Dark Cloud | Mother Earth Brewing

BA SCORE
87
very good
405 Ratings
Dark CloudDark Cloud
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
Ratings:
405
Reviews:
130
Avg:
3.88
pDev:
11.34%
 
 
Wants:
34
Gots:
65
For Trade:
0
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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of holmesmi
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of jason_nwx
3.26/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of stadmo1
3.29/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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 PirateAleBrewer
3.3/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 mattsmith413
3.4/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

7.0/10

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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 Bierleichen
3.45/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

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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Dark Cloud from Mother Earth Brewing
3.88 out of 5 based on 405 ratings.
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