Barbarossa Double Dark Lager | Christian Moerlein Brewing Company

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Barbarossa Double Dark LagerBarbarossa Double Dark Lager

Brewed by:
Christian Moerlein Brewing Company
Ohio, United States

Style: Munich Dunkel Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 79 | Ratings: 217
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Christian Moerlein- Barbarossa

A- Deep reddish copper, clear, with a thcik filmy head.
S- Sweet bready malt with brown sugar.
T- Sweet brown sugar and molasses malt. Toasted bread crust and a slight caramel/ toffee touch.
M- very sweet and malty. Thicker malt body and finish. Slight hoppy bitterness in the end.

Overall- Not too shabby. Good drinkablilty makes this a sessionable beer.

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Photo of TexIndy
3.03/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got in the Beer of the Month Club. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. The neck had a laser code but no way to decipher the date and no info on website either. It was a reddish brown color. A few carb bubbles and no lacing. It had a small head that quickly evaporated into a collar.

The aroma was bread with some roasted malt in the back. A tinge of wet dog or wet blanket as well. Decent aroma that is just North of the BMC's. Same for the taste. Nothing spectacular but better than the BMC's. I've moved past this types of beers so it's pretty bland for me. However, this would be a good beer to convert some of my friends. Would make a good session beer as well if your buddy only had this or BMC in his fridge. Mouthfeel was alright but a tad watery.

Overall, a decent beer. Session. BMC converter. For me, one and done since not much flavor at this stage in my beer drinking.

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Photo of edskirk3
3.23/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Twelve ounce brown bottle, served in a pint glass.

Pours dark amber topped with a white froth. Ends up being a finger of head.

Soft aroma of grains. Not much else. Just dark bread.

The taste is the very much the same except for the addition of a faint hop note. Overall it seems muted and bland to me. However it is easy to drink, and I would happily do so all day if this was the only thing available.

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Photo of mooseisloose
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Smells roasted but sweet like a milk stout. Pours to a root beer color with a muti-sized bubble head that holds up for a little while then disappears. Taste is sweet and Marzen like then has a tangy hop flavor that flattens the sweetness but with only a very slight bitterness. Subtle chocolate malt notes. Mouthfeel is silky smooth. Delicious. I highly recommend this brew to a BMC drinker who is branching into craft brews. Delicious. I'd like to clone this one with a home brew.

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Photo of stockingcpl
2.91/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: This beer pours with an average head, but the lacings are quite good. Foam is tan an the body of the brew is a very dark amber hue. Clarity is high.

Smell: The aroma is rasin with perhaps some plumb/prune. Minor hops and malt. I wasn't very impressed.

Taste: There is a fairly steep flavor curve which settles onto the rasin/prune flavoring. Sustain is high but not particularly pleasant.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel of this brew is characterized by the rather heavy carbonation (for a euro dunkel). This helps with the rasin overtures in mid flavor. There is detectable alcohol.

Drinkibility: Well...I'm a big fan of Christian Moerlein, but this one falls short.


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Photo of briman
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark reddish brown. Moderate off-white head with minimal retention.

Aroma is bready, with light roast, and a touch of nuttiness, backed up with only a hint of hop presence.

Flavor is bready, & slightly sweet with balance clearly towards the malt. Finishes fairly dry, with a very light hop bitterness.

Medium to medium full body, with moderate carbonation. A decent example of a Munich Dunkel, but I wouldn't call this rich. Would be better if it had a little more depth of flavor as I don't really get a strong bread crust flavor which is characteristic of the style.

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Photo of mcowgill
4.07/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Crystal clear reddish brown color with nice head that dissipates quickly leaving little to no lacing on the glass.

S - Sweet caramel, nutty, coffee aroma. Pretty nice.

T - Nice well balanced beer here. Sweet caramel with a toasted malt flavor. The finish has a nice light hoppiness to it.

M - Nice carbonation and mouthfeel.

D - This is a great drinkable beer. Goes down well and with the 5% ABV I could drink a few of these no problem.

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Photo of deepsouth
3.99/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

this beer poured the deepest brown with ruby hints and very very little head. i did notice millions of very small bubbles clinging to the side of my glass. absent any head, it looks quite odd.

this beer really smells great. lots going on. i'm picking up dark pitted fruits and chocolate mostly and a bunch of stuff i can't put a finger on.

the taste is nice as well. consistent with the smell. very full and robust.

the mouthfeel is a bit light and more carbonated than it looks.

this is a great lager. this would be a fantastic session beer. this is worth seeking out.

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Photo of TheBierBand
4.6/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Last review for this was "on-tap"... so I thought I would compare and contrast the bottled version:

Poured into a pint glass to form a perfect 1" head of off-white foam. The head lasted for a couple minutes and faded to a thick cap leaving some lacing. The color is a deep amber with some orange/red tinge.

The smell is great.... nutty, bready, malty.... very nice.

Taste: Quite like the smell only add a hint of bitterness to balance. A nice buttery smoothness.

Mouthfeel: Nice and rich and robust for the style... Smooth, creamy texture... a pleasure to drink. I think I prefer the "on-tap" just a little... (adds to the smoothness)

Drinkability: Hell yeah.... This is a keeper... I could enjoy these all day long!

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours brown in color with some reddish undertones. Slight head when poured, but disappears shortly after.
Smell is all malt and that distinctive lager smell.
Taste is much the same, but I get a little sweetness and some tobacco/smoke flavors as well. Medium to full on the mouthfeel and creamy. This is a nice addition to the CM lineup.

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Photo of cdkrenz
3.96/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Again, my thanks to Gnome-Fest 2008.

A - Very nice pour of a dark brown body topped with a light tan head at about a half inch with decent stamina.

S - The smell of long roasted malt and a hint of alcohol.

T - Chocolate followed by a nice coffee flavor. This brew has a nice, complex migration to it.

M - There's a hint of carbonation at the tip of my tongue upon first sip. As the brew moves back to my throat it smooths out very well.

~ This is a good beer with nice complex characters. I'll certainly recommend the Barbarossa to my friends and wish I had more than just this one. I'm thinking this Double Dark Lager is a champion from the tap.

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Photo of jushoppy2beer
3.33/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is an unusual and pleasant beer to quaff in the evening. It sports a lovely deep reddish brown color, with a thick creamy beige head that is persistent and leaves a very nice lacing. The nose is toasted malt, but rather light. On the palate, this is a malty but surprisingly light beer for a dark lager, with hints of coffee among the dark-roasted malt overtones. The finish is unremarkable, but pleasant. Good mouthfeel with smoothness and solid carbonation. Refreshing, again for an evening beer on days that are not too hot. This one pairs nicely with a good serving of Cincinnati-style chili. Overall, pretty drinkable, especially with a robust meal.

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Photo of sleazo
3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A_Pours a clear burnt sienna with a one finger beige head. This settles quickly into a nice cap which stays for the full session. A few spots of lace manage to cling ot the glass.

S_The nose is very mild. There is a slight caramel/malty aroma along with a bit of a metallic edge. It is clean smelling which is nice but to be expected of a lager

T_The first sip offers up some bready malt with a twinge of caramel. As it sits in the mouth a slight bit of acidity rears its head as well as a minor generic hop bitterness. The finish carries a bit of copper almost like biting on a penny.

M_A nice medium bodied lager with a nice biting carbonation.

D_A nice enjoyable lager but nothing spectacular. Still this is one I would order at a bar if available.

Thanks to Zapata

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Photo of barefootbrewer
4.02/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a very clear brown with a 1/4 inch head. The aroma is malty and somewhat cereal. There is also some slight banana scent. The taste is sweet and big of malt flavor. There is a slight bitterness which adds to the overall experience. The mouthfeel is full and there is a carbonation bite. This is an easy drinking. well balanced beer.

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Photo of gford217
4.07/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of SixPackSunday poured into a pint glass.

Pours a clear, deep copper with a small off-white head that dissipates quickly to a ring with no lacing. The aroma has a lot of roasted malts with sweet dark fruits and caramel on top. A hint of hops in the nose as well. More of the same (in a good way) in the taste with a huge sweet caramel malt backbone and only a hint of the roasted quality in the finish. Hops make an appearance in the aftertaste with the faintest bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, creamy, and sweet. This is an extremely drinkable dunkel and a very good beer overall.

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Photo of largadeer
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this one from moose3285. Thanks!

Appearance: Chestnut brown, dark but perfectly clear, with a thin off-white head that settles to a ring.

Smell: Malty but very clean. Nut brittle and toasted cereal grains come to mind.

Taste & mouthfeel: Pretty malt-forward stuff but not actually terribly sweet. Toasty and nutty with a hint of caramel; drinks much like a brown but with the cleanness and light body of a lager. The finish is only mildly bitter, leaving a hint of nutty sweetness on the tongue.

Notes: Second winner in a row I've had from this brewery. Very clean and drinkable stuff.

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Photo of chilidog
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked thisone up on vacation. Found at Jungle-Jims, near Cinci. Glad I did for we get some, but not as many Moerleins as I would like.

It pours a dark reddish brown. The tan head was smaller than expected, about a half inch at best. Little lace. The carbonation is up alittle though No fizz on this lighter bodied dark brew. Yes the body is not thick and heavy but rather aids in aroma & drinkability.

The aroma is a nice cold coffee-toasted malt.

The taste, is all about the malts. Toasted, roasted, slight burnt toast, nut or roasted almond.

Mouthfeel, easy to drink, cream-like, with a slight burnt tosted dryness.

Drinkability, oh ya. Easy with the watery feel of carbonation. Though not bad, it cuts threw the dark thick intensions.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.23/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I got this bottle in a trade with zapata. Thanks Ben!

This pours a clear red brown with a 1finger head of foam. Some lacing here and the foam is not shrinking very fast at all. 1 lovely brew in my glass.. The colour, I think, is spot on for a Dunkel.

The smell has notes of roasted malt, some sweet malt, and some good hoppiness that smells very fruitlike.

The taste is very nice. Some nice sweet malt notes with a touch of roasted malt, some light nutty flavour, and a decent amount of hop bitterness in the background to take the edge off the sweetness and put this in a very nice balance. Yum. There's also a touch of earthiness right before the finish which itself is slightly sweet. Again. Yum, and a very nice brew to sit with and session with.

Imo, this is a great example of the style, a style that I don't have a lot of experience with but the ones I have tried generally are too light in the flavour department. Not so with this one. Highly recommended!

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Photo of blakesell
4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 12oz twist off bottle into a beer mug.

Appearance- Beer pours a dark brown with a caramel coloured head rising up a solid three fingers. Beer is clear and lacing clings to the sides of the glass. Head dies down to a murk across the top at the end of the pour.

Smell- Light and dark malts upfront, perfect scent on a standard dunkel. I don't know about double dark, but dunkel is very correct here. A bit of caramel on the aroma as well. Hops are noble and subtle.

Taste- Creamy dark malts and ample sweetness. Damn this is a fine beer for a 5% lager. Hops are balanced and the yeast is the best strain for the style I can imagine. The malt here is the big winner with light fruits, dates, figs, and a hint of grape.

Mouthfeel- Light, creamy, medium high in carbonation, and medium light bodied.

Drinkability- Very excellent example for a Munich dunkel style. I would buy a sixer of this one for a session. I may do it before I move back to the great north.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - pours a dark reddish caramel with a thin light mocha head. Quick-lived, it is at a scant cover inside a minute. Leaves some lacy trails around the glass during the sampling.

Aroma - even biscuit and caramel aromas with a nice balance of roasted grain.

Taste - sweet roasty, caramelly grain. Just a touch buttery, then a light hoppiness for balance post-swallow. A breath of alcohol warmth on the aftertaste along with resonating grain roastiness. Completely tasty for a non-extreme style. It's good.

Mouthfeel - lighter than expected for it's color. Good crispness keeps this one from feeling too heavy.

Drinkability - very much so. I went through several cases before I finally sat down with one to review. Right up there with OTR for my favorite CM beer. Has a great color for a Halloween tasting this fall...

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Photo of Overlord
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks for the extra, RoyMunson!

Pours a dark brown with ruby/amber highlights. Interesting. I had to go look up with this beer was, as I've never seen one quite like it before. Thin white crust of a head.

Smells surprisingly earthy and hoppy, with a background of roasted malt. The taste is surprisingly balanced, pruney/figgy malt blending with that same earthiness.

Very, very nice. I would drink this by the literful in Bavaria.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.82/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I figured that the extra malts would try to push this beer into Bock territories, but the soft malt with a hint of toast stopped shy of heavy or overly malty. The beer pours a deep amber with brown highlights, good head formation but only fair retention. Aromas hit right on a Bock style, giving up a deep malt and bready profile, but light on the melanoidins and only slight hints of fruit. Flavors are muted in comparison, stopping at the top end of the style for the toast, toffee, and hop flavors. Textures are not as heavy as expected; in fact if you hadn't told me it had an increased malt bill, I may have missed it. Finishes sweeter than most German counterparts but is expected. We'll call it somewhere between a Dunkel and Bock. Still nice and enjoyable.

Notes from '08 NHC.

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Photo of CreamyStoutMan
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Paid 8.49 for this at the local corner store. My first session with this beer. I was looking for something to compliment some pork chops and am extremely tired of newcastle so I'm pretty excited for this one.

A- I was hoping for something a lot darker but its still attractive. Pours a deep amber (maybe a little darker than newcastle) with about a milimeter of head that quickly fades away with almost no lacing to speak of

S- Smells kind of like a dopplebock. Roasted malts dominate the nostrils with a touch of chocolate

T- Now the chocolate is much more apparent! It kinds of tastes like they overdid the malts. You guys know what I mean; there is kind of a "farty" presence in the aftertaste. It's well-balanced though, so I'm not complaining too much. There are the feigntest notes of caramel (and maybe a little bit of coffee bean?)on the palate. It's really grown on me by the time I'm halfway through the beer. I might even go so far as to say that this might be the most complex munich style lager that I've tried yet.

M- Probably the best aspect of this brew. Thick for a munich with an impressive malt to hop ratio, even though there is no "bite" to speak of from the hops.

D- Although I could have quite a few of these, I can't say that I could imagine having more than four or five of them (which is a different story when it comes to the dunkels from becks, warsteiner, or hofbrau)

I doubt that I will get this one again. It seems more like a bridge between a vienna and munich style lagers. I would much rather go for one or the other.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Brewdlyhooked13 for this trade, poured from the 12oz brown bottle into my lager mug.

A - Deep Ruby w/ a ruddy brown appearance and a tan cap of 3 fingers that is fluffy and has a tight bead

S - Bready w/ a sweet dark malt arom w/ a slight roasted nut scent

M - Mild sweetness, creamy w/ a slight char feel in the background w/ moderate carbonation. The finish is roasty possibly from caramelized malt

T - A mildy full flavor of roasted malt w/ a caramel taste and bits of acidity on the flipside of the toasty dark lager. The flavor is sweet, but not overdone w/ good balance. There is a mild roast coffee flavor w/ hops adding some spice. The malt is creamy w/ the breadiness of the lager yeast. Overall the maltiness is smooth and very tasty

D - A fine dark lager, very very drinkable for me. I just enjoy the smoothness and malty flavor w/ balance of gently spiced hops in addition to the subtle roast. To me this went down great and could be session worthy for sure

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Photo of mhewes
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A : Pours a nice ruby color with a light tan head

S : It's a clean aroma with some malts, maybe a little lightly roasted

T : It's got a light and crisp taste. Some nuttiness, caramel, and some earthly malts. A little bit of hop bitterness at the end to balance it out

M : Crisp and light

D : Easily drinkable. I could session this one

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Barbarossa Double Dark Lager from Christian Moerlein Brewing Company
3.76 out of 5 based on 217 ratings.
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