harrymel (1479) - Spokane, Washington, USA - NOV 18, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Best by 10NOV13
Dark near black with little foam at all - not attractive really. Smells of raisin, malt, cocoa, and some toasted malts, kinda sweet but I like it. Bread, rye, more plum than anything, some toasted malts, some tobacco and a touch of turbinado. Medium on thin with low carb and an off dry finish. Overall not bad, I would drink again.
ElDesmadre (1489) - Mikołów, POLAND - NOV 18, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Licorice driven aroma, earthy and roasted. Light in sweetness, light in bitterness, surprisingly also light in flavour. Decent, though lacking in depth.
Brewdork (228) - Sanford, Florida, USA - NOV 16, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours deep brown with a thick but fleeting foamy head with a tinge of red. Sweet, malty almost vinous aroma. Roasty, slightly sweet flavor. The maltose syrup is front and center here. The mouthfeel is a bit on the this side, but this is still pretty good.
hawanna (2049) - GERMANY - NOV 7, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
0,5 l bottle
caramel, butterscotch, alcohol, roasty, cereal, brown, clear, frothy, brown foam, heavy cloying sweetness, lightly bitter, medium body, creamy, thick feel, average carbonation,
tsurkan_sergey (42) - Novosibirsk, RUSSIA - NOV 6, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 0.5. Color is black. Thick dense foam, long. Aroma of bread, caramel, roasted malt. Taste - a little coffee, black bread, but without a strong bitterness and a sweet aftertaste - great beer.
Zarkam (369) - Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 2, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
500ml bottle from a Supermarket in St. Petersburg, very dark brown, almost black colour, frothy fully diminishing medium-sized beige head, very little lacing. Heavy roasted maltiness, with mild coffee, licorice and dark bread, moderate resiny and herbal hops and some notes of licorice and brown sugar. Taste is initially moderately sweet with a bit of bitterness and sourness. Finish is long and moderately bitter with moderately astringent feel with a hint of alcohol, full body, oily texture soft carbonation. Fairly tasty, but a bit too light for a proper porter.
R2k2 (338) - NETHERLANDS - OCT 30, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A very dark, almost not transparant but yet somewhat clear beer, with a firm, compact layer of foam. It has a sweet caramel-like aroma, with a subtile hint of alcohol. It tastes a lot like licorice, and quite strong. The aftertaste is somewhat bitter.
Een enorm donker, bijna ondoorzichtig, maar toch helder bier. Het heeft een stevige compacte lichtbruine kraag. Zoetig, caramelachtig aroma met een subtiele hint van alcohol. De smaak is erg dorpachtig en erg sterk. De nasmaak is lichtjes bitter.
JefVerstraete (1198) - BELGIUM - OCT 21, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown/black colour, some beige foam. Medium carbonation. Aroma of roasted malts and coffee, dry finish. Some light sweet notes. Medium body but well balanced, no artificial sweetness.
blackisle (605) - IJburg, NETHERLANDS - OCT 16, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
sweet malty nose, caramel, chocolate, coffee, roasty, clove, bit of cinnamon, earthy, licorice, opaque black color, frothy brwon head, vanishes not completely, roasted sweetbitter taste, nicely balanced, creamy mouthfeel, oily texture, medium body, mild dry bittersweet finish. Excellent porter!
Stuedmaster (198) - Vista, California, USA - OCT 12, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
So the Russians can brew beer every bit as good as Europeans, and a great value at that. The cold war must be over for real! From a 500 ml bottle from BevMo at the low price of $2.00. Aroma is roasted malt and caramel with a little creamy chocolate. Appearance is very nice, dark brown approaching black, healthy tan head with lacing. Tastes smooth, more sweet than bitter, mild richness, a good balance of flavors. Full bodied, creamy and oily texture, medium carbonation, and clean, short finish. So far I like everything from this brewery.