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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-09-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#31,642
Reviews:
27
Ratings:
55
pDev:
13.7%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
1
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 55 |  Reviews: 27
Photo of LXIXME
2.91/5  rDev -20.3%
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 TheManiacalOne
3.89/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade from jhammerly, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a medium brown color with a very thin off-white head that fades very quickly and leaves almost no lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, lager yeast, nuts, some spice and a little hops.

T: The taste starts out with smoky malts, nuts, spice and touches of chocolate coffee and dark fruit. There’s a mild hops presence that give a decent balance. The more I drink this beer, the more it grows on me and the more I think it tastes like a Schwarzbier instead of a Munich Dunkel. The after-taste is bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, I can’t say it’s a good representation of style simply because I’m not so sure it should be in this style instead of as in the Schwarzbier style (research through the brewer’s web site came up empty), however I think it’s a good beer and worth drinking for a while.

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Photo of nickfl
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of mactrail
3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
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 russpowell
4.7/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours deep ruby red with a mahogany tones & a 1" tan head in kotsitzer glass. Great effervescence, good lacing & some head retention

Smell: Roasted malt & frutiness

Taste: Caramel & rich toasted malts dominate. Frutty & somewhat dry finish

MF: Rich and very goodcarbonation

Very drinkable dark lager that makes me think I'm back in Bayern! Can't believe only 3 BAs have found this gem so far...

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Photo of woodychandler
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This poured creating a big, deep-tan head with low retention. Its color was a deep, dark-brown ala cola with ruby highlights. It had a very sweet, lager-like nose. The mouthfeel was medium-to-full with a pleasant cocoa flavor on the palate. The finish had a definite, lingering chocolaty taste. Lager?!? More of this, please!

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Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.2/5  rDev -12.3%
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 stakem
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
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 Hopheadjeffery
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of rab53
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Tone
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, dark brown color. 1/2 inch head of an off-tan color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of pale malt, slight wheat, hint of sweet malt, hint of hops, and a hint of roasted malt. Fits the style of a Munich Dunkel Lager. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of hint of roasted malt, sweet malt, hint of pale malt, hint of hop, and slight wheat. Overall, good appearance, aroma, and blend.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.94/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. Bottle

Pours a nice dark brown color, nice carbonation, with a nice fizzy off-white head, which leaves some nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, with some hints of chocolate/toffee. The taste is pretty nice malty, with some nice chocolate/toffee notes. Medium body. Overall, a pretty tasty brew.

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Photo of WDJersey
3.54/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DeadeyeOTDO
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of crobinso
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of scruffwhor
3.07/5  rDev -15.9%
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 beergoot
4.07/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a nice dark brown color complete with a rich, creamy head. Caramel sweetness in the nose with hints of roasted grain, vanilla, and molasses. The taste follows along with the aroma with the addition of light cocoa. Mouthfeel is smooth, sweet, and rich.

A very smooth and delightful dark lager, packed with rich flavors and creamy mouthfeel. Nicely complex and balanced.

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Photo of Beaver13
2.24/5  rDev -38.6%
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 ONovoMexicano
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of emmasdad
3.18/5  rDev -12.9%
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 funkel81
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: This beer is mostly dark cola black with a tint of brown coming
through the edges when held up to the light.A chunky, frothy cream sea-foam head
hangs around for a few minutes, then recedes to a wisp of teeny bubbles, but
leaving bigger bubbles on the edges. And let’s not forget it leaves a world map
of lacing -- I’m seeing whole continents of foam on my glass. Score.

Aroma: The aroma is solid with some faint chocolate and cocoa-esque notes
hitting my nose first, but a little deeper in I’m getting more pine and hops.
It’s allergy season, and my city is the Second worst place to live at this time,
so the fact that I’m picking up aroma at all is a blessed sign.

Taste: The taste follows the aroma pretty well here. But it’s even better than
the aroma. Dark roasted malts, subtle, bitter chocolate, and some faint
sweetness hit my taste buds first. On the back end, I’m getting a drier, bitter
hop presence. The roasted, chocolate beginning combines with the hoppy bite
finish to perfection. This is what “well balanced” means in the beer world.

The mouthfeel is light to medium in body, very smooth.

Overall, an excellent dunkel-style beer in my opinion. Delicious and complex.

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Photo of LJWalker
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of mentor
4.3/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a one finger soda pop-looking head, but it seems to hang around pretty good. Crystal clearn red dark mahagany liquid. Gorgeous. Smells chocolatey and nutty with a small amount of hopping. A little bit pastey and a touch of roast or ashy.

Tastes yummy chocolate toffee and some nut. Sweet, but not wet. dark grains act to dry things out quite a bit. Was expecting some caramel and I don't get it. A little bit of buttery caramel that I attribute to kettle caramelization (rather than crystal malts). Full flavored and well balanced together. Sweet on the mouth, but then a bit of a drying finish due to a baker's chocolate and grainy feel like I've just chewed on a choc covered coffee bean (feel, not taste). Malt dominates the flavor with a rounded play of hop floral. Hop bitter is absent or buried under the chocolate malt. Alcohol ssting is presently lightly. Md body and moderate feel in the mouth. Appropriate carbonation to balance. Well done.

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Dark Lager from Durango Brewing
Beer rating: 3.65 out of 5 with 55 ratings
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