ChadPolenz (1784) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - JUN 8, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I poured an 11.2oz bottle into a tumbler.
Appearance: Straight brown, mostly opaque but some transparency to it. Large sediment chunks floating throughout the body. Forms a small, tan, foamy head with low retention and lacing.
Smell: Slightly sweet notes of iced coffee and toffee, but with a strong generic lager backbone aroma.
Taste: For a lager from a country not associated with quality beer, Beerlao Dark Lager is impressive by just how flavorful it is. The beer is remarkable sweet with flavors of coffee ice cream, toasted malts and a pleasant aftertaste. I’ve never encountered an American dark lager with this much flavor, so to get this kind of palate from Laos is very surprising (and pleasantly so).
The palate here isn’t as thick and sticky as a stout, nor is it as roasted-tasting, as it does have the thinner, lighter taste of a lager. The coffee-like flavor incorporates slight bitterness, but complemented by a very tasty confectionary sweetness of sugar, cream and toffee.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied to the letter - neither thick nor thin. Not fizzy, either. Residual sweet flavors too.
Drinkability: The bottle indicates this beer weighs in at 6.4% ABV, but it definitely do not drink as such. The alcohol probably accounts for the robustness, but has no effect on the drinkability. The medium mouthfeel and low carbonation make for an utterly smooth lager. The sweet, flavorful palate makes it something of a liquid dessert, although I’d imagine it would pair well with authentic Laotian food.
Overall, this is a diamond in the rough and a hidden gems of beer stores everywhere. Give it a try and you’ll be see what I mean.
Meilby (11233) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAY 16, 2011
1.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
Bottle 330ml @ Geokkjer
Pours clear dark brown with a off-white head. Aroma has notes of malt, caramel, metal. Taste is medium sweet. Body is light, texture is thin, carbonation is soft.
yngwie (16879) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAY 16, 2011
2.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottle, from trade with Papsoe. It looks nice in the glass, a dark copper colored body and a dense, off-white to light beige head. Some dried fruits in the aroma, else quite weak. Wort and caramel too. Not very interesting and pleasant, not really foul either. The flavor is very similar, semi-sweet and with a decent bitterness towards the end. Medium body and pleasant carbonation. Overall, not a beer tempting to repeat, but I guess I could drink a few if I were in Laos. 110516
Geokkjer (7570) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAY 16, 2011
1.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Bottle.Pours brown with an off-white head.Aroma of caramel, metallic notes, dried fruits and malt.Flavor is sweet with some metallic sourness.Medium body, metallic finish, average carbonation. Not very pleasant.
Borup (13594) - Albertslund, DENMARK - APR 30, 2011
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle from Metro. Clear amber colour with a small white head. Aroma and flavour of caramel, malt and hops.
rocbyter (2113) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - APR 13, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Strong sweet malt aroma. Clear light brown color with a small white head. Moderate sweet beginning with a light bitter finish. Light palate.
samistake2ice (35) - , Texas, USA - MAR 31, 2011
2 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
With so little option in variation of beer styles in SE Asia this was a fantastic suprise. By normal standards its not the greatest but i was happy to find it when i did.
skoisirius (1909) - Earth, Washington, USA - MAR 27, 2011
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Stoked to find this!! Been drinking Singha and Chang for weeks...! Nice very mildly roasted and malty lager from Beerlao. Stoked to find the dark, didn’t know they made one of these. Simple, clean, mildly nutty, and really doesn’t taste like water! Burnt nut on the finish. I’m down!
crossovert (12255) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 10, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
You never expect much from these southeast
Asian breweries, but this one isn’t bad. Not an american style dark lager though, more of a European style, not a dunkel though.
MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 13, 2011
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Date: 9/17/2010 Source:Other Caramel and caramel maltiness in aroma. Some spicy hop notes. Clear dark golden with little head. Flavor follows aroma with a metallic twang. Medium body and mouth feel. Finish is medium sweet clean and lightly spicy.