Dark Cloud | Mother Earth Brewing

very good
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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:
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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 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 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 ThisWangsChung
3.29/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle into a goblet.

A: Pours a very dark brown color. The head is two fingers high and mocha in shade. Retention isn't fantastic, but the creamy texture leaves behind a nice ring of sheet lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is bringing a lot of chocolate, along with some roasted notes. As it warms up, it becomes more and more nuttier - perhaps even resembling hazelnut coffee at times. It's a simplistic aroma, but a perfectly reasonable one.

T: It starts with a nutty, chocolaty tone. The finish is *very* well attenuated - dry and mineral-esque, yet with a subtle fruitiness. Just like the nose indicated, this is about it as far as the flavor profile goes. Still, it's pleasant and sessionable.

M: Even for the style, it's insanely dry, to the point of evaporating off the tongue. It does this without relying on intense carbonation to get the job done. There's just enough lingering sweetness to keep this out of "pure chugger" territory - still, it's a very drinkable brew.

O: Not an amazing beer, but a good one to pair with food thanks to its easygoing nature. I'll probably return to this one again, just not on a frequent basis.

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Photo of KajII
3.32/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

[Best served in a Dimpled Mug]

The pour was a clear medium brown with a enormous (4+ finger) light tan frothy head that lasted throughout and had some excellent spotty sheets of lace.

The aroma was of a roasted dark bread malt, a pine hop and a musty yeast with notes of chocolate, coffee, toffee and dark fruit (raisins and prunes).

The taste was nice and malty with a touch of toffee sweetness and a hint of chocolate from the beginning then proceeded to become mildly bitter and hoppy with a note of coffee and just a light presence of dark fruit towards the end. The flavor lasted a decent while after the swallow with a nice roasty hoppiness left lingering on the taste buds.

Mouthfeel was a shade or two under medium in body with a nice dry texture and an almost fizzy carbonation.

Overall an impressive roasty brew. Sweet, bitter and quite malty, it had it all going on...

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Photo of RWLawman
3.35/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Very dark brownish red. You get the red if you hold it up to the light.

S - Mostly malts, chocolate, and dark fruit.

T - Roasted malts, a hint of chocolate, and dark fruit along with something bready.

M - Medium-bodied beer with some sticky coating as well. Easy to drink though.

O - Pretty good beer, but nothing to flip out about. Maybe this beer just isn't my style, because this is the second I've had of this type that wasn't memorable. Enjoyable, nonetheless.

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Photo of ThirstyBird
3.35/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to jwale72 for donating this bottle to a good cause!

Appears a deep cola color with a tan head that falls to a thick layer. Decent lacing. Smells of dark roasty malt, molasses, faint hops and cocoa. The taste isn't like a typical Munich Dunkel it's more like a dry stout. It's very roasty with a dry and bitter aftertaste. It's pretty tasty none the less. The mouthfeel is nice - kind of round. Medium body and active carbonation but smooth at the same time. Overall an approachable brew that is not to style but still pretty tasty.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.38/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from tap into a sampler tumbler. Poured dark brown with a one finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, earthy note, wheat, and corn. The flavor was of sweet malt, earthy notes, nutmeg, and wheat. It had a light feel on the palate with low-mild carbonation. Overall this wasn't that bad, but it also wasn't that great. The aroma on this one was not that great, but the flavor was decent. Just not a fan of the wheat flavor unless it is in a Hefe personally. Not sure if I would have this one while out again or not...

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Photo of mdfb79
3.38/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 09/02/11 notes. Received this one as an extra from cwguy5, thanks man. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a flute.

a - Pours a deep murky mahogany brown color with less than an inch of off white head and moderate carbonation evident. No head retention or lacing.

s - Smells of bready malts, grain, wheat, roasted malts, nuts, and light spice.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, toasted malts, bready malts, grain, wheat, and light cloves.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

o - Overall a pretty decent beer, a slightly above average dunkel. Lots of roasted and bready qualities, would give it another shot.

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Photo of AlexFields
3.41/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I made the mistake of pouring this one somewhat aggressively and the head went crazy after only a few ounces poured and overflowed from a pint glass. Took a few minutes to die down to where I could slowly pour the rest of the beer. Pours a deep, dark mahogany brown color with a sizable creamy tan head. The head becomes splotchy as it dies down but it sticks around forever once it rests at an inch or so, and eventually smooths out into something much more attractive. The splotchiness was probably my fault and not the beer's.

First smell reveals dark fruits, maybe prunes or plums or raisins or something. Some nuts, some red wine. Definitely some wood too, like freshly fallen wood in a forest, maybe burned wood too. Smells a bit tart. Based on the nose I'm not expecting this to be my kind of beer, though it definitely smells like a complex one.

Flavor is very nutty. Some wood and some smoke, some roast as well. Dark fruits again as in the nose but way more subtle in the flavor--in the nose the fruits dominated the nuts but in the mouth it's the other way around. As complex as the nose but much more appealing. Tastes more and more roasty the more I drink. The odd red wine tartness I got from the nose is present in the flavor as well, but it's subtle and only slightly detracts from the quality of the beer.

Mouthfeel is meh at first. Even after letting it die down for a while and trying to drink under the head, my mouth feels like it's full of bubbles at every sip. There's just too much carbonation, and not the nice fizzy kind. Perhaps this is true to style, perhaps it's exactly what the brewer was aiming for, perhaps other folks would love this. It's a bit off putting for me. Fortunately, as the beer sits for a while the mouthfeel improves and becomes less bubbly and more creamy. Hard to know how to rate the mouthfeel on this one as it starts out annoying and grows into something quite nice, so I'm going to give it the benefit of the doubt and say that the initially weak mouthfeel was due to my shitty pour and not the quality of the beer.

This is a very interesting beer. Extremely complex, one of the most complex lagers I've ever had. I thought it was "meh" at first but as I drank more of it I started to really like it. A good alternative to a brown ale, would be a great beer for fall weather.


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Photo of Bogforce
3.41/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Props to cwguy5(Will) for this bottle in a trade..

A: Pours a dark brown slight amber color with a decent head that is sticking around and a tiny bit of lacing.

S: Nothing extremely strong some caramel and dark malt.

T: This has a good taste to it, a caramel malt flavor with not much hops. A good taste for this type of lager.

M: Nothing crazy here, not too good but not bad at all.

O: Overall this is pretty straight to this style nothing is going to blow you away but a very straight example of the style.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.43/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

well, tonight has turned into mother earth brewing night...another NC sample from my bro-in-law mike. massive thanks for always ensuring i have ample supply of brews that i'm missing out on in NY.

a - poured into capt lawrence taster tulip. pretty stunning deep purple with a thin bubbly but almost foamy head. lacing was pretty slick, brew was plum.

s - german malts with a touch of dark fruit...grape. some sweetness. nothing in your face, relatively mellow.

t - malt blandness. maybe some nuttiness. really not much going on in the flavor.

m - medium to full bodied a touch fizzy. little heavy.

o - overall, kind of feels like beer x (as in brand x) not much to even talk about on this one. nice color.

all this being said...i have been sitting on this beer for the better part of a year so very well might be past its prime?

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Photo of raszputini
3.46/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the bottle to the pint glass...pours dark brown with a thick tan head. Lacing is nice. Nose is light yeast and that's all - a little disappointing. Taste is malt - probably munich - mild tones of dark fruit and roast, with a slightly hoppy finish. Very easy to drink. A decent, but not great dunkel.

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Photo of devilben02
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from my home tap with a deep dark chestnut brown color and a luxuriously creamy beige head. The aroma is clean and mild but nondescript, with only a toasted grain character being easily identifiable. The flavor seems more roasted rather than merely toasted, with some dry-roasted nuttiness, and a bit of semisweet chocolate. The texture is very creamy with only a very fine carbonation giving it any energy. Overall, this is one easy drinking dunkel.

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Photo of Beejay
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks ewright!!

A: Ruby in the glass, a nice tan head on top, that fades slowly..

S: Wheaty bread notes, with some biscuit qualities. Some good roastiness as well as a touch of maple.

T: Nice roasted character pairing with a very bready taste. There is almost a touch of a metallic type taste.

M: Medium to light in body, the carbonation is very fine and plentiful.

D: Pretty good in general. Though there is a bit of an odd flavor in the finish. Still.. enjoyable.

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Photo of RaulMondesi
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Out of the bottle and into the Bruery snifter.

Coca cola lite here, my peeps. It has all those Dunkel flavors like a Starbucks in Munich...and that's pretty much it. Looks aite like Heidi Klum in the early 2000's and I'll pretty much end things there.

Ok, and just... ok.


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Photo of VaterRoss
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into Ommegang BPA glass, Bottled 111(?)

Pours a not clear dark brown, definitely unfiltered, with a tan head. Smell is decidedly chocolatey with some lightly roasted malt and dryness. Taste is malty with chocolate tones and a hint of coffee finishing with a light spicy bitterness. Mouthfeel is smooth, med body and carb and quite dry for a lager.

Not bad at all, a bit boring and a bit dry for me. Pleasant and smooth with light chocolate notes and perfectly hopped. No lager yeast smell or taste.

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Photo of drewba
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to jbrew for sending me some fresh ME beer (this was bottled 9/10)

A - Deep, dark purple with a two finger head that quickly turns into a faint ring around the glass.

S - Raisin, grape, sugar, yeast, a slight metallic tinge.

T - Big and bold bready and light nutty malt. I'm getting hints of leather and tobacco. There is definitely a metallic, oxidized taste I'm getting in the aftertaste.

M - Crisp and creamy at the same time. The carbonation is spot on for a dunkel

D - The mouthfeel is fantastic, but I have that metallic taste hanging around, after a couple of these I want something else.

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Photo of tastybeer
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beer is oaky brown with 3/4" orange tinted white head, hazy with a slight ruby glow. A pretty beer. Aroma is lightly sweet...kind of straight up dunkel smell. Malty chocolate, earthy hops, some lemon perhaps. Taste matches with a bit of tartness. Bitterness has a solid presence but is not overwhelming. This beer does get better as it warms up which frequently is the case with most beers I like, though not always with layers. Body is medium-light and this goes down very easy.

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Photo of sampstar
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard Pint glass from the bottle.

Based on the description of a munich dunkel, this beer is spot on.

Looked pretty good, a nice dark brown, tint of red. Lacing hung around slightly, not lining the glass on the way down, but always there with every drink.

Malty with no resistance, i can't put my finger on the after taste, but it wasn't my favorite. Very smooth.

Strangely, with every other taste i go back and forth on being a fan and questioning if i would get it again. Final decision was i would drink it again.

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Photo of jsanford
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Pint Glass.

A - Pours a very dark mahogany with a huge ivory head that refuses to die down and leaves sheets of lacing as it recedes (slowly).
S - Sweet aromas of caramel, light chocolate, and roasted nuts with just a touch of coffee and cream.
T - Pretty close to the nose, I'm getting a good amount of chocolate and caramel, roasted malt, and some nuts with a little more coffee and some dark fruit. There's a very slight copper penny flavor toward the finish, but it's something I've come to expect from certain Lager styles. Not bad.
M - Smooth and slightly creamy, with a medium mouth-feel and moderate carbonation.
O - Solid take on a Dunkel Lager, I could probably have a few of these in a sitting.

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Hannen Alt glass on 10/13/12

Deep tobacco brown in color. Rust and copper highlights. One finger head thins quickly to a smooth layer of foam. Pretty good rings and drippy lace.

The aroma is simple but smells pretty good: roasted dark grains with a touch of coffee roast and hints of bread dough. The taste is in the same vein, but ramped up a tad in robustness and, in turn, the enjoyment factor. A good amount of dry roast, but not at all bitter. Cereal grains. Very low hops. Maybe a dusting of cocoa. The body is a medium-light with moderately low carbonation. The feel is thoughtful and is a great vehicle for the flavors.

Overall, this is pretty good. I would certainly drink it from time to time if I could.

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