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Negra | Mahou S.A.

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Brewed by:
Mahou S.A.

Style: Munich Dunkel Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-05-2002

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Reviews: 28 | Ratings: 82
Photo of Ant777uk
3.32/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Looks like a Chimay Bleu.

Not a fan of the aroma, reminds me of Walkers ready salted...

Very choclatey and Guinnessey, pretty good in fact. Heavy and good for a cold winters evening in Madrid, or instead of a meal...

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Photo of Mike_Aguirre
3.73/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours deep brown, almost black, clear with a very mild white foam head, almost no retention. Aroma is nice and complex, dark fruits, malts, chocolate, no hops. Taste is sweet, bitterness is low lots of licorice. Medium body with low carbonation. Nice beer, not great.

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Photo of Nctide
3.54/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This really stands out in a sea of sameness of Spanish beers. The roasted malts shine through in both the smell and taste. I recommend seeking this one out.

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Photo of josanguapo
2.77/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

From Mas. In Ikea's english pint glass. Watching Breaking Bad 4x04.idnt enjoy and wont repeat, but I have to recognise that at least it has more character than typical spanish macro lagers. It lasts longer than usual because its torrefact bitterness makes me be drank it slowlier.

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Photo of heygeebee
3.46/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

A hand carry back from Spain.
Really quite pleasant dark lager, well balanced, lots of malt, reasonably sweet, and easy drinking. Hint of coffee and roast.

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Photo of BucBasil
3.58/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up at a Spanish store in Shanghai China.

Poured from the 330mL bottle into a pint glass. The beer is a reddish brown cola color with a finger-thick head that is pure tan and sticks around for about a minute before settling to a scant layer on top of the brew.

S: Light roasted character with some caramel malts. Very typical "dark beer" profile.

T: Same as the smell. Actually a pretty defined flavor profile of toffee, caramel, and roasted malt. Not bad at all. I would compare the flavor profile to a weker, less rounded/balanced version of Spaten Optimator. Not bad at all.

I would pick this up again for a nice malt kick.

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Photo of MarkoNm
3.14/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours out with a dark brown, almost black color and an average tan head with medium retention.
The moderate roasted aroma is complemented by some coffee and caramel.
The taste is expected - slightly sweet at first, followed by roastiness and bittery taste in the end. There's also a slight taste of coffee present.
Smooth and drinkable beer. Nice one.

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Photo of YouSkeete
3.62/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep and dark brown with a neary black appearance on the pour. Highly carbonated, very short off-white head with weak retention. Roasted malts, molasses, wheat and thick barley in the aroma; mildly bitter and rye spices make their way through to the nose as well. Sweet molasses, roasted malts and toasted nuts on the first sip. Well balanced body; soft tones of molasses and creamy malt moderate the nutty bite and roasted malt and barley. Mildly bitter, nutty mouthfeel with a light-to-medium sized body. Almonds and creamy malt on the finish.

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3.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle. Lager glass. Renjoyed on agt´11. Dark mahogany in color. Beige, small bubbled, close crown. Good retention & dense collars. Floral & toasted coffee aromas. Subtle toffee tasting while gentle bitterness is developed with moderate fruity flavor in the middle. Light body, medium carbonation.. Smooth finish, coffee notes. Well balanced & easy drinkable beer

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Photo of bark
3.67/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The colour is brown (50 EBC), the liquid is clear. The head slowly sinks down to a finger thick compact beige lid. No lacing occurs.

The smell is semi-sweet and roasted. Nuts, fruits, some clean bitterness and hints of dried herbs and caramel.

The taste starts off with a sharp sweetness. It fades quite quickly leaving room for dry roasted caramel and colour malts. Some mild bitter flavours, some dried fruits and flowers. It is overall quite mild, balanced and smooth. The aftertaste is smooth, too, with some caramel/toffee, dry roasted malt and dried flowers. Cherry jam in the finish.

The carbonation is medium strong with lots of small fresh bubbles; the liquid is light but not watery.

A well made Dunkel; smooth and fresh.

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Photo of grub
3.16/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

My father-in-law brought this back form a recent trip to spain. thanks Mike!

Pours crystal clear dark brown with a thin cap of very fine tan head. The head lasts a while and leaves a bunch of spotty lace as it falls.

Aroma is nice. Bit of DMS, but a fairly decent malt backbone. whole wheat bread. Bit of cracker. Caramel and a bit of buttery toffee. Hint of alcohol. Lightly herbal.

Taste is nice. Whole wheat bread. Bit of biscuit and cracker. Light chocolate. Caramel and buttery toffee. Bit of apple and DMS, but not quite to unpleasant levels. Light alcohol. Medium-low bitterness level. Lightly herbal.

Mouthfeel is nice. Medium-light body. Just over medium carbonation level.

Drinkability is pretty good. Nice balance. A little rough around the edges, but not a bad beer overall.

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Photo of RodneyFarva
3.41/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle into pint glass

one finger off white head, slowly dissipating. pours deep black.

smells of dark roasted malts, cooked cereal as well, but something offputting too

dark malts, a touch of alcohol, light body for the style

overall, pretty decent for a spanish mass-market beer, even if this is advertised as "premium" in spain

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.31/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours deep reddish brown with a medium large tan head, a bit creamy. Some lacings.

S: Light in smell, roasted dark malt with only faint sweetness. Some dark dried fruits.

T: Sweet, almost syrupy roasted malts. Bitter hops. Some fruity notes, both dried but also ripe fresh. Citric.

M: Long sweet roasted aftertaste together with medium smooth body and light carbonation makes this quite interesting.

O: Quite uneven; taste is like a Bock while smell is very light. Not bad for a Spaniard, though.

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Photo of rarbring
3.22/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The brew is dark chestnut, almost brown, has a tan head that settles rather quickly but leaves good lacing. No curtains.

Much malt tones, a bit sweet dried dates, some bitter oranges.

Very sweet, caramelized sugar, sweet dried fruits, dates and figs, some orange peel finish.

Little carbonation, very small bubbles, oily, soft and sticky texture, a slightly dry finish.

I had for some reasons very low expectations on this beer, I was a bit off, it actually has some flavor and bitterness, but at the end it is too sweet for me.

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Photo of dbaker61
3.18/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a dark brown with a touch of amber. Onr finger of dense tan head; hung around for a couple of minutes. Left small rings of lacing.

Smell: Roast malt and cooked cereal aromas.

Taste: Nice combination of sweetness and bitter, favoring the sweet side. Roast malt, some adjunct contributions.

Mouthfeel: Coats the mouth. Medium bodied. Plenty of carbonation. Dry, slightly bitter finish.

Overall: A nice beer. I would drink it again. The best Spanish beer I've had.

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Photo of Acho
4.06/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer has a normal and creamy head with good lacing. Smell correct, some caramel and the toasted cereals. The taste is good, toasty and a bit sweet and also there is a predominant taste on barley and malt. Great mouthfeel, it is easy to drink and overall a good brew.

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Photo of SylviaFaye
3.97/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: The head adheres to the glass. The bubbly, caramel-colored head shrinks, but sticks around for a while as 1/3 cm of foam. The body is a dark burgundy.

Smell: malty, coffee, dark chocolate

Taste: coffee, rich, bitter hops, faintly sweet, smooth

It could be more intense, but it's pretty darned good for a Spanish beer.

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Photo of janubio
3.17/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

330 ml. bottle. Dark colour, a little head that doesn't hold for too long. Arome of sweet malts, licorice, chocolate, sweet mal coffee. The body could be much stronger, though it has a kind of inky flavor. Taste of roasted malts, coffee, some dark fruits. Good one.

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Photo of batty
2.98/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a very dark amber, looking almost black if it were dark in the room. one finger head that doesn't stay, but ok lacing that does.

smell i'm not getting anything. a bit of chocolatey malt perhaps, but only with a huge effort.

taste is pretty interesting, i definitely approve, for a spanish beer. dark malts, alcohol, bit of chocolate, a little hop bite, and bitter finish, all very crisp. as it warms the flavors blend together a bit more, and you taste only the dark malts.

mouthfeel is quite thick, relatively high carbonation.

drinkability: very crisp and goes down well, carbonation makes it quite refreshing.

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Photo of AWolfAtTheDoor
3.33/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark with an orange ruby around the edges where the light can sneak in.

Very little scent of note. Upon inhaling with more force than I should, I finally detect roasted malts.

Taste is all roasted (more like charred than roasted) malts at first, maybe with a flutter of hops trying to emerge at the end. Lingering roasted bitterness.

Medium to light mouth feel, really not much to this beer. Explosively heavy carbonation though, even for a lager.

Very welcome change from the Mahou/Cruzcampo/Estrella Damm yellow urinesque lager scene that absolutely dominates the bar market here in Spain, but it could still use some work.

I currently live in a small town in Spain, and this is by far the best thing I can find locally. I pay .65 cents a bottle for it at my local supermarket, and I wouldn't pay much more for it.

Edit 08 May 2008: This has been my staple for the past 5 months. My original review is still right along with my likes of this beer, but I wanted to re-iterate the fact that it is way over carbonated.

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Photo of JEdmund
2.91/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked this up in Guatemala City at a Spanish import shop for roughly $2.10 bottle.

Deep ruby/rust, clear, steady stream of carbonation, and a quickly rising head that tops out to a couple inches of an off-white pillow; head subsides to a craggy inch top; leaves nice lacing

Sweet malt and a bit of hop bitterness; something somewhat metallic; familiar lager malt smell; nothing too powerful or outstanding

Taste & Mouth Feel
Light, clean and crisp going down; a bit of cookie sweetness on the front and a mild hop bite at the back, ending with a dry finish and minimal after taste, although some caramel flavor is detectable; sweetness is the dominating character of this beer; body is thin to medium with a somewhat smooth/creamy texture

It reminds me of an amber ale, something along the lines of New Castle

It's hardly a “black” beer, as the label says, but it does seem to meet the standard for the style (Munich Dunkel Lager); light, easy to drink, and has some flavor, but not necessarily enjoyable

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Photo of AlexLMS
2.94/5  rDev -13%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: very clear despite the dark amber colour. Head: light brown colour, low and poor retention.
Aroma: sweet, caramel and grainy.
Taste: sweet and roasted malt flavour. Adjunct cereal presence. Reasonable quantity of hops.
Mouthfeel: smooth, good carbonation, low alcoholic strength and light body.
Finish: only slightly bitter and short aftertaste.

Overall: very simple dark adjunct lager. Not bad but far from great.

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Photo of Sigmund
3.78/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle, courtesy of Cardinal pub, Stavanger. ABV is 5.5%. Beautiful chestnut to ruby colour, creamy and lasting tan head. Moderate but pleasant roasty aroma, notes of bakery, coffee and liquorice. The flavour is roasty with notes of burnt bread crust and burnt sugar. Coffee and tolerable hops in the aftertaste. Not too bad for a Spanish beer.

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Photo of JanM
3.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm not sure if I agree with the classification of this beer as a Munich Dunkel Lager. I would not complain if it appeared under some stout variety. I brought a bottle back from Tenerife the other week. It poured in a dark brown-reddish color and only with a thin layer of foam. The smell was of metal, smokey cured meats with some spices and herbs, coffee and a little caramellized malts. The taste has a little sweetness and a lot of coffee, especially in the aftertaste. There is also some fruityness and toffee. It's an enjoyable brew although everything in the taste could be turned up more loud, especially the ABV.

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Photo of Globetrotter
3.89/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Obtained in a supermarket in Fuengirola, Spain, this 33 cl green bottle comes with a black label and white print. Other than the name, the front label has nothing but "Cerveza Imperial" and "->1890<-" on it. There was no ingredient information. Best before 8/26/06, I tried it on 10/27/05 while still in Spain.

Pours a clear dark brown under a one finger short-lived thin-bodied off white head that generated exactly two spots of lace. The nose is full of malt - caramel, slightly roasted and very strong. The mouth is very prickly and somewhat sticky. There is lots and lots of malt here, heavily caramelized. The fruity sweet of plums and a bit of chocolate also emerge. Hops are here, too, providing a fairly substantial bitter finish. The aftertaste reminds of dark chocolate, both bitter and sweet. She ain't too pretty to look at, but this brew is definitely worth a chance.

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Negra from Mahou S.A.
3.38 out of 5 based on 82 ratings.
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