bender (293) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - JAN 24, 2003
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark, dark ruby body with a tan, milkshake-like head. No lacing.
Smells very malty and rich. A hint of sourness. I think there's a little hint of smoke in the aroma too.
Taste is malty at first, a huge hit of hops and then a powerful alcohol finish. Very warming but things seem out of balance.
Palate is a bit rough. Heavy alcohol left as aftertaste that almost coats the mouth..
edden (926) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 24, 2003
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
1/24/03: bottle. very full rocky head, dark cream in color. head quickly diminishes to a flat but present ring of bubbles. no lacing. deep roasted coffee nose with a hint of tin. somewhat sweet taste, with lots of malt. i definitely taste the alcohol here! also a bit watery- or thin tasting. this beer does not have a very refreshing aftertaste.
thegreenrooster (2982) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 10, 2004
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a very jet black with a nice size tan head. Aroma is very weak and the flavor is weak as well. You get some coffee and chocolate in there but nothing that knocks you off your chair. Good look to this one but it is low on flavor.
Cobra (1100) - In a van, down by the river, Maryland, USA - NOV 11, 2004
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
16.9 fl oz. 500 ml. brown stubby bottle. Best before date of 7-14-05. Product of Russia. I believe this is my first Russian beer. Anyway, it poured out a deep mahogany-chocolate brown color, with a tan colored head. Very thick and sticky. The head slid down the sides of the glass slowly. Aromas are of roasted espresso coffee beans, slight licorice, some oak barrel in the mix also. Wafts of vanilla greet the nose as well. Tastes are of dark, bittersweet chocolate, coffee beans, rich malts, and a background of bitterness. Medium mouthfeel, decent carbonation. Not overpowering with the anise flavors, like so many other porters. Decently balanced, somewhat fruity finish to it.
A decent Russian beer by anyone’s standards.
bu11zeye (11740) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAY 11, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
(Bottle) Pours a dark brown with a huge tan head. Aroma of roasted marshmellow. metallic, and chocolate. Toasted malt flavore with a very dry finish.
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - JUN 1, 2005
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. I admit I was less than thrilled to drink this, but I was pleasantly surprised. I was expecting a cross between a bad lager and a bad N/A, but it was anything but that. Pours a thick, opaque black with an aroma of molasses and licorice. The taste follows suit with the aroma, with the added bonus of a hint of chocolate. All in all, not a bad beer but nothing to write home about.
IslandHaole (1086) - Yokosuka-Shi, Kanagawa-Ken, JAPAN - JUN 16, 2005
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark Mahogany color with small tan head. Tart, roasty, earthy. Mineraly with coffee and some sweetness, odd. Not bad, just unusual.
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUN 26, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pour is blacksih brown with a nice big tan head...light coffee roasty nutty aroma, but it is quite faint...watery taste...mildly roasty...quite drinkable but most uninteresting overall...I expected more, lord knows the other beers from them I’ve had were not exciting or really even that tasty...
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - JUL 5, 2005
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
A Russian porter, how could I pass that up? . Heavy malty flavor with bitter coffee and dark chocolate. Better than I thought it would be, but unimpressive for the style.
presario (4441) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 30, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
FIzzy head. Very dark beer. Somewhat sour roasted aroma with raisin. Sweet dark bock like. Raisin and coffee flavours. Thin body. Drinkable but overall a little like water and burnt sugar.