Drake (8617) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - MAR 19, 2009
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
11.2 ounce bottle from State Line Liquors. Pours a brownish red color with a medium head. Fair head retention and lacing. Very sweet and almost sherry-like aroma with sweet malts, oak, grain and tart fruit notes. Taste is grain, raisin, prune, chocolate and a faintly bitter finish. Medium bodied and sticky.
daknole (9226) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 19, 2009
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle from Case and Keg. Brown pour very thin white head. Aroma is malty, sweet, honey and grain. Flavor is overly malty and too sweet. slight bitter finish, but not much. Meh.
nuplastikk (4575) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 1, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle courtesy of Ann. Pretty medium colored for a dark beer, transparent tan-brown color. Mild sugary sweet aroma. Toasty, some mild dark chocolate tastes. I’d drink the hell out of this beer if I resided in Laos. Smooth, with a quality mouthfeel. This is pretty harshly underrated. A nice Schwarzbier all the way.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 24, 2009
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Light brown color with an aged ivory colored head. Aromas of cocoa and dark caramel. I’m catching some sharpie scents as well. Flour glue and light alcohol flavors. Bits of toasted grain and wild honey. Lifeless fell. Not real clean and as close to glue as I’ve had since kindergarten.
LiebeBier (808) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - FEB 8, 2009
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle - Had at Thai restaurant. Basically what you might expect from a dark lager brewed in Laos and served at a Thai restaurant. Thin, mild body, and good with spicy thai food.
Travlr (12462) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 2, 2009
1 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 3/20
UPDATED: APR 11, 2010 The best Laotian beer I have ever tasted. of course, also the ONLY one. A thin, dark, watery beer with barely perceptible hops. No need to search for more Laotian beer.
eaglefan538 (2901) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - DEC 7, 2008
1.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Bottle from SL I think. No idea why this is categorized as a schwarzbier, a swill variant of a dunkel at best. Pour was clear brown with a thin but well sustaining head that was only slightly off-white. The aroma was corn with toasty notes some chocolate. The flavor followed, dry caramel, chocolate, nuts, toasted off corn, fruity type notes. The last two just ruined anything dunkel under this whole thing. Mouthfeel was light. This was Laosian dark Budweiser. Oh well, another country to tick.
GT2 (8526) - San Diego County, California, USA - OCT 27, 2008
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 24, 2010 Beerlao Dark is near and dear to my heart. Too bad it is impossible to find in the states. 330 mL bottle (the only thing it comes in as far as I know). Pours a clear, dark red with a very thin off-white head. Okay lacing. Aroma is slightly skunked with some lighted roasted malt, honey, and caramel. Very unpredictable and can range from a skunked soy sauce to a great, chocolatey dark beer. Very smooth and light on the palate. Lots of rice in the background and a bit of balancing hops. Alcohol is not entirely masked but is not warming. Overall, the best beer you will find in SE Asia.
ChainGangGuy (4392) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - OCT 26, 2008
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Appearance: Pours a clear, reddish-brown body with a thin, wispy, off-white head.
Smell: Light toasty maltiness with maybe, just maybe, a faint touch of chocolate.
Taste: Lightly toasty malts and more of that world-famous Laotian rice with a slight sugary sweetness. Small hint of cocoa powder. Very light hop bitterness. Finishes relatively sweetish.
Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium-high carbonation.
Drinkability: Delightfully tolerable! And here I was worried a tolerable beer from Laos would be as incredibly rare a find as the Laotian Rock Rat.
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - OCT 12, 2008
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Source: Tasting, Cellar Party
Appearance: clear brown, fine beige head, streaks of lace,
Aroma: dry and earthy chocolate aroma with a touch of caramel,
Flavor: sweet chocolate and caramel flavor, light earthyness for balance, still the cereal character in the background, light bitterness in the finish,
Aroma: 4/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 4/10; Palate: 5/10; Overall: 8/20