Dark Lager | Durango Brewing

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Durango Brewing
Colorado, United States
durangobrewing.com

Style: Munich Dunkel Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-09-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
54
Reviews:
27
Avg:
3.64
pDev:
13.74%
 
 
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2
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Ratings: 54 |  Reviews: 27
Photo of Beaver13
2.24/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle. Pours a ruby brown with a medium frothy off white head that retains fairly well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet grainy, worty malts with some chocolate.

The flavor is sweet chocolate malts and grains, nuts and a bit of an acidic slightly sour twang. The mouthfeel is light bodied and a little watery.

Overall, lots of raw grainy off notes. Not too good.

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Photo of maleman
2.58/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. no freshness dated noted. poured dark coffee color, almost opaque. very thin head with little retention...lacing the same.

S - some breads, some malt, some coffee.

T - not as much there as i would have expected from a beer this dark. some coffee tones, but not much bite.

M - medium-bodied, tastes in back of mouth. no aftertaste to speak of.

D - simply nothing there to excite me. i was disappointed. will probably not buy again.

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Photo of ubermick
2.61/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12oz bottle poured into a goblet.

A: Deep brown, almost black, with a nice head which dissipated after a short while.

S: Somewhat roasty, very sweet smelling

T: Significant burnt taste, mild hop bitterness, not pleasing at all.

M: Somewhat thin and watery.

O: On the overall, doesn't taste like a dark lager at all, more like a (not that great) English pale ale with a chunk of roasted barley in there for colour. Disappointing beer, with many better examples of the style.

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Photo of kylemckinnis
2.75/5  rDev -24.5%

Photo of LXIXME
2.91/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear dark reddish amber color, with a small medium head, it does leave a pretty nice lacing considering it doesn't have a lot of head to start with.
The aroma is a dark roasted malts with some yeast coming through, the taste follows suit with more of a roasted coffee taste then the aroma offered.
A light dry roasted aftertaste quickly recedes, kinda left me wanting more, as in a richer heavier beer, not really more of this one.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.07/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer took forever to pour from a 12 oz. bottle. Holy head foam! Once the khaki colored head subsided, it leaves a nice foamy head for the remainder of the twelve ounces. Color is cola brown with hints of garnet.

Roasty malt aroma with a hint of cocoa powder. Smells inviting and tasty.

A little chocolate and plenty of roasted and toasted malt flavors. There's a bloody, metallic finish though. Luckily it's quick. The palate is a little tinny as well.

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Photo of allforbetterbeer
3.11/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a "pint glass".

A: ruby, slightly cloudy, half finger head retention, good lacing (4)

S: Noble hops, clear, hints of dark fruit, underlying malt

T: Dominating presence of mellow hops and something sweet to balance, much less malt than expected for the style. Where there should be a malt backbone there is hops and sweetness.

M: Slightly smoother than usual for the style, still good though

D: Average drinkability for the style.

Overall: Would be a fine English Pale, but this does not taste like the style. I unfortunately must give this beer low marks because it is not close enough to its style. Oh well...

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Photo of emmasdad
3.18/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this one up as part of a mixed six pack. Poured from the bottle a clear dark brown with a lingering ring of tan foam. Aromas of dark chocolate, caramel and a little coffee/vanilla. On the palate, light bodied and crisp, with a light roastiness, dark chocolate and caramel.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.2/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Here's a no-context quote for ya: "I love you, Ian Holm." Yup. So, this stuff pours a clear garnet topped by a finger of glowing off-cream foam. The nose comprises watered-down coffee, light maple syrup, and the lightest possible touch of toast. The taste brings in more of the same, along with a bit of hard water that somehow seriously detracts from everything else. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly fluid feel. Overall, an alright little dark lager, but nothing I would ever really reach for with any enthusiasm.

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Photo of ruckus232
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of MichaelBuck
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of rabbitguy
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of atomicbeer
3.34/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mactrail
3.4/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Kind of a dark soup, more like a brown ale. Taste like bread with a little bitterness at the end. Somewhat tangy, and quite carbonated on the tongue. Touch of caramel with some roast malt in the nose. Some hint of chocolate as it warms.

Rather grainy and plain, whatever the style. Starts with some tartness and fizz, leaves just a hint of sweet malt, and ends with dark roast flavors and a kiss of hops. Plenty drinkable if uninspired.

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Photo of MaximalC
3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky, muddy brown color with what is quite possibly the most mammoth mocha head I've ever seen. Honestly, the craggy foam on this thing morphed and swelled with preternatural vitality, and I didn't even pour it that hard...

The aroma is of molasses and dark fruit, with some alcohol and perhaps the faintest hint of chocolate. The smell is fairly mild, but pleasant and suitable for the style. The flavor has an indefinable roasted malt character, sweet and slightly acrid, but not possessed of any especially distinguishing elements, at least not at initially cooler temperatures. Traces of milk chocolate can be found if you look for them, though they're not prominent, and some hops begin to creep into the finish as the beer warms. I suspect the excessive carbonation may be skewing my perception of the component flavors some. With that said, this dark lager is highly drinkable, with a palatable malt backbone that is never cloying. The carbonation may be over the top, especially for the style, but that is the only glaring detractor I can find. Then again, I'm fairly easily pleased by dark lagers, so take that for what it's worth.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of LJWalker
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of crobinso
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of DeadeyeOTDO
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of poppyjohn
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Gerred
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of firstlighthiker
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of WDJersey
3.54/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of stakem
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle into a pint glass. This brew appears a hazed dark amber to ruby color with a bit of sediment that looks like coffee grounds hanging out in the bottom of the glass and lighter colored particles stuck floating in suspension. Careless on my part but I thought this was a filtered brew. The head appears with less than a finger of khaki color foam that quickly dissolves. A few swirls revive the head but it receeds just as quickly leaving a bit of patchy lace on the glass.

The aroma of this brew is dark caramelized sugar with some roasted indications of chocolate and maybe a touch of coffee. The hops are a bit floral smelling which compliments the overall fruity sweet nose to this brew.

The taste is roasted malt tasting of a lightly bitter chocolate flavor meets coffee and a touch of alcohol. The bitterness of this brew is a combination of roastiness from the grain and hops which is pleasant in the way it offsets how sweet tasting I expected this to be based off of the nose. This brew leaves a lingering taste of roasted malt that is borderline nutty flavored coupled with coffee. The alcohol presence is noticeable for less than 6% with a bit of warmth to the back of the throat.

This is a medium to light bodied brew with a moderately low level of carbonation. It is fairly crisp and overall isn't bad. It isn't something I would order if it was on a menu but it was worth giving a try at least once.

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Photo of MammothTarantula
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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Dark Lager from Durango Brewing
3.64 out of 5 based on 54 ratings.
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