KUEric (904) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 16, 2012
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
A watery malted beer. Kind of reminds me of negra modelo or something. Aroma nearly nonexistent, flavor not too much better
GuideDogSaint (869) - Xiamen, CHINA - MAY 19, 2015
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
330ml bottle at Beer Station, Xiamen. After having this many times in Laos I’m finally rating it in China. Not as dark as I remember, pours mid brown with a white head.Aroma of malt with dry biscuit and caramel. Sweet finish.
BeerFunGuy (862) - California, USA - SEP 21, 2012
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
This good looking dark brown beer is kinda sweet. It is one of the most unique lagers I've tasted.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 21, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
From notes. First reviewed 2/1/2009. Poured from a 330 ml bottle into a pint glass.
Beerlao Dark pours a caramel coffee color, although visibly transparent; this gives it a dark but watery appearance. It leaves a 2 cm grayish head, which fades and leaves tiny lacing around the glass.
Caramel and maple malt, along with light, earthy hops and some rice.
Definitely taste some caramel and molasses in the malt. The rice distracts from the otherwise pleasant flavor, and in my opinion, results in a more watered down taste. The hops have much less control over the end of the sip in the dark Laobeer compared to the regular. Just a slight hop bitterness to finish out the sip, with no bitter aftertaste.
Somewhat smooth, but a little bit watery for a dark lager. Like the Laobeer regular, it is somewhat heavy on the carbonation.
Especially for Southeast Asia, this is one of the more drinkable options. Being a dark beer, which in itself distinguishes it from other options, it displays a few dunkel characteristics as well, making it a good change of pace from the Singha variety beers.
smaynard6000 (837) - Apopka, Florida, USA - AUG 8, 2015
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
bottle. Pours a slightly hazy dark amber color with small tan head. Malty aroma of cereal notes and biscuit. Sweet malty flavor. Medium bodied. Not bad.
HughConway (830) - Washington, USA - AUG 4, 2009
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
A passable dark lager that pairs well with spicy laotian food. Not much to recommend it outside of Laos, inside of Laos it’s nice to have a dark option.
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.
mrmartin (777) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 12, 2014
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Dark lager. Bright but kind of skunky. Copper pour with eggy head. Grainy Metallic finish.
Serve as cold as humanly possible.
voota (765) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAR 27, 2008
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
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. I’d say it’s 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 you’ll get to the warmness of the imperial stout that you want so badly.
mutz (749) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 29, 2012
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Amberkleurig. Veel kraag die snel verdijnt. Ruikt metaalachtig.Smaakt een beetje moutig een beetje bitter, niet veel body. Niet slecht.