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A dark beer produced using caramel and rye malts. This combination of ingredients endows the beer with a harmonious hint of bread flavors and the specific aroma of caramel malt.
The ingredients are water, light caramel and rye malt, maltose syrup and hops.
Produced since 1992. 15°

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
redlem (1306) - Ohio, USA - FEB 1, 2003
So this is bread smack, not bad, not bad at all. Color is brown/amber with a off white head. Aroma is sweet/fruity. This taste like a brown ale, some sweetness with small spice/malt taste. Very good, look forward to trying their porter.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ungstrup (29847) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JAN 18, 2003
A dark amber beer with an OK head, though it disappears quite fast. The aroma is sligt with sweet notes. The flavor is very sweet of a good malt blend - really nice - but lacking a little bitterness in the end.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Admiral (524) - Schnecksville, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 14, 2003
Clear brown, with a light tan head. The aroma is of toasted dark bread; this shows up in the taste as well. (perhaps the fabled "Harmonious Bread Smack"). I agree completely with Aurelius about this being better warm. It’s surprisingly light-bodied, but very pleasing anyway. Probably the best I’ve had from Russia yet.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - JAN 12, 2003
baked peach in color; a promising bloom of foam is tragically cut down in it’s youth, leaving the beer to face life alone. aroma stays low to avoid capture: plum jam toast sweet malts, alcohol and moist autumn leaf litter. in spite of it’s bald pate, the beer provides a stiff carbonation on the tongue. honey-brushed rye bread flavor is uncomplicated and rather thin, just vestiges of sweet nut brittle candy. bitterness tends toward metallic, and water leaks in around the seams.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Aurelius (4371) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 21, 2002
Not very dark, about the color of tea. Dark, malty aroma. This beer has an entirely different character as it moves from cold to warm. Cold, it is nearly undrinkable -- unpleasantly bitter and oversparged tasting. The bitter twang hung around entirely too long, and the beer in general tasted clumsy. As the beer warmed, the caramel came through -- as a result, I rated this (flavor) 5 cold and 7 warm so I split the difference at 6. The back label is funny, it appears as though its a direct translation from Russion -- the president of this brewery says something about ’a harmonious bread smack’. WTF is that? Heh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PorterPounder (5704) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 15, 2002
Clean, fresh, malty aroma. Nice, frothy cream-colored head with a good bit of lacing. Nice copper color with an active pour. Nice nutty, malty flavor with a hint of caramel sweetness - excellent representation of the style. Good full-bodied flavor lasts to the finish - sticks to your ribs.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Frank (3017) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 14, 2002
Very nice dark orange-red appearance. Foamy head with decent lacing. Weak malty aroma. Very pronounced carmalized sugar sweetness. Somewhat watery at first but grows a bit syrupy as it warms.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - DEC 8, 2002
Sweet aroma...some caramel, but mostly sugar. The flavor was sweet also, but with much more malt. Nice brown color with a good off-white head. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 21, 2002
Pours a clear reddish color with a thick, fast fading and lacy head. The malt character is sweet, but not very full or complex. There is a weak hop flavor and subtle bitterness. The alcohol, although it’s not very high, is not masked very well. Still one of the better Russian beers on the market.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jbrus (4992) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - NOV 2, 2002
Fruity, little alcohol aroma. Amber colour, off-white head, good lace. Initially sweet and light, but becomes after a while fuller and stronger. Hopbitter and some raisin flavors as well. Long lasting bitter finish.

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