Dark Cloud | Mother Earth Brewing

very good
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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

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Reviews: 128 | Ratings: 401
Photo of dedrinker
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Seriously dark brown/ root beer color with a light tan head.

I smell dry, roasted nutty malt hinting of pumpernickel.

Has a nice slightly sweet-but mostly dry roasted munich malt taste with a little balancing tang of hop bitterness. Very well balanced.

Medium body and finishes on light hop bitterness riding on that dark bready taste.

I have drank dunkels fresh on tap in Bavaria a few times and I can say this beer is very faithful and accurate to the style if that is your bag. Might not beat your favorite German dunkel, but if you aren't one of those irrationally biased pseudo-culture fans of all things European, than you ought to really dig where this dunkel is coming from.

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

12 ounce bottle poured into a pilsner glass. Kind of a medium molasses hue to the body. The off-white head isn't huge, but is certainly tenacious. Plentiful crackly and sticky lacing.

Husky, toasty nose with hints of chocolate and apple sweetness. Grassy hops with an herbal twist that nip, but don't bite too hard. Very nice balance on this. Toasty malts with a just-right amount of cocoa. Robust but not heavy, an exceedingly easy-drinking brew. It's easy to picture putting away a few of these with some sausages or pretzels.

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Photo of DearthVader
3.61/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

12 oz courtesy of LSUPT

Poured into my Alpine pint.

Very beautiful beer. A huge tan head forms atop the mohagony body. Very detailed lacing throughout the glass and the head retention was incredible on this one.

Smell is a faint nutty smell hidden behind grains and slight raisins.

Taste is nice with a smoked almond flavor that pairs with the raisins and wheat characteristics.

Its hard to believe I enjoyed the taste so much even through the harsh mouthfeel. This beer is way too carbonation. It makes it very tough to drink.

This was an ok beer. If they lower the carbonation and try to make it more aromatic, it would be near perfect.

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Photo of aubuc1
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle dated 12/28/10

Pours a clear but dark brown with a thick light tan head. body looks like a coca cola.

Smell is a sweet, bready, lightly roasty.

Taste is a very good, rich bread with a sweet then dry finish.

Mouthfeel is very good and overall this is a quality beer.

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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 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 micromaniac129
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer at Cosmos pizza in Corolla NC. The best food in all of Corolla period.
Pours a light chocolate brown color with a thick and dense tan head that lingers and takes it's time fading. Carbonation is unk.
Aroma is rich and malty some roasted and even smoke malts can be smelled, but listen thier not overpowering at all.
Taste is rich and malty with sutle hints of nuttiness and chocalate.
A medium body lager with a clean finish.
I asked this chick sitting next to me what she was drinking. I can't believe I came that close on missing out on this great beer.
THAT was a close call. word

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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 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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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 Gushue3
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a dark, transparent brown that looks very dark brown, and and deep hazy amber brown when held to the light. The head is whitish one finger with smaller retention and smaller lacing.

S- matly with some sweet and dark fruit scents in there too. Very nice scent i dont get to smell too often. Lots of fruit.

T- medium malt taste that carries to the finish. Sweetness is prominent throughout thay is sinilar to the fruity nose. The sweetness lingers through the finsh.

M- mouthfeel is medium with lower carbonation.

O- nice beer and everything works good together. Nice extra beer.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle courtesy of fthomasl. Pours a dark reddish-brown color with an ample cap of off-white head. Average retention and a little bit of lace.

Nose is sweet with some molasses poking through. Has a nice roasted nut aspect. Smells good, very respectable for a tough style to brew.

Tastes pretty good, one of the best American brewed dunkels I have ever had. I wish more breweries stateside would brew this underrated style. Has a nice sweet/roast interplay and the body is plenty full. Very smooth beer that goes down so easy. Drinkability is through the roof, this would be a great beer to take to a party and cache out a sixer over a couple hours.

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Photo of mdaschaf
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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Photo of KenC
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a dark mahogany. A solid three fingers of off-white head. Head retention and lacing lasted to the bottom of the glass.

S: Light caramel malt and cherry aroma. I could detect a little bit of the hops and bread.

T: Like the smell, there is malt and cherry with hops. The finish is slightly bitter, and a touch chocolate.

M: Medium bodied with lots of carbonation. (New keg??) A clean after taste, a tad dry.

O: A good example of its type. Dunkel lagers are rarely offensive. Sitting out by the bay in Currituck… sunset…beer, yeah nice.

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Photo of Deadheadbill
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From bottle to lager glass.

Dark brown with a nice tan head that dissipated fairly slowly. Not a lot of aroma coming out of the glass, but some smells of dark malt and slight brown sugar. Medium bodied with nice malty flavors and some dark fruits popping in, finishing with a little hop bite. True to the German dunkel style with the exception of being slightly hoppier.

Overall a very nice dunkel and very drinkable.

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Photo of jsprain1
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark brown with a one finger tan head. The head lasts pretty well. A bit of lacing.
S- Dark malts, a good bit of chocolate, just the faintest of hop earty hop aromas.
T- Big ol kick of chocolate flavor. A touch of brown sugar in there as well. Some earthy hops are noted.
M- Smooth carbonation, medium-light body.
O- A very solid dunkel. Lots of chocolate flavor and just all around a solid drinking beer.

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Photo of n2185
3.76/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear mahogany with two fingers of off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both good.

S: Touches of caramel malt and dark fruits at first followed by lightly bitter hops and biscuit and bread aromas.

T: Similar to the aroma, there are touches of malt and dark fruit followed by some bitter, piny hops. The finish is of hearty bread and is lightly bitter.

M: Medium-light body with lots of carbonation, this beer is fairly crisp but leaves a somewhat bitter aftertaste.

O: Overall, a pretty decent dunkel lager. I could easily put several of these back on a warm day in the sun.

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Photo of mactrail
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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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 travis224
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really liking Mother Earth. This beer pours Coca-cola color with a nice white head. Smells of malt, maybe roasted peanuts. The taste is very nice, coffee, maybe some spices, great body and really easy to throw back. If this was available near me I would drink it all the time. Great session beer. Easy to drink but still complex. Mother Earth does it for me again.

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

Most of my experience with Dunkellagers hasn't been brilliant, and I ordered this in a dark pub as the only handle I didn't know. Pleasant surprise ensued, beginning with a shooter as a taster, which didn't tell me much apart from the lovely color - the 2 oz. shooter glass enable me to see the burnished deep ruby and clarity of the hue.

Appearance: served in a standard pub pint, was indeed pretty to behold, nice inch of head, place too dark to really examine body.

Smell was clean, predominantly malty with trace of hops.

Taste delivered on smell - slightly sweet, with a slight hops offset, kind of a prune finish, but not at all like, say, a big imperial stout.

Mouthfeel was agreeably nice: light-medium carbonation, felt in my mouth like "I'll have another, please." Reasonably low ABV, probably around 18-20 carbs. Extremely drinkable.

A nice beer that, when encountered, I won't dodge..

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Photo of Dodo2step
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

P- Thanks to my buddy Trask in NC for this one.

A- a dark brown with hints of amber and red in it as well. Nice lacing on the pint but head dissipates quickly.

S- toasted malts with hints of grape. I also get hay or straw tyoe of smell as well. They all complement well that it just smells like it will be a smooth beer.

T- a balanced hop/malt beer. Flavor has that of plum or grape with the toasted malts rounding out the tongue.

M- not creamy but not too carbonated. A nice mix..sort of like a cream soda without much carbonation.

D- goes down easy and would be nice with a steak dinner. The low abv allows one to have a few and not get tanked. it is very tasty.

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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 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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Dark Cloud from Mother Earth Brewing
3.88 out of 5 based on 401 ratings.
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