Dark Cloud | Mother Earth Brewing

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BA SCORE
72.4%
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3.88 w/ 406 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Mother Earth Brewing
North Carolina, United States
motherearthbrewing.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#8,184
Reviews:
130
Ratings:
406
Liked:
294
Avg:
3.88/5
pDev:
11.34%
Alströms:
4.2
 
 
Wants:
34
Gots:
66
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 406 |  Reviews: 130
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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3/5  rDev -22.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of jaydoc
4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of metter98
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high tan head that died down, consistently leaving a thin head covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of Munich malts and spicy hops are present in the smell.
T: The taste is similar to the smell with the Munich malts offering flavors of toasted malts. A slight amount of bitterness is present.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is quite easy to drink but offers some complex flavors from the Munich malts and noble hops.

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Photo of brentk56
4.09/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a clear burnt caramel color; the tan head retains well and leaves a nice curtain of lacing on halfway across the pint glass

Smell: Toasted brown bread and powdered chocolate, with a hint of nuts

Taste: Toasted brown bread, up front, with a building sense of powdered chocolate and earthy hops developing by mid-palate; the malts dominate the finish with no off-flavors

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A very nice example of a rarely brewed style; not in the top echelon but close

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3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, burgundy gold with a two-finger, tan head of foam that receded fairly quickly. It left minimal lacing.

S - It smelled malt and of sweet breads. A very subtle chocolate aroma.

T - Caramel and chocolate flavors lead off with roasted malts not too far behind. There is a mild bitterness.

M - It was relatively crisp and sharp. A light bodied lager with a dry finish.

D - This is a pretty solid dunkel lager. It delivers a nice taste with the mix of caramel and chocolate notes.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle bottled on 7/3/11.

Pours a near clear dark brown, with a moderate size, creamy tan head.

This is an exceptional brown lager. It has a lovely sweet malt aroma and corresponding flavor. Hints of caramel; no burnt or off-notes.

Medium-thin body with perfect carbonation.

O - one of the best of style, in my experience.

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4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep garnet with a thin but well retained off white head,a nice mix of cocoa and roasted nut in the nose,rich aromas.Flavors are well rounded with a mix of sweet caramel malt and bitter unsweetened chocolate,a nice earthy/roasty finish makes it highly drinkable.A very nice dunkel lager,not overly sweet but just the right amount,well done.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clear dark amber in color with some garnet red highlights and very light gentle carbonation near the surface of the beer. The beer has a finger tall creamy dark beige head that reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer evenly. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of toasted bready malts, some light amounts of chocolate, and some notes of nuts.

T: Moderate flavors of toasted bready malts with a hint of brown bread plus some much lighter notes of chocolate and nuttiness. There are light amounts of earthy hops that contribute a light amount of bitterness in the finish which fades quickly.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: I was pleasantly surprised to find this excellent example of a Munich Dunkel Lager being produced by a small brewery in Eastern NC - not one of the more common styles for American craft breweries. This was a delicious beer and one I was very happy to drink - it is sessionable and I would be happy to have another of these.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Rich hoppy lager.

Quite attractive in the glass with a fine roiling head and excellent carbonation in the mouth. Hint of grainy flavor along with some roasted malt. Hops come on strong after a few gulps. More like an Amber Ale than a dunkel with all the hops. Fairly thin body. Nice nose as you exhale but not much fragrance in the glass. A little burnt almond.

Very creamy and pleasant to drink.

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3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a deep clear amber, with a finger of off-white head. This sticks around with a ¼ finger of foamy richness, which dots the sides of the glass with lacing. The aroma smells of dark roast, herbal hops, and a deep tangy fruitiness. Sweet malty notes of cocoa and caramel sweeten things up some on the edges. Solid little nose here.

The taste has a toasty and roasty sweetness to it, with a herbal and fruity tang that works its way in as well, before spreading a gritty and earthy bitterness out onto the tongue. That sweet tang hangs pretty tough in the back of the throat after each sip. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and crisp throughout and is generally pretty easy feeling overall. No complaints with the feel.

While I appreciate this being a bit more complex feeling than your average Dunkel, all of that sweetness, hops, fruit, and roast helped create a deep tang to the taste that got to be a little much at times. Nose and body was spot on though and really helped keep things on the right track. I would give this another try at some point.

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4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle - $1.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown, chocolaty-hued body with a moderate-sized, faint khaki-colored head. Slim lacing on the drop.

Smell: Solidly malty nose, though not overly effusive, with notes of darkened bread crusts, dark brown sugar, mild chocolate, milk chocolate, and nuts. Near nil fruitiness, very low hop accents.

Taste: Bread crusts, brown sugar, little hints of coffee, chocolate with a decent degree of sweetness. Very faint dark fruitiness. Light hop character, bitterness. Drying, malty finish with a carbonic pinch to it and a lingering nuttiness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation. Slightly dextrinous in the mouthfeel beyond the crisp suds.

Overall: Easy drinking and highly approachable, it's a solid dunkel.

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4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a deep ruby/copper color. A 1.5 finger head formed from a slightly aggressive pour and reduced to some splotches of foam on top. Nice lacing down the sides.

S: A deep aroma, roasted malts, some caramel, nuts, and a little bit of dark fruit. As it warms there is a slight vanilla and coffee aroma as well.

T: Very bready up front with a light spicy/roasty flavor in the middle. Caramel malts, some nuts, and a little bit of brown sugar round out the flavor.

M: Medium bodied, but somewhat filling despite the low abv. It seems like it should be a bit higher, but I am quite happy it is so low.

O: A really good low abv beer. Again, a beer you'd expect to be higher in alcohol based on the flavor profile and mouthfeel. Mother Earth did a really nice job with this one.

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.47/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another gem from Mother Earth. This one really showed it had some legs though. Whenever I see something like this I have to dive in, and upon a recommendation from a friend I needed no further encouragement. A nice dark brown, rusty brown in color with a good bit of cloudiness that seemed to settle itself out after a few minutes. A small but persistent head of off white formed on the top and managed to hang around for a good bit before settling out.

Aroma is deep and dark from the start. Rich dark caramel notes are all over this one. Roasted nuts, some brown sugar, dark frits, figs maybe? Really just complex as I even pull a touch of vanilla through after a few minutes. Really nice, and quite full feel for the style, due in most part to near perfect carbonation. This allows the flavor to roll across the palate and really just cling to every ounce of taste buds you have. Caramel, bready notes, hints of light spice are all leading the charge here as each sip seems to become better and better. Warming brings the roasted nut flavor out again and the deep, resonant hop notes seal the deal and leave a light drying flavor on the palate.

Overall this was as solid as the day is long. Something I would not hesitate to try again in a heart beat. Really just a wonderful creation and remarkably well done.

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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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Dark Cloud from Mother Earth Brewing
Beer rating: 72.4% out of 100 with 406 ratings
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