Martin243 (989) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - JUL 6, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
500 ml bottle at home. Served in a glass I like to call a lager bulb. Dark mahogany with a tan head that disappeared. Prunes and farmyard in the aroma. Dried fruit, dusty cocoa, toffee flavours. Thin palate, light carbonation. O.K.
dwyerpg (5220) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUN 12, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
This has a pretty strong caramel base to it. The flavor is pretty sweet but overall is fairly tasty with a little hint of roasted malts.
Marduk (5332) - Reval, ESTONIA - MAY 31, 2014
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
500ml bottle. Clear brown color. Small size, yellow head, stays. Caramel, malty, dirty aroma. Hop pellets, roast, grainy taste. Rough mouthfeel. Rough body. Drinkable, but not really exciting.
FatPhil (12718) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAY 30, 2014
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
500ml bottle (Maxima, Riga)
Rich mahogany, brief tan head. Deep almost treacly caramelliness in the aroma. Slightly sticky palate, OK carbonation. Slightly marmitey yeastiness. Taste a bit metallic from the bittering hops. Finish dry, drying, and a bit metallic. Harsh, and unsatisfying.
Aresh (39) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAY 30, 2014
2.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Smells like mouldy bread. Surprisingly refreshing taste, with bitter coffee taste, not bad at all.
OOKPIKABLE (193) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 13, 2014
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle purchased at Sainsbury’s, London, UK. A nice, flavourful tmavy. Hops are present and accounted for, yet sweetness is there, too. Would drink again.
Frank (3809) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 20, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is kind of tough to rate. My bottle is seemingly old and oxidized and yet it’s turned out good. It is a garnet brown colored beer w/ no head and just a little touch of lacing. The nose is just a touch roasty w/ some toasted nut-like flavors around the edges. This is what makes me think it’s a bit oxidised, this nutty flavor. It is very much stronger once you taste the beer and it’s sweetness takes over. However, it is completely pleasant rather than cardboardy and stale tasting. I am not sure I am drinking this beer as the brewer intended--I actually rather think I’m not--but it’s still pretty damn good. I think it says something about their process that it can sit on a shelf for who knows how long and still not get all nasty.
3fourths (8962) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 20, 2014
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bad shape. Oxidized dark malt, burnt caramel / cola syrup, burnt grain husks, evaporated milk powder, minerals / cement mix. Medium body, lightly sweet cola, astringent char. Dry finish. Bottle didn’t keep during import and wasn’t cared for by the retailer.
stevoj (3532) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 6, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Decent dark lager, dark nut brown with small tight beige head. Sweet malt aroma, taste again is malt, molasses, some nuttiness. Smoky, burnt taste lingers on the palate.
joeneugs (5256) - Livermore, California, USA - JAN 7, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle purchased from Babushka Russian deli in Walnut Creek. It pours a very dark brown with a small khaki head. The aroma is rather sweet and malty with some light molasses, raisins, dark bread and lighter notes of cocoa and roasted malt. Sweet, molasses and light roast for the most part. The flavor is pretty much the same. Sweet malt with brown sugar, molasses, raisins, bread, and light bitterness in the finish. A bit too sweet, but otherwise very satisfying.