Brewed by Davra Alaus Darykla
Style: Dunkel/Tmavý
Pakruojis, Lithuania


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RATINGS: 34   MEAN: 3/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.99/5   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
Pakruojis - capital of crows, humour and beer. This is tradidional beer, dark as a crow, easy to drink. Non-pasteurized, filtered beer.

Alus "Varniukų" - tai 5,6% stiprumo, juodas alus, turintis maloniai saldoką skonį, primenantis močiutės ruginės duonos, bei avižų giros skonį. Silpnas apynių aromatas. Galima ragauti ir gerai pašildytą, įdedant į alų citrinos skiltelę.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeMcPhee (9169) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 25, 2011
Tap at Vilniaus Alus. Pale brown pour with a very tight white head. The nose is awesome - very fresh toasted grain aroma with a little bit of lightly plummy/prune character. A bit like Special B flavour but with less overt sweetness. Worty smelling without being overly sweet. Very fresh sort of toasty character and a touch of soft grainy character rounding it out. There is a touch of noble hoppiness that adds a certain floral character to it, but it’s still malt dominated. Yeah - this is good shit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (8957) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 10, 2012
My Bottom Line:
Boastful toastiness and toffee give this Lithuanian Tamsus a memorable character, as it is but slowly joined by roastiness and coffee angles.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A thin ring of foam surrounds the dark mahogany.
-This is one of the toastiest examples of all of the low-gravity Tamsus (the Lithuanian interpretation of a Dunkel, if that helps) brews I’ve had.
-That toasty aroma and finish are intense, surprising, and, seemingly distinctly Lithuanian.
-The soft prickling of carbonation makes a subtle fruitiness perceptible.

On tap at Šnekutis Užupis (3.5) and at Gyvo Alaus Krautuvelé (in Panevėžys) (4.0).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 21, 2012
In short: A uber-toasted bronze ale. Clean and dry. Very nice
How: Tap at Šnekutis Užupis, Vilnius, Lithuania + Tap at Gyvo Alaus Krautuvélé, Panevėžys, Lithuania
The look: Clear bronze body with topped by a beige ring of foam
In long: Nose is very toasted, toasted hay, toasted wood, toasted cookies, and also some barley candy. Taste has some crunchy caramel candies and notes of raisins over a bed of toasted stuff (hay, wood, cookies). The toastiness washes away the sweetness and leaves a rather dry after-taste. Straightforward but very enjoyable. Very good but certainly not what I’m used to from a Dunkel, but rules are meant to be broker, like glasses, and chairs, and windows. Basically anything that I broke when drunk in Lithuania was meant to happen.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FatPhil (12761) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - APR 14, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 25, 2013 Keg (Alaus Namai, Vilnius) (6:4:8:4:14=3.6)
Very pancakey aroma - all of the ingredients, egg included, and with nicely fried crisp edges too. Taste amazingly similar. Some sweet berry jam too. Maybe the pancakiness is just end of barrel decay, but it’s so delicious, and not sour at all. Sweet jammy finish.
Rerate: Tap (Gyvas, Kaunas) (6:4:7:4:14=3.5)
6 Initially Anna got soy. I thought it was a bit savory, but not soy. Creaminess there, and dry malted barley’s there too, but sweet also.
4 Coppery, small tight off-white head.
7 Lovely taste, sweetmalted barley, but a pancakey sweetness and creaminess.
4 Smooth palate, gentle carbonation. Finish is pure sweet barley.
14 Bloody excellent dark traditional lager without having any extremes or gimicks.
Rerate: (5:4-:6:3:12=3.0)
Sweet caramelly aroma, simple, and a metric fuckton of diacetyl. Clear brown, no head apart from brief fizz. Sweet and caramelly body, very simple. Thin palate, a bit fizzy. What have you done to my black crows?!?! This is nothing like what it was!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thebeertourist (5170) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 15, 2015
Bottle at Bambalyne, Vilnius. Dark brown colour, small head. Fruity aroma with notes of hay and caramel. Good berry and caramel flavours, a hint of roast and hop bitterness gives sufficient balance. Enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
omhper (22716) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - NOV 6, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 5, 2015 Draught at Alus Namai, Vilnius. Clear mahogany colour. Fruity tobacco aroma. Mid-dry with obvious cranberry flavour as well as bread, sticky fudge and overripe plums. Very interesting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nekronos (3954) - Xalapa, MEXICO - AUG 13, 2012
Very nice one. Special strong and sweet. Cloudy and quite foamy. NIce to drink in a bohemian place in Vilnius.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kiwianer (3428) - Otorohanga, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 13, 2013
The head is medium, the body dark, almost black. It smells darkmalty, apple-raisins. The taste is fruity apple-raisins, hoppy, malty, refreshing! Good! 11/12/11/12/-/12

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
YantarCoast (785) - Moscow, RUSSIA - APR 27, 2016
500ml on tap at Alaus Namai. Pours clear light brown with a small beige head. Aroma is kvass, caramel, bread. Taste is dark bread, caramel, brown sugar, raisins. Like an alcoholic version of kvass. Don’t think it fits the Dunkel/Tmavy category.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TaktikMTL (6899) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 20, 2012
En fût. Pinte dégustée chez Šnekutis Užupis (Vilnius, Lituanie). Arôme: Légère odeur de caramel au beurre. Apparence: La couleur est ambrée. Présence d’un mince col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de caramel avec une pointe de raisins secs. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement vineuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Présence de caramel en arrière goût. (Rating #4177)

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