see myself buying this beer outside of a restaurant.

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2.5/5  rDev -23.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -23.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -23.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -23.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -23.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -23.8%

Photo of BeerSox
2.55/5  rDev -22.3%
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 AgingWarrior
2.58/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a semi-translucent black with approximately one half finger of reddish brown head. The head disappeared almost instantly and there was minimal lacing. I drank this at a cigar bar and they poured it into a semi-frosted mug.

Nothing distinctive about the smell of this brew. A bit of malt perhaps.

The taste is somewhat bland, nothing remarkable.

Mouthfeel is thin and unremarkable.

I would not drink this beer again unless I were presented with extremely limited options.

Photo of alamode
2.63/5  rDev -19.8%
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 BEERchitect
2.63/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Guess I was expecting a beer more similar to Negra Modelo. I am a bit disapointed. Instead of a creamy, malty, Vienna Lager, I got this grainy concoction of semi-roastiness and raw cereal grain. Not that this session was a disapointment, just lacking any of the benifits that I hoped to receive. The beer begins with a moderately brown, lightly headed, medium carbonated brew; eerily similar to an Amber Bock, but more robust in it's look. The aromas show a light Brown Ale maltiness, but soon follows with a lot of graininess and adjuncts (residual) sweetness, and soul-less. Flavors continue the part malt / part cereal grain character, with hints of nuts, toast, and grain hulls. Nearly thin in the body with an emphasis on an over-sparge astringency that hurts the drinkability. finishes quite grainy and void. Not the beer that I was hoping for at all.

Photo of mikeg67
2.7/5  rDev -17.7%
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.

Photo of chinchill
2.73/5  rDev -16.8%
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 Beejay
2.73/5  rDev -16.8%
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 darkmartin
2.75/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours to an opaque, dark-brown, with a tiny, off-white head that doesn't last.

Smell: Smells quite sweet with some strong caramel and dark fruits. Also some not-so subtle hops going on.

Taste: Kind of a dull flavor here, subtle caramel and fruit to start off. However, those advertised hops don't seem to come into play. Boring.

Mouthfeel: Much lighter than expected, also quite a bit of carbonation.

Drinkability: Really quite uninteresting, don't think I'd buy it again.

Photo of lmaduells
2.75/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of thorjand
2.75/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of jbphoto88
2.8/5  rDev -14.6%
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 AlexLMS
2.8/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: light black and good clarity despite the dark colour. Head: light brown and low head with very poor retention (no lacing whatsoever).
Aroma: weak nose with some sweet malt notes.
Taste: slightly roasted with corn presence.
Mouthfeel: smooth, gassy, low alcoholic strength (5.4% ABV) and light body.
Finish: short slightly bitter aftertaste.

Overall: not offensive but weak watery beer. It can be quite refreshing for a dark lager but not much in there.

Photo of nick76
2.8/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

The aroma is dark fruit and toasted malt with a touch of paper. The appearance is dark brown with a small head. The flavor is like the aroma. The palate is thin. Overall it's not bad but not good. It's one of those beers where you can feel the potential but the brewer won't get it there.

Photo of thecheapies
2.88/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

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Alhambra Negra from Grupo Cervezas Alhambra, SL
76 out of 100 based on 146 ratings.