Dark Cloud | Mother Earth Brewing

very good
405 Ratings
Dark CloudDark Cloud

Brewed by:
Mother Earth Brewing
North Carolina, United States

Style: Munich Dunkel Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by evantwomey on 11-04-2009

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Photo of GrumpyGeezer
1.14/5  rDev -70.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

Purchased a bottle from the local store today. Chilled to 38-40° and poured into a SA perfect pint, not what I would consider dark at all. Held up glass to light and could see from the bottom up. No head, some carbonation. I could not detect any aroma, and the taste was also nil. It had a bottled date of 11/30/16. In my 40+ years of beer drinking, this was one of the most tasteless, thin, watery dunkel lagers that I have ever tasted.

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Photo of tylerrash
2.5/5  rDev -35.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -35.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -35.6%

Photo of GeorgeBeerS
2.75/5  rDev -29.1%

Photo of WeisGuy
2.85/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Extra from Crittervision -- thanks!

a - pours a very dark murky brown color with a minimal tan head, very little retention or lacing

s - roasted nuts and toasty dark malt along with lager yeast, very light coffee note if you search for it

t - just like the aroma, roasted nuts and toasty malt are the main flavors with some caramel and lighter grain also apparent, not much else going on here, a bit watery, really, alcohol is not apparent

m - medium-to-light bodied, somewhat low carbonation, a bit thin, no alcohol warming, balanced finish

d - easy on the palate but not interesting at all, glad I shared this bottle because I probably wouldn't have finished it myself

Just seems like an uninspired attempt at the style to me, but others certainly seem to disagree. Certainly not an offensive beer, but there are a ton of German offerings that I'd pick up before this.

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Photo of delta490
2.97/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Pours a slightly cloudy dark brown with a light tan head. The bottle was significantly over-carbonated, had significant particulate, and took a while to pour as a result. The smell was OK, nothing really noteworthy with just light malt sweetness. The taste was decent but again there wasn't really much to it in terms anything distinct. The body had a nice weight to it but there was too much carbonation. The quality control needs to improve

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Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -22.7%

Photo of dhmxray
3/5  rDev -22.7%

Photo of Arborescence
3/5  rDev -22.7%

Photo of Jules11788
3/5  rDev -22.7%

Photo of DMACH
3/5  rDev -22.7%

Not impressed at all. Rather average. Flat tasting with no body

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Photo of jrohrbacher
3/5  rDev -22.7%

Photo of Bloodbuzz99
3/5  rDev -22.7%

Photo of bmeGT
3/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Maybe my opinion isn't important, but not much of a fan of dunkels. This one didn't stand out.

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Photo of LoveStout
3/5  rDev -22.7%

Photo of psoriasaurus
3/5  rDev -22.7%

Photo of djre4orm
3/5  rDev -22.7%

Photo of SirWalkAbout
3/5  rDev -22.7%

Photo of AltimusPrime
3/5  rDev -22.7%

Photo of bendukes86
3.04/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Left wanting on the taste

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Photo of mralphabet
3.06/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass.

A: Straight brown with some ruby notes... good finger and a half of head... Head settles to a good ring with good lacing.

S: Smell is very bready, with lots of roasted malts and a touch of maple.

T: Roasted malt and maple right up front. Only gets better as it warms.... there is some hops popping in at the finish tastes a little grassy. The grassy hops sits in on the aftertaste... Like the start but not a big fan of the finish.

M: Carbonation starts a little strong but calms as it warms.... to a nice smooth almost velvety feel....

D: Not a bad beer.... Looks great, smells good, mouthfeel good... taste starts good finishes OK....

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Photo of AlexanderSelby
3.18/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice brown meets amber color and a fine head. Smells buttery sweet, but also a little bit of maple candy detected. Tastes buttery, yet the malts are sweet and a touch earthy. No bitterness detected at all.

Nothing wrong with this beer, but nothing great either. Which is exactly what I am looking for in this style. Good malty pleasure without going through a workout to finish it. Maybe a touch too buttery, though.

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Photo of gosurfobx
3.23/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed a six pack of these at Peabody's in Boone, NC. Beer was bottled in 8/10 and drank 11/10. Beer pours a deep dark brown with a 1.5 finger head that is slightly off-white. The nose is malty, some phenol and slight clove.

The first sip has malty and yeast flavors at the front very little hops and an slight penny aftertaste (like when you used to put pennies in your mouth as a kid). As the beer drinks down the beer taste profile changes little. The taste of toasted malt does come out more but not a whole lot.

The mouth of the beer is nice. The carbonation is spot on and the is neither to light or to heavy.

Overall this is a decent Dunkel, the penny aftertaste does not detract from the overall experience.

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Photo of Riik3
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

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Dark Cloud from Mother Earth Brewing
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