Brewed by Lao Brewery Co (Carlsberg)
Style: Dunkel/Tmavý
Vientiane, Laos


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RATINGS: 317   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.57/5   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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Lunkie (1956) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - JAN 28, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2014 Hop malt aroma. Clear brown amber colour. Spice hop malt flavour. Fizzy palate.

zdk (1917) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 18, 2009
paired with Thai food. Pours dark brown with thin tan head. The arouma is a bit weak, some grass and a little soapy. Taste of roasted malts, charcoal, caramel and cocoa. Body is a creamy and smooth mouthfeel. Decent and quaffable.

vanvenlo (1910) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - JAN 20, 2007
12 May 2006 (AIBA 2006-Rating 24) - Light sweet roasted malt. Relatively dark amber. Sweet, very light roast biscuit flavour. Very light roasted malt finish.

skoisirius (1909) - Earth, Washington, USA - MAR 27, 2011
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!

dynamiteninja (1875) - Norfolk, ENGLAND - JUL 21, 2011
Bottle. Alcohol, sweet treacley smell. Roastiness like a stout, but overall more of a scharwzbier. Tastes relatively cheap. Fairly sweet and treacley in texture with a slight bitter alcoholic burn on the finish. Think Ill stick to the BeerLao

GranvilleTim (1857) - Granville, Illinois, USA - FEB 28, 2012
Red-brown pour with a tan head. Aroma is sweet malt. taste is a bit sweet, a little nutty, a crisp finish.

GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - JUL 23, 2011
Coffee brown with a good head. Mildly roasted on the nose with a bit of grain and hay. Medium nectar with good carbonation. Mildly sweet with nuances of hay dried brown fruit. Decent bittering on the finish.

ChadPolenz (1847) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - JUN 8, 2011
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.

ordybill (1815) - Douglasville, Georgia, USA - APR 26, 2017
Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass at the World of Beer in Savannah. The appearance is your basic traditional Euro Dark Lager. However, the taste was surprisingly good. I thoroughly enjoyed this more than the Beerlao traditional.

BeerHawk (1810) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - MAR 9, 2012
Bottle. Poured a dark brown with an off-white head. Aroma of grain, roasted malt, and hints of rice. The flavor found rice, brown sugar, and light roasted malts. Light body and watery.

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