Alhambra Negra | Grupo Cervezas Alhambra, SL

Alhambra NegraAlhambra Negra
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Alhambra NegraAlhambra Negra

Brewed by:
Grupo Cervezas Alhambra, SL

Style: Euro Dark Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by rhoadsrage on 03-18-2005

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
2.23/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

11.15 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Bottom of back label says "Best by" but there's no date stamped. (edit: I take that back. The date ALH10274 is stamped at the top of the back label, far from where it should be stamped)

Appearance - Super dark brown/black body. Huge loose offwhite head with low stick and decent to good retention.

Smell - Strong corn. Coffee. Some malty sweetness and noticeable alcohol.

Taste - Stale coffee water. Some metal in the finish. Acidic.

Mouthfeel - Pretty flat and stale. Very weird acidic/astringent aftertaste.

Overall Drinkability - The metallic, astringent, stale, and acidic off-characters are so prominent that this beer has almost no redeeming qualities.

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Photo of Radome
3.12/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured froma 33 cl can into a goblet.

A - Very dark brown to black color but some light gets through and shows mahogany highlights. The head starts out tan and thick with large bubbles, but it fades quickly.

S - The aroma is noble hops (though they seem stale, somehow) and a bit of burnt sugar and chocolate. It smells mostly like a cheap pilsner but with some burnt notes that make it more interesting.

T - The taste is very bitter and acrid, seemingly from roasted grain additions, rather than hops. It has some bitter coffee flavors and a dry graininess that gives a "powdery" feel in the mouth. Malt and hops are lost behind the burnt notes. As it warmed and breathed it became less acrid and some malt roundness emerged in mid-palate.

M - Very light body. Some stinging carbonation. Dry finish.

O - This is more interesting than the vast majority of Spanish mass-market beers, however, it's a bit disappointing.

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Photo of GRPunk
3.54/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a tumbler.

A- Looked a lot like a Coke. Dark-brown body. Any head that developed dropped quite quickly.

S- Very roasty aroma with a hint of chocolate.

T- Much as the aroma would lead you to believe. Lots of roasty notes. Still picked up a touch of chocolate.

M- Quite spritzy. Clean, though a little thin.

O- Not a bad beer really. Made for a nice drink to go along with some really good tapas during a recent visit to Chicago.

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Photo of mactrail
3.36/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Black color in the wine glass with just a touch of beige head. Big bubbles and a coarse mouthfeel. Nice caramel flavor with an overlay of burnt sugar. Hops are pretty much missing, but it has a decent tanginess. Somewhat perfumey flavor. Nose is just a touch of malt and dried fruit. Surprisingly not bad and good with warm tortillas.

Bottle at a South American restaurant in Old Town, San Diego.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.55/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an almost opaque dark brown with a 1 inch tan head that fades to a thin film on the top of the beer. Random dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of roasted malt and caramel notes. Taste is very much the same with a roasted malt/grain taste and a sweet caramel presence. A very slight roast bitterness on the tongue after each sip that quickly fades. A good level of carbonation makes for a crisp and clean mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is very easy drinking.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.88/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big tan head rests atop a clear dark burnt red almost brown colored lager.

A light syrupy almost roasted molasses aroma.

Roasted almost burnt caramel taste, quite interesting, don't know if this would get worse or grow on you if you were to drink a bunch of these.

Finishes with a light dry roasted aftertaste.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.88/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer to me was a bit surprising. I picked up a bottle years ago at my local shop and gave it a try. It poured out as a deep brown color, the head was pretty good looking and tan in color. The smell of the beer has some aromas of sweet roasted nuts and some burnt caramel. The taste was a little sweet upfront and slowly faded into a more bitter toasted aftertaste. The mouthfeel was a little watery but still had enough body to hold my interest. Overall I found this beer to be much better than I expected it to be.

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Photo of treque
3.21/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: a deep brown, almoust black with some dark brown hues if you see against light. a small off-white head, wich dissipates kind of quickly, but a tiny layer remains.

S: some toast and carmel but there is no a strenght smell at all

T: a sweet notes appear at the beggining, crisp on tongue and the toast notes appear at the very end, all flavours are very smooth, chewy end lacking of flavour

medium-light body, its just like a premium version of an industrial beer

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Photo of Beejay
2.76/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Deep brown, with ruby hues when held tot he light. Nice tan head on top.

S: Very sweet and syrupy, with a touch of roasty malt. Definitely a corn syrup thing here.

T: Slightly roasty, but it really has a club soda thing going on. Very weird... The finish is a bit roasty and bready.

M: Thin mouthfeel, and very high carbonation.

D: Meh.. I don't think I will need to get this again.. definitely a little thin and odd ball.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brown in color with brown highlights that had a thinhead and left almost no lacing sticking to the glass. The aroma had toffee roastiness upfront with coffee bean and faint vanilla notes. The toffee was more potent on the palate with, nutty, caramel, malts, and vanilla accents. The brew was light in body with a fair amount of carbonation which had a sweet, malty, nutty, and crisp finish. It drank good and was surprisingly good coming from spain.

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.07/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown color with a ruby tint in the shallow part of the glass. Clear and a little watery in the edge of the glass. Big carbonated bubbles hug the side of the glass, and a small off-white head forms but fades quite rapidly and leaves no lace on the glass.

Smell: Slightly metallic caramel and roasted malt aroma.

Taste: It starts with a light molasses sweetness, but there is a contrived, manufactured, extract flavor to the taste. Slightly roasted coffee, and a bit of chocolate malt.

Mouthfeel: Hmm, could have been crisper. Just comes across with a medium carbonation and a little bit watery.

Drinkability: After a few moments of deliberation, I cannot think of any reason to go out and buy this. Any bar or store that has this will have better beers available.

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Photo of darkmartin
2.8/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours to an opaque, dark-brown, with a tiny, off-white head that doesn't last.

Smell: Smells quite sweet with some strong caramel and dark fruits. Also some not-so subtle hops going on.

Taste: Kind of a dull flavor here, subtle caramel and fruit to start off. However, those advertised hops don't seem to come into play. Boring.

Mouthfeel: Much lighter than expected, also quite a bit of carbonation.

Drinkability: Really quite uninteresting, don't think I'd buy it again.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.88/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 330mL bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: basic black with plenty of ruby color when held up to the light. Head is a thick finger of frothy tan foam; pretty attractive.

Smell: pleasant caramel aroma with a little bit of earthy hops. Not terribly complex, but pretty nice.

Taste: somewhat light malt flavor but with a pretty rich complexity. Caramel with some very light fruity hints, backed up by a dry breadiness which works rather well. Hops are light and, as in the aroma, earthy in character. I quite like this.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a pretty good level of carbonation. Body is a little bit light to really call this creamy, but it's got a bit of a bite to it which really works here.

Drinkability: this is a very quaffable, approachable lager. Dark in color but light in intensity, the subtle complexities make up for its lack of boldness. Good stuff.

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Photo of eggland
3.38/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beverage Warehouse, culver city, CA

a - dark dark, smooth, kinda flat head

s - roasted, simple, not much going on

t - smooth, med co2, sweet, subtle nuttiness, not very dynamic, just sweet and simple

m - smooth and dark, medium of the darks

d - easy going down

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Photo of StaveHooks
3.14/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours almost completely black. 2 finger sparkling tan head.

S - Roasted malt. An old woody aroma, almost like an old church smell. Strange. Raisin and fig come out.

T - Follows the nose. Roasted malt that has somewhat of a stale character. Tart yeast bite with smoky caramel, sweet corn, turns kind of chalky in the middle before a subtly sharp finish. Mouthfeel is thin to medium.

I'm not sure I would qualify this as a session brew. It has some strange aromas going on, which is welcomed sometimes. I would recommend it if you come across it. Glad I tried it.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.56/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Budweiser pokal.

My first Iberian brew. It pours a translucent garnet, nearly clear when light is added, with nice black highlights (as though Klaus Jansen inked it) topped by over a finger of fluffy ecru foam. The nose comprises dark wheat, that awesome soapy smell that seems to hang around all sorts o' brews, and the slimmest possible slice o' chocolate. The taste holds notes of light chocolate, even lighter coffee, dark wheat, and a hint of hoppy florals and greenery. The body is a heavy light, with light carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Not bad for a Euro dark...if I needed a fairly inexpensive darker, lighter brew, I might definitely lean this bottle's way.

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Photo of MarvinSnyder
3.83/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

5-17-10 - poured into a traditional pint glass - 330ml capped bottle

Appearance: Pours a dark, brown with reddish highlights. Some decent lacing, albeit sporadic.

Smell: Notes of caramel, butter cream, and roasted malt.

Taste: This beer features toasted malts, a creamy, caramel character, and a hint of anise.

Mouthfeel: Slightly thin, but generates a slick mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Good carbonation. Pairs well with many foods, especially grilled meat. It is best when chilled, but don't over do it! Overall, this is a delicious beer with moderate complexity.

Comments: This beer was featured in one of my beer of the month clubs. This is an interesting and solid entry in the Euro Dark Lager style.

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Photo of TexIndy
3.13/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Got from beer of month club. Poured from a 33cl bottle into a pint glass. The back label had "Best by: AH9351" - WTF? Was a dark brown color with no visible surface carb. It had an averaged sized head that settled into a thin collar. Slight quick sliding lace that didn't stick.

The aroma was roasted malt, metallic, some dark fruit and raw grain. The taste was sweet malt with some molasses and dark fruits. The metallic and raw grain aromas didn't translate into the taste thankfully. No hops in aroma or taste. Mouthfeel was medium with a bit of watery after-taste.

Overall, a standard dark lager. Didn't suck but didn't impress either. If in Spain or Spanish themed restaurant and faced with limited choices, I could have another but outside of that I wouldn't have another. [N;N]

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Photo of oglmcdgl
3.93/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle enjoyed at bar ferdinan with friends and lots of tapas.

A- Very dark almost completely black with a brown haze on the edges. Not much head if any at all but as it warms you can get a bit with a swirl.

S- Sweet dark malts and roasted nuts. The nuttiness really grows as it warms and balance out the malts nicely.

T- malty and sweet but the aforementioned roasted nut is even better in the taste, almonds and peanuts really work great with the dark brown sugar caramel coming from the malts.

M- Medium bodied with a nice amount of carb, far lighter on the palate then the full flavor and dark color would lead you to believe.

D- Super nice drinkability i was able to pair many very excellent dishes with it and the best being some simple roasted almonds go figure.

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Photo of armock
3.18/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured a very dark brown color with a tan head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of roasted malt and some dark fruits

T - Follows the nose roasted malt and dark fruits

M - This beer has a thin body with lighter carbonation to it

D - Overall this is a decent beer definitely not the first beer I'd grab but if given to me I'd still drink it if Euro lagers are your thing its worth a shot

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Photo of kirkpjr
3.63/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

A: Thin pour, as expected from a lager. Dark brown, practically opaque with 2 fingers of light tan/beige head thanks to my vigorous pour. Head sticks around for a bit and some lacing forms.

S: Bananas, very yeasty. Almost smells like a hefe. Some malts as well. Nothing outstanding.

T: Reminds me of mix between a Newcastle and a Negra Modelo. Sweet caramels but very crisp. Gets better as it warms.

M: Moderate to high carbonation. Very light creaminess. For the most part - exactly what I would expect in lager, crispness.

D: Could definitely drink a few of these with a meal. Would love to see this offered at Mexican restaurants. Would be good on a hot summer day too.

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Photo of KonigObHops
3.46/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This dark lager has a rich, dark brown color and a creamy (yet quick to disapear) head.

The beer produces an inviting crisp, roasted, nutty aroma that is almost smokey.

The taste begins a little sharp, but mellows quickly. The main feature of this beer is the roasty caramel taste that is present from beginning to finish. This beer is not all that complex and has a full body as a dark lager should. The finish, like the aroma, has a lingering roasty sensation that borders on being smokey.

Overall, this is a good dark lager that I would reccomend to others, particularly since you don't often get a chance to sample a quality Spanish beer.

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Photo of dtivp
3.18/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received this beer from the Beer of the Month club.

Poured a dark cola brown into a tulip glass, nice foamy off white head that does not last long, some lacing remained after the head dissipated. Aroma was not strong, a earthy dark fruit smell. Tasted some malt, maybe a little fig or raisin. The beer was thin not much body body which you would expect with this type of beer. Was drinkable and I would drink again, however, I would not go out of my way to obtain one.

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Photo of birdypowder
3.63/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It's amazing what some dark malts can do. In the case of Alhambra Negra those dark malts were able to transform what otherwise would be a lackluster brew into a tasty, highly drinkable dark lager worth buying.

Corn and a slight DMS note (which brought it down a bit) swirl around with chocolate, earth, and smoke. Attractive except for that DMS hit at the beginning. It seems the aromas from the dark malt help mask the DMS a bit but even so the DMS is light and doesn't overpower or ruin the overall aroma.

Almost opaque, a very deep brown. Bright, no haze. Almost a two finger foam but minimal lacing. A unique mysterious brown color to the foam lends an ominous quality to this brew.

Corn and other grain flavors appear up front but luckily soon afterward the roast and smoke flavors kick in helping you forget the lackluster beginning to this highly sessionable light bodied brew. The finish is pleasant. Very dry, with no lingering bitterness, very clean.

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Photo of OneDropSoup
3.3/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got this in a BotM club shipment.

Poured into a tulip pint: dark brown you can round up to black, with lots of ruby highlights. 2 fingers of off-white head that leaves a little lacing around the crown.

Smell is lightly bready, sweet malt, slight molasses. Lightly fruity & honey-like, like white grape jelly. As it warms a cookie-like smell develops, like shortbread.

Smell notes dominate the taste, combined with a cola-like light caramel, crisp. Mildly peppery hops. Starts off good, but a metallic aftertaste grows after a while & sticks around, not real pleasant.

Mouthfeel is very active & crisp, on the prickly side, thin-bodied.

Not bad in small doses, but that aftertaste shows up & just builds, which hurt my overall enjoyment of it.

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Alhambra Negra from Grupo Cervezas Alhambra, SL
Beer rating: 22.3% out of 100 with 157 ratings
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