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Hartwall Dark Lager IV A

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Formerly brewed at Hartwall (Royal Unibrew)
Style: Dunkel/Tmavý
Helsinki, Finland

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RATINGS: 7   MEAN: 2.67/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.71   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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Josh's poor translation of the Finnish description: Hartwall Dark Lager is a dark bottom-fermented beer. Special dark malts give the beer a caramelly taste. It also has Czech saaz aroma hops. Alcohol 5%, gravity 12.6 Plato, colour 82 EBC, bitterness 18 IBUs, energy 45 cal/100g Hartwall Dark Lager on tumman pehmeä pohjahiivaolut. Tummat erikoismaltaat antavat oluelle makeahkon, karamellimaisen maun; tuoksussa tuntuu tsekkiläisen Saazer-jalohumalan aromi. Alk. 5,0 til-%; kantavierre 12,6 p-%; väri 82 EBC; katkerot 18 EBU; energia 45 kcal /100 g


2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
oh6gdx (20253) - Vasa, FINLAND - MAR 18, 2013
Bottled (true vintage, BBE 2003, enjoyed in 03/2013). Very deep ambery brown colour with a mediumsized slightly off-white head. Aroma is caramel, some slight burnt sugary notes as well as some mild toasted notes. Slight ripe fruit as well, which may be a result of oxidation. Flavour is mild roasted malts, some caramel and burnt sugar along with mild some slight raisiny notes. Doesn’t taste cardboardy or sweetly oxidized, so this beer has actually held the 10 years or so rather well. I’ve had way worse fresh beers.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
jutuahol (189) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - SEP 20, 2003
Dark brown color, thick head, slightly lace. Full, smooth and balanced, bitter. Smooth and pretty long finish.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Sigmund (4958) - Tau, NORWAY - MAR 18, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2006 (500 ml bottle, in Helsinki). Dark brown colour, good head, moderate but decent aroma - and then: Bland, boring flavour when you expect the richness of a good dunkel. Short aftertaste. Disappointing. All Norwegian dunkels are better than this Finnish stuff.

2.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
omhper (19237) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JUL 17, 2002
Dark brown with creamy head. Neutral roma. Roasty, but thin. Low bitterness. One-dimensional.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Bov (9335) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - MAY 16, 2002

1.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
Dragonblaze99 (354) - Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 23, 2002
What flavor? For a dark lager this is a real disappointment. Bland, with no taste. Come ON, guys, you can do better than that! This is mildly flavored water with some alcohol thrown in.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tomppa444 (46) - FINLAND - FEB 3, 2002
A nice dark beer. Bit burnt taste. Perhaps could use a bit more flavor.


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