Dark Meddle | Gigantic Brewing Company

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Dark MeddleDark Meddle

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Gigantic Brewing Company
Oregon, United States

Style: Vienna Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 13 | Ratings: 48
Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.43/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz brown bottle purchased from Ales Unlimited in San Francisco, CA.

Pours a slightly hazed amber hue with an initially frothy head that settles out to a pale cream ring with some coarser bubbles. Body is fairly light, and the carbonation is very low. Some mild patches of lace. Looks okay, no better though.

Nose is like a mild Vienna lager. It has the characters you want, but it's quite subdued. Slight toastiness, a little spice (I get some aniseed), with a slightly floury grain character. Some vague yeasty tones come through as well. Again, it's really only average.

Taste is a little better, although still quite thin. Mild flabby malt forms the bulk of it, with grainy overtones and more of that floury note. Some spice makes itself felt a little, with some coriander root and mallow coming through. Back is fairly empty, although with a slight linger of bready grain to keep it a little dry.

Feel is thin for the most part, but with a slight uptilt towards the back. Not bad at all.

Overall, it's certainly not bad, but it's not: a) that interesting, b) that good a Vienna lager or c) up to the standard of the other beers I've had from Gigantic.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a snifter)
A- This beer is a slow gusher spilling a murky aged copper body with a violent swirling of microbubbles that fizz up to a lumpy beige foam.

S- The clean lagered plastic note leads to some dried out berry and grape seed aromas with a faint dry toasted malt note in the finish.

T- The lagered lightly toasted malt has some dry Munich malt notes come through with some toasted biscuit notes and some woody grape seed notes to follow. the nice soft green bite in the finish comes through after the fizz settles down a bit.

M- The medium-full mouthfeel has a scrubbing fizz that hides some of the flavor until it settles and no alcohol in noted.

O- The nice soft malt flavors are well lagered with a nice bit of depth to the beer once the carbonation slows down.

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Photo of mactrail
4.04/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The clear coppery amber brew is quite handsome in the big chalice. Plenty of foam and lacing. A really nice aroma of dark malt with a whiff of perfumey hops. There is a rich and malty flavor full of roasted grain. Lots of caramel, but balanced by the crisp hoppy background. The warm, roasted aromatics with the Pilsener hops are really tasty and even more of a revelation after drinking a Trader Joe's Vienna Lager couple nights ago.

Really an full-flavored and highly drinkable beer. And for this category, it's far above the middling. I think Gigantic is making some very interesting as well as drinkable brews. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Bottleworks in Seattle.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy dark honey orange with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, toast, and brown sugar aromas. Taste is much the same with malt and caramel flavors on the finish. There is a very mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp but slightly medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from new seaaons.

Pouring a hazy amber with a dense off white head with excellent retention and nice lacing, this is a great looking beer. The nose is pleasantly malty with the bready, mildly brown sugar notes that good viennas have a long with a firming, brightening earthy and minty hop aroma. That said, this does smell sweeter than typical. Nice malt complexity.

The palate opens moderately sweet with whole wheat bread(yum!), brown sugar, a little buckwheat honey and the hop flavors - am not, earth and lemon. Hop bitterness is medium low with a pleasant earthy bite. Medium in I'm body with a long sweetish finish with bread, brown sugar and earthy hops, this beer is very smooth on the palate. Carbonation is creamy and delightful. Quite clean on the palate as well, i don't detect any obvious flaws, though their is a hint of sulfur way in the back. Thoroughly enjoyable.

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Photo of beertunes
3.28/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

This is another review that doesn't match up style vs enjoyment very well. Stupid 22oz bottle. Poured into straight pint glass. Poured a cloudy orange-amber color with 1/4 inch of off-white head that had low retention and moderate lacing.

The aroma started out with some good grainy malt scents, then showed a bit of sweetness. There was also a low, bitter, hop presence. The taste was very good, nice base grains, bright hops, and a nice citrusy finish. Not at all like a typical Vienna, but very tasty indeed.

The body was good, a bit lighter than normal, not as sticky as you often find, and with a crisp finish. Drinkability was very good, if I had had a six pack, I probably would have drank 3-4 of them. Overall, a pretty tasty brew. Not typical for the style, but very enjoyable indeed. Worth trying when you see it.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: tawny brown hue with a light haze and a strong effervescence. Head pours a thick finger of frothy tan foam but doesn't stick around too long. Not bad, but for head retention.

Smell: bready, biscuity and yeasty aroma, with a little bit of caramel sweetness thrown in at the end. Decent, although biscuit is not my favorite aroma component.

Taste: very much like the aroma, although the biscuit is turned up ever so slightly. It works within the style, although again, it's not my favorite flavor. Bitterness is perhaps a little high for the style but I like it. This is a decently balanced beer.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body but with a large carbonation which yields a huge, if somewhat evanescent, creaminess. I happen to quite like it.

Overall: this beer is well-crafted and balanced, but the brewers chose to focus on a flavor profile that just doesn't suit my palate. I do recommend this beer, though it is not exactly for me.

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Photo of Sarlacc83
3.57/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Gigantic.

A: Copper colored with a thin ring of white head. Bubbles pop up from the bottom of the glass with good frequency. Looks pleasing.

N: Flavors of malt, some walnut, and a hint of hops. Nothing strong or overly abundant, but it works for the beer.

T: Very well balanced with a lingering malt sweetness backed up by a touch of hops. Has a lot of those pleasing caramel/toffee notes.

M: Prickly and very light bodied. Easy to sit back and drink one of these.

O: Quite tasty if not the most glamorous of styles. I drained about half the pint while finishing this quick little review, and I think that says a lot about what this is.

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Photo of sweemzander
3/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

(A)- Pours a clear caramel amber color. Some good white froth and lacing.

(S)- A rich figgy cherry-like caramel maltiness. A touch strange for the style, but enjoyable.

(T)- A grainy but smooth mouthfeel meets some caramel forward malts.

(M)- A good carbonation level meets a lightly bitter grain and hop character. The sweetness comes through on the finish.

(O)- Pretty much reminds me of a less hoppy and more sweet version of a SA Boston Lager.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle opened on 5.6.13

A - Pours a clear reddish-orange with a two inch fizzy and foamy light tan head that fades slowly.

S - A touch of hops, then corn and some nuts. Typical lager scents.

T - Roasted malt, slight hop bitter bite, lager finish.

D - Light body with good carbonation.

O - Slightly roasted and darker lager than usual, refreshing.

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Photo of ccrida
4.18/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Imperial pint on draught at Bailey's, appearance is a chilled hazed tawny dark gold, with a small light tan skim leaving scattered, foamy lace.

Smell is lightly sweet, caramel. A little herbal hops develop as it warms.

Taste is very nice bread flavored malt, clean, well show-cased without being overpowering. Herbal, tobacco leaf hops, fairly firm bitterness counters the bit of sweetness . Pleasantly lingering finish, although a touch phenolic.

Mouthfeel is dry, slightly soft carbonation, medium bodied.

Drinkability is pretty high, a fairly tasty, satisfying Vienna larger that is full enough to satisfy, but balanced enough to session. The malt is well show cased, but I could use less phenols.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Warsteiner pokal. Pours medium coppery amber with a two finger white head retained by active carbonation. Spicy aroma of biscuit malt, slightly nutty with an unusual cola component. Flavor of bready and biscuit malt, light toasted brown bread, slightly sweet with a pleasant slightly spicy lightly toasted biscuit malt finish. Light bodied with active carbonation. This is very nicely made in a style that often is encountered as a mass market beer. If this is true to the Vienna lager style, I'm sorry I've missed a great example all these years. Subtly flavored, but refreshing and delicious. I enjoyed this more as I drank the bottle and boosted the taste rating a bit as a result. This is a nice light lager.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

For whatever reason, this brewery just recently popped into my local area (don't worry, I'm not arguing, just expressing the surprise at the randomness, that's all), and this is the first I'm gonna try. Why not, right? It pours a clear auburn-copper topped by a finger of lightly off-cream foam. The nose comprises candied orange peel, light brown sugar-cinnamon, and a healthy dose of biscuit. The taste brings in more of the same, with the piloncillo sugar really shining through, providing a nice sweetening foil to the biscuity mass interpenetrating with it. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, a pretty nice Vienna, one that showcases the quasi-exotic sugar quite well. Not a bad debut for these guys (it's their debut for me, anyway).

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Dark Meddle from Gigantic Brewing Company
3.69 out of 5 based on 48 ratings.
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