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Alhambra Negra - Grupo Cervezas Alhambra, SL

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76
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142 Ratings
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Ratings: 142
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:
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(Beer added by: rhoadsrage on 03-18-2005)
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Photo of albern
3.63/5  rDev +10.7%

I tried this in a Tapas restaurant and was not expecting this one at all. For a beer that has a modest ABV, this one packs a punch. It is a very dark, thick, somewhat syrupy pour. The head is okay, smell is good, but not great. The taste is definitely caramel or molasses, and lot's of it. Not a strong bite, some hops in the nose, but more malt than anything else. It's a good beer, not great, and I can't say that it particularly went well with the tapas I ordered, but it was a surprise for a Spanish beer. It's worth a try. L'Chaim

albern, Apr 01, 2007
Photo of DogFood11
4.25/5  rDev +29.6%

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.

DogFood11, Jan 06, 2007
Photo of JudgeRoughneck
3.95/5  rDev +20.4%

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.

JudgeRoughneck, Dec 29, 2006
Photo of Dukeofearl
3.9/5  rDev +18.9%

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.

Dukeofearl, Nov 10, 2006
Photo of nortmand
4.15/5  rDev +26.5%

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.

nortmand, Oct 31, 2006
Photo of ZAP
3.53/5  rDev +7.6%

Dark brown, almost black color...nice tan head...sweet roasted malts and dark fruits on the aroma..

Nice flavor to this....roasted malts...some light molasses and rum...a little toffee too...definitely has some mineral water like elements to it too...

Body is medium....finishes pretty dry with a tartness...

I really like the way this smells and the taste isn't far behind....I'd like to try this side by side with Negra Modelo....seems similar....perhaps a little more of a fruity component to this....

I'd buy it in a restraunt that is lacking in good beers...otherwise I don't think I would seek it out..solid though

ZAP, Sep 23, 2006
Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.93/5  rDev +19.8%

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

sinstaineddemon, Jul 22, 2006
Photo of JayTheFinn
3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Got this one out of the Cost Plus World Market "Beers of the World" ten pack thing.

Pours out black in the glass with a good one finger head. Good amount of carbonation.

Lighty sweet malty scent.

This tastes like a flat Coke without as much sugar. It's got a slight molasses flavor too. The sweetness isn't too high at all. This sounds like a bad review, but for the style it's all right.

Light mouthfeel.

Fairly drinkable. This is a good Summer time substitute when you're in the mood for a porter or stout, but it's too hot for one.

JayTheFinn, Jul 03, 2006
Photo of RBorsato
3.63/5  rDev +10.7%

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)

RBorsato, Jun 02, 2006
Photo of brushpig
3.05/5  rDev -7%

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.

brushpig, May 08, 2006
Photo of tgbljb
3.48/5  rDev +6.1%

poured a deep brown color with moderate tannish puffy head. Smell is attractive , being a nice roasted malt scent. Taste foloows through on the smell with a toasty flavor mixed with hints of caramel. Finished on the sweet side with only a mild creaminess. Very easy to drink, but not anything spectactular. My first beer from Spain.

tgbljb, Feb 02, 2006
Photo of beerphilosopher
3/5  rDev -8.5%

Poured into a standard pint glass from a pretty attractive 12 oz bottle.

A - Cloudy brownish-red color with a measley head and hardly any renetion or lacing.

S - Hmmm ... sweet malt. No discernable hop aromas. Some molasses notes.

T - Sweet molasses and raison. A bit watery and weak. A strange beer, really. For some reason, reminded me a bit of a watered-down EKU 28 ... no where near the character or complexity though.

M - Light-bodied and weak. Residual sweetness with faint hop bitterness in the mouth.

D - This is okay, but just okay. It's unusual in taste and maybe worth a try if you can get a single ... just to say you did. Over all, nothing impressive about this beer and I won't go out of my way to try it again. Drinkable ... not a drain pourer, but why bother ...

beerphilosopher, Jan 29, 2006
Photo of Gritsak
3.33/5  rDev +1.5%

A- dark coffee color with a frothy offwhite head. retention isnt great and it laces only at the top of the glass where the head dissapated.

S- sweet roasted malty smell.

T- slight roasted flavor, but not much. a bit watered down and very similar to amber bock but a little more malty.

M- smooth and creamy. little carbonation.

D- pretty easy to drink. nothing really taste bad, but its just not anything special.

overall- the taste and smell is very similar to amber bock. kinda dissapointing. overall just an average, but refreshing and easy drinking, beer.

Gritsak, Jan 17, 2006
Photo of goschool
3.45/5  rDev +5.2%

The pour is a dark, opaque brownish-reddish with a tan head that starts out small, but lasts until the end of the glass. Roasted malts dominate the mild aroma. The roasted malt flavor has a sweetness to it while earthy hops give this beer a crisp finish. The taste is almost medium bodied, however somebody forgot to tell this to the slightly watery mouthfeel. This beer didn't wow me, but I enjoyed it much more then I thought I would.

goschool, Jan 14, 2006
Photo of neonbrown82
3.85/5  rDev +17.4%

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.

neonbrown82, Dec 24, 2005
Photo of AdvocateFan
4.05/5  rDev +23.5%

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.

AdvocateFan, Nov 04, 2005
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.38/5  rDev +3%

(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.

rhoadsrage, Mar 18, 2005
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Alhambra Negra from Grupo Cervezas Alhambra, SL
76 out of 100 based on 142 ratings.