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Brewed by Lao Brewery Co (Carlsberg)
Style: Amber Lager/Vienna
Vientiane, Laos

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RATINGS: 252   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.57   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GT2 (8930) - San Diego County, California, USA - OCT 27, 2008
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.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
ChainGangGuy (4448) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - OCT 26, 2008
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.

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - OCT 12, 2008
Date: 10/11/2008
Mode: Bottle
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
Rating: 2.2/5.0
Drinkability: 6/10
Score: *+/4

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
unclemattie (4303) - Georgia, USA - OCT 11, 2008
330ML bottle. Light brown and clear. Skunky hop aroma. some roasted cereal and rice. Soy sauce for coloring. Flavor of corn and rice. Not too far from a Soy sauce colored Miller Lite. Surprisingly better than expected.

2.1
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
ATLBeerDog (280) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 11, 2008
From a twelve ounce bottle - Pours a clear brownish red. Below average carbonation, and lacing. Smells of mild malts and mild hopsmaybe some rice or other adjuncts? First sip is surprisingly lighter than expected, some mild bitterness. Weak malt backbone. On a whole not very good but better than their lager

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
SSSteve (3877) - - JUL 26, 2008
dark rusty brown beer under a small beige head. aroma of caramel, alcohol. flavor is mostly caramel, slightly burnt. a dry, quick finish with no lingering flavors. light bodied. bitter. green, peppery aftertaste?

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
littletrail (2) - USA - MAR 27, 2008 does not count
It is a great beer. I am prety used to the standard beer lao but this is a quality addition to what they do best. Its a little bitter and heavy but it is a great mix of the pluses of most darks I have head with a lot less drawbacks.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
voota (765) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAR 27, 2008
Less distributed than the normal beerlao that you see in about 100 retail outlets in every street in every town. Pours a light clear brown with a tight white head. Id say its more like a vienna than a schwarzbier... but anyways. Slightly stale aroma, some light toast, caramel and dried apricots. The mouthful is a bit lifeless and plain. The alcohol shows a bit without contributing much to the body, instead giving a vineous note. Its moderately carbonated. Flavour has a touch of sweetness, caramel candy and a hint of bitterness. Maybe a touch salty too. The beer as a whole is as lifeless as an easter egg, but sitting in a unheated restaurant on a near freezing night in Phonsovan... its as close as youll get to the warmness of the imperial stout that you want so badly.

2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
PilsnerPeter (3028) - Flushing, New York, USA - MAR 8, 2008
Bottle: Thanks beastiefan2k: Dark orange with a bubbly film of head. Has a cherap pale malt aroma. Slightly grassy nose. Thin body with a slight sweetness and a real macro feel to it. The finish is slightly metallic. Eh...

1.8
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
JoeMcPhee (8746) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 6, 2008
Bottle courtesy of beastiefan2k. Amber coloured pour with a smell that can only be described as "macro". Pale malt with a touch of light nuttiness. Lightly honeyish. Its drinkable, but its not good.


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