mcberko (8708) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 18, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz. bottle, pours a clear amber with a small white head. Aroma brings out toasted malt, corn and grassy notes. Flavour brings out lots of grassy notes, toasted malt and toasted nuts. Clean and well-balanced. Decent. Not overly complex.
3fourths (8497) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 17, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 19, 2015 Draft. Dark ruby amber with a lasting off-white head. Aroma is lightly malty with notes of burnt bread crust and toasted grain and marzipan and red apples, lightly mineral-forward, metallic and copper-like (a yeast effect I get in some of their other lagers). Medium bodied, succulent sweetness with savory malt in the way of true Czech Tmavy, balanced well by moderate bitterness, maintaining flavor balance and aligned with weight. Finish is crunchy, toasty and off-dry with notes of nutty / almond-like dark caramel malt. Not the most interesting malt profile, kind of a basic just-burnt bread maltiness with the metallic copper penny character creeping as it warms, but it’s still drinkable, which is a step up in quality for Kaldi after trying six of their beers last year and finding all of them lacking, and a few of them faulty. Definitely not bock-strength, and closer to Dunkel/Tmavy than Heller or Dunkles Bock at just over 5%.
BeerandBlues2 (10608) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 28, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tap at Kaldi. Pours clear tawny with a medium, frothy beige head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is toast and toffee malt, dates, light earthy hops. Flavor is sweet melanoidin malt, dark fruits, light hops and medium bitterness with a sweet finish. Medium body and carbonation.
Travlr (15104) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 28, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at Kaldi bar. Deep hazy amber brown, tan head. Aroma of caramel. Taste is lightly spiced toasted caramel and light cocoa.
ej (926) - Hauglandshella, NORWAY - APR 2, 2014
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pours a clear amber with a creamy looking toffee colored head. Aroma is sweet malts and faint notes of dried fruit. Taste is abit bland, with corn and a too faint maltyness. Hints of cardboard and veggies as well. Somewhat dry with a light bitter finish.
bjakk (459) - Skagafjordur, ICELAND - MAR 21, 2014
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 11/20
Dark copper light yellow foam. Sweet caramel mild hay in the aroma. Sweet malt with mild burned bitterness in the aftertaste. Medium body high in carbon.
Foxbush (1461) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - APR 1, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: APR 8, 2013 Draft at 73 Restuarant & Cafe This is their Easter beer that is a seasonal. 73 is one of four bars that serve Kaldi in Reykjavik. The bock poured a deep red amber with a tan head. This a good looking beer. This is a malty beer with very little hops bitterness. The medium body bock had soft carbonation. The finish was smooth with a slight sweet aftertaste. Great session beer.
SirLimpsalot (2556) - SWEDEN - MAR 31, 2011
2.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Svag maltig doft. Söt maltsmak med metallisk eftersmak. Nja, behöver inte riktigt dricka den igen, men kul att ha “tickat” den.
gyllenbock (5666) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAR 31, 2011
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle, bought in Reykjavik Iceland in March 2011.
Amber with a small head. Sweet with malt, bread, fruit and some notes of grass. Not that exciting, on the thin side.
Kalli (502) - Falun, SWEDEN - MAR 19, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A bit fruity, caramely malts with hist of roast and perhaps chocolate. Some hops too, I’d guess.
Feels a bit blunt in the mouth, but nicely round if not full. The malts are mild, but full-ish, and the hops nearly overpower them. The finish is full and grassy which lifts this one up nicely.
I applaud Kaldi for this effort and it gets my highest score ever of an Icelandic beer. Cheers.