Kavran (2) - - FEB 16, 2015 does not count
Appearance- Beer pours dark brown in color with a reddish tint, with a small lacing of caramel colored. Beer is clear and lacing clings to the sides of the glass. Head dies down to a murk across the top at the end of the pour.
Smell- Light and dark malts upfront, perfect scent on a standard dunkel. I don’t know about double dark, but dunkel is very correct here. A bit of caramel on the aroma as well. Hops are noble and subtle.
Taste- Rich, smooth and crisp. Some nuttiness, caramel, earthly malts, and ample sweetness. The malt here is the big winner with light fruits, dates, figs, and a hint of grape. A little bit of hop bitterness at the end to balance it out
Mouthfeel- Light, creamy, medium high in carbonation, and medium light bodied. This beer looks heavy and smells like it should be heavy and malty, but it was actually light and refreshing, which was a great surprise.
Drinkability- Excellent representation of a Munich dunkel style. Taverner (1100) - San Ramon, California, USA - APR 26, 2008
UPDATED: APR 28, 2008 Very good for a Lager. Full of flavor, yet full or smoky tones. Tastes smoky, yet balanced. Nutty flavors and malty ones abound. Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - APR 23, 2012
Originally reviewed: 6/18/10. 12oz bottle picked up in Findlay, OH. Poured into a mug. Pours a dark sweet tea-looking color with a thin tan head resting on top. Little retention, less lace. Scents of dark fruits, raisins, faint alcohol, and warm pumpernickel.
The body is of moderate depth. Carbonation level is decent. Good crisp feel. As far as flavor goes, this is one of the best of the style I’ve ever had. They really nailed it where it counts. Great bready flavors abound, some faint molasses, and plenty of chocolate malts. This reminds me at times of a chocolate drink. Very well-done. I could have another, no problem. Recommend. Patrickctenchi (6552) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - MAY 29, 2012
Pours dark brown with tan head..
Scent is dark fruit, cola.
Flavour is Bread, raisin, chocolate, roasted malt...
A very tasty, semi-sweet, smooth beer...
Definitely one I want to have on hand in the cellar.
Simple, but excellent. mikemccarthy (91) - Huntington, West Virginia, USA - JUL 24, 2012
Pours a translucent mahogany with a medium, white head that stays. Superb lacing. Malty, slightly roasted aroma. Full, creamy mouthfeel. Malty flavor, slightly finished by some sour notes in the finish. Nonetheless, a good example of the style.
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mcnealc31 (255) - Elida, Ohio, USA - DEC 16, 2012
pours a deep brown with ruby edges. Sweet caramel and roasted malt dominate the aroma. Smooth and creamy, with caramel, roasted malt, and a bit of bittersweet chocolate. Perhaps a touch of smoke, too, but definitely not enough to make this a Schwarzbier.
Tasty and balanced, and with just 5% ABV, you can enjoy Barabarossa all day krittenhouse (24) - Shelby, USA - APR 16, 2013
Smooth and delightful. rich with a wonderful lingering aftertaste. The flavor is enhanced as the beer warms up a bit. I plan to have this beer again, directly off the storage shelf at 55~60 degrees in the next few days! shrubber85 (11324) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - JUN 11, 2012
Bottle. Nutty chocolate malt aroma. Dark chestnut brown with moderate tan head. Slightly sweet chocolate malt flavor with a lightly bitter herbal hops finish. Nice body. An excellent dunkel. garrison (812) - Cin. city, Ohio, USA - MAR 21, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 6, 2010 Draft, at the tapping ceremony at "Arnold’s" bar in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio - Moerlein Barbarossa double dark dunkel is a very dark reddish-brown hued brew with a very pleasing roasted malt aroma and a fine-bubbled, just barely off-white head of foam. Tastewise, this is a very good dunkel, although its body was a bit lighter than I expected and it does seem to have that watery ending at the finish that some reviewers of the Moerlein beers have commented upon. Overall, another very decent brew from Christian Moerlein. couchand (182) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - NOV 20, 2008
It pours an almost clear, deep caramel with a creamy khaki head. The aroma is delicately malty, with a sweet caramel character and notes of fresh biscuits. There is also something of a metallic tinge to the aroma, probably because these are twist-off caps and the beer has been slightly oxidized.
The taste: remarkably clean. Dry, with touches of caramel malt flavor and toast. Again, there is the slightest bit of oxidation, likely my fault for treating this beer badly and drinking it old. The palate is wonderfully dry, with a smooth but not overpowering carbonation. I could easily have another. By the way, this one has left thick rings and serious honeycomb lacing on my glass.