Skinnyviking (7433) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 8, 2007
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Medium high white but quickly disappearing white head. Clear golden body. Sweet and fruity aroma in a pleasant mixture of pears and peaches. Not as sweet as feared. First impression is low hopped with the addition of some acidity. Low carbonation and a short aftertaste.
ClarkVV (3902) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 1, 2007
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle at Awash Ethiopian Restaurant in D.C. on 1/20/07
Similar to Harar, we have a very golden lager in appearance (perhaps a bit more pale than Harar) with a small, but initially frothy white head that recedes steadily to partial cover, leaving no lacing. Bubbly, force carbonated body is highly clear.
A bit more dry than harar, without the powdered sugar or sweet doughiness, though unfortunately, there is still a rather vibrant fruitiness of spoiled peaches and pears. Some cerealish grains just seem stale and pasteurized, while there is no sign of hops or crisp yeast. No alcohol noted, not incredibly problematic, but I don’t find anything particularly positive either.
Stronger effervescence and less sweetness than Harar seem to produce a bit more crispness, though the flavor is lightly milky/sour and just more fruitiness than I’m looking for in a pale lager (not looking for any, actually). I wouldnt mind so much if it just had the cereal/graininess of whatever malt they’re using, but the spoiled fruitiness is disruptive to the flavor. Some lightly crisp lager yeast apparency on the end and snappy carbonation with a lightly sweet body and watery texture. No alcohol apparent.
SilkTork (5319) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - JAN 23, 2007
2.7 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 19/20
330ml bottle from BeersOfEurope. A soft, clean, gently fruity lager. Minimal hops. A hint of Shreddies in the finish. Inoffensive, and quite refreshing and drinkable. The softness and the fruit is fairly enticing. I wouldn’t object to spending some time in Ethiopia with this.
DonMagi (5596) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 12, 2007
1.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Everything just seemed average and pale lager to me, i cant seem to discribe exactly what im getting at lets just say min hop character, lightly cornish malts, not great carbonation.
RichardGretton (4339) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUL 20, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pale golden beer with a light head. The aroma is dry and the flavour is dry and slightly vinous. Overall an average lager.
johndoughty (4133) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 20, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Orange-yellow appearance. Some maltiness and a trace of fruit.It has a sharp edge and a general feel of not being quite right without anything being obviously wrong.Stiil my first rating from Ethiopia.
Hildigöltur (5103) - København, DENMARK - JUL 13, 2005
1.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Bottled. Golden coloured. Sweet and boring with some apple notes. Thin and weak.
JonMoore (1939) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - MAY 16, 2006
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle. Golden colour with large white head. Sweet and boiled sweet fruity aroma. Sweet taste, some grain, some fruitynes a touch bitter. Light bodied, foamy mouthfeel. Not very good, but not entirely disastrous.
omhper (20325) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JAN 3, 2005
1.5 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottled. Clear golden, small head. Fruity, somewhat sweet and light bodied. The mouthfeel is slightly raw and harsh. Grassy finish with some bitterness. Very average beer with not much character, but at least no very evident real flaws.
highlandlad (1429) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - JUL 7, 2006
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Now this is progress. Twenty years ago, to support the blighted nation-state of Ethiopia you bought famine relief records and endured the execrable trilling of the likes of Lionel Ritchie, Boy George and Sting. Today you can walk into a Melbourne bottle shop and choose from four Ethiopian beers. Not that drinking Ethiopian beer is necessarily more pleasurable than sniggering at a lyric like, “We are all a part of God’s great big family, and the truth, you know love is all we need”. But at least this method of supporting the Ethiopian economy involves drinking. Having arrived at Purvis Cellars in Melbourne entirely unprepared to choose between Ethiopian lagers, I brought a decade of beer-hunting expertise to bear on the problem and picked the one with the shiniest label. (Would have bought all four, but there were 200-odd beers to choose from, and Melbourne is 1,000 km from home via planes, trams and automobiles.) The self-proclaimed “Queen of Beers” is as bright in the glass as its dazzling gold label. It raised a scrawny film of foam and surrendered some lightly fruity fumes – Fruit Gums, blackberries and a waft of tramp pants. This is surprisingly flavoursome – quite full-bodied for a lager, with an unexpected stickiness. There are lots of sugars and juicy citrus – orange and mango cordial, quince paste. It’s too sweet to be sessionable but very malty and unexpectedly drinkable. Frankly, I’m shocked at how good this is. (33cl bottle from Purvis Cellars, Melbourne; best before September 2006)